Hotel Crillon le Brave, Provence

Hotel. Vogue has called Hotel Crillon le Brave “a hotel of great charm and tranquility.” And it has definitely lived up to the title. Perched on the hill of an antique Provencal village, seven houses have been transformed and combined to form this incredibly luxurious retreat. Whet your palate with the beautiful cuisine, or the breathtaking view, or maybe the rich wine country. Whichever you choose, Hotel Crillon le Brave ensures a marvelous stay in the Provencal countryside with a list of favorite things to do including wine tasting routes, bicycle tours, and a relaxing hour at the mini-spa. Or you can stay in the comfort of the hotel and have your very own cooking class with executive Chef Philippe Monti. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Wine. The wines of the Rhone valley and Provence lie at your fingertips during a stay at Hotel Crillon le Brave. The varieties of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Chateauneuf-du-Pape await your enjoyment nearby or at the dinner table. With a wine list of over 500 local and international labels, wine connoisseurs will be pleased. The hotel’s sommelier, Cedric Demeneix, arranges vineyard visits and tastings, while at the same time he shares his immense wine knowledge with each and every guest.

Dining. Whether sitting in the dinning room or on the garden terrace, Chef Philippe Monti ensures gorgeous meals in an equally charming atmosphere. The chef’s love of food comes through in every plate, but it goes further. Every October he holds a cooking school session for eight lucky guests to learn his technique and special Provencal recipes. With a resume as impressive as Chef Philippe’s (chef at l’Esperance, l’Auberge de I’Ill and sous-chef at Chewton Glen) the cuisine at Hotel Crillon le Brave is a real delicacy.