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Ludovic Di Orio/Courtesy of instants d'Absolu - Ecolodge du Lac du Pêcher
Instants d’Absolu–Ecolodge du Lac du Pêcher, Auvergne, France
High in the hills of Auvergne, a five-hour drive south of Paris, Instants d’Absolu–Ecolodge du Lac du Pêcher (Lac du Pêcher, Chavagnac, Cantal; 33-4/71-20-83-09; ecolodge-france.com; doubles from $173) isn’t for those seeking high-tech amenities or over-the-top service. Calme, on the other hand, is to be had in abundance: the farmhouse is surrounded by forested parkland, and the 12 simple rooms are furnished with pinewood tables and rough-luxe fabrics (virgin wool; alpaca; leather).