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Domaine de Manville is a bijou luxury hotel in the heart of Provence, France. Formerly a working country farm, the property has been converted with a fine 'sense of place' into a beautiful hotel retreat amid glorious Provencal scenery.
This gorgeous hotel nestles in its own estate in a valley below the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles Regional Park. The region became famous because of artist Vincent Van Gogh. As a result, today, it is under the protection of Natura 2000, an environmental scheme of the EU.
There are many walks and trails through the woodlands of oaks and pines. There are also areas with almond and olive trees - Moreover, rare birds of prey nest on the upper reaches of the mountain range.
The hotel estate has plenty of walks too in beautiful, peaceful herb-scented surroundings. Besides, electric bikes are available for touring around at a quicker pace. The nearest airport to the hotel is Marseille (MRS).
The long low ochre-colored buildings have been skillfully converted by architect Mireille Pellen and interior designer Annie Zeau. The feel is of an elegant traditional country chateau basking in the sunshine of Provence but with sumptuous contemporary styling that somehow blends perfectly.
Modern art colors the sunny walls in drystone architecture. Everything here is top-class, including the attentive and helpful staff in all areas of the hotel. Weddings and events are also a dream here in beautiful surroundings with highly competent hotel planners.
A large swimming pool is surrounded by a pretty courtyard and shaded by many trees and an eco-conscious specially designed 18-hole golf course. A serene spa enjoys a huge space in the grounds with many treatment rooms, a heated indoor pool, and sybaritic therapies, plus a gym and fitness room.
A permaculture farm underpins the green policies of Domaine de Manville with fresh produce for the on-site gastronomic restaurant and upscale bistro. Additionally, the bar features the local rose wine, famed throughout Provence. Moreover, a kid's pool, cinema, concierge services, Wi-Fi, and free parking add to the list of fine amenities here.
This boutique hotel has just 30 single/double rooms and suites plus family-sized luxury villas. Moreover, all are spacious and airy, well-appointed, chic, and super-comfortable. Bathrooms are large, lavish black and white spaces with deep tubs and rain-showers. They also include beautiful double-vanities and the hotel's own range of gorgeously scented toiletries.
Bedding has soft quality fine linen with leather padded headboards. Deluxe rooms feature private balconies and views over the courtyard with a cascading fountain and outdoor pool. Of the 30 rooms, most have attractive views, walk-in wardrobes, and modern amenities, including air-conditioning. There are also Nespresso coffee machines, Bose entertainment systems, TV, and free Wi-Fi.
These add more living space and amenities with the finest views over the pretty inner courtyard shaded by ancient plane trees. Some Junior Suites have terraces opening directly into the interior courtyard and a quiet scented space among potted Mediterranean plants and greenery.
The Manville suite is very plush with leather and wood mingling with soft linens and fine fabrics. Spacious loft suites cater to families with views over the swimming pool. Additionally, the prestige suite offers seclusion and privacy with a private terrace and dining.
Featuring off-the-scale luxury, these accommodations have beautiful settings and views of the countryside, mountains, and golf course. Décor is contemporary and ultra-plush with soothing dove gray and off-white color schemes with occasional pops of warm tones on deeply comfortable seating. Every modern amenity is available. Flexible check-in and check-out times also apply here.
Michelin-starred Restaurant l'Aupiho (Little Alps) is the hotel's gourmet diner under the direction of star chef Lieven Van Aken. Re-invented regional cuisine is available in the loveliest of settings. Moreover, lunch or after-dark meals are available on the terrace or interior courtyard, shaded by the plane trees by day or lit by candlelight by night.
The produce from the permaculture farm features in the menus here and in The Bistro, Chef Van Aken's interpretation of Provencal classics in a more casual atmosphere. Additionally, the olive oil famed in this region is incorporated into menus and a dip for the artisanal bread cooked on-site.
The Brunch serves a notable gourmet Sunday lunch in The Winter Garden throughout the year, popular with local diners and hotel guests. Breakfasts and teas in The Glass House feature fresh eggs and other produce from the hotel's eco-farm.
Lastly, The Bar is in one of the original buildings with brick walls, a zinc counter, a fireplace, and loads of atmosphere.
The vast and gorgeous full-service spa and fitness rooms showcase as places of rejuvenation and rebalancing of mind, body, and spirit. Bespoke facials are by Esthederm French cosmetics, and signature body treatments use the hotel's own range of luxury products.
The 'sensory area' is open to adults and children at various times daily. The facility includes the use of a steam bath, heated indoor pool, and Turkish bath. There is even a Jacuzzi, ice fountain, and access to the fitness room and spa boutique. Moreover, the fitness center offers high-tech exercise equipment plus Pilates, yoