BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN PROVENCE - Cote d'azur

If you’re looking for boutique hotels in southern France, our great selection of small luxury villas, hotels and B&Bs in Provence is sure to inspire you. Here we have cherry picked the best and most exclusive hotels and luxury villas Provence has to offer. Famed for its pretty villages and postcard scenes of lavender fields and vineyards, rural Provence makes for an idyllic holiday destination. It’s also easy to get there with 5 airports (Avignon, Nimes, Marseille, Nice, Toulon-Hyeres) and direct trains from London to Avignon. When you arrive, hiring a car is the best way to make the most of the region.

With our collection of boutique luxury villas, chateaux and boutique hotels in Provence - many of which are within easy driving distance of Avignon and Nimes - you’re bound to find the perfect place to stay. Van Gogh found inspiration in the light and landscapes of Provencal market town St Remy de Provence so why not stay at gorgeous Provencal guest house La Maison du Village or luxury villa Mas de L’Amarine, once the home to contemporary French artist Roger Bezombes, and one of our recommended boutique hotels in Provence. Don’t miss the Wednesday morning market, the Van Gogh trail of the surrounding area which covers the key locations of his work, or dinner at Michelin-star restaurant La Maison Jaune.
Half an hour’s drive southwest is Arles, host of the annual world famous summer Arles photography festival where exhibitions of work are held at venues around the town. Our pick of places to stay is L'Hotel Particulier in La Roquette district, which is a 10 minute walk from the amphitheatre. For fine dining, eat in the hotel’s Le 33 restaurant or, for a more casual bite, try La Gueule du Loup where Provencal specialties on the menu include red mullet and lamb baked in herbs.

From here, you can head north via Nimes to Uzès, another gorgeous market town (market days are Wednesday and Saturday when you can stock up olive oil, herbs and jars of thyme-flavoured honey) with winding medieval streets, outdoor cafes and chic boutiques. Stop for a grilled tartine lunch at popular Restaurant Terroirs on the main Place aux Herbes and nab a shady table under the umbrellas outside. Our pick of accommodation in this area includes small, luxury B&B L’Albiousse near Uzès and La Maison d’Ulysse in the village of Baron, surrounded by olive trees and green hills.

If you’re a real foodie, perhaps consider Chateau de Massillan in the village of Uchaux which combines a historic castle setting, contemporary interiors and a gastronomic restaurant with a perfectly paired food and wine menu. Or, with an equally unbeatable setting, how about the very pretty Le Mas du Temps in Hameau de Serres (part of the city of Carpentras), a 3 room boutique hotel in Provence with pale blue shutters at the windows, an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace where you can start the day with breakfast surrounded by lavender trees and overlooking Mont Ventoux.

Sometimes a trip to Provence isn’t about visiting the region’s flagship villages but discovering little, hidden away hilltop towns such as Menerbes and Roussillon (both under an hour’s drive from Avignon), which sits atop a red cliff. Walk through the ancient belfry entrance into the fortified Castrum for great views of the village. Just outside Roussillon, you’ll find Le Mas de Rosemarie, a hamlet of 4 stylish houses (rent them individually or together when they sleep up to 22), which is a stones’ throw from several excellent restaurants. These include Aux Fines Herbes, a contemporary restaurant in Goult and the romantic La Ferme de la Huppe, on the away to Gordes and Le Fournil, which is built into the rock in Bonnieux where you can eat modern French food outside in the village square in the summer.

Aix-en-Provence is an hours’ drive away and makes a lovely day trip (if you want to stay longer check into La Maison d’Aix, a Provencal boutique hotel in the Mazarin district where all the chicest townhouses are located). Stop for lunch at Paul Cézanne’s local, Les Deux Garcons, before walking up to Atelier de Cezanne, the artist’s last studio which is still exactly as he left it. Other sights not to miss include the Archbishop’s Palace (the hub of the Aix arts festival in July) and Aix’s main gallery Musee Granet. Nearer Nice, Mougins and Vence are two other towns worthy of a stop-over. Wherever you decide to stay, our collection of Chic Retreats in Provence is bound to feature somewhere to suit you.

