The South Of France
After spending seven weeks in the South of France this summer, I got to know Provence on a much deeper level. Between the luxurious countryside hotels, the unforgettable local food and the picture-perfect landscapes, this stunning region is an absolute dream to explore. Enjoy our round-up of the most fabulous must-visit destinations for the jet setting woman entrepreneur.
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La Bastide de Gordes
Rue de la Combe, 84220 Gordes, France
+33 4 90 72 12 12
Set against a lush Provence hillside and overlooking the resplendent Luberon, La Bastide de Gordes is like stepping into a French fairy tale. With architecture dating back to the 12th century, the hotel promises an intimate and luxurious stay, complete with three swimming pools and a restaurant, Peir, from three star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire.
Hotel Crillon le Brave
Place de l’Eglise, 84410 Crillon-le-Brave, France
+33 4 90 65 61 61
Located on a gorgeous hilltop with magnificent views, this sprawling hotel encompasses seven historic cottages that are interconnected through winding staircases, stone passageways and beautiful open-air courtyards. Also, a stay here would not be complete without a meal of delicious seasonal fare from Head Chef Jerome Blanchet, offered with an ample selection of local Provence wines.
Domaine de Manville
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 40 20
Immerse yourself in the Provençal harvest at Domaine de Manville, a former farming estate turned a five star paradise that will delight all the senses. Imagine waking up to the smells of rosemary, thyme, fresh bread and olive groves, while sipping on a glass of the best rosé that Provence has to offer and feasting on delicious seasonal local fare.
Chateau de Berne
Route de Salernes, 83510 Lorgues, France
+33 4 94 60 43 60
Located on a 500-acre vineyard, the Chateau de Berne offers a mix of relaxing leisure and physical activity. Imbibe in the seasonal culinary delights of Head Chef Benjamin Collombat, or explore hiking and biking trails in the vast surrounding landscape, all while sipping on a nice cold glass of homegrown Chateau de Berne rosé.
La Bastide De Marie
144 Chemin du Petit Darbon- 74120 Megève – France
+33 (0)4 50 90 63 20
Gina loved visiting this fabulous Maison&Hotels Sibuet property for lunch and a properly chilled glass of rosé. Jocelyn Sibuet has created the perfect mixture of a rustic Provençal vineyard and a modern luxury resort. It’s a lavender-scented intimate getaway offering all the best that the Luberon wine region has to offer.
La Villa Gallici
18 Avenue de la Violette, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 23 29 23
This five star 18th century residence brings a welcome splash of Italian style to the Provence region, while still offering a hushed boudoir atmosphere that feels quintessentially French. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool under the shady cypress trees, or taking a short walk into the heart of Aix-en-Provence, La Villa Gallici promises to be a sun-kissed, must-see boutique hotel experience.
Le Perrotet, 84400 Gargas, France
+33 4 90 74 71 71
A perfect spot for lovers of the great outdoors, La Coquillade overlooks the picturesque Luberon region and Mont-Ventoux. Get some sun while you explore over 90 acres of vineyards on the premises, or rent bikes and plan a picnic in the stunning surrounding countryside. And when you return, indulge in a variety of world-class spa treatments at La Coquillade’s brand new five-star spa.
5 Avenue du Pigonnet, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 59 02 90
Step into a Cézanne painting at Le Pigonnet. The famed French painter was a frequent guest at the hotel, and could be seen wandering around the surrounding gardens, easel in hand, waiting for inspiration to strike. Between the chestnut groves, stunning greenery and world class service and amenities, Le Pigonnet is sure to inspire and delight the inner artist in any lucky traveler who comes to stay.
La Mirande Hotel
4 Place de l’Amirande, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 90 14 20 20
A perfect blend of luxury hotel and private residence, La Mirande offers guests the chance to play house; in this case, the house is an 18th century French villa. Each room is outfitted in an ornate 18th century style, and offers views of the hotel gardens and the quietly bustling city of Avignon.
Hotel Du Castellet
3001 Route des Hauts du Camp, 83330 Le Castellet, France
+33 4 94 98 37 77
A restorative spa and resort, Hotel du Castellet is a perfect oasis for the Provençal traveler. Wander the sun-kissed gardens, enjoy delectable cuisine by two star Michelin chef Christophe Bacquie, and rejuvenate in the world-renowned spa.
L’Oustau de Baumaniere
D27, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 54 33 07
If you are a craving an authentic taste of Mediterranean hospitality, look no further than L’Oustau de Baumaniere. This discreet family-owned country inn offers the best in the art of Provençal living, without any unnecessary bells and whistles. Simply the best!
Le Chateau des Alpilles
Route de Rougadou, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
+33 4 90 92 03 33
Brought back to life in 1979 by an intrepid mother-daughter team, this gloriously restored manor supposedly dates back to the 13th century. The Manor, as it’s called, is surrounded by several acres of gardens and forests, including several centuries-old cypress trees. For anyone looking for beauty and privacy, Le Chateau Des Alpilles is a perfect Provençal pick.
La Bastide Saint Antoine
48 Avenue Henri Dunant, 06130 Grasse, France
+33 4 93 70 94 94
Nestled in an olive grove in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, La Bastide Saint Antoine offers guests a mix of classic Provençal style and modern, top-of-the-line amenities. This five star haven offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, Michelin-starred cuisine from Jacques Chibois, and is in close proximity to a number of can’t-miss destinations.
Hotel de Tourrel
5 Rue Carnot, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence
+33 4 84 35 07 20
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is an essential Provençal destination, and the Hotel de Tourrel is an excellent point of entry. A former 17th-century French nobleman’s mansion, this small hotel of just seven suites is a perfect couple’s retreat in the heart of a storybook village.
Domaine de la Baume
2071 Route d’Aups, 83690 Tourtour, France
+33 4 83 13 27 27
A renovated Bastide and the former home of French painter Bernard Buffet, this ochre-colored dream of a destination is a perfect way to experience lavender scented Provençal elegance. With glorious 18th century decorated rooms and a jaw-droppingly gorgeous surrounding environment, the Domaine de la Baume is a true jewel.
Domaine de Terre Blanche
3100 Route de Bagnols-en-Forêt, 83440 Tourrettes, France
+33(0)4 94 39 90 00
With an award-winning spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Terre Blanche is an intimate getaway nestled in the lush natural landscape of Provence—but only 45 minutes from the Nice International Airport. The fabulous five-star hotel is disguised as an old stone village on a hillside, each room boasting its own private terrace from which to enjoy the incredible views.