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A fashion reinvention at Les Sources de Caudalie, France

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Luxury French hotel Les Sources des Caudalie has had a fashion makeover. The spruced up L’Ile aux Oiseaux suite by French fashion prodigy Maxime Simoëns, was given carte blanche for a total redesign of the space, and the suite is just about ready for its first guests.

Mentored by Sydney Toldano, CEO of Christian Dior, Simoëns is the new darling of French fashion editors – LVMH have just taken a stake in his brand, and he has already been compared to a young Yves Saint Laurent.

Simoëns was briefed by Les Sources des Caudalie to use the suite, set in a summerhouse on stilts over a lake, as a creative workshop. The result is characterised by contrast: black against white, matt against gloss, plain against print – all united by greens and blues throughout.  Furnishings include a Pietro Arosio lounger, Charles Eames armchair and UV wall lighting in a chicken’s foot pattern – a nod to Simoëns’ latest catwalk collection. Panelled mirrors, lampshades and cupboard doors reference the trademark symbol of the bar-code, giving a clean graphic modernity to the suite.  Elegance, attention to detail and deep comfort combine with quality in a suite that is at once fun and relaxed, in keeping with the atmosphere of Les Sources de Caudalie.

The luxury French hotel is set in the heart of the family owned Château Smith Haut Lafitte Grand Crus vineyard near Bordeaux, home to a Michelin starred restaurant and the original Caudalie Vinothérapie spa. The hotel is inspired by the concept of the ‘French Paradox’, whereby the diet and lifestyle of southwest France is seen as conducive to good health.

The L’Ile aux Oiseaux suite, Les Sources de Caudalie, Chemin de Smith Haut Lafitte, 33650, Bordeaux-Martillac, France, sources-caudalie.com

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 9, 2013 | France Travel | View comments

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