the most beautiful hotels in the PACA region

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For you and because summer is coming, the editors of Men’s UP and Travelers Society have selected the most beautiful charming establishments of the South of France. A sporty and chic resort in the heart of the golden triangle of the Luberon, an 18th century castle near Aix en Provence, a 5-star hotel in Avignon, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our ideas for a weekend getaway two .

Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa

Credit photo – Coquillade Resort & Spa

In the ocher village of Gargas, in the country of the Luberon and on a wine estate, is this five-star Relais & Châteaux, a former Provençal farmhouse with exposed limestone and azure basins fringed by cypress and lavender, while absolutely heavenly.
In the heart of the house, hotel industry standards have been reversed and you’ll be giddy as the building houses 21 rooms and 42 suites in a picturesque village setting that is as authentic as it is sophisticated. An ideal hotel for a romantic weekend PACA.

Startled by the chirping of crickets, here you can enjoy a plethora of activities, as Andreas Rihs, the owner of the place, wished. Wine tourism thus rhymes here with bicycles (and the possibility to rent bicycles from Tour de France professionals!) meters: swimming pools, jacuzzis but also sauna, hammam, steam bath, yoga room and many cosmetic treatments…
Gourmet restaurant (named Avelan and recognized in the Michelin guide as a table that supports sustainable gastronomy, thanks in part to its own vegetable garden), luxury bistronomy or snacks prepared on the terrace by the water… There are several options. offer to guests when they sit down to eat! We remember the exceptional pastries of Chef Aurélien Trousse, medalist at the French Dessert Championship.

The added value in love? Very rural walks in the many perched villages nearby such as Roussillon and its ocher gorge, Lacoste, Gordes, Bonnieux, typical of the Luberon or even L’isle sur la Sorgue and its antique shops.

More info about Coquillade Provence Resort and Spa.

Castle of Fonscolombe

Credit photo – Castle of Fonscolombe

In the small village of Puy-Sainte-Réparade, in the heart of the authentic Bouches-du-Rhône and not far from Aix-en-Provence, this aristocratic house in the shape of a castle, built at the time of the Enlightenment, is today a beautiful five star hotel with 50 keys.
Rich in its romantic history between marquises, humanists and crowned heads of the 18th century (the garden still houses the cedar tree donated by Queen Elizabeth II), the place is truly an ode to the French way of life that has preserved its gentle soul, opulent and refined of yesteryear, combined with all the modern comforts of today.

In terms of romantic activities, whether you are more focused on idleness, culture or sport, there is no shortage of opportunities around the residence: the swimming pool, spa with hammam and massage cabins allow you to recharge your batteries in the castle itself, while La Villa Near La Coste offers one of the finest art centers in the world to visit, not to mention the charm of the surrounding Provencal villages and markets.

Inside the establishment, we are seated in the Orangerie restaurant whose gastronomic menu under the direction of Chef Quentin Durand is inspired by the wonderful products of the region. On the menu ? Don’t forget to taste the Saint-Pierre with seaweed, Provencal artichoke in texture, Hollandaise sauce yuzu nori, the signature dish of the house!

More information about the Château de Fonscolombe.

The Priory Baumanière

Credit photo – The Priory Baumanière

Run by Geneviève and Jean-André Charial, iconic owners of the Oustau de Baumanière, this five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel was a convent in the 16th century before becoming a chic country hotel near the city of Avignon.

Designed in the spirit of a family home and equipped with a very beautiful cloister where wisteria, linden trees and lush Provencal vegetation bloom and charm with their scents, the establishment consists of 26 rooms including 13 suites with a neat and elegant decor combining antiques furniture and contemporary atmosphere.
In addition to its romantic DNA, the place must be discovered for its gourmet table starred in the Michelin Guide and led by chef Marc Fontanne, who offers dishes that highlight its terroir.

The little extra? The flowery and rural exteriors and the terrace of the hotel, which are very pleasant!

More information about the Priory Baumanière.

The Mirande

Credit photo – La Mirande – Christophe Bielsa

Right in the center of Avignon, this former cardinal’s livery, closer to the Palais des Papes than one can imagine, is in itself a real journey through time, imbued on all sides with the artistic current of Romanticism.

