Spa Review and Mini Giveaway: Les Sources de Caudalie

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Last month I visited the beautiful Caudalie spa in Bordeaux – Les Sources de Caudalie. It’s surrounded on all sides by gorgeous vineyards and looks for all the world like a little medieval hamlet – although it’s only just over ten years old, it has been built using reclaimed materials and it really does “blend” with the surroundings. It’s the type of idyllic place that could easily be described purely with clichés; it “nestles” in the vineyards, the views from the windows are “breathtaking”, the guest rooms are “rustic yet stylish” and have that “cosy home-from-home feel”. (I can think of many more of these clichés, let me tell you – I used to be obsessed with becoming a travel agent when I was little! As well as a doctor, a nurse, a film star and a My Little Pony.)

But I’ll stop with the empty clichés because Les Sources de Caudalie is far too brilliant for them. The designers should be applauded; they’ve managed to keep a friendly, country-house feel whilst providing the best facilities. Michelin-starred dining, an all-singing-all-dancing spa, a Chateau across the way that produces incredible wine..

I hope that I’ve captured the essence of the spa and hotel in my little video below – it was a beautiful day and I just couldn’t resist wandering into the vines for a bit of filming! I had to really resist picking some grapes and eating them – apparently they have guards in watchtowers who make sure that people keep their greedy fingers off the vines. They are authorised to shoot on sight. (Joke.)

You can find out more about the Caudalie Spa in Bordeaux on their website here.

See below the video pane for my little Caudalie giveaway!

I have five gorgeous gift boxes of Caudalie VineExpert products to giveaway – each contains samples of some of the hero products in the range.

To be in with a chance of winning, you must be signed up to the A Model Recommends: Exclusive newsletter – if you’re not, just pop your email into the box below:


Then leave me a comment on this post. It must include the word “grape”. Entries before noon on Saturday please – that’s Saturday 20th October 2012. One entry per person, and no crying if you don’t win. They be the rules!

226 comments

  1. Grapes are yummy, especially when cold and crunchy. A mushy grape is not so fine, unless of course you make some wine! ;-)

  2. GRAPE – hope i’m in time to enter – fab prizes

  3. what a grape giveaway! Thank you x

  4. Q: What’s round and purple and conquered the world?
    A: Alexander the Grape!

    Q: What did the green grape say to the purple grape?
    A: Breathe! Breathe!

    Q: Why aren’t grapes ever lonely?
    A: Because they come in bunches!

    Q: What did the grape say when he got stepped on?
    A: He let out a little wine.

    Q: “What’s purple and huge and swims in the ocean?”
    A: “Moby Grape.”

    Q: If white wine goes with fish, do white grapes go with?
    A: Sushi!

    Q: What did one grape say to another?
    A: You’ve got appeal in bunches!

    Q: Why did the grape stop in the middle of the road?
    A: Because he ran out of juice

    Err… I think I’m done

  5. Grape giveaway!

  6. Wow, what a beautiful serene place! Loved the video, and feel completely inspired! I only use one of Caudalie’s products – the cleansing water – but I still feel like the antioxidant grape power packs quite a cleansing punch!

  7. Red grape, green grape… as long as they are peeled and being fed to me by my gorgeous husband by a pool in the sun

  8. Grapes, so yummy in my tummy

  9. My face needs grapes :)

  10. I love grapes!

  11. Grapes make my day

  12. Grapes are yummy!

  13. Grape Haiku:

    Unassuming skin,
    Perfect and pleasingly plump,
    red, green, white, purple, blue

  14. What a grape giveaway!!! (sorry, my creativity font has run dry at the moment)

  15. Hello, I think it’d be ‘grape’ if I won this ‘grape’ Caudalie giveaway! Lol

  16. I am so jealous you got to go to Bordeaux! I’ve been to Sonoma several times, but the French wine country is on my bucket list. My parents grow grapes…and they are SO much better then what you can buy in the store. Thanks Ruth!

  17. Love grape and love Caudalie. Thanks for this lovely giveaway Ruth!

  18. Hello ruth, i adore grapes! Love to eat them, and certainly love them in a caudalie product!

  19. Love grapes!! :D xx

  20. Jack Welch has such unparalleled management skills they named Welch’s Grape Juice after him, because he squeezes the sweetest juice out of his workers’ mind grapes. Alec Baldwin aka Jack Donaghy on 30 rock.

  21. Grape vines, wine, Caudalie skincate & a spa break – heaven!

  22. grape extract on my face

  23. Grape news! I would love to try some grapes in the tubes :)

  24. That woud be grape :-)

  25. got any grapes?

