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ESCAPADE

Vous pensiez connaître ? Provence et touristes… à quelques pas de chez vous ou de votre hôtel se cache l’inattendu. Entre mer et sommets préalpins, littoral ponctué de baies, presqu’îles et terres ensoleillées, les palaces, les plages, les golfs et les balades vous réservent de belles surprises. Partez à la découverte de ces lieux remarquables.

March 2024

Venus d’ailleurs pour recevoir en Provence

Provence worked its charm on them. They quit their home region to settle somewhere between the Mediterranean coast and the Vaucluse, where they now play host to visitors in love with Provence.

by Valérie Rouger

La Villa Amara

Lilli Engle and Blake Dawson, an American couple, wanted to share with others the wonderful quality of life to be enjoyed in a luxurious mansion in Aix-en-Provence. They both love this ‘city of art and fountains’ and set about renovating a 19th-century townhouse to offer three delightful guest rooms in an idyllic setting. With its verdant surroundings and the typical façade of a grand 1850s townhouse, this luxury hotel has presence. You’ll find it hard to choose between the Imperial suite with its East Asian touch, the sunny Estival and the Secrète with its black and white theme. This is the perfect place to recharge your batteries, idling by the pool or taking inspiration from Cézanne. Artists will feel completely at home here.

19 cours des Arts et Métiers Aix-en-Provence | Tél. 04 42 27 14 14 | villa-amara.fr

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L’Auberge La Coste

L’Auberge La Coste is due to open this Spring in the heart of the Château La Coste wine estate, where the vineyards are dotted with remarkable modern buildings and sculptures. The Auberge has a wonderful view of it all. It will have 76 rooms and suites, decorated with artistic simplicity and with the accent on wood and steel. A delightful, welcoming place for enjoying Provençal luxury.

L’Auberge will have a restaurant offering convivial cuisine with traditional local recipes and produce, and a bar that invites easy conversation. This gem of a hotel is the latest Provençal venture of Patrick McKillen (Paddy to his friends), who hails from Ireland.

2750 route de la Cride, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade | Tél. 04 42 50 50 00

chateau-la-coste.com

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L’hôtel de Tourrel

The 17th-century building is still recognisably itself, but skilfully dressed with a contemporary interior décor. Ralph Hüsgen and Margot Stängle, from Germany, took over this hotel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence about ten years ago. They have turned it into a superb small hotel with nine suites and a rooftop split between a pool and a lounge area with a splendid city view. The sense of excellence that imbues the building and the décor is echoed in the restaurant and the wine-tasting room. 

5 rue Carnot, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Tél. 04 84 35 07 20

detourrel.com

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La Maison des Lamanon

The Pace family are globe-trotters who have seen all the wonders of the world, but it was Provence that charmed them in the end. The project was crazy enough to suit them: to renovate an abandoned 18th-century mansion below Château de l’Empéri in Salon-de-Provence. So now it boasts ten holiday flats, each with its own personality but respecting the character of the house. They wanted to make the kind of place they’d like to stay in themselves: part hotel, part luxury guesthouse, a home from home. For relaxation try the spa, with swimming pool and jetted tub, in the 14th-century vaulted cellars. And for a gourmet meal, head to the restaurant Le Moulin des Sens, run by Eric Larroche and Marc Fornieles.

35 rue Moulin d’Isnard, Salon-de-Provence | Tél. 06 89 77 58 38 | lamaisondeslamanon.fr

Le Hameau des Baux

Guillaume Multrier and Aurélie Blanquart are mad about hospitality. At Le Hameau des Baux they have created a whole new hotel concept. They wanted a different kind of luxury, in an authentic, artistic place where each guest has a house of their own. This place, which they’ve called Les Petites Maisons, has been designed around three essentials: art and beauty, dining pleasure, and wellbeing. The cottages, chapel, suites and rooms all offer relaxing comfort. The luscious food is by Julie Chaix, a native of the region. Then there’s the village square with its fountain, the pétanque court, the terraces and the swimming pool. You’ll want to stay forever.

285 chemin de Bourgeac Paradou | Tél. 04 48 70 00 24 les-petites-maisons.com

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Coquillade Provence  

Swiss magnate Andreas Rihs, known to all as Andy, fell in love with the Luberon hills in 2000. A few years later, he bought a hamlet founded long ago by Cistercian monks, and a separate vineyard. La Coquillade and the Aureto wine estate were born. Now, Andreas’ sons Olivier and Tobias continue the family venture, taking the wines and the hotel complex to ever higher ranks of excellence. It boasts several swimming pools, one of the biggest spas in Provence, and three restaurants overseen by top gastronomic chef Pierre Marty. Authenticity and the good life, combined with an eco-friendly approach in line with the Luberon Nature Park’s principles. Coquillage Provence was already climate-neutral by 2022. The Cycling Center, born of Andrea Rihs’ cycling enthusiasm, has bikes for hire for some wonderful rural rides.

Hameau Le Perrotet, Gargas | Tél. 04 90 74 71 71 - coquillade.fr

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Capelongue

Barthélemy Bauters is from the North of France but, before he arrived in Provence, he worked in New Zealand, China, French Polynesia and Australia, to name but a few. Capelongue, the latest jewel in the Beaumier Group’s crown, is happy to welcome him as its new manager. This estate perched on a hilltop above Bonnieux village embodies the essence of Provençal luxury living. Its recent renovation has filled it with sunlight. Noël Bérard, the Michelin-starred chef, follows the ‘eat local’ rule to delight your tastebuds.

550 chemin des Cabanes, Bonnieux | beaumier.com

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La Mirande

Hannelore and Achim Stein are collectors with a passion for old buildings. In 1987, they set out to revive a gem of an 18th-century building that had been left to rot in the once-Papal city of Avignon. Today, La Mirande is a hotel that evoked the charm of yesteryear, a timeless cocoon of undeniable charm. Their son Martin and his wife Julia carried on and made the hotel the gem it is today. Since Martin’s death, his family have kept up the good work. The 5-star hotel boasts 26 sophisticated rooms and suites, each with its own period prints on fabrics and wallpapers. The gastronomic restaurant, under Michelin-starred chef Florent Pietravalle, is becoming famous far beyond the borders of France.  

4 place de L’Amirande Avignon | Tél. 04 90 14 20 20 | la-mirande.fr

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