Area Summary

Language
French, Provençal (dialect)
Time zone
CET
Currency
£
Power outlets
230V, 50Hz
Airports
Avignon, Marseille, Nimes, Montpellier
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Tiara Yaktsa Cannes

TIARA YAKTSA CANNES

théoule-sur-mer, france

Surrounded by well-manicured gardens and boasting splendid Mediterranean views Tiara Yaktsa Cannes is situated in Théoule-sur-Merprides and prides itself as being one of the best small luxury hotels in the south of France. 

Chateau de Massillan

CHATEAU DE MASSILLAN

france

Chateau de Massillan, is a small boutique hotel and restaurant situated in the beautiful countryside of Provence's Cote du Rhone wine region. Contemporary design in an old fortified castle with great food and wine.

Domaine Les Roullets

DOMAINE LES ROULLETS

france

Domaine Les Roullets can be found at the foothills of the Luberon in the heart of Provence, which boasts more sunshine than any other area in France.  Three years of sympathetic restoration has brought Domaine Les Roullets back to its former glory and the talented, multilingual, Dutch owners have created a luxurious and stylish Chic Retreat.

Hotel Deluxe Spa & Restaurant Cantemerle

HOTEL DELUXE SPA & RESTAURANT CANTEMERLE

provence, france

Hotel Deluxe Spa & Restaurant Cantemerle is situated between Nice and Cannes on a hillside in Provence, where the only noise is the sound of birds and cicada. This charming boutique hotel in France is made up of 2 'mas' with large lawns with 2 swimming pools.

Hotel du Castellet

HOTEL DU CASTELLET

france

Surrounded by parkland in the region of Provence, Hotel du Castellet is every discerning traveller's dream destination. This luxury boutique hotel has so much to offer you may find yourself 'staying in' for the duration of your stay! Facilities include spa, indoor and outdoor pool, gym, 2 star Michelin restaurant, tennis court, mountain biking and babysitting.  

Hotel Particulier

HOTEL PARTICULIER

arles, france

Hotel Particulier is a charming hotel in Arles - serenity in heart of city. Everything is perfect: the garden, the pool designed like a "stone bassin". A home away from home in one the most captivating French cities. Hammam & spa now open.

La Maison d'Aix

LA MAISON D'AIX

aix-en-provence, france

After 3 years of complete restoration and renovation Laura Juhen and Louis Mariotti have turned La Maison d'Aix  into an atmospheric and refined little boutique hotel in the heart of the Mazarin district in Aix-en-Provence

La Maison du Frene

LA MAISON DU FRENE

venice, france

La Maison du Frene is a luxury guesthouse in an exceptional location at the heart of historic Vence where Matisse, Chagall, Dufy and Cesar once lived. For a romantic and luxurious place to stay with culture, look no further.

La Maison du Village

LA MAISON DU VILLAGE

saint rémy de provence, france

This chic townhouse hotel in central St-Rémy de Provence boasts rich, vibrant colours in each of the 5 rooms. Saint Rémy de Provence is a charming market town and is a great base for exploring the surrounding area.

Le Mas de Rosemarie

LE MAS DE ROSEMARIE

joucas, france

Le Mas de Rosemarie is a hamlet of 4 very stylish houses in the heart of the LuberonProvence.  Within easy reach of the hilltop villages of Lacoste and Bonnieux, these houses, all with their own swimming pool, can be rented individually or all together (sleeping up to 22 people). 

Le Mas du Temps...

LE MAS DU TEMPS...

carpentras, france

With just 4 rooms and suites Le Mas du Temps... will hypnotise you with its charm and style.  This 200 year old 'mas' is hidden admist the lavender and vineyards of Provence near Mont Ventoux where time seems to stand still.

Les Rosees

LES ROSEES

mougins, france

With just 5 suites Les Rosees is a small, charming boutique hotel surrounded by olive trees in an unspoilt area of the Cote d'Azur. A chic retreat providing guests with privacy, luxury and excellent service. One of our favourites.

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