For those who want a real taste of Provençal life, the Hotel Crillon le Brave, a member of the Relais & Châteaux collection, is offering an all-inclusive five-day, six-night cooking program.
Guided by Head Chef Philippe Monti, guests can learn to cook authentic Provençal fare. To make the foodie adventure even better, guests are taken on excursions through the local area, and dine on Monti’s own regional dishes at the hotel’s restaurant, such as filet de rougets (fresh wild sea bass) and confit de canard (duck). After the chef hats come off, guests can relax with a treatment at the hotel’s open-air spa, tour the historical village on complimentary bikes or play on the nearby tennis and boules courts.
At the hotel, we hear the Master Suites (with terraces and gorgeous views) are tops, though the La Sousto house is best for discreet honeymooning couples or families looking to get away.
The package is available from October 10-16 or October 17-23, and includes six nights at the hotel; all meals (including wine and cocktails upon arrival); five half-day cooking classes (with recipes for five complete menus to take home); afternoon excursions to meet with local truffle hunters, winemakers, cheese-makers and bakers; and fine wine tastings. Guests can also go on a tour of Carpentras Market, which has been around since 1155. Transportation and entry fees for all excursions are also included.
For special requests, luxury travel advisors can reach out to Angélique Applanat (011-33-4-90-65-61-61).