A match made in heaven: glamorous travel clothes and a luxury hotel. Last week I had the chance to wallow to my hearts’ content in this double luxury.
Yet again, my Anatomie travel clothes proved to be the ideal outfits. During the day, I wore pants, made of a slightly stretchy extremely soft material. They fit perfectly and have the necessary pockets in just the right places. In black and dark blue I combined them with tops and sweaters.
In the evening my favorite jacket got an outing on the occasion of the exclusive Wine Club meeting which is held every month in the luxurious St. James Hotel Bouliac where I was staying. Black with lace insets in front and back, elegant long sleeves with the cuffs turned back, I got more than one admiring glance from the French ladies, known for their chic.
This is the background: The Le Saint James Hotel in the quaint village of Bouliac, some 20km from Bordeaux is i a rare combination of art and comfort. Originally a farmhouse, French architect Jean Nouvel got to work and created a luxury hotel of just 18 rooms, three of which are suites. Each room is individually designed and features wrks of art, such as a motorcycle sculpture or a sofa in the form of a baseball mitt. They all have in common that they embrace the surrounding hotel- owned vineyards by allowing a view at them as soon as you open your eyes. This is achieved by huge windows, high ceilings and elevated beds, so you litterlayy wake up in the clouds and mist before the sun disperses them, revealing the lush green of the lawns and vineyards.
In the summer you can swin in an outdoor pool lined in black. The hotel features a gourmet restaurant run by 2star chef Nicolas Magie whose creations are truly magic.
The bar with a fireplace invites to a quiet drink from the ample menu. Just across the road you can enjoy a more rustic cuisine in the Café de l’Esperance, famous for meat and home made French fried. Desserts and starters can be chosen from the buffet.
There are even more attractions. If you want ot leabr about the secrest of French cuisine, you can participate in a cooking class called Cote Cours and imparted by charming sous chef Celia Girard.
Bouliac itself is a the epitome of a tiny French mountain village with nothing more y a church, a town hall and a boulangerie where the picturesque owner will be happy to talk to you, provided you speak French of course.
Most important is that the moment you arrive at the St. James you feel like family. Kids are welcome and get to chose from three different toys which they can keep.
If you want to visit nearby Bordeaux they will arrange transport for you and if, like me, you are in need of a hairdresser…. one call from reception and she will come and do your hair in your room.
My clothes and I were sorry when it was time to leave, but we will be back.