Provence

Overview

From Andrew Harper

Despite the romance of Provence, celebrated in dozens of best-selling travel books and memoirs, some parts of the region have lost much of their authentic character, owing to the influx of affluent Parisians and the hordes of summer tourists. Fortunately, there are still pockets in the Luberon and Alpilles areas where a timeless atmosphere remains intact. Exquisite hilltop villages such as Ménerbes and Bonnieux still embody the essence of the region, even with their starring roles in Peter Mayle’s "A Year in Provence." And the town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue retains an inimitable charm, despite the popularity of its Sunday market with magazine editors around the world.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Provence

Provence, France
Domaine de la Baume

Charming new 15-room hotel surrounded by the former 100-acre estate of painter Bernard Buffet, just outside the hilltop village of Tourtour.

Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus
Grand Hotel Nord Pinus

Atmospheric 26-room hotel, once the haunt of luminaries such as Picasso, Hemingway and Henry James, on a bustling, tree-lined square in central Arles near the old Roman amphitheater.

Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle

Relaxed but stylish 10-room auberge created by star chef Alain Ducasse from a former 12th-century Benedictine abbey in the village of La Celle, just outside of Draguignan.

Hotel Crillon le Brave
Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Evocative country house hotel crowning an ancient hamlet backdropped by Mont Ventoux, in an idyllic region of Haute Provence 45 minutes from Avignon and Gordes.

InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu

Conveniently located new 194-room hotel occupying a restored 18th-century former hospital building.

La Bastide de Gordes
La Bastide de Gordes

Dramatically sited hotel with panoramas of the Vaucluse from a series of ancient buildings perched on the former ramparts of the medieval hill town of Gordes.

La Coquillade | 2012 Grand Award Winner
La Coquillade

Eco-friendly hotel of 28 contemporary accommodations contained within six stone farmhouses on 70 hillside acres planted with vineyards five miles east of Roussillon.

La Mirande
La Mirande

This refurbished period hotel (a National Historic Monument) fits within a former 14th-century cardinal’s residence in the heart of Avignon across from the Palace of the Popes.

Le Mas de Peint
Le Mas de Peint

Country inn on a 1,200-acre working ranch in the Camargue region, an hour southwest of Avignon.

Oustau de Baumaniere
Oustau de Baumaniere - Le Manoir

Legendary gourmet sanctuary surrounded by the ragged cliffs and rock pinnacles of the Alpilles, 30 minutes south of Avignon.

Special Offers

Special Offers

Domaine de la Baume - Plentiful Provence
Domaine de la Baume - Plentiful Provence

Under the soothing sun, come and savor the beauty and flavors of Provence with our three-night package including a full-board stay (breakfast, afternoon tea, apéritif and evening meal), with one dinner in the gardens; one cooking class, The Flavors of Provence, followed by lunch (Sundays only); and a tasting of regional produce and products. Package rates are from 689 EUR per person in a Classic Room.

Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de La Celle - Into the Vineyard Package
Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de La Celle - Into the Vineyard Package

Discover a charming little village in the heart of the vineyards of the Var region. This offer includes: one-night in a double room with breakfast; upgrade upon availability at time of check-in; welcome drink; half-bottle of wine upon arrival; gastronomic dinner for two (drinks excluded) with our Menu de Saison; along with visits to vineyards and personalized wine-tastings. Package prices from 230 EUR in low season, and from 255 EUR in high season, including tax and service fees.

Hotel Crillon le Brave - Autumn Truffle & Wine Weekends
Hotel Crillon le Brave - Autumn Truffle & Wine Weekends

Join us and our "trufficulteur extraordinaire" for a long weekend of truffle-hunting. The charming and knowledgeable truffle expert, Eric Jaumard, will again welcome us to his forest and home. This three-day program includes four great events: truffle-hunting and a rustic lunch with Eric, a wine-tasting and visit to one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s finest estates, a truffle-cooking demonstration with our chef, and visit to Provence’s antique capital, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

La MIrande - Gourmet Stays
La MIrande - Gourmet Stays

Enlighten your tastes during a stay at this storied Provençal palais. The “Upstairs-Downstairs” package pairs two nights in a Double Deluxe room with daily buffet breakfast, one gastronomic dinner featuring Chef Jean-Claude Aubertin’s lauded Mirande Menu and one dinner at the Table d’hôte (chef’s table), where friendly discussion and chef anecdotes complement the meal as charmingly as the wine. Package rates start at 1,135 EUR. Single night and dinner packages are also available.