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.
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.
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.
Three former residences in Provençal style (tile floors; arched stone ceilings), 2 swimming pools, an organic kitchen garden, and a stellar French restaurant with a 60,000-bottle cellar.
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.