Set on a picture-perfect 10 acres of woods, olive groves, and vineyards just outside Aix, with Cézanne-immortalized Mont Ste-Victoire as a backdrop, this new hotel raises the bar for lodging in the region. Not at all your rustic country inn, the hotel has sophisticated decor that's a tasteful mix of modern deluxe with touches of Baroque elegance. Rooms are handsomely appointed, and those on the ground floor come with spacious private terraces overlooking the pool; upstairs
suites have views of the mountain from the bathtub. If you're looking to stay a week or more (a lifetime wouldn't be too long), renting one of the eponymous lodges is the way to go. The final word in luxury, these four sleek, modern structures—each completely private and separate—can house between four and eight people and provide every modern convenience, including a kitchen, dining room, terrace with tremendous views, and private pool. Guests in the hotel and lodges have access to the gleaming full-service spa.