By Thierry Piolatto
The Seine-Maritime (and more particularly the Pays de Caux) is a privileged and quickly accessible destination for the whole of Ile de France. By radiating around Etretat, you will be able to access a treatment offer that is both sophisticated and very varied. Our steps have led us from Tapovan Center to the residence of Sissi passing by the Dungeon of Etretat, the Tilleuls and the Pins of Caesar. Embark on amazing discoveries.
01_ AYURVEDIC CENTER TAPOVAN AT SASSETOT LE MAUCONDUIT
Founded by Kiran Vyas, this center is a precursor and reference in France in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Many stars come there discreetly to take cures for a day, a weekend or a week.
Organized in the form of an Open University, you will be able to access Yoga and Ayurvedic teachings (with a certificate of professional practice for the most diligent), take advantage of Ayurvedic treatments and mini-cures, practice meditation, Carnatic chanting, Hatha Yoga or improving your Ayurvedic dietary cuisine in one of the countless buildings on the estate.
Here everything is produced locally and visiting the vegetable garden or the farm (chickens and goats are on the menu) are part of both the way of life and the attractions. We tested for you the Kansu massage, a foot massage with the bowl.
The goal: to achieve greater fulfillment and self-fulfilment. A delight! We also recommend the Detox cure to start the new year well, a program that combines classic Ayurveda treatments: udvartana, pichauli, sweating and shashtishalipindsweda Kansu. You will eliminate your toxins (ama) and you will perform a deep internal cleansing with the aim of rejuvenation (rasayana).
02_ THE SUMMER RESIDENCE OF SISSI
The fashion being for sea bathing, Empress Elisabeth of Austria had set her sights on the Alabaster Coast. She loved staying in this large castle which has kept its name, which has now been converted into a hotel restaurant, and smelling the sea spray at Petites Dalles beach hidden in one of the many valleys (we don’t say valley but valleuse for small valley) embellished with Belle Epoque villas. You should know that the Empress also hid herself from prying eyes during her baths by taking a long corridor of stretched canvas from her cabin to the sea. The 17th century castle, opening onto a large park, retains an old-fashioned but wildly romantic charm. You can come here for a wedding, a birthday or simply for a weekend.
The key: seaside walks and horseback riding if, like Sissi, you like to ride. However, avoid crossing wheat or beet fields like this beautiful Empress who had, it is whispered, some neighborhood conflicts with the peasants of the time (a priori richly compensated).
On the heights of Etretat with a bird’s eye view of the village and the sea, this area is simply magnificent: a manor house, a proud dungeon, a house “le Cottage” housing very designer rooms, a bistro and a spa will welcome you after a compulsory passage under its beautiful canopy in the form of a winter garden. The 25 rooms have a unique style and bear the names of celebrities who have stayed at the Domaine. We highly recommend a detour to the spa run by Patricia Verbecq. Champion of France in 2019, she will introduce you to the signature massage of the dungeon. A gourmet stop is also essential in the restaurant entirely decorated by Jean Charles de Castelbajac and managed by Chef Gabin Bouguet which offers gourmet cuisine (3 Michelin forks) with local products combining land and sea with happiness and originality. Everything is homemade: sauce bases, fruits, vegetables, bread or butter. The essential? Saint Jacques de Fécamp!
04_ THE TILIA IN ETRETAT
In the heart of the village, the particular hotel “Les Tilleuls” is a beautiful guest house from 1738. The sumptuous restoration of this building allows you to spend an exceptional stay in one of the 5 rooms and suites with the possibility of enjoying the large common areas such as the kitchen, the cinema room, the gardens bordered by an alley of lime trees. or the terrace. The furniture comes from all over the world creating a very serene atmosphere. For those who love Yoga, know that retreats with the brand Baya are frequently programmed, the house having a magnificent room on its top floor. Don’t forget to enjoy a walk on the cliffs with Cyriaque, a formidable naturalist guide who will reveal all the enigmas of Etretat to you and will make you discover the sumptuous Russian garden of Alexander Grivko decorated with dozens of works of art. ‘art.
05_ THE CAESAR PINES IN ST JOUIN DE BRUNEVAL
Away from Etretat, why not continue your stay at the hotel “Caesar’s Pines” in St Jouin de Bruneval. Bordered by a 20-hectare park, the 15 rooms located in the three houses of the vast estate are simply splendid with their strong colors. Well-being is at the rendezvous with a spa Nuxe, a very nice indoor heated swimming pool, a tylarium sauna and an outdoor hot tub. Always on the thread of Yoga, try the Nuxe “Ayurvedic” massage or the “Serenity” based on Shiatsu. You can then enjoy the cozy lounge and the restaurant with its long convivial table where you will also be served local products at the bedside of a large fireplace. This family home is part of a group operating the Maisons de Lea, Vent d’Ouest, le Tourbillon and les Enfants Sages in the region.
1- Ayurvedic center TAPOVAN65 route d’Anneville 76540 Sassetot le Mauconduit
2- Sissi CastleRue Elisabeth of Austria 76540 Sassetot le Mauconduit
3- Domaine Saint-Clair – The Dungeon in EtretatChemin de Saint-Clair, 76790 Étretat
4- The Limes45 Rue Isabey 76790 Étretat
5- Caesar’s Pines, 1 chemin des Echos – Saint Jouin Bruneval