La Bonne Etape

Provence, France


You can add flights to this hotel

Chef Jany Gleize

Superior room

Superior room

Junior suite

Junior suite

Luberon Natural Regional Park


Côte d'Azur




A fabulous Relais & Châteaux hideout in Provence, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, outdoor pool and gorgeous green surrounds – includes suite and dinner options

For a heady dose of olive trees, lavender fields, vineyards, postcard-pretty towns and villages, iconic landscapes and unforgettable sunsets, there’s nowhere quite like France’s irresistible Provence. So it’s no surprise, then, that this Relais & Châteaux charmer in Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban is such a crowd-pleaser; not least for style-conscious guests and A-listers (George Clooney raved about this “oasis” after staying here in 2011).

La Bonne Etape has been owned by the Gleize family for generations, everything at this former 18th-century post house screams luxury. There are only 18 guest rooms and suites, all of which lure with French design flourishes, sophisticated colour tones, rich fabrics, and museum-worthy antique furniture.

For eats and treats, there’s the decadent Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant and the more wallet-friendly bistro - both of which come with a sommelier to propose perfect food pairings. Elsewhere, you’ll find a supersized kitchen garden for home-grown fruit and veg, a 600-strong wine cellar, a lovely outdoor pool for cooling off on gloriously balmy days, and cooking classes to learn some of chef-owner Jany Gleize’s tricks and techniques.

Good to know

We recommend hiring a car from Marseille airport, which is an 80-minute drive from the hotel.

Please note that the flagship restaurant will be closed on Sunday evenings between 1 November-31 December 2018; it will also be closed Monday and Tuesday between 1 October-31 December 2018. Please also note the swimming pool is open from the end of April until October only.

Excellent for
Food Romance Scenery Historic Hotel


  • The ravishing setting in the Provençal town of Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban
  • Impossibly good food in the restaurant that’s been Michelin-starred since 1964
  • Relaxing on comfy sun loungers by the outdoor pool when the weather’s nice

Second opinion

  • To find out more about the hotel, please visit their website
  • Read guest reviews on TripAdvisor
  • Compare our rates with those available elsewhere online, starting with trivago

Can't commit to booking right now?

Hold a date for only £25 while you decide.

  • Pay £25 to hold a date until the end of the sale.
  • If you choose to buy it, the money will go towards your purchase, if not, the cash will be credited to your Secret Escapes account.

Important: Please note, this is not a deposit, complete or guaranteed booking; holding the date simply prevents other members from swooping in and booking your preferred date while you're still having a think about it. Secret Escapes will not be liable for expenses incurred should that date not be available to book and a hold is cancelled.

For more details, please see our FAQ page.