Situated in southeast France, in a hidden corner of Provence, on the edge of the beautiful Côte d’Azur, Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort is only a few minutes away from Cannes and Nice International Airport. It’s the perfect destination from which to explore the South of France, where you’ll find vineyards, villages and gourmet Provençal dining.
The five-star Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort offers 115 suites and separated villas each with lounges and private terraces affording unique views over the surrounding countryside. Spacious bathrooms all feature underfloor heating and each is fitted with a bath, separate shower with glass screen and a double sink. The opulent suites and villas are perfect for couples and families.
The Michelin Star Le Faventia restaurant is at the heart of Terre Blanche’s gastronomy with its refined and creative cuisine, inspired by the seasons, the Provençal land and local produce. The Gaudina is a cosy and elegant eatery with a buzzing atmosphere, ideal for breakfast or a Sunday brunch. The Clubhouse restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining at lunchtime and Le Tousco is the summer restaurant for those who prefer to eat in a relaxed atmosphere near the infinity pool.
Electric bikes are available to explore the local countryside or you can depart from Terre Blanche on a wild buggy adventure along country roads, discovering the nearby villages before off-roading at the Chateau des Selves and then sampling their production of wine and olive oils. The coastline is a 30-minute drive away where you can savour a sunset outing, or you may prefer to discover the French Riviera by boat leaving from the Cannes or Mandelieu port en-route to St Tropez, Monaco or the island of Porquerolles.
Apart from the golf, there are two outdoor tennis courts, a Spa which offers many daily group or individual activities with coaching, including aqua gym and aqua bike. A state-of-the-art gym with the latest equipment is available with fitness instructors if required. Road/mountain biking with private guide is also on offer and horse riding is available nearby. Now a European Tour Properties venue, Terre Blanche has its own Biomeca-swing centre for those wanting to lower their golf handicap.
There’s plenty of sunshine on offer at Terre Blanche – 300 days on average to be precise. It’s also set delightfully in a hidden corner of Provence on the edge of the beautiful Côte d’Azur. The grand plan was to create an Eldorado for golfers and, with help from architect Dave Thomas, two golf courses, including the fabled 6,616-metre Le Château layout opened to rapturous applause in 2000.
The five-star Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort is nestled in an unspoilt southeastern corner of France, and it’s fashioned in the style of a Provençal hillside village where each of the suites and villas enjoy bucolic views from their individual private terraces across rolling rural countryside.
The two 18-hole golf courses are named Le Château and Le Riou and both are immaculately maintained and thoroughly enjoyable to play. The late Dave Thomas slipped the Château course onto the landscape like a hand sliding into a silk glove, transforming a wild and hilly landscape into a golfing heaven with a layout that will test the very best golfers. Le Château staged the French Riviera Masters (a European Senior Tour event) on four occasions between 2012 and 2015.
While Le Château is the layout that rides high in the Continental European rankings, Le Riou course is considered by many golfers to be equally enjoyable. Measuring 6,005 metres from the back tees, the Riou is considerably shorter than its sibling, but no less challenging, with tree-lined fairways laid out in the higher reaches of the hilly landscape. The Riou has also been used as a venue on the Ladies European Tour Access Series, hosting the Terre Blanche Ladies Open between 2010 and 2013.
Both courses were originally intended for private use, though casual visitors are now welcome to tackle the 18 holes on the Château layout, which means the Riou is exclusively available to members and resort guests only. A spacious and inviting clubhouse serves both courses.
Here are a few review comments from golfers who’ve played the Continental European Top 100 ranked Château course:
“The Château course was the highlight on a recent golf trip to the South of France. The whole Terre Blanche experience is saved for the very well off or the very lucky, I am in the latter group – everything at the resort is 5-star throughout and that includes the golf.”
“Don't let the luxurious environment and the perfect service mislead you. This is a top-notch golf course; you do get value for a lot of money. Most holes are a real brainteaser for the better golfer.”
“The course really is hard to fault – it is pretty close to perfect. The condition is amazing, the holes are interesting and varied and the service impeccable. As a golfing experience it beats the socks off everything in the area.”
“Often, an over-priced resort course can be a massive let down. At Terre Blanche, the whole experience from start to finish was exceptional.”
“It’s true it’s not cheap, but it is worth every cent. A great golf course in perfect condition and it’s so much fun to play.”