Baumanière Les Baux de Provence

Chemin departemental 27, Les Baux de Provence, France

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Hotel Description

Les Baux de Provence is perhaps one of the most spectacular and unsettling of nature’s creations. These whitewashed cliffs, dotted with medieval houses, will stun you with their proportion and their sublime beauty. And should it all prove to be a bit overwhelming, it’s always nice to know that you can retreat to the Baumanière, perennial retreat of royals, statesmen and other leading lights since the day it opened for business in 1945.

Guests stay in farmhouses, some of them dating back to the sixteenth century. With sun splashed facades wreathed with wisteria and wild roses, they are Provençal paradise. Rooms are sparely decorated with furniture whose clean, modern lines enhance the weathered fireplaces and flagstone floors. Leave your windows open in the morning, so that you may soak in the scents of the profuse flowers and herbs outside. Life is simple. There’s homemade jam for breakfast, and perhaps, later, a stroll around the tangled grounds. There’s a pool, a tidy little gym, and a gorgeous modern spa.

Recently incorporated is what was formerly the sister hotel, Le Cabro d’Or, whose décor is a contemporary take on the classic Provençal country house, and these 18th- and 19th-century buildings also have personality to spare. The hotel gardens make for tranquil surroundings, and the terraces take in views of Les Baux that are sublime in the strictest sense: beautiful with a slight edge of menace.

Baumanière is a family affair. Jean-Andre Charial took over from his grandfather, founder Raymond Thuillier, and, thus maintained its intimate, homely air. Charial, like his grandfather before him, is first and foremost a chef. Hence, when you’re staying here, you must eat. This is, after all, the same kitchen that trained Wolfgang Puck. The dining room, with its cathedral ceilings and wrought iron chandeliers, is austere, but its diners are animated, its waiters are warm, the wine is rich, and the pigeon, stuffed with truffles, sublime. And its windows look directly onto the Baux cliffs. In the evenings, watch them flush red with the setting sun, and then, just as it turns dark, blaze with gold as all the lights in the surrounding houses switch on for the night.

Please note: The spa is closed Monday through Wednesday every week. Also note that the hotel's two restaurants alternate service, with only one typically open; guests are encouraged to make reservations in advance to confirm their preference.

How to get there: Oustau de Baumanière is approximately a 60-minute drive from Marseille Provence Airport. Taxis are available at the airport and cost approximately €110 one way to the hotel.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 56 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine Cellar
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Yoga

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Rates are based on two person occupancy. However, for selective room categories, additional guests can be added for a supplement. Baby cots and extra beds are available on request. Extra beds have a supplement of 50 EUR/night. Pets allowed (charges apply). Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for assistance.

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    • 269 ft²/25 m².
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    • 376 ft²/35 m².
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    Views: garden.

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    • 376 ft²/35 m².
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    • 430 ft²/40 m².
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    • 484 ft²/45 m².
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    Views: pool.

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour medical assistance
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine Cellar
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Yoga

Need to Know

Rates are based on two person occupancy. However, for selective room categories, additional guests can be added for a supplement. Baby cots and extra beds are available on request. Extra beds have a supplement of 50 EUR/night. Pets allowed (charges apply). Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for assistance.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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