Photo courtesy of La Mirande

Our selection of the best accommodation and dining in the département

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TO STAY & EAT

AVIGNON

La Mirande

This historic mansion hotel is a world unto itself, its supremely elegant rooms done up in period style, a charming tearoom and bar and a private garden terrace. Chef Florent Pietravalle, who earned a Michelin star in 2019, offers a sought-after chef’s table and a cooking school for adults and kids.

La Divine Comédie

Set within an acre of gorgeous grounds, and filled with art and antiques, this superb 18th-century mansion’s five elegant guest rooms could not be more beautiful or more hospitable.

MÉNERBES

La Bastide de Marie

In a postcard-worthy setting among rolling vineyards, its Provençal farmhouse décor and exceptional dining are second to none. It’s a great base for exploring the many picturesque local villages, as well as being within easy walking or cycling distance of Ménerbes.

LOURMARIN

Photo courtesy of L’Auberge Fenière

L’Auberge Fenière

This restaurant a mile from Lourmarin in tiny Cucuron is a standout in all of Provence. Michelin-star chef Nadia Sammut is among the very first to create non-gluten gastronomy, with local wines to match, in a quintessential Provençal setting. It’s a treat to dine then stay the night at their well-priced inn where you’re treated like one of the family.

CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

Coucoo Grands Cépages

You won’t find anything quite like these totally secluded contemporary eco-bungalows set on – or in – a beautiful turquoise lake 10 minutes from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Each bungalow has a hot tub, (one with a sauna), terraces and total privacy. Meals are delivered by golf cart to your door at the hour requested.

GARGAS

Stunning Coquillade Village boasts an award-winning spa and a reputed winery. Image © Coquillade Village

Coquillade Village

With a history dating back to the 11th century, this hamlet amidst 42 hectares of vineyards, forest and lavender fields, overlooks the Luberon national park. With an award-winning spa, Coquillade Village boasts 63 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars and is home to the critically acclaimed Aureto winery.

BONNIEUX

Restaurant Edouard Loubet

Botanist, sportsman, wine aficionado and two-Michelin star chef Édouard Loubet creates a Provençal cuisine of originality and finesse in a dream setting overlooking the Luberon massif. At the adjoining stunner of a hotel, the Domaine de Capelongue, expect astonishing views and contemporary elegance, plus a pool and spa.

LA-ROQUE-SUR-PERNE

Château la Roque

A romantic ambiance with hospitality to match at this perfectly located, lovingly restored five-room château on beautiful grounds with panoramic views of Provence. Gourmet meals can be prepared at your request.

WHERE TO EAT 

L’ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE

Teatime’s a treat at Pâtisserie Jouvaud. Photo courtesy of Pâtisserie Jouvaud

Maison Jouvaud

An institution on the “island” for its head-spinning array of stupendously delicious pastries, handmade chocolates and traditional sweets, especially the renowned local apricots, strawberries and other fruits candied whole.

17 Place aux Vins

If a glass of local wine is one of your favourite things, this is the perfect spot for sampling some, alongside a few nibbles, either in the restaurant or on the spacious outdoor terrace.

GIGONDAS

L’Oustelle

If you treat yourself to one blow-out meal in Vaucluse, make it this one. Sit in the handsome dining room, the favourite of local winemakers, or out under plane trees in the lovely village square. Tip: If the all-truffle menu is available, go for it.

ANSOUIS

La Closerie

At this Michelin-star restaurant set in an old post office, you’ll dine like a king on dishes concocted with the finest local ingredients while enjoying stellar views over the Luberon. At €54, the seasonal chef’s menu is a bargain.

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VAUCLUSE ESSENTIALS

GETTING THERE

BY AIR 

Vaucluse is within an easy 70km drive of Marseille Airport, which has connections with several UK cities, as well as Montreal, Canada (Air France).

BY TRAIN

The TGV from Paris to Avignon takes 3.5 hours.

TOURIST INFORMATION

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Jennifer Ladonne
American journalist Jennifer Ladonne, a Paris resident since 2004, writes regular features on French heritage, culture, travel, food & wine for France Today magazine, and is the restaurants and hotels reviewer for Fodor's Paris, France and Provence travel guides. Her articles have appeared in CNN Travel, AFAR, The Huffington Post, MSN and Business Insider.

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