Château & Spa de la Commanderie
What do the Knights Templar, instigators of the French Revolution, pioneering industrialists and your fine self have in common? Or rather, could have in common? They’ve all stayed at the Chateau de la Commanderie during its 700-year history. So why should you? Located 10 minutes from Grenoble city centre, the chateau is surrounded by sprawling green gardens of neat topiary and shady pines, only interrupted by an opulent pool and awnings for dining alfresco. Chef Rui Rouxinol sources ingredients from local producers for his menus; opt for “traditional” for classic dishes or “discovery” for playful flavours and textures. Similarly, choose between a historic or modern room, some with balconies, when making your booking. Sip a herbal tea in the spa, which is organised around five Feng Shui elements (water, fire, metal, wood, rock), and alternate between the jacuzzi and hammam, before heading out to sip champagne on the lawn.