Need To Know
19 rooms in 10 houses.
Midday, but later check-out may be possible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $297.63 (€215), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (€25).
Domaine des Andéols sits at the heart of a vast agricultural estate, which produces large quantities of fruits, veg and herbs. Help yourself to crimson tomatoes or juicy olives as you wander the grounds – and look out for the 500-year-old plane tree,
At the hotel
Spa with hammam, steam room and indoor pool, library, DVD selection, free WiFi throughout, helicopter landing area. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, DVD/CD player, coffee-maker, minibar, air-con in most suites, Kiehl’s and Daniela Steiner toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the ten guesthouses in Domaine des Andéols is individually decorated, but all share a feel for cutting-edge design and an eye for artwork. Although it’s the smallest, we’re (appropriately) enamoured with La Maison des Amoureux, so-named because of its significance in the owner’s romantic past (ask him). The one-bedroom house not only features David Bailey photography and Philippe Starck furniture, but also a dainty balcony from where you can admire jaw-plummeting views of the countryside and the tiny village of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt. Light, bright Maison des Cascades and artefact-filled Maison du Voyageur are the largest, with two to three rooms apiece and their own private pools and garden areas. La Maison de l’Artiste is the most homey and relaxing, with natural stone floors, neutral tones and lavender-field views. The newest house, La Maison des Amis, has a private terrace and a cast-iron four-poster bed.
Built from sandy dry-stone, the hotel’s slender infinity pool looks out over the sculpture-filled gardens to the horizon. There’s a heated indoor waterhole in the spa too.
Your glammest Balenciaga swimwear for poolside posing. Leave your books at home – the hotel library is full of engrossing coffee-table leaf-throughs – but pack a sketchpad or a notebook for when the landscape-inspired muse strikes.
Non-smoking throughout. There’s a two-night minimum stay between May and September. Small, ‘well educated’ pets are welcome.
Cots are free; extra beds can be added for €60. Reception can arrange babysitting for €20 an hour, and can also recommend child-friendly activities in the area, such as horse riding, tennis and rafting.
There’s an extensive recycling programme, including the generation of compost for use in the hotel’s organic vegetable gardens. The outdoor pool has a solar-powered heat pump.
This property is suitable for weddings