Our selection of the best accommodation and dining in the département
TO STAY & EAT
This historic mansion hotel is a world unto itself, its supremely elegant rooms done up in period style, a charming tearoom and bar and a private garden terrace. Chef Florent Pietravalle, who earned a Michelin star in 2019, offers a sought-after chef’s table and a cooking school for adults and kids.
Set within an acre of gorgeous grounds, and filled with art and antiques, this superb 18th-century mansion’s five elegant guest rooms could not be more beautiful or more hospitable.
In a postcard-worthy setting among rolling vineyards, its Provençal farmhouse décor and exceptional dining are second to none. It’s a great base for exploring the many picturesque local villages, as well as being within easy walking or cycling distance of Ménerbes.
This restaurant a mile from Lourmarin in tiny Cucuron is a standout in all of Provence. Michelin-star chef Nadia Sammut is among the very first to create non-gluten gastronomy, with local wines to match, in a quintessential Provençal setting. It’s a treat to dine then stay the night at their well-priced inn where you’re treated like one of the family.
You won’t find anything quite like these totally secluded contemporary eco-bungalows set on – or in – a beautiful turquoise lake 10 minutes from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Each bungalow has a hot tub, (one with a sauna), terraces and total privacy. Meals are delivered by golf cart to your door at the hour requested.
With a history dating back to the 11th century, this hamlet amidst 42 hectares of vineyards, forest and lavender fields, overlooks the Luberon national park. With an award-winning spa, Coquillade Village boasts 63 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars and is home to the critically acclaimed Aureto winery.
Botanist, sportsman, wine aficionado and two-Michelin star chef Édouard Loubet creates a Provençal cuisine of originality and finesse in a dream setting overlooking the Luberon massif. At the adjoining stunner of a hotel, the Domaine de Capelongue, expect astonishing views and contemporary elegance, plus a pool and spa.
A romantic ambiance with hospitality to match at this perfectly located, lovingly restored five-room château on beautiful grounds with panoramic views of Provence. Gourmet meals can be prepared at your request.
WHERE TO EAT
An institution on the “island” for its head-spinning array of stupendously delicious pastries, handmade chocolates and traditional sweets, especially the renowned local apricots, strawberries and other fruits candied whole.
If a glass of local wine is one of your favourite things, this is the perfect spot for sampling some, alongside a few nibbles, either in the restaurant or on the spacious outdoor terrace.
If you treat yourself to one blow-out meal in Vaucluse, make it this one. Sit in the handsome dining room, the favourite of local winemakers, or out under plane trees in the lovely village square. Tip: If the all-truffle menu is available, go for it.
At this Michelin-star restaurant set in an old post office, you’ll dine like a king on dishes concocted with the finest local ingredients while enjoying stellar views over the Luberon. At €54, the seasonal chef’s menu is a bargain.
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Vaucluse is within an easy 70km drive of Marseille Airport, which has connections with several UK cities, as well as Montreal, Canada (Air France).
The TGV from Paris to Avignon takes 3.5 hours.
From France Today magazine
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