Discover Southern Europe, Issue 12, February 2020

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Serenity of the Seine Float downstream along the Seine, and you’ll soon end up at the breathtaking Domaine de la Corniche. Plucked straight out of a Claude Monet painting, this charming hotel, spa and Michelin-star restaurant offers unparalleled views across France’s most famous river. Now’s the chance to recharge your batteries and soak up the Giverny region – which is a work of art in itself. TEXT: KATE HARVEY  |  PHOTOS: DOMAINE DE LA CORNICHE

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rom its leafy position on top of chalk cliffs, the Domaine gazes out over the River Seine; a sight one might not expect just 40 minutes’ drive from the centre of Paris. Nestled at the heart of Giverny, the wellness complex is the ideal spot for a weekend away, whether you’re visiting as a couple, a group, or even just for some ‘me’ time. “There are two legends,” explains Laurène Jordan, sales director. “One is that King Leopold II of Belgium had the castle built for him and his 20  |  Issue 12  |  February 2020

lover, and the other is that the Baroness of Wulf had it built to welcome her Parisian acquaintances.” With its myriad of spaces where the bourgeoisie once roamed, the Domaine is bursting with character. Expect traditional stone masonry, a rich history and tree-lined paths away from the hustle and bustle. Not forgetting the Temple of Love: a romantic stone lookout that can be booked for private spa treatments.

A wellness centre for total tranquillity The Seine inspires every inch of the Domaine, and the luxury ‘Sequana spa’ (Latin for ‘Seine’) is even named after the meandering curves of the nearby river. Gain access to a stylish indoor pool, equipped with a Jacuzzi and massaging jets, comfy alcoves and sunbeds, large steam room, sauna and a solarium. “We have spa deals for couples, friends – even mothers and children,” says Laurène. French skincare is Giverny.