Sprawling over a terracotta-tiled hilltop hamlet, the Hôtel Crillon le Brave has the run of 17th-century buildings, cobbled terraces and a pose-worthy pool, with lofty vineyard views. Now part of the family-run Maison Pariente portfolio, this recently refurbed grand dame is looking better than ever.
The Vaucluse area is picture-postcard Provence: olive groves, lavender fields and cherry orchards unfolding at the foot of Mont Ventoux, whose limestone summit is a magnet for serious cyclists. Oenophiles make the pilgrimage to nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, while medieval Avignon, home to a major annual arts festival, is 40 minutes away.
Linen-and-loafer-clad couples lapping up the haute romance of the place. Staying in Drift between lavender-infused massages in the candlelit Spa des Ecuries, stables once upon a time, to the heated outdoor pool. Daily pétanque (like boules) tournaments are a hoot, and will help you work up an appetite for the fine-dining tasting menu at La Table du Ventoux, where local truffles, La Sorgue river trout and fromage get top billing.
A chic rather than chintz take on classic French country style, thanks to Parisian designer Charles Zana. Think: natural materials (stone basins, oak beams), framed botanical prints and serene shades of chalky blue, lemon and mint. Converted, centuries-old cottages make for a quaint, higgledy-piggledy feel, no two rooms the same.
Throw open those pale-blue shutters and soak up the dreamy landscape that inspired Cézanne and Van Gogh. Whether it’s glugging a crisp local rosé on the terrace or peddling down country lanes, this is pure Provençal perfection.
Avignon Festival is 4−23 July.