  26. Hi Ruth, I have grape expectations about these products! It would grape my day if I won :) xx

  27. Love those grapes in a glass!

  28. It would be really grape if I won. I’m sure I’m the first person to come up with that one… yeah right :)

  29. Hello! I think this would be an awesome addition to my little mini celebration for my birthday, which is on the 20th..I already have a lovely bottle of wine to try so maybe a grape inspired menu?! Have a nice day!

  30. No sour grapes if I dont win, I just love reading your blog :)

  31. Ooh I’d go grape if I won :D

  32. I’d be so grapeful if I could win!
    By the way… when will be the next exclusive newsletter?

  33. well, i love grapes and what could be better than trying some skincare products that are based on them? i would love to win, but even if i don’t – thank you Ruth for everything you do – love your work, hope you’ll never stop :)))

  34. I’d love to win so grape products!!

  35. Hi Ruth — I’ve been following your blog since your feature in the Telegraph and enjoy the reviews and tutorials. Also been curious about Caudalie grape products for a while — so needing to be in it to win it, I’ve now subscribed to your newsletter but wonder if this might be too much as AMR is already in my bookmarks.

  36. A juicy little ball to munch,
    grown together in a bunch;

    Carefully picked from the tree,

    a tasty grape for you and me!

    xoxo

  37. I’ve never really thought much of a ‘Spa’ Experience.. But you have really opened my eyes. !! Thank you Ruth

  38. Grape giveaway! The Caudalie spa sounds amazing! I would love to try some of their products after hearing so much about them.

  39. I’ve got this grape feeling while reading all your posts :)
    This is SO grape!)

  40. I love caudalie products…I’m using the sos serum now, to prevent my skin from creasing in the winter time..I’d love to try the vinexpert range and maybe a grape scrub in some spa here in italy(I’ve already tried the chocolate therapy with honey and…it’s amazing), but I thing the grape fruit acid will improve more the quality of the skin ^_^

  41. I heard through the grapevine that these products were amazing! Would live to win.

  42. grape expectations…

  43. I’m so grapeful for this wonderful giveaway Ruth! Thanks

  44. Ah, the grape.
    To eat it
    Or Not to eat it
    To swallow
    or chew
    oh I need it
    or at least a few
    To freeze
    To please
    That is the consumption
    of a grape
    (Do not linger on your decision for long, lest it dry.)

  45. Ahh, to have my assistant peel me a grape … ha.

  46. well I enjoy grapes in the form of wine, I’m sure I’ll enjoy using them in skincare as well. Besides French grapes are very posh down here ;)

  47. Kostromitskaia Julia

    Mmmm grapes, they are delicious both in my tummy and on my skin…

  48. I would be so grape-ful to win this giveaway! Haha. The spa looks BEAUTIFUL – would love to visit some time!

  49. Oh wow, this looks absolutely amazing! I’d love to win this – I’m having such a wine/grape obsession right now, thinking about switching careers and opening up a winery! … or maybe a wine/grape spa like Caudalie… lol

  50. Such a GRAPELICIOUS blog and brand! xo

  51. mmmm grape..love my wine and love Caudalie

  52. This is one grape-tastic giveaway!!!!

  53. Grapes. they are small and sweet, perfectly round. Hung on a vine waiting to be plucked. they dangle freely in the sun absorbing the light and the green around them. I wish i were a grape so i can bask in the warmth away from the stress and the noise; waiting to be chosen

  54. Grape! Love Caudalie and your blog!

  55. Grape are wonder fruit and expensive too!

  56. Grape!! and OMG that spa looks amazing

  57. Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Grapes make wine
    And jelly too.

  58. this is grape! and thank you!

  59. Thank you Ruth we r very grapeful for ur giveaways

  60. I love me a grape…but only if they’ve been peeled for me first! Lmao.
    Nicole

  61. Grape :) Thank you <3

  62. Sounds absolutely wonderful. I would love to be able to experience places like that. Unfortunately I’ve never been out of South U.S.A.! I’m only 20 I know I’ve got a lot of time to make it happen :) I have yet to try any of Caudalie’s products, and I know grape is the number one source of the powerful claims of her products. I’d love to get introduced to the brand!
    Grape out! x)

  63. Grapeulous giveaway darling :) Could you do a video/post on your top super duper serums/moisturisers please?
    xxx

  64. I would be ever so grapeful for new stuff to try :)

  65. ‘Tis the season for grapes! Lots of vineards making their wine this time of the year here in Portugal. Even though we are good wine producers, we have yet to make a beauty brand out of it. But you might be interested to know that there’s a Caudalie Spa in my town (Porto) in a gorgeous hotel. The beds are made out of giant wine barrels. It’s not as weird as it sounds, promise. You should come and visit sometime :)

