La Bastide de Moustiers
- Style Alain's inn
- Setting Lavender, herbs and olive trees
WINNER: BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
Situated where Provence’s lavender meets the Alps' rugged foothills, La Bastide de Moustiers hotel is Alain Ducasse’s romantic country inn with Michelin-starred dining, atmospheric local touches and dramatic views. Dine on picked-in-the-garden-fresh seasonal fare before returning to airy and elegant rooms that subtly showcase local craftsmanship from the sheets to the teacups.
Need to know
- Rooms 12, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $262.59 (€192), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€20).
- Facilities Private park, gardens, book and DVD library, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD, iPod dock, minibar, Bains Plus cotton nightshirts.
- Poolside The elegant pool faces the vineyards and is shaded by a wall of tall pines, with white sun loungers and parasols, and a small stone building with changing rooms.
- Check–out 12 noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm. Both are flexible, depending on availability.
Children Children are very welcome. Cots cost €25; extra beds, €45. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged.
- Also Banish any residual pre-holiday tension with a massage by the pool. Should you like to make a dramatic entrance, the hotel has a helipad.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Antique birdcages hang from the ceiling of La Volière, which translates as ‘the aviary’. This room has burnt-orange walls, a four-poster dressed with a lemon-yellow quilt, and French doors leading to a patio. La Chambre Pigeonnier is named for its location in the old pigeon house. It has a downstairs sitting area, a mezzanine bed with a hand-carved frame, and a bathroom with chequerboard tiles.
- Packing tips Some bubble-wrap to package up your Moustiers-Sainte-Marie pottery with care; a notepad-cum-recipe book so you can record the restaurant’s creations; driving gloves and a headscarf for whizzing around the roads in style.
- Also The hammocks by the greenhouse are the perfect spot to unwind with a good book.
Food and drink at La Bastide de Moustiers
- Hotel restaurant Alain Ducasse’s gastronomic restaurant, headed by one of his protégés, Wilfred Hocquet, is a foodie’s fantasy. Vegetables, herbs and edible flowers are plucked from the gardens to ornament delectable dishes such as roasted young pigeon with polenta, beetroot and turnip. It's extremely popular, so make reservations when you book your room.
- Dress code Relaxed and comfortable but with an eye on glamour.
- Top table Take a terrace table for views as beautiful as Hocquet’s creations. For a really romantic dinner, book the intimate Salon des Amoureux (lovers’ salon), which has just one table.
- Last orders Breakfast is dished up between 7.30am until noon, lunch is a leisurely 12.20pm–2pm, and you can linger over dinner from 7.30pm until 9pm.
- Room service None, but with such a serious restaurant a mere stroll from your boudoir, you won’t want to graze.
- Hotel bar There is a small, well-stocked bar area, in a cosy room next to reception. Silver ice buckets stand on a bar made of antique carved wood; green glass lamps hang from above, and an open fire blazes in winter.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details