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Natural and organic skin and spa brand, Ila, is delighted to announce the launch of Maison Ila, Le Trésor - a healing space in the heart of the Aude, Languedoc Roussillon, France. A former chambre d’hôtes in the charming village of Sonnac, the seven-bedroom property has been given new life as Ila’s first dedicated permanent wellness retreat location.
Set in verdant, blossoming gardens in the picturesque village and bucolic surroundings where time is marked by the gentle sound of the village church bells, Maison Ila (also known as Le Trésor) is home to a main house with five bedrooms, communal dining space, snug, treatment room and yoga and sound healing studio. It also has a separate cottage with a further two bedrooms, living space and kitchen.
Denise and her husband, John spent lockdown at the property and so were gifted this time to really pour their heart and soul into Maison Ila. They lovingly added their own special touches; painting the walls with powdered gems and essential oils, creating a treatment room and yoga studio and planting a soul garden full of healing herbs and plants such as St John’s Wort, Roman Camomile, Geraniums, Sage, Verviene, Lavender, Jasmine and Honeysuckle that Denise will be using in both food and treatments.
Ila's French home will be a sanctuary of healing based on the brand's core belief that healing starts from the inside and that by giving ourselves space and time, consciously relaxing the nervous system, the body and mind are able to rest, naturally rebalance and reconnect to our inner essence of radiant health and a peaceful mind. Maison ila offers a curated menu of face and body therapies and shamanic journeys, including Flexbeam red light therapy and treatments created especially for the brand-new CBD collection which launches at the end of July.
Yoga, meditation and sound healing will be complemented by wild swimming in neighbouring natural pools, and wild movement specialist Alli Suddaby will guide guests through a playful outdoor practice that honours the fundamental movement of the body. Guests can expect seasonal, predominantly plant-based, cuisine that uses the abundant local seasonal produce and is nutritious, nurturing and full of flavour.
In addition to its open-hearted resident team, Maison Ila will also welcoming visiting practitioners throughout the year to offer their expertise and wisdom to guests.
Founder, Denise Leicester, says: "As I have French heritage, John and I had always imagined a home in the south of France. When we happened across ‘Le Trésor’ – the treasure - as it was called, we knew we had found our place; although a little unexpectedly, we felt it was too special to keep it to ourselves! There is a magic here that lends itself perfectly to the creation of a dedicated il space and we are so excited to welcome guests to escape here with us for heartfelt rejuvenation."
Room-only Rates from 150 EUR per night
Three, five and seven Bien Être retreat packages available including:
Arrival and departure wellness consultations
Two daily therapies (one 60/90 mins and one in-room ritual)
Two yoga sessions
One sound healing session
One daily activity (cycling, wild swimming, forest bathing)
An organic vegetarian diet (intermittent fasting)
One to two natural movement session(s) with Alli (depending on length of stay)
Five and seven night stays: 120 minute therapy – Shamanic healing or Chakra Wellbeing)
Extra activities such as morning yoga, breakfast at Rennes les Bain or hot springs and supper plus fire by the river
Three nights from 1000 EUR
Five nights from 1600 EUR
Seven nights from 2240 EUR
Check out www.maisonila.com
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