According to the 2014 Virtuoso Luxe Report, spa and wellness travel is constantly expanding and totals 14% of world tourism expenditure, which is forecasted to grow 9% annually through to 2017 (50% faster than regular tourism). Spas are no longer perceived as an added bonus to a resort, instead they are now looked upon as a standard facility, where quality and excellence is expected. The high-tech spa within the chateau country club at La Durantie, is set to make it an ideal country retreat destination for tourists.
La Durantie highly values the importance of a spa and planned a state-of-the- art facility at the heart of the resort making it the first of its kind in the region and likely to attract mini-break visitors from Toulouse (50 minutes away) as well as overseas guests that are seeking a stylish and relaxed country retreat in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. In recognition, La Durantie has been awarded World’s Best Leisure Development 2013-14.
The spa at La Durantie, located only a stone’s throw away from property owners’ homes, will occupy the château’s magnificent 17th century barn, which will be renovated with high windows to let in plenty of light, while retaining many of the original features such as exposed beams and original stonework. Spa facilities will include four swimming pools – indoor and outdoor, saunas, a mud house, hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms and a relaxation room. Throughout much of the spa, guests will be able to enjoy stunning views of the estate’s woodlands and château’s lush gardens. A particular highlight will include a large sun deck, accessed by enormous glass doors, which will have a spectacular view across a wildflower meadow, looking down to a natural ‘eco’ swimming pool.
Located in the Tarn region of the Midi-Pyrenees in France, La Durantie makes the perfect choice for those looking for a first or second home. The outdoor nature of this part of The Tarn in the south west of France means there is also no end of activities which promote health and well-being just beyond the gates of La Durantie. During the warmer months, cycling, fishing, horse riding, hiking and kayaking – a particular highlight being the gentle rapids at the Gorges du Tarn – are all popular pursuits in the area. During the winter months, skiing at Ax-Les-Thermes is popular and only half an hour away.
The regions abundance of year round attractions, coupled with onsite enticing facilities including a country club and state of the art spa not only make La Durantie a fantastic place for second home owners to holiday, but also drives a return on investment through villa rentals throughout the year.
Prices start at €333,250 (approx. £273,800) for a 2 bed and rising to €791,630 (approx. £654,709) for a 5 bed home.
*All prices are nett (after VAT refund) and a mandatory annual charge includes management charge and country club membership.