Olivia Le Calvez, a woman of action and passion, has the gift of transforming each one of her favourites into successes. In 2002 she was enchanted by a shipowner’s mansion of the 17th century in the harbour of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. After two years of refurbishment, the Hôtel de Toiras opened its doors. It rapidly reached its consecration. In 2005 the hotel became a member of Relais & Chateaux and in 2010 the first five-star hotel of the Poitou Charente region. However, tireless Olivia did not rest on her laurels. In a little alley of Saint-Martin she discovered a new gem: a former private mansion dating back to the 18th century. She refurbished it and dedicated it to wellness and wellbeing. Opened in 2011, Villa Clarisse was immediately awarded four stars.
In parallel, her love of wine from the earth led her to a new adventure. In 2009 she acquired, together with her husband, a five-hectare vineyard in Puisseguin-Saint Emilion which they named after their daughter, Château Clarisse. Today the estate encompasses 20 hectares and its wines are served at the best restaurants in 20 countries around the world.