Fodor's Expert Review La Bastide de Moustiers
Chemin de Quinson, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 04360, France Fodor's Choice
Gourmands from around the world flock to this lovely 17th-century bastide (country house) transformed by Alain Ducasse into a luxury country retreat surrounded by olive and chestnut trees, cypress, lavender, and trellises filled with the blooms of creeping rose bushes. Individually decorated rooms with evocative names such as Sunflower, Pumpkin, and Buttercup—some with private terrace, some that lead directly into the park—are fresh and comfortable, an unpretentious mixture of antiques and country prints. Chef Christophe Martin plans his multicourse Michelin-star menus daily according to nature's abundance, some from the hotel's vegetable and herb gardens. It's hard to know which to admire more: the view from the restaurant terrace or the food itself, such as boned and stuffed rabbit, a cocotte (cast-iron pot) of spring vegetables, and roast pigeon with small artichokes, foie gras, and croutons. Cooking classes can be arranged, as can hot-air balloon rides. Book well in advance; here no season is low season.
- astronomical bliss
- the hotel was completely renovated in 2013
- delightful service
- not within easy walking distance of village
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. and Feb., No meals