Bordeaux is having a bit of a moment, partly because it’s had the sort of facelift that makes Joan Rivers look penny-pinching and partly because the success of Marion Cotillard’s recent movie Les Petits Mouchoirs (above, basically The Big Chill with subtitles) reminded the French how much they love this elegant southern star and the surrounding countryside – the film was shot in nearby Cap Ferret (the French version of the Hamptons).
I visited Bordeaux last week to check out the hot new spa at the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa, where Marion stays. It was designed by the fashionistas’ favourite Jacques Garcia. His spa at La Mamounia in Marrakesh has won dozens of awards. Personally, I think what he has created here is much more impressive – especially the amazing rooftop spa playground. A day being pampered, a stroll along Brodeaux’s swanky river bank and dinner at the Grand’s Michelin-starred restaurant makes one half of a weekend away, then scoot down to Cap Ferret, surf or cycle, eat oysters and drink wine to complete a great Gallic break.
Marion epitomises understated French beauty and while staying at the Grand, the therapists let me in on the secret of her glowing, sun-kissed skin: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer Oil. Nuxe is the Aromatherapy Associates of France and this oil is its hero product, it’s the best fake tan that’s not actually a fake tan. Instead, it’s loaded with Vitamin E and plant oils to nourish and fairydusted with irridescent gold particles that create a subtle but so-sexy shimmer to your face, body – even your hair. I brought home two bottles – it’s going to be the mainstay of my summer look.