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Hotel Highlights

  • Michelin-starred dining
  • As captured by Cezanne and Van Gogh
  • The slickest service

Overview

Best known for its eponymous two-Michelin-starred restaurant, L'Oustau de Baumanière hotel will have you salivating over postcard-worthy panoramas of Provence, too. Set among villages, olive groves and vineyards where Cézanne and Van Gogh found inspiration, the rooms of this historic hillside home are airy and light, seamlessly synthesizing the surround-sound extras of 21st-century living with the hotel’s 17th-century frame and handmade furniture.

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Here's what you get for booking L'Oustau de Baumanière with us:

A recipe book by the Michelin-starred owner and chef Jean-André Charial

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at L'Oustau de Baumanière

10% off: gastronomic package

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

30, including 14 suites.

Check–out

Midday.

Rates

Double rooms from $263.69 (€200), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€26 for Continental).

At the hotel

TV, wireless Internet access. In-room massages can be arranged.

Our favourite rooms

The junior suites at the front of the house enjoy views over the terrace and the swimming pool.

Poolside

There’s an outdoor pool in front of the main terrace.

Also

There is a tennis court, and guests have access to the grounds of the whole estate.

Children

Welcome. Under-12s stay free. An extra bed in the apartments for older children costs €30.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

With two Michelin stars, the restaurant at Oustau de Baumanière is world-renowned. The kitchen is headed by two brothers, Sylvestre and Michael Wahid – the former overseeing the delectable mains and the latter creating the lavish desserts – a dynamic duo whose fantastic à la carte features caviar, foie gras, Grand Marnier-soaked crêpes and a dazzling array of premiers grands crus. Lunch is 12pm–2pm; dinner 7.30pm–9.30pm.

Hotel Bar

Drinks are available from the restaurant until midnight. Try the estate’s own wine, L’Affectif.

Room service

A room-service menu is available 12 noon to 3pm and 7pm–10pm.

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Dress code

Refined sophistication.

Top table

Near the window overlooking the terrace and garden.

Local Guide

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

Local restaurants

La Cabro d’Or is also located on the Baumanière estate (+33 (0)4 90 54 33 21), with dining on the wonderful patio under the trees during the warmer months. Most ingredients among the fish, shellfish and meat dishes are sourced locally, including vegetables and olive oil from the estate. Nearby in Eygalières, Chez Bru aka Le Bistrot d’Eygalières (+33 (0)4 90 90 60 34) is another Michelin-starred honeypot for gourmets. In Maussane-les-Alpilles, La Place on Avenue Vallée des Baux (+33 (0)4 90 54 23 31) is an excellent bistrot run by the same people as Oustau de Baumanière, and does wonderful Alpilles lamb dishes.

Local bars

For lighter snacks and drinking, head to alleyways around the Château des Baux in nearby Les Baux de Provence and see which of the little bars and cafés takes your fancy. Many have terraces wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.

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Rocks and ruins of Les Baux

L'Oustau de Baumanière

L'Oustau de Baumanière, 13520, Les Baux de Provence, Provence, France

Planes

The closest airports are Avignon (35km) and Nîmes (40km), but Marseille offers the most choice and is only 60km away. The concierge can arrange a taxi.

Trains

The closest TGV station is in Avignon, 25km from the hotel. If you arrive by train, the concierge can organise a taxi for the next part of your journey; there is also an Avis office at the station.

Automobiles

From the north, take the Avignon Sud exit of the A7 toward Noves and then Saint Rémy de Provence followed by Les Baux de Provence. From the south-east or south-west, take the Saint-Martin-de-Crau exit of the A54 in the direction of Maussane-les-Alpilles and then Les Baux de Provence. The hotel is below this hilltop plateau village. Avignon is 35 minutes away by car. There’s covered valet parking at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Nick Moran , Visa-collector and author

With a song in my heart, I met Mrs Smith at the airport and off we soared to Marseille. In my pocket were five lines of spider-scrawl directions I’d taken down on the phone to the hotel that early and bleary morning. The weather was spectacular, so at the airport we coughed up the extra few euros and upgraded from a rental car that looked like it should have been reserved for Noddy and Big E…
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L'Oustau de Baumanière

Anonymous review by Nick Moran, Visa-collector and author

With a song in my heart, I met Mrs Smith at the airport and off we soared to Marseille. In my pocket were five lines of spider-scrawl directions I’d taken down on the phone to the hotel that early and bleary morning. The weather was spectacular, so at the airport we coughed up the extra few euros and upgraded from a rental car that looked like it should have been reserved for Noddy and Big Ears to a sporty convertible Mégane.