In this beautiful residence made of blond stones, 26 keys open to rooms and suites with personalized decoration according to a theme and period printed Jouy paintings such as the parrot, the Horn of Plenty or even La Rivière Enchantée among many others… In these five – star boutique, rare and old furniture stand next to noble materials such as silk, fabrics and precious rugs, but above all a luxury where all the comforts that are good for us contemporary are subtly present, with, for example, the television sets cleverly hidden in the mirrors!

If La Mirande is a historical architectural reference and a heritage jewel, the table headed by the young wonder chef Florent Pietravalle, who has already won a star and a green star in the Michelin Guide, is clearly worth the detour: creative and eco-friendly signature cuisine – friendly , mushroom farm in the cellar, fermentation techniques and original combinations can be discovered through dishes served in what was the room where the popes dined…

The nice detail? Welcome products from the very nice brand Guerlain, at the height of the area.

All about the Mirande in Avignon.

Hotel Crillon Le Brave

Credit photo – Hôtel Crillon le Brave – Matthieu Salvaing.

Facing Mont-Ventoux and the laces of Montmirail, amid vineyards and olive groves, this “split” hotel over nine 17th- and 18th-century buildings in the village of Crillon-le-Brave is an ode to a change of scenery and the emblematic softness to live in Provence. Among the ivy and the vines hugging their old stones, the residences belonging to the Maison Pariente group have been renovated by the famous architect Charles Zana.

At the heart of this medieval maze, 34 keys, including 18 suites, provide access to spaces subtly decorated in natural tones that have preserved their original architectural character, thanks in part to terracotta tiles, beams, woodwork and exposed stones.

As a couple, we like to relax under the azure sky in the turquoise waters of the outdoor pool surrounded by lush, flowery vegetation or in the Écuries spa, an oasis of tranquility par excellence between bluestone and lavender.
We will dine in the gourmet restaurant La Madeleine where we feast on the talent of the new chef, Adrien Brunet, passionate about locavore cuisine and the authenticity of flavors.

More information about the Crillon le Brave hotel.

Hotel Tiara Yaktsa

Credit photo – Hotel Tiara Yaktsa

A member of Relais & Châteaux and located in Théoule-sur-mer, this luxury five-star hotel literally overlooks the great blue and offers ubiquitous panoramic sea views. Behind its exotic-sounding name hides a taste of paradise. Here the dream setting is an invitation to travel: sea spray, palm trees, white sheets, infinity pool, terraced gardens and multiple terraces with double recliners make it the perfect place for a honeymoon or honeymoon.
Its (only) 7 rooms and 14 prestigious suites make it a rather exclusive and intimate hotel with a warm and refined decor punctuated with gold accents and an oriental breath without boasting.

Not to add to the picture, the starred restaurant L’or bleu (and again the breathtaking view) is led by chef Alain Montigny, Meilleur Ouvrier de France and recently included in the Michelin guide which, of course, offers a high-flying Mediterranean. kitchen.
Added value ? Lots of activities around the sea to keep you busy for two and the private beach of the Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa accessible to hotel guests is a five minute walk away!

All about the Tiara Yaktsa.

Beach hotel Cap d’Antibes

Photo credit – Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel

On a beach of fine sand, feet in the water, this five-star boutique hotel, member of Relais & Châteaux, could well be on the other side of the world… It’s not, because all you have then go to Cap d’Antibes to enjoy this heavenly maritime setting for two! Designed and decorated by talented designers, Gérard Vollenweider and Sybille de Margerie, the establishment holds 35 keys leading to resolutely contemporary and oh-so-comfortable rooms and suites. On the program? Smooth rough concrete, noble materials incorporated in modern lines and huge bay windows to fully enjoy the view, the real asset of the establishment.

In addition to its private beach, pool, spa and large Mediterranean garden, Cap d’Antibes has three restaurants headed by Chef Nicolas Rondelli, including Les Pêcheurs, a Michelin-starred restaurant. As the name suggests, the menu has something to delight the taste buds of the most ardent lovers of iodized products with ultra-fresh seafood and edgy elegance.

A special mention for…? Revealing the beauty of the sea as far as the eye can see, the Executive Suite and the hotel’s only room with its own indoor Jacuzzi…

to summarize

For you and because summer is coming, the editors of Men’s UP and Travelers Society have selected the most beautiful charming establishments of the South of France. A sporty and chic resort in the heart of the golden triangle of the Luberon, an 18th century castle near Aix en Provence, a 5-star hotel in Avignon, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our ideas for a weekend getaway two .

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