Superchef Alain Ducasse put this beautifully restored 18th-century bastide on the map when he opened a restaurant here in the early 2000s; other draws include guest rooms that mix Louis XVI and regional accents, private gardens, and vineyard views. The inn, once part of a convent where future queens of Provence were raised, still has a formidable kitchen headed up by Chef Benoît Witz, whose seemingly magical creations find a superb balance (and a Michelin star) between taste and texture: picture hake fish with sweet almond purée and gnocchi, or saddle of lamb with squash and fried chickpea panisse. As with the ingredients-driven food, the overall experience here betrays a genuine appreciation for the goodness of simple things.
Hotel Award Winner | 2013
10 Pl. du Général-de-Gaulle, La Celle, 83170, France
Oct 26, 2005
A 2-night stay at the Abbaye may have been the highlight of our stay in Provence. It is picture-book beautiful. Great food. Gracious staff. So relaxing. It is not cheap but for a special treat it can't be beaten.
Mar 5, 2004
A magical place, great food, good location, wonderful staff. The front courtyard is an enchanting place to just sit under the broad chestnut trees and enjoy some local wine cheese and fruit. The pool is lovely; the entire atmosphere is soothing, classy and very Provance. The kitchen is a must see, very inviting! Close to some wonderful Var sites and easy to get to either the mountains or sea.