Now, be warned: Oustau de Baumanière is hidden away in an obscure part of southwest Provence. It’s a good hour’s drive from Marseille if you know where you’re going, and an infinite puzzle if you don’t. So, lost and tetchy, somewhere between Nice and Barcelona, we bought a map (‘la carte’ en Français – something I discovered it was worth knowing).

Having thrown away my smudged scribblings and given Mrs Smith a speed lesson in navigating, I made steady progress towards l’Oustau de Baumanière. When you peel off the highway, the world changes. The drive takes you between Salon and Arles, and every town looks like it’s out of one of the Stella Artois idents that pop up during films on Channel 4. We resisted the temptation to join in a communal summer party at a village along the way, and continued towards our destination, the hot, moist air making a giant herbal humidor of olive, garlic and rosemary. We wound our way up a small mountain, crossing the castle ruins of Château des Baux. Rolling down to our final target was like descending into Shangri-La, but without those annoying singing children.

I find carparks give a fair indication of a hotel’s calibre, and Oustau de Baumanière’s screamed ‘understated’ and ‘high-end’. The pristine gravel path crunched beneath our tyres as we slid in between our car’s rich relations. There is a huge emblem projected onto the rocks above Baumanière that looks Egyptian or Masonic. The light flattered the exquisite architecture of this 30-roomed hotel and the majestic cliffs behind. It might just as well have read ‘class’.

A garçon appeared from nowhere, welcoming us by name. This exquisite cordiality continued into the tiny high-polished hardwood and limestone check-in, and as we travelled in the crocodile-skin lift up the single floor to our bedroom. Our room looked just superb: gave us a warm glow that lingered for days. Spacious, lofty and slightly asymmetrical, it matched 17th-century origins with modern-day surround-sound extras. The creative lighting design supplied switches ready to match any mood.

Handmade wood-block furniture and a ten-foot satin chaise longue were pure design-museum pieces. The dull stuff (minibar, safe) was hidden behind a false wall. French doors opened out on to a view of the verdant grounds, then olive groves and vineyards. The bathroom held its own, too. I spent a foolish few seconds pressing a jade pebble on the wall in an effort to turn the lights on, only to discover that the walls were embossed with seashells and stones. The bath was bigger than the car we nearly hired.

A patio in front, protected from any light drizzle by a canopy of fig trees, is where Baumanière guests eat some of the best food in France. A glance at the prices might shave the edges off your appetite: we opted for just the one course, while I kept an eye on everything served around me as it either burst into flames or was cut from its bone with the hiss of Sabatier. The wine list arrived, the size of a pantomime fairy-tale book, and after struggling like a nine-year-old with the Sunday papers, I let our waiter select something with the decimal point nearer the front end of the price. The chef meekly approached us and asked our opinion; I told him it was excellent and with reassured strides he bowled back to a hot kitchen. We ended on a shared crêpe Suzette and some crystallised local fruits, and retired to bed trying to pretend this was the sort of place we come to all the time.

The next day we took a little sun in the small but beautiful grounds and a dip in the icy-cold Twenties pool, then walked up to the castle carved into the mountain. The Château des Baux is touristy without being tacky; the ancient alleyways are lined with shops full of local products, and the bars and cafés are cheap and friendly. A steep walk up to the remains of the fortifications rewarded us with a wondrous view; I wondered whether it was that great artists were drawn here or if reasonable artists were just blessed with great things to paint. Down the hill, on the way back to the hotel, we came across Cathédrale d’Images, a huge cave that hosts sound-and-light shows, with locally inspired masterpieces projected onto its walls.

As our farewell to this fine land, we took the car on a burn around some of the local towns; then, after getting utterly lost for a final time, we headed back for a few nightcaps at the hotel. Now I can safely say I know exactly where in the South of France Oustau de Baumanière is. It’s en Provence, in the village of Exquisite, near Perfection, just above Timeless, in the state of Class.

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