  66. Haha great timing! I’ve been lusting for grapes all day today:) Lovely place they got there!

  67. I’d be so grape ful if I won :) x

  68. Grape-ilicious!

  69. Such a grape giveaway!

  70. I’ve just had some GRAPEs for dinner, mmm!

  71. I heard it through the GRAPE vine

  72. I simply adore Caudalie, and would be so grapeful to win this giveaway! :)

  73. No less than what I’d expect from Caudalie, grapes and all!

  74. i love grapes, i love your giveaway as well :)

  75. I have wanted to try the Caudalie VineExpert range for a while but my student budget doesn’t allow it at the moment. So, grape!

  76. I’ll try not to be Sour Grapes if I don’t win!

  77. I came across your youtube videos and then your blog, boy am I grapeful that I came across. Thank u for the great advice !!!

  78. Ruth, could you please pass me over the grapes ?

  79. Hmmmm its grapely difficult to come up with a grape pun as it where, grapetastic products though – it would be a grap honour to win one! Haha xx

  80. how wonderful it would be to win this grape-alicious set:)

  81. grapes are the best thing to eat when you are ill, because they are so refreshing and crunchy :)

  82. I just had grapes for some snack, ha!

  83. Such a grape competition! My only grape was trying to come up with a way to use the word grape

  84. Rita the parachutist

    Oh grape!

    With your amorphous shape

    You make me gape

    On tape

    (From: Odes To Various Chosen Fruits, 2012)

  85. can I just write grape? :D

  86. Gimme that grape, and (with joy) I’ll go ape!

  87. grape, so reminds me of “who’s eating gilbert grape”? good film! :D x

  88. Oh,Ruth,I’m so jealous of you sometimes!THIS is one of those times.I so wish I could afford to go to Les Sources de Caudalie.Or go traveling for that matter.I’d love to learn about wine,as well.I’d like to have my own small vineyard one day.Grapes are,like,everywhere here in Greece,you surely know,especially near the end of the summer and at the beginnings of autumn.It’s kind of inevitable you’ll be interested in them at some point.I don’t know perhaps it’s a passing fancy of mine like so many others.Anyhow,lovely place,lovely brand,lovely everything! :D

  89. Nafisah Mohamed Azmi

    grape!

  90. Grapes for the skin, would love to win!

  91. Christina Covarrubias

    My god how beautiful the place looks! How expensive were the treatments? I love Caudalie products but they can really take a big bite out of my wallet. I am excited about this new line from them and I hope to win so I can try them out! **Grape** :)
    -Christina

  92. I love Caudalie products, they’re grape!

  93. I love grape soda! And wine!

  94. Oh La La! I would love the grapey goodness. The viniferine will make my skin soft and even so count me in for the contest

  95. Grapes are my favourite fruit, particularly when crushed and fermented : )

  96. What a great giveaway, Caudalie is one of my all time favorite brands and a box of products would be grape-fully received!

  97. Love the blog, and the videos! (Grape)

  98. Sounds like the ideal giveaway for a weekend of blissful relaxation, hopefully the winnrer can enjoy it accompanied by a good bottle of grape juice, for medicinal purposes of course;p

  99. Grapes, glorious grapes :-D

  100. I will be so “grape”ful if I win!

  101. Keep myself off the grapes??!?!?! No way! Thanks for the giveaway

  102. Michelle Charlier

    I tell myself that wine counts as one of my 5 a day because it contains GRAPE (s)

  103. Would love to go to the spa and pick a grape.

  104. i love grapes:)

  105. The grape…
    Good for the face
    Desperate need

  106. Thanks for giveaway! grape:)

  107. I loved that vid of you at Caudalie. I hope you go back and we get to see more. Banana! Orange? Oh, grape. :)

  108. Grapelicious grape

  109. ooh Caudalie is my favorite! grape! their radiance serum is the grapest thing ever….yeah i am rubbish at this word game :) xx

  110. I love these Caudalie products! Must be the grape that makes them so wonderful! xx Michele

  111. What happened to Gilbert Grape? That is the question :-)

  112. Q: What did the green grape say to the purple grape?
    A: Breathe! Breathe!

    Julia – julia.molke@gmail.com

  113. Count me in…..the tartness of his face sours ripe GRAPEs….little bit of literature for you there :p x

  114. i love your sunglasses in the video!! they are beauuuutiful!

