HOTEL B DESIGN & SPA
Chemin de Bourgeac
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Architect: André Bourguignon
Interior Design: Christophe Pillet
For husband and wife team Nancy and André Bourguignon, Hotel B Design was always about blending the three key elements of comfort, service and great food, then wrapping them in a simple, contemporary package. Now, with a little help from André’s friend, the renowned interior designer Christophe Pillet, that dream has become a reality. From the outside Hotel B Design is every bit the typical country residence. Shrouded by sun-dappled olive trees and overlooking fields of heady purple lavender, it is as much a part of the landscape as the limestone karsts it sits in front of.
But inside, there’s no trace of the oak beams and wood-burning stoves you might expect from an old-school country residence. Glass panes scatter the light that streams in through black slatted doors, illuminating open spaces, while understated yet ultra-comfortable sofas and armchairs designed by Pillet and French upholstery pioneers Neology provide somewhere to rest up and enjoy the simplicity of the design. There aren’t really any decorations to speak of, and everything you see – from the solid wooden tables to the black metal balustrades – has been built with quality in mind.
In all 14 roomy suites, this simple, effortlessly cool styling continues. Glass bedside lamps and incandescent vases from Mazzega are the only ornamental items on show, leaving the expansive oak panels and stone Boffi bathtubs to speak for themselves. The suites’ curve-less inner geography teeters on the brink of austerity, with natural hues of black, grey, brown and white making the rooms seem larger still. But with panoramic, horizontally split doors that lead onto wide balconies and a series of impressive sliding glass walls, Pillet has given guests the chance to create a space that helps them find serenity.
If the calming influence of the suites isn’t powerful enough, Hotel B Design’s spa is sure to steam, massage and detoxify guests into submission. Ensconced beneath the hotel in an angelic 250sqm basement, it features a sultry hammam and three private treatment rooms, where stimulating Carita and Decléor products are used in spa rituals that have been especially designed to arouse the senses. An indoor pool has also been named as a dedicated space for ‘therapeutic water walking’, which, after a day of exploring the olive oil mills and wineries of Paradou, could well be a welcome relief.