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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.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.
Restaurant and hotel in the country. As a result of the merger of La Cabro d’Or and L’Oustau de Baumanière, Baumanière has become the epitome of Mediterranean art of living in a magical place. Appreciated by personalities from the political and the media world, this domain was founded by Raymond Thuillier, the "historical monument" of French gastronomy according to Gault et Millau. In 1969, Jean-André Charial took over from his grandfather as the head Chef, a position he held with maestria until today. This respected Chef is now no longer in the kitchens but managing the domaine. Beaumanière remains a unique place, nestled in the Baux-de-Provence rocky outcrops. It encompasses five buildings: L’Oustau, the historical centre, La Guigou, a Provencal mas, the Manor of the 18th century and finally Carita and Flora, in a rural setting. It also includes two gourmet restaurants, L’Oustau de Baumanière – an institution to enjoy the refined, subtle, simple cuisine of the chef – and La Cabro d’Or. A table d’hôte for lunch, a bar and numerous terraces supplement them. Moreover, the estate boasts a spa, three outdoor pools and a tennis court. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in the country. With exceptional cuisine and an inviting and sophisticated interior crafted by the artisans of the Gard region, the Restaurant Alexandre is a unique place. Two-star Chef Michel Kayser has perfected the art of pleasing the palate. The seasonal products with their special aromas are skilfully prepared and paired with wines from Languedoc-Roussillon. The île flottante with Provence truffles on a velouté of Cévennes cep mushroons and the “écrin des gourmandises d'Alexandre”, a selection of desserts, are both not to be missed. A passionate Chef, Kayser takes you on a culinary journey through deeply-rooted southern cuisine. ... Learn moreless
My friends Catherine and Benoit Hugues invite you to discover their olive press and to taste an AOC olive oil from the Vallée des Baux, surrounded by a centuries-old olive grove. www.castelas.com
Stop off at Boulbon, a small Provencal village and former fortified town with a history stretching back a thousand years. Stroll through its picturesque, rustic streets and visit the medieval castle, the former parish church of Sainte-Anne, its chapels, and the Bonnet mill before admiring the magnificent panoramic view over the Rhône plain and the Montagnette mountain range.
On your route, Tarascon is well worth a detour. Made famous by the writer Alphonse Daudet and his celebrated novel Tartarin, Tarascon’s historical heritage draws visitors from far and wide. Start at the Château du Roi René before exploring the churches of Sainte-Marthe and Saint-Jacques, the 400-year old town hall, the baroque theatre and spectacular houses scattered across this historic town. You won’t be disappointed!
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Le Prieuré in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, tucked away in the mediaeval village, with its cottage garden and its trailing wisteria, emanates a rare charm. Jean-André and Geneviève Charial, who also own two properties in Les Baux-de-Provence, say that this former convent epitomises silence and relaxation. In the different rooms and suites contemporary style meets ancient tradition. The menu also pays tribute to the region, with dishes such as duck foie gras with Gariguette strawberries from Nîmes and pot-roasted Costières wood pigeon with fresh sage. Le Prieuré’s mouth-watering cuisine is served in surroundings which bring all the senses to life. ... Learn moreless
Close to the Prieuré, the Chartreuse Pontificale du Val de Bénédiction is one of the largest Carthusian monasteries in Europe, with a church, three cloisters, frescoes by Matteo Giovannetti, forty cells and the monks’ garden. It was founded in the 14th century by Pope Innocent VI, whose mausoleum takes pride of place in the church.
Give the Perrin family my regards as you sample their excellent AOC Châteauneuf du Pape wine and discover the 13 grape varieties from which it is made.
At the peak of a rocky spur, discover Oppède-le-Vieux, a delightful hill-top village and its 12th century collegial church. Stroll along the streets of this historic village whose charm and ancient buildings have seduced countless artists and writers.
Hotel and restaurant in town. Paul Cézanne missed Aix terribly whenever he left, and never ceased to be inspired by its beauty. Many after him succumbed to the charm of this town and the ambience of this Florentine residence. The rooms are sumptuously decorated, and open onto a private garden filled with the fragrance of lavender. The cuisine pays tribute to Provence with dishes like sautéed loin of lamb and aubergine caviar with olives, black garlic sauce and fried basil. Try the famous local speciality of Calisson, sweets flavoured with melon and orange. Villa Gallici offers a special “Cézanne package”, which includes a visit to the painter’s studio. ... Learn moreless
Discover the studio of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. A window onto the world of an artistic genius, this studio, renowned as one of the birthplaces of “Art Nouveau” now plays host to a museum tailor-made for admirers of Cézanne and his work.
Carole Fracalosso invites you to discover the history of the calisson and to taste this iconic delicacy of the city of Aix en Provence at the Confiserie Léonard Parli, where calissons are produced according to a traditional recipe.
As you travel from Aix to Marseille, we suggest a detour via L’Estaque to visit the Route des Peintres, which includes a small fishing port, home to Cézanne for a year and which has inspired countless other artists.
Restaurant and hotel on the seafront. To love Marseille means to love the Mediterranean, inseparable from the city, just like Gérald Passedat’s three-star cuisine. First come sea anemones, bonito, sea urchins, crabs and shellfish. Then fish occupies the heart of his cuisine. More than 65 varieties are fished locally over the year, such as tub gurnard, rascasse, red porgy, comber fish, common dentex, in compliance with the guidelines for the protection of maritime resources. The cult dish is “Bouille Abaisse”, light, iodized and zephyr-like, and also the famous Lucie Passedat sea bass. Sea views are everywhere… from the terrace, from the restaurant and from your spacious bedroom, overlooking the distant horizon. ... Learn moreless
Philippe Renoux and his team invite you to discover the workshop where the Provençal figurines created by Marcel Renoux in the 1940s are still made. Don’t miss the “santon” museum and shop featuring hand-decorated and stamped figurines.
Just off the coast of Marseille, discover the Frioul archipelago consisting of four white limestone islands: Pomègues and Ratonneau, If and Tiboulen. The island of If and its fortress made famous by the novelist Alexandre Dumas as the prison of his memorable hero, the Count of Monte Cristo, is well worth a visit.
The nearby coastline, Les Calanques, is also a delight to explore by boat or on foot. This magnificent rocky landscape filled with creeks and hills plunges into the sea, offering the extraordinary panoramas that have forged the region’s reputation. For sports lovers, they also offer some of the most stunning climbing spots on the coast.