Wandering through the heart of Provence between canyons and gorges, olive orchards and lavender fields, is first of all to recharge your batteries amidst magnificent landscapes. Here, perhaps more than anywhere else, you’ll enjoy a silence disturbed only by the sweet song of the cicadas. Take the time to look, smell and taste all the small pleasures bestowed by this land, which has much more to offer than its pretty postcards. Provence not only awakens your senses, it heightens them.
This property is annually closed. Reopening on 4/28/23
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Located between Roussillon and Gordes, Le Phébus is a mas, steeped in history, where the rooms overlook the tranquil water of their private swimming pools. Rebuilt on remains dating back to the medieval knights of the Order of Malta, this is a jewel of a hotel and the perfect place to take shelter when the mistral wind blows across the garrigue. Its location is ideal to explore the Luberon, and the ILA & Végétalement Provence Spa is the perfect place to relax with treatments based on lavender essential oils. In the restaurant, the traditional cuisine breathes new life into ancient Provencal recipes and offers a superb “soupe au pistou”, a regional vegetable soup with garlic and basil. ... Learn moreless
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. With its breathtaking views of the Luberon valley, this Provencal farmhouse is the perfect place to relax. Witness unforgettable sunsets to the song of chirping cicadas from the terraces of the mas with its sun-bleached walls. The Mas des Herbes Blanches is set around a magnificent pool, surrounded by cypresses, olive trees, mediterranean pines and palm trees. From here, discover the charms of the Vaucluse, with its watermills, windmills and dry stone huts – a beautiful part of the world that has seduced and inspired a number of great artists including Marc Chagall, Serge Poliakoff and Victor Vasarely as a living painting. ... Learn moreless
Discover one of the delights of the Luberon region, just a short distance from Rustrel. This incredible landscape features ochre soil, stone columns and a real canyon! The work of nature and man, a meeting between an ochre quarry and the erosion of the elements, this Provençal version of Colorado offers...Read More less
A short drive away is the Domaine vinicole de la Citadelle where Alexis Rousset Rouard invites you to taste the region’s best wines (his own!) and visit the corkscrew museum.
Founded in 1148, the Sénanque abbey is one of the three provençal ‘sisters’ of the Cîteaux order. In 1988, the site was reinvested by a community of Cistercian monks who have progressively brought life back to the medieval buildings. Although austerity reigns here, part of the abbey is open to visitors....Read More less
Gordes is an out-of-season paradise. That is the perfect time to must come and lose yourself in its charming, narrow alleyways, bordered with stone and flagstone houses. The light of the pastel coloured facades reflects the panorama over the Coulon valley. Gordes dominates an enchanting landscape which...Read More less
This property is annually closed. Reopening on 3/30/23
Hotel and restaurant in a park. Once home to a large family of Provençal humanists, Château de Fonscolombe has preserved its soul. Its salons of Genoa leather and Chinese wallpaper still resonate with their lively character. The park, with paths lined by majestic trees, is the fantastic oeuvre of a lineage of botanists. As for the restaurant L’Orangerie, it too has embraced the chic, rustic and Provençal charm of the estate. Soft and subdued in winter, it takes its summer quarters in the shade of a large bald cypress. Chef Quentin Durand breathes his creativity into a modern cuisine with original Provencal flavors in harmony with the richness of the terroir. ... Learn moreless
Continue along the route to a site of outstanding natural beauty, the Gorges du Verdon, unique in Europe and part of the Provence region, where you’re invited to enjoy a range of activities, including rafting and canyoning. Follow the route to Gréoux les Bains, a charming little Provençale town renowned...Read More less
Opened in 2006 by Olivier Baussan, the founder of L’Occitane en Provence, this écomusée, installed in an old lime fort, is entirely dedicated to the growing of olives. Through discovering and tasting various local products but also through exhibitions of photos and contemporary art, visitors can discover...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in a park. Nestled on the hillside near the idyllic village of Mane and drenched in Provencal sunshine, this convent was home to nuns before it was converted into an upscale hotel. Protected from the Mistral wind by the statuesque Volx Rock, the building, which dates back to 1613, is a blend of medieval architecture and contemporary design. You will be delighted by the period facades, 100 year-old terraced gardens, and the station of the cross overlooking the environs. The rooms have been decorated with great attention to detail and have a gentle Mediterranean style, as does Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa, a temple to wellness and a promise of renewed well-being. ... Learn moreless
The world-renowned L’Occitane brand originated here in Manosque. Visit this authentic village which has managed to retain its charms and admire L’Occitane’s soap workshop and beauty products as you explore the origins of one of France’s biggest worldwide successes. Manosque is also the birthplace of...Read More less
Stroll through the alleyways of Manosque and find the soul of Angelo, the Hussar hero on Jean Giono's rooftop. At the Centre Jean Giono, in his house and gardens, you will discover how the writer drew his inspiration from human nature, but also from the surrounding landscapes and medieval villages comprising...Read More less
Famed for its very rich Monday market, Forcalquier is a real gastronomic crossroads. In this small town, the renowned Distilleries et domaines de Provence was founded, whose Henri Bardouin pastis recipe mixes more than 65 plants and spices. Those who love absinthe, strong sensations and all things bitter...Read More less
This property is annually closed. Reopening on 2/11/23
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Countless generations of the Gleize family have looked after this 18th century post house. The balconies, the mosaiced walkways and the almond-green shutters are the work of Jany, the latest in the line. In the kitchen he reinvents the Provencal recipes of grandmother Gabrielle, with traditional flavours. Sweets are a tribute to Jany’s father, Pierre, a confectioner. Sample the delicious lavender honey ice cream served in it’s bee hive. A vegetable and a landscaped garden blend flowers, fruit and vegetables. Much more than simply a stopover, this is a voyage for the senses and a stepping stone to reaching perfect happiness. ... Learn moreless
The legend associated with these rocks dates back to the late 19th century. Local families still talk about these stones via hints, somewhat fearfully referring to the petrified monks wearing their frocks and pointed hoods. Beliefs are strong here and even the tour guides now mention the site by the...Read More less
Located close to the restaurant, Jany Gleize has spent over 10 years cultivating his garden organically. The Michelin-starred chef uses its aromatic plants, "forgotten" vegetables and fruit trees in creating his daily-changing menus. The owner named the Jean Rey vegetable garden after his grandfather,...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
‘My Route du Bonheur is made up of several little routes through charming and romantic landscapes. From the heights of the Côte d’Azur, it takes us through bucolic, foodie Provence. Here, the majestic silence of the abbeys is answered by the song of the cicadas and the scent of lavender.’