Fodor's Expert Review Baumanière Les Baux de Provence
Val d'Enfer, Les Baux-de-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 13520, France
Spread over five historic buildings just outside the village of Les Baux, guest rooms at this fabled hotel are the last word in Provençal chic: breezy, private, and beautifully furnished with antiques yet done with a contemporary flair. Elizabeth Taylor, Hugh Grant, Johnny Depp, and thousands of others have headed to this oasis—sheltered by rocky cliffs and set amid formal landscaped terraces and gardens—for some quintessential luxe Provençal pampering. At the hotel's two Michelin star Oustau restaurant, chef Jean-André Charial, grandson of the founder, continues to attract culinary pilgrims who revel in his pure yet subtle menu—start with a blue lobster with black truffle gnocci (€68), followed by a crisp suckling pig flavored with star anise (€75). Detox the following day with a massage at the spa, by hitting balls on the court, or enjoying a round of golf and you'll be ready for the next spectacular meal.
- two of the great restaurants of Provence
- full-service spa and three pools
- get ready for some snob action
- service hit-or-miss
Rate Includes: Hotel and restaurant closed Jan. and Feb.; restaurant closed Oct.–mid-Dec., and Wed. and Thurs. in Mar., No meals