|The Swimming Pool overlooks the Rhone Valley with Mont Ventoux in the background.|
After a brutal winter, spring can’t arrive too soon. We say a trip to Provence and Hotel Crillon le Brave, 25 miles northeast of Avignon, is the perfect anodyne to the brumal season.
The hotel’s 23 double room accommodations—set in seven buildings, which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and are linked by bridges, cobblestone walkways and courtyards—are decorated in cool whites with splashes of lavender, lime and framboise and have Bose sound systems.
The seven Junior and Master Suites are larger—we say Nos. 27 and 33 are the tops—with private terraces and views of Mont Ventoux and the Rhone Valley. There’s also a small house, La Sousto, with a lounge and two bedrooms—which we say is perfect for a family of four. The hotel’s pièce de résistance is a heated outdoor pool and new La Grange Bar.
Michelin-starred Chef Christian Delteil (christiandel [email protected]), former executive chef of England’s iconic Chewton Glen, is the hotel’s new on-site directeur, ensuring a stellar food and wine experience. Note: There are weeklong cooking programs in April and October, Truffle & Wine Weekends in November, and wine-tastings, antique markets and other events throughout the summer.
Note: We hear the hotel is fully booked for the Friday and Saturday nights of Easter weekend (April 22 and 23). Luxury travel advisors can contact Reservations Manager Jessica Hufschmitt ([email protected]; 011-33-490-656-161) with further inquiries.