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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. Queen Elisabeth II, crime-writer San Antonio, actors and celebrities such as Jean Reno, Bono, Hugh Grant and Pierre Arditi... For over 60 years, personalities from all walks of life have been drawn to the breath-taking luxury offered by the Oustau de Baumanière, a legend in its own right, far from hustle and bustle of modern life, surrounded by the extraordinary natural beauty of the Baux de Provence. ... 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. With its perfumed small garden and wisteria-draped trellises in the heart of a medieval town, this former 14th century monastery enjoys a rare charm. Geneviève Charial’s sensitive renovation inspired by the monastery’s history more than merits its “Maison de Baumanière” status. ... 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. An ideal base from which to discover Aix en Provence, where total comfort, sophisticated surroundings, a warm welcome and excellent service combine to ensure you enjoy a truly relaxing stay in this enchanting residence. This “bastide”, luxuriously decorated in Provençal style, enjoys a cosy atmosphere and an 18th century Italian feel. ... 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. Suspended between the sea and the sky, this neo-Greek villa offers a perfect place to lay your head and to sample the cuisine of Gérald Passédat. Fish - locally sourced, including bygone favourites, galinette and capon - lie at the heart of his culinary creations to savour with shellfish for delicious sensations direct from the sea. ... 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.