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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.
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
To find out more about the hotel, please visit their website
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