La Bastide de Gordes

Provence, France

Hidden slightly away from the center of Gordes, hanging over the village valley where cypresses and holm oaks soften sheer sides, the site of La Bastide de Gordes is simply unbeatable. The Bastide’s renewal re-opened in late June 2015, it is surely now the crème de la crème of the Luberon village, Gordes, one of the prettiest villages in France. 

This beauty has 40 magnificent rooms and suites, a Sisley spa, a 30 meter pool at the edge of terraced gardens (and 3 more around the premise) a restaurant by Pierre Gagnaire (obviously more on this bit later) and a beautiful event space that you know, will be perfect for a dreamy wedding. 

Architect Christophe Tollemer scoured antique stores all over France to assemble 18th century pieces that makes guests feel very Louis XV. Antique carpets, iron staircase railings, tapestries, and all colors blending in to the era. 

On regular Sundays, behold yourselves to some gigantic grilled prawns, huge arrays of marinated vegetables, roast meats and the whole nine yards! Desert for breakfast? Yes please! Find yourself indulging in homemade lemon meringue, crust-topped apple, and rum baba crème brulee. Don’t forget, there’s always room for cantaloupe-like melon from nearby Cavaillon and charcuterie! Yum! 

Things to do : Other than obviously shuffling along in your slippers and robe to the outdoor terrace and wander through the gorge view, you can do a 15 minutes drive to La Citadelle and take part in the wine tasting sesh overlooking the vines. During autumn, watch the panoramic view of vineyards and valley turning from green to orange as the harvest approach.

Cyclists will enjoy the winding, hilly roads – crane your neck and you can spot the treeless summit of Mont Ventoux in the distance – while hikers can reach lush Provençal woodland within minutes of leaving town. Take a stroll to the sublime Sénanque Abbey, founded by the Cistercian order in the 12th century – about an hour’s round trip on foot.

Where To Eat?

PEIR by Pierre Gagnaire

PEIR by Pierre Gagnaire

Imagine charming vaults, exposed beams, lime rendered walls and stone floors enhancing your distinguished Michelin star dishes. This is Restaurant PEIR, exclusively for the Bastide de Gordes by the renowned Pierre Gagnaire. 

Aside from the Peir, there’s also La Citadelle (different from the vineyards we mentioned above) for lavish buffet style breakfast, and L’Orangerie, a relaxed bistro style restaurant with beautiful terrace who specializes in Provencal cuisines (imagine the best Nicoise salad)

L'Orangerie

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