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Our Favourite Gastronomic Hotels in Southern France

The South of France and exceptional culinary and viticulture experiences go hand-in-hand. In our opinion, these three hotels embody the art of French gastronomy.

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Villa La Coste, Provence

Located between Aix-en-Provence and Luberon National Park, what sets Villa La Coste apart is its interesting fusing of art, architecture and seriously good food. Designs come courtesy of Frank Gehry, there’s artwork by Tracey Emin, sculpture by Lousie Bourgeois and culinary creations by Hélène Darroze. This hotel is an absolute scene stealer, surrounded by idyllic gardens, a biodynamic vineyard and rolling parkland.

Each Villa Suite is a masterpiece of minimalist white-on-white design with sumptuous bathtubs carved from marble, and feel very private, affording views onto the pristine Luberon countryside. We love the spacious two-bedroom pool villa, which also has two bathrooms, a terrace and a courtyard, and is ideal for families. While you’re here, make the most of your surroundings to enjoy a wine tasting at the Château La Coste’s wine estate or enjoy an art and architecture tour, stopping by Damien Hirst’s gallery.

“Art, architecture, wine and incredible food collide together in a magical alchemy at Villa La Coste.”

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Another string to Villa La Coste’s bow is the Michelin-star restaurant helmed by Hélène Darroze, who seems to collect accolades wherever she goes. Expect an exceptional dining experience featuring the best of seasonal cuisine, crafted into unfathomably delicious three- or five-course lunches and seven-course dinners. With a menu that is very much vegetable-forward, be amazed at the sophistication of humble ingredients and the sheer beauty of your plate.

PROVENÇAL BEAUTY

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Hotel Crillon Le Brave, Provence

Surrounded by the evocative landscapes of Provence, rolling vineyards and ancient olive groves, Hotel Crillon Le Brave is an immaculate hilltop hamlet, a collection of 12th century stone houses in the foothills of Mont Ventoux in Vaucluse.

With serene country views stretching far into the distance, sitting by the jade-green pool is a peaceful pastime, accompanied by the solemn toll of the church bell. The hotel’s spa, set in the rustic confines of the renovated stable block, makes use of lavender, rosemary and rose to create heavenly holistic treatments guaranteed to soothe. The hotel’s restaurant is of a very high quality – take lunch on the terrace of La Table du Ventoux for sharing plates of Provençal favourites such as pissaladière, the region’s famous onion and anchovy tart. In the evening enjoy a more formal ambience with fine-dining and refined melanges on Provençal ingredients such as watermelon, asparagus and Ventoux pork.

“This exquisite hilltop village turned luxury hotel has breathtaking views over Mont Ventoux, and is perfectly placed to explore the celebrated wine regions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.”

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Pop off on a bike to cycle through pristine Provençal villages and stop for a luxury picnic in a peaceful spot, shaded by olive trees. Get to know Provence’s heavy-weight wine industry on a private tour with a sommelier to explore the world-renowned wine regions of Ventoux, Côtes-du-Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

RIVIERA STYLE

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Le Mas Candille, Cote D'Azur

Retro glamour meets refined French style at Le Mas Candille, located in the medieval village of Mougins, just seven kilometres from Nice and the delights of the French Riviera.  Not only is Le Mas Candille an exceptionally alluring 18th century manor house, it offers a peaceful, private respite from the crowds of the Cote D’Azur.

Natural harmony and Provençal beauty set the scene for this stylish bolthole, including fields of lavender, gnarled olive trees and soaring pines. Views stretch out into the distance, all the way to perfume capital Grasse and there’s three idyllic pools to pick from, plus the Candille Spa which offers pampering treatments. The breezy terrace is the perfect spot for a Pastis or sundowner cocktail and poolside is where breakfast is served: a colourful mix of seasonal fruit, buttery pastries and excellent coffee.

“Perfect for those that like to ensconce themselves away from the bustle of the Cote D’Azur, Le Mas Candille is a stylish hideaway, just a 20-minute drive from the beaches of the French Riviera.”

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Dining at soon-to-be-open La Table Des Pins is set to be a gastronomic pleasure, syncing fine French food with an unquestionably romantic setting: diners are sat beneath the boughs of the umbrella pines for a truly memorable dinner. Fusing Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, Chef Romain Antoine is generous with the tastes of Provence using seasonal produce to inject colour and flavour into delectable dishes.

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