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Ensconced within the picturesque village of Fontvielle, the Villa Regalido is bursting with Provençal charm and homely comforts, from its lavender-scented garden to the seasonal local fare served in the restaurant. The décor of this historic inn is contemporary yet in keeping with the traditions of its surroundings. Breezy linen drapes, eggshell-tinted walls and wicker furniture create a calming atmosphere throughout.
Villa Regalido’s garden is a real delight, with its Provençal flowers growing in profusion and quaint wrought-iron benches. There’s a pool, open during the summer months, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a small wellness area where you can enjoy a range of relaxing massages. The hotel’s restaurant, named for the owners’ daughter, serves a daily-changing menu of fresh, seasonal local produce. The hotel’s location, nestled in the foothills of the Alpilles between Alres, Avignon and Les Baux de Provence, makes it the perfect base for those wanting to explore this beautiful corner of rural France.
La Table D’Hôtes D’Emma, named after the owners’ daughter, serves wonderful meals inspired by the flavours and ingredients of the surrounding countryside. During the summer you can dine beneath the shade of a century-old umbrella vine, softly serenaded by cicadas; in the winter, beneath the vaulted ceiling of the 17th-century olive mill, beside the crackle of a log fire. The wine list features an array of local vintages, while there is an extensive collection of spirits and rare cigars to enjoy after dinner.
It’s worth noting that the restaurant is closed on Sundays from May to October, and is only open on select days during the week for the rest of the year.
Each of the hotel’s 15 rooms are individually designed, and inspired by the flowers and herbs that grow in the surrounding area. Small touches, such as the furniture made from aged mango wood, lend the rooms an air of understated elegance. Each room truly is different; one features a bathroom lined with pebbles from the Alpilles, others have private terraces or a solarium.
Breathe in the heady aroma of the pine and lavender of Villa Regalido’s Provençal garden, a beautiful place to curl up with a good book. The hotel’s pool, open from May to October, is wonderfully inviting during the sultry summer months; if you really want to pamper yourself, sink beneath the bubbles of the hotel’s outdoor Jacuzzi instead. If you need that little bit more to fully unwind, enjoy a Frangipani body scrub or an orange blossom massage.
The hotel is just a short stroll from Alphonse Daudet’s famous windmill, and surrounding landscape still retains the rustic beauty depicted by Daudet in his /Lettres de mon moulin/. The village of Les Baux de Provence, considered one of the most beautiful in France, is a 10-minute drive away. Take a stroll through its streets, lined with buildings of white limestone, to the ruins of the impressive citadel which crown the rocky outcrop at the village’s heart. The quarries used in the citadel’s construction are open to the public, and artwork is projected onto the colossal limestone rocks in an extraordinary and immersive multimedia experience. The hotel team can arrange tickets for this and many other sites in the area. If you want to simply get away from it all, the foothills of the Alpilles are just a short drive away.