The village of Oppède, near Cavaillon, got its own Olive Oil Museum this summer. Set up by the Hugues family – winemakers at the Domaine de la Royère since 1986, it showcases the age-old art of oil milling in an engaging, true-to-life exhibition.
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.
There’s one Provençal speciality that’s not very well known, but it’s very photogenic – candied fruit! Vaucluse has long been a kitchen garden of France, and this technique preserves the fruit so it can be eaten in winter – especially at Christmas, when glacé fruit forms one of the traditional “13 Desserts”. As the candied fruit capital of Provence, Apt has just opened its Maison du Fruit Confit (House of Candied Fruit), where visitors can discover these magic ingredients and learn how to cook with them.
Cyril and Anne-Laure had the great idea of picnic hampers made up chiefly of local products, prettily presented and delivered to a place of your choice, wherever you like around the village of Lourmarin. For small groups, it can also be delivered with beautiful tableware and tablecloth. For larger groups, buffets are an option.
In this vineyard situated below Ménerbes, one of France’s most beautiful villages, you will notice the Hermès-orange entrance signs – they indicate the chic ambience and outgoing energy of the estate. This is because the Garelle estate, as well as offering tastings of its AOC Luberon wines, has just opened a terrace for hosting group meals. A new vineyard path has also just been created, allowing visitors to explore the vineyards in the hills of the Luberon.
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 […]
There’s no shortage of attractions in the South Luberon region, around Lourmarin, and we’re excited to introduce the very latest: the Domaine de Fontenille estate. This wine estate, which is also a charming hotel and gastronomic restaurant, was purchased in 2013 and opened in late 2015 after 2 years of refurbishment; it’s certain to appeal to Provence enthusiasts and fans of the French lifestyle.
When you have cut your teeth as a chef in the capital of gastronomy – Lyon – and you set up in France’s back garden and the capital of Mediterranean cuisine – Vaucluse – there’s every reason to hope for success! Jean-Marc Villard dispenses cookery lessons at home, near Gordes, in his specially fitted kitchen. He has been teaching culinary arts à la française for 25 years now, mainly to international students. His students all leave laden with recipes, handy tips and smiles on their faces.
At the Auberge de La Fenière, the form remains the same but the content has changed radically. Reine Sammut continues to delight us with her sophisticated cuisine and this wonderful Luberon restaurant is still a must. Now Nadia, Reine’s daughter, is on the scene, with her culinary and cultural project of “food for everyone”, determined to make the establishment open to all, including those with food allergies and intolerances.
Stroll through Gordes with a guide, visit a melon farm in Cavaillon, find out about the Vaudois’ tragic destiny in South Luberon, learn the story of the ‘Pope’s Jews’, or take in the Mediterranean flora and fauna on the borders of the Durance River with a naturalist bird-loving guide. The Luberon-Monts de Vaucluse Tourist Information Office lays on themed tours all year round for individuals and groups. A great way of getting to know this famous mountain and Nature Park better.