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Hotel Highlights

  • Stay in your own stunningly designed, art-filled guesthouse
  • 25 acres of grounds and gardens to play in

Overview

Concealed as a cluster of historic stone cottages surrounded by acres of Provence's ruggedly romantic countryside, Domaine des Andéols is actually an excitingly contemporary boutique hotel full of playful touches. The clean-lined interiors blend original modern art pieces, Starck-designed touches and cutting-edge furniture, all popping with color. Outside, the pool overlooks sculpture-dotted grounds and acres of lavender fields and olive groves.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Domaine des Andéols with us:

Continental breakfast for two each day of your stay

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Domaine des Andéols

Early booking offer: 20% off Advantage offer: 10% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

19 rooms in 10 houses.

Check–out

Midday, but later check-out may be possible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $354.09 (€262), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€25).

Also

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,

Please note

 Guests should note that from 18 July to 16 August 2014 the hotel cannot except bookings for children under 10.

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.

Poolside

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

Non-smoking throughout. There’s a two-night minimum stay between May and September. Small, ‘well educated’ pets are welcome.

Children

Cribs 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.

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

In the hotel’s restaurant, fresh Provençal ingredients are turned into tasty treats – served under God's watchful gaze (there's a large replica of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam on the ceiling) – the lunch and dinner menus change daily. The leafy canopy of a giant plane tree, just downhill from the hotel, adds a touch of drama to alfresco dining – set on a platform surrounded by babbling clear-water springs. Our favourite has to be the Treetop Dining Room – possibly the only treehouse restaurant we've seen with a grand piano – suspended 23 feet in the air, this is high-end dining at its most elevated.

Hotel Bar

The lounge area by the spa pool is a great place to relax with the Domaine des Andéols signature ‘Violetta’ cocktail, but you can enjoy a drink anywhere on the property.

Last orders

Breakfast is 7.30am to 10.30am. Lunch is on offer between 12.00pm and 2.30pm; dinner from 7.30pm until 9.45pm.

Room service

Snacks and meals available in-room 24 hours a day.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Arty chic with a boho flourishes.

Top table

There are lots of top spots: under the recreation of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam on the ceiling, a table on the far end of the terrace overlooking the gardens, or beside the library where the panoramas outside are reflected in the mirror panels.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

A private vineyard at the foot of Rousillon's famous ochre cliffs, Domaine Chasson (+33 (0)4 90 05 64 56) is also open to grape-fanciers, year round. For outdoor activities, such as golf, hot-air ballooning and horse riding – as well as market-hopping around the nearby villages – staff at the hotel will be happy to help.

Local restaurants

10 mins from Domaine de Andéols, in Rousillon, Restaurant David (+33 (0)490 05 60 13) at Le Clos de la Glycine offers traditional Provençal cuisine alongside panormaic views of the ruddy cliffs, les Ocres de Rousillon. Also nearby, Le Mas des Herbes Blanches (+33 (0)4 90 05 79 79) in Joucas provides an equally appealing gastronomic experience, with comparably impressive views. Slightly further from the hotel, 35kms away in Loumarin, La Fenière (+33 (0)4 90 68 11 79), is self-taught chef Reine Sammut's Provençal eaterie. Twice voted best female chef in France, she cooks up some genuine culinary revelations for around €90 a head. At La Table de Pablo in Villars, guests dine on updated favourites (roast cod seasoned with rosemary, pork cheek comfit flavoured with liquorice) in the shade of vines and cherry trees (+33 (0)4 90 754 518). On Rue du Cheval Blanc in the village of Goult, hosts Régine and Gérard welcome diners to La Bartavelle, a restaurant in a restored historic home where the focus is on traditional home cooking, Provençal style (+33 (0)4 90 72 33 72).

 

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Lavender fields and olive groves

Domaine des Andéols

Les Andéols, 84490, St Saturnin les Apt, Vaucluse, Provence, France

Domaine des Andéols is 4km from the Provençal town of St Saturnin-lès-Apt, in the picturesque Luberon area.

Planes

Touch down at Marseille Provence Airport – formerly Marseille-Marignane – 90km from the hotel. The airport has regular international services, including to London, Paris, Barcelona, Montreal and Moscow (www.marseille-airport.com). Also close is Avignon Caumont Airport (www.avignon.aeroport.fr), which has flights to London, Leeds, Birmingham, Exeter and Southampton.

Trains

The closest train station is in Avignon, 45km away. High-speed trains arrive regularly from around France, including Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

Automobiles

If you're driving from Avignon, take the N100 to Coustellet, then the D2 towards Gordes. Then, continue on the D2 towards St Saturnin-lès-Apt: Domaine des Andéols is on the right, before you reach the town itself.

Other

There's a helipad available.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just got back from an anonymous review trip to this boutique hotel in Provence, and just as soon as they’ve unpacked their bags, a full account of their stay in France will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here’s a quick postcard from designer hotel-hamlet Domaine des Andéols… The owner of this boutique hotel in Proven…
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Domaine des Andéols

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just got back from an anonymous review trip to this boutique hotel in Provence, and just as soon as they’ve unpacked their bags, a full account of their stay in France will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here’s a quick postcard from designer hotel-hamlet Domaine des Andéols…

The owner of this boutique hotel in Provence, Oliver Massart, cut his teeth in the chic world of Parisian events – and it shows. Every one of Domaine des Andéols nine guesthouses is immaculate, contemporary and centred around bold works of 20th- and 21st-century art – much of it from the owner’s personal collection, and some lent by the Galerie Kamel Mennour in Paris. Although the hotel looks like a typical rural mas – a quiet village of stone buildings in a rustic setting – on the inside it couldn’t be more modern-minded, with Starck fixtures and furniture sharing space with Dali-esque sofas and (rather challenging-to-master) cuboid concrete bath tubs. The houses are scattered among cascading ponds and palm groves, where you’ll find sculptural works by the owner’s grandfather, Pierre, including a titanic boules game in full swing. In addition to the guesthouses and greenery, there’s a minimalist spa area (with heated pool and hammam), a beautiful infinity pool looking out over the estate’s own lavender fields, olive groves and apricot orchards — there’s a help-yourself policy to the fruit and veg.

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