Hotels in Provence

Our favorite hotels in Provence are designed to complement the natural beauty that surrounds them. Some of the best hotels in Provence stand out as pieces of history in their own right. Built as a private estate in the 19th century, the Château de la Messardière in Saint Tropez has been restored and transformed into a five-star resort. Nearly 200 years later, guests can still take in sweeping views of the Provencal coastline from its 25-acre hillside grounds, which act as an ornithological reserve.

In Aix, the five-star Villa Gallici is a prime option for travelers looking for a particularly romantic place to stay in Provence. Book one of 22 rooms in the 19th-century villa—all decorated with Versailles-inspired luxe—and take time to stroll through its seven-acre garden. Then, reserve a table at its restaurant for expertly prepared regional cuisine. For more contemporary countryside amenities, the Terre Blanche Resort features a full spa, two 18-hole golf courses and an infinity pool overlooking the rolling hills beyond. Travelers in the market for rooms in the middle of it all can also opt for hotels in Provence like à Aix, a contemporary boutique hotel located in the center of its namesake city.

A single story of smooth whitewashed stucco erected around a courtyard paved with loose stones, La Quinta hews freely (very freely) to a traditional Chinese plan, with each wing serving a precise, dedicated function such as eating, receiving, and sleeping.

Traditional 18th-century residence surrounded by fragrant Florentine gardens and a pool, a five-minute walk from downtown Aix-en-Provence. The 22 rooms are refined yet relaxed, with canopy beds and chinoiserie-style wallpaper.

A former 13th-century stone fortress may not seem like the most welcoming structure for a bed-and-breakfast, but Château de Cassis feels at once intimate and modern. It hovers 250 feet above the Mediterranean, in Cassis, which is quietly becoming an insider’s alternative to St.-Tropez.

This property, formerly a Four Seasons Resort, came under new management in 2012.

This luxe, 61-room hotel in the heart of Avignon is set in a 700-year-old grand palace—once a cardinal's residence—adjacent to the Palais des Papes. Historic touches include 18th-century architectural details, period tapestries, and toile de Jouy hangings.

Maison d'hôte owners like Bernard and Charlotte Anne de Castellane are the last of their kind. To them, "French country" is the meadow in front of their château, not a style of gobbledygook decorating.

A 17th-century five-bedroom hunting lodge with pool, guesthouse, and a caretaker, on 650 acres in Provence's Luberon.

A Provencal estate set in the grape-filled Vaucluse, with an 18th-century wine cellar that houses 2,500 bottles.

Historically, provincial maisons d’hôtes are a lot of things—deliciously louche, impossibly cute, poignantly decrepit—but rarely are they scene-y. L’Ange et L’Éléphant is the almost freakish, salutary exception, an all-in-one inn, restaurant, café, tea salon, and boutique.

The Location: A mile from Avignon in southeastern France, the medieval town of Villeneuve sits high on a rocky escarpment above the Rhône. Ivy twists up the walls of Hotel de l’Atelier, a pretty 16th-century maison that was a silk workshop in its last incarnation.