The cool morning air trickles through the pines and through your bedroom window, as the sun rises up over the vines. You slide open the glass doors to your terrace, and survey the scene. Except for the gurgling of your coffee machine, all is quiet. It’s his turn to get the croissants, and so he strolls down to the Domaine’s village, where fresh breads are baked each morning. You contemplate the day ahead: a massage at the Domaine’s spa, perhaps; a walk through the olive groves; or a couple of sets of tennis with the neighbours.
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By lunchtime, the air is warm and full of scent. You head off to the coast for lunch at Marseillan - grilled sea bass and squid, crisp Picpoul wine and a view to die for across the oyster beds. After lunch, a spot of shopping is required (well, it fits in nicely with his 18 holes of golf). Perhaps you’ll hit the designer boutiques in bustling Montpellier. Or hunt for bargains in the ancient heart of nearby Béziers.
That evening, as the sun dips behind the ‘Montaignes Noir’, you sip champagne with friends on the terrace of the Domaine’s 5-star hotel. They tell of their day at a private beach club, where bronzed waiters ferried drinks to their sun beds, and sail boats danced along the horizon. You plan tomorrow’s picnic - a lazy cruise down the leafy Canal du Midi. And then, set off for Pézenas, for a meal under the stars.