  115. Oh, grape for skin! This is such a grape idea!!!!

  116. Fabulous giveaway, and the spa looks idyllic! Well done for keeping your hands off the grapes!

  117. Ruth you look just amazing! Can you make a post about what you eat/drink, how often, if you eat sweets, what kind of sport you like and other similar informations, please?

  118. Grape post Ruth! x

  119. Send grapes to my place,and ill put em on my boat race.

  120. grapedy grape

  121. Grape video Ruth. What a beautiful place.

  122. Would love to have a grape at home spa experience!

  123. Guards in watchtowers? What’s eating Caudalie’s Grape?

  124. Clare @ The Blossom Shed

    The only think I love more than grapes in my glass is grapes on my skin:)

  125. If I won this prize, I’d be so Grapeful Ruth x

  126. fingers crossed – it’d be grape if I won. :o)

  127. Ooh I would be grape-ful if I won this giveaway- it’s stop my skin looking like a sultana instead! xx

  128. What a grape giveaway! Would love to try some Caudalie products :)

  129. grape <3
    Goign to a Caudalie Spa is one of my dream, I'm sure I'll do that if I ever get pregnant or as a little treat for a special occasion

  130. actually reading this post with a bowl of grapes! twas meant to be. x

  131. I heard it through the grapevine : this vinexpertbox is going to be mine

  132. What a fab prize! I’d go (GR)APE if I won this!!

  133. I’d love to sit with a Caudelie face mask on while enjoying a glass of “grape juice”. *wink wink* haha Thanks for the video, Ruth! It is a gorgeous place! xx

  134. i like french grapes and i cannot lie! :p

  135. Hi Ruth,
    Hope you had a great relaxing time must be hard being a famous model & student & blogger too
    would have loved this treatment, but cannot go out for a relaxation as i have a very rare muscle disease which means am unable to go out
    love crunchy grapes am a t total
    dont know why people get aggro if they don’t win not their luck
    thank you

  136. Love that Caudalie uses grape as an ingredient :)
    so natural….

  137. Veronika dobáková

    It is very easy eat some grape for dinner ( healthy and delicious )

  138. a grape giveaway!
    George – ilovegardening2@yahoo.co.uk

  139. How divine! Speaking of divine, have you tried Caudalie’s Divine Oil yet? HEAVEN. I think it’d be so grape, by the way, if I won one of your prizes! ;o)

    Marsi

    manon729 at yahoo dot com

  140. Love the power of grapes!

  141. Mmmm fermented grape-s :)

  142. Wouldn’t mind to grab, sorry grope, I mean grape on of these!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  143. Its grape to see such a fantastic niche skincare brand with such a grape following! Claudele is the grapest french pharmacy brand that I have ever used!

  144. I want me some grape. XX

  145. What a grape idea!

  146. Hi Ruth, I’d be really grape-ful (hohoho!) if you’d pick me to win this giveaway! Bad puns aside; grape, grape, grape!

  147. wow…amazing spa and amazing give away, Ruth…..grapes :)

  148. Grapes, om nom nom

  149. Love grapes, and would love to be there and try out their spa treatments!!!

  150. Caudalie are best known for there holy grape water.

  151. Did someone say GRAPE???

  152. what a grape give away!

  153. Ruth, love your videos and posts. Nice to read in the am on my way to work.:) Love Caudalie too, thanks for sharing this as grape seems a good complement to my beloved liquid gold.

  154. It would be so grape to win! Xox

  155. Grape balls of fire, what a fab giveaway!!

  156. Here in Spain we celebrate the new year by eating twelve grapes at the rythm marked by a clock in Madrid. As I don’t like grapes I instead have Maltessers, olives, or chocolates.
    This comment hasn’t got much to do with Caudalie, but it has the word grape in it ;)

  157. It would be GRAPE to win one of these! *ashamed of terrible grape based pun*

    :)

    Thank you!

  158. What did the grape say when it was stepped on? Nothing- but it let out a little whine

  159. Ooooooh, I c’d croosh a graaaape! (Northern phonetics there :-|)

  160. It’ll be nice to go there and be fed grapes by a suave bloke. ;)

  161. Grape, grape, grape, grapedy grape, grape, grape, there’s a whole bunch!!!!!!

  162. Grapes, glorious grapes!
    You can drink them as wine,
    Eat them fresh off the vine,
    Smooth them on your face
    And any other place that needs
    The beauty that is grapes, glorious grapes!

    While I’m at it, that spa is now on my Bucket List.

