Crillon Le Brave

L’Hôtel Crillon Le Brave, a natural luxury resort hotel in a 17th century village at the foot of Mont Ventoux, grown over time and refurbished by the Parisian interior design studio Charles Zana.

How do you create a resort that looks like it has always been there? Actually, it’s been there since the 17th century, and the individual village houses have been gradually transformed into a charming yet modern architectural gem, with eight grand houses clustered around a terrace and pool with stunning views – all old-world charm, from the honey-coloured stone foundations to the tiled roofs.

When you enter your cottage, if you are not in the main house, you are in complete privacy overlooking the vineyards of Provence, in our case room number 30.

A mix of antique walls and floor tiles combined with mid-century design woodwork for table, tiles and cupboards gets a whole new sense of modernity in combination with typical Provence details through the mix of fine fabrics, ceramics, lamps and art.

The day begins with a local breakfast of seasonal Provencal delicacies such as Cavaillon melon, Carpentras strawberries and Caromb figs, along with organic cheeses from nearby farms.

The whole atmosphere is like being in your own holiday home, even in August, and for my taste I avoided the pool day, preferring early morning swims and early evening sundowners by the pool.

The spa has a lot to offer, and not only does it make you feel cocooned and pampered, but there are many therapies that come from the surrounding area, such as the use of aerometric oils and homemade scrubs. See our feature on La Beauté Provencal.

A perfect place for a short break if you fly into Marseille and arrive by car in an hour and 20 minutes.