Hotel Crillon le Brave
- Style Trad turreted eyrie
- Setting Seven-house hamlet
Perched high on a hill in a historic stone village east of Avignon, Hotel Crillon le Brave is the consummate stylish Southern French sanctuary. Borrow a bike and slip out for a day among the surrounding rolling vineyards and peaceful villages or sip a full-bodied Côte du Rhône by the pool while looking out over the same spectacular landscape.
Need to know
- Rooms 32, including seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $355.51 (€262), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates usually include breakfast.
- Facilities Gardens, mini spa, book, CD and DVD libraries, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD, Bose Wave with iPod connection, minibar.
- Poolside Outdoor heated pool with panoramic country views.
- Check–out 12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Young Smiths are welcome. Cots are provided free; beds for older children cost €40 a night. Babysitting with a local nanny starts at €15 an hour. It’s appreciated if you give plenty of notice.
- Also You can borrow bikes, book a cheese-tasting session and arrange beauty treatments.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room 33 is a vast suite on two levels, containing a pair of roll-top baths, separated by a ‘champagne table’, so you can sip as you soak. Room 32 has an open-plan living area, bedroom and bathroom, and a huge shower room built into the wall of the old citadel.
- Packing tips Plenty of suitcase space for wine (Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and othe Rhône varieties abound), and – in season – truffles.
- Also A small selection of massage and facial treatments is available in Crillon le Brave's stone-walled little spa, including hot-stone massage and a 90-minute body massage using natural Provençal products.
Food and drink at Hotel Crillon le Brave
- Hotel restaurant Chef Jérôme Blanchet, who has a Michelin-starred background and and over ten years of culinary cachet, masterminds the refined but not precious Provençal dishes served at the hotel's gastronomic restaurant. A second eatery, Bistrot 40K, is so-called because all ingredients are sourced within a 40-kilometre radius of the hotel. The menu puts local produce in the spotlight with delectable meat and fish dishes and wines supplied by noted nearby vineyards including Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
- Dress code Linen, sunglasses, not too outré.
- Top table At the front of the terrace in summer for views of Mont Ventoux; by the fire in winter.
- Room service Order anything off the restaurant menu until 9.30pm.
- Hotel bar The hotel's latest addition, the Grange Bar, is inspired by the stone stables that once stood in its location, although you can take your apéritif in any of the hotel’s many nooks and crannies, indoors or out: the Terrace du Ventoux is pretty unbeatable in summer.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details