Le Mas des Herbes Blanches, located near Joucas, a picturesque village close to Gordes, enjoys a commanding, picture-postcard view. This exceptionally beautiful establishment, which was one of the first Relais & Châteaux hotels to open in the Luberon National Park, has been undergoing a year-long development and refurbishment program. It reopened in June 2016, now offering 48 rooms instead of the 15 original bedrooms.
Le Mas des Herbes Blanches has extended into a series of small, interconnecting dry stone houses, redolent of the architecture of traditional provençal stone huts, bringing the total number of rooms from 15 to 48.
The décor in the main building has been modernised without sacrificing any of the building’s original charm. There are now fewer bedrooms and suites in the main building but they are more generously sized; the restaurant has extended its outside space, with the addition of a panoramic terrace.
Complementing the outdoor pool, there is a spa with an indoor pool boasting an outstanding view over the Provençal countryside, as well as a range of essential well-being equipment.
Finally, the five hectare grounds are now home to a collection of small country houses that merge seamlessly with the fragrant Mediterranean scrubland. These buildings which are divided into flats, with their own pools, can be hired for exclusive use, a perfect solution for those looking for tranquility combined with luxury service.
Xavier Burelle, who has been heading up the kitchens since 2014, returns to the helm. This talented chef gained experience at famous establishments (Le Petit Nice in Marseille, the Plaza Athénée, the Eden Roc, the Negresco Hotel, the Colombus in Monaco). He continues to refine and develop his culinary skills by creating dishes that reflect his close ties with Luberon producers and farmers, as well as his curiosity and appetite for innovation.
- 48 rooms
- Tour operator rates from €199 to €749
- Lunch from €39. Evenings, menus at €65 and €95.
- Cooking classes (as from 2017, in a dedicated kitchen): €100/pers., including a visit to the market, the cooking class and lunch. From 6 to 10 persons (in French).
- Reception/meeting room with full equipment, modular spaces (capacity: 150 persons). Full day package at €69/pers.
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