    Ali x

  163. It would be a grape treat if I won this giveaway!

  164. Hi Ruth, thanks for the great video, it looks so beautiful there! Grapessss!!!!!! xxxx

  165. I love caudalie, those grapes are good. It’s so beautiful there.

  166. mmm grapes…

  167. I love grapes..red ones, green ones and black ones! X

  168. My favourite Grape is found in my favourite drink Pinot Grigio! The Spa looks fab!

  169. i would try these products relaxing while someone peels me ‘Grapes’ and i eat them. yum yum yum.

  170. I’m picking grapes at my sister in laws vineyard near York this weekend!…pretty picturesque but not on this level!!!

  171. i love grape and i would love to go to that lovely place!

  172. grapetastic!!! wishing and hoping to be a grapeful winner :)

  173. That’s a grape of a gift box! Truly gorgeous.

  174. How great this grape in the tube must be? That´ s the question. – my version of Shakespeare … Sort of:)

  175. what a grape review and giveaway, i’d be so grapeful if I won :)

  176. i would love to try grape from that lovely place…

  177. Ohh I soo want to try Caudalie products! Grape!! :)

  178. How did you resist pinching a grape straight from the vine, I would have been so tempted. The place looks lovely and good to see it’s really a vineyard too.

  179. Hi Ruth, what a fabulous give away, it is making me that excited – i could crush a grape!!!!

  180. Hi Ruth! It’s my Mum’s birthday today and I’d love to win this for her, so “grape”… Thanks

  181. Schucks, all cheesy ‘grape’ puns are already taken, damn my dilatory reply.

  182. Hi Ruth, i’m super keen to try Caudalie products so grape grape grape!

  183. I would be very ‘grape’ful to win :D x

  184. i would love to have a grape from here! love caudalie xx

  185. A top tip for refreshing bleary eyes, cut a Grape in half and dab under eyes. A top tip for Grapes; pop them in the freezer and eat them like mini ice-lollies! Blimmin’ delicious. Lucky you for visiting the Marvellous Caudalie Spa

  186. Dear Ruth. Pick me. I have even included the word grape. Observe: Grape! I could not for the life of me think of a cute grape word joke that hasn’t already been used sadly.

  187. The spa looks seriously awesome – it would be grape to visit it one day.

  188. I have always always wanted to go here! Please enter me in the competition- grape! Thank you xx

  189. Oh! What an beautiful giveaway!) Grape! And Grape again!

  190. Hello, lovely post, lovely giveaway. Thank you muchly. Grape.

  191. I’d be eternally grapeful if I won this prize – it would wash away some of the doom and gloom of my university dissertation!

  192. I would be most grapeful if you would consider me as a winner for this prize!! I’ve been wanting to try Caudalie for ages!

  193. Hiya Ruth – the Caudalie Spa looks absolutely stunning! I have thought about visiting there, but that’s as far as I’ve got … thinking … ha Having now watched your video footage, I will definitely add it to my list of places to visit ;) I first used the Caudalie Grape products about 10 years ago, when they had a relatively limited range, which I loved, but must admit I haven’t tried any of the new products in recent years …. something I must change.
    Amanda :D

  194. amazing grapeaway, thank you for opportunity to win something XO

  195. When I was 11 we had sparkling grape juice as champagne at my birthday party! :) that’s what they remind me of still haha

  196. Another grape giveaway Ruth! I bought my Mum one of the mini gift boxes for Mothers day and she raved about the luxuriousness of them. So I’d love to try them for myself! x

  197. Another interesting fact: Weintraube is the German word for Grape.

  198. The give away looks amazing!!!I am going to jump on this grape train if you don’t mind?

  199. The place looks amazing ! Grape grape grape yum yum yum

  200. Amazing giveaway! I love Caudalie! Grape!!!

  201. it would be grape to win one of these things vineally :)

  202. Les Sources de Caudalie looks devine. Grape video, Ruth.

  203. Grapetastic! The place looks lovely and their products are phenomenal!

  204. I heard it through the GRAPEvine, Ruth Crilly is a sweety! Thanks for the giveaway! Xx

  205. Grape!!! xx

  206. You make me miss home more than ever, my skin may look like is has several unholinesses beneath the surface at the best of times but I think it just needs all that I cannot afford or maybe just grape – sympathy vote?! I hope your skin is healing nicely; I wish the clean and tidy lifestyle worked so well for me. Toujours x

  207. alittlebitofluxury

    Looks like a great giveaway you generous grape!

  208. Grape grape grape

  209. IT looks beautiful, hope you had a ‘grape’ time x