Domaine des Andéols already boasts the sumptuous art-filled houses Olivier Massart designed in the late 1990s – and from 2019 guests can opt for one of its new Nature Suites. Among the most beautiful places to stay in Provence, Domaine des Andéols is ideally located between the Luberon and Monts de Vaucluse.
First came the houses
In the late ‘90s, when Olivier Massart – a leading light in French fashion and events – inherited his sculptor grandfather’s house near Apt, he vowed to turn it into a luxurious hotel unlike any other.
Starting with nine, he eventually transformed eleven houses in the hamlet outside Saint Saturnin d’Apt into designer spaces, each with a charm of its own and names like the Travellers’ House, the Lovers’ House, the Artist’s House and Waterfall House. Every detail is carefully considered, with furniture by first-rate designers like Starck, Breuer, and Ron Arad. There’s art everywhere you look. Some houses have a private pool, terrace or garden. It’s hard to imagine a more blissful holiday home in the Luberon.
Domaine des Andéols immerses you in the quintessence of Provence – fruit orchards, a vast olive grove of 1,000 trees, pretty stone fountains, a kitchen garden – with the added luxury of two tennis courts, an infinity pool as well as a long pool for swimming in, two on-site restaurants, and an orangery for receptions.
The Nature Suites
Five new Nature Suites were inaugurated in 2019, following on from the first three that opened in 2017. All have huge sliding glass doors that open onto the lavender fields and hills beyond, plus a private terrace and garden. Access is through a bamboo tunnel, and they can comfortably welcome people with disabilities.
Top-tier restaurant The 7th Element is named after the enormous Castelbajac mural that graces its dining room wall. With young chef Julien Bontus at the helm, the cuisine is “intuitive, plant-based and graphic”. It draws its inspiration from the produce grown on the Domaine’s own farm – the 45-hectare Ferme de Grange-Basse – and from “nutri- prevention” principles (using fresh, local and antioxidant ingredients). Open evenings only.
Set Menu starts at €85.
At the other end of the Domaine, Le Platane restaurant takes its name from the centuries-old plane tree shading its big terrace. Meals were formerly served to guests on a wooden terrace in the tree, but for the tree’s wellbeing that practice has stopped – you still get to enjoy its lovely shade, though, along with great views of the Provençal countryside, so lunches and dinners are just as magical. Le Platane’s refined Mediterranean cuisine is prepared under the eye of chef Maurice Alexis, a veteran of the kitchens at France’s Presidential residence, the Elysée, and the Presidential Palace of Gabon.
Lunch or dinner from €49/pers. Sunday Brunch €55/pers.
Houses from 349 € / night – Nature Suite
Suite Nature: from € 499 a night in a double room with the Domaine’s breakfast.
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