Fodor's Expert Review Hostellerie du Val de Sault
Rte. de St-Trinit, Sault, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 84390, France
The feeling of being on a quiet retreat-type vacation infiltrates this former summer camp, where rooms have private decks overlooking the valley. The five modern buildings range over the casually landscaped grounds, separated by low drystone walls and shaded by pines. Rooms are small and modular, with pine plank floors, while suites offer tiny sitting rooms (which can double as children's bedrooms) and whirlpool baths; four Provence-Asie rooms depart from Provençal clichés. Head to the main lodge for the rich regional cooking of the affable owner-chef Yves Gattechaut, with dishes such as asparagus and mountain ham served in a foie gras sauce, Sault lamb roasted in cassis and lavender, and Carpentras strawberries in pastry with candied chestnuts. Work it all off in the fitness center, which has a sauna and a whirlpool perfumed with lavender essence.
- you're 2,600 feet up, so nights are cool for sleeping even after the hottest of days
- six-day cycle tours offered
- breakfast and dinner demi-pension plan required
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Apr., No meals