Today, continuing my look at the hottest new hotel openings, it’s DOMAINE DE LA BAUME, Provence, France
If quintessential Provence style is your thing, then look no further. The drop-dead gorgeous Domaine de la Baume, near the pretty medieval village of Tourtour, is so idyllic that it should have been immortalized by a French Impressionist painter. Instead, it was actually the former home of expressionist artist Bernerd Buffet, who lived here from 1986 to 1999. His place of refuge has now been tidied up for 21st century escapees and is hidden away in 99 acres of grounds that include bubbling rivers and cascading waterfalls, an orangery, a vegetable garden with beehives, and an olive grove where house oil is produced.
Owned by the French hotel group Maisons & Hotels Sibuet (renowned for the fashionable hotel Bastide de Marie in Lubéron), this ochre-coloured 18th century bastide, complete with sky-blue shutters, houses an archetypal Provencal style within: think sage green walls, exposed beams, antique furniture and toile-de-Joey fabrics. As well as the exceptional cuisine and wine on offer, the highlight here is undoubtedly the romantic setting, so wander through the formal rose gardens past the chapel and seek out the hotel’s Pure Altitude spa, housed in a former tiny dovecote. Wonderfully rustic, you’ll drift off to the scent of lavender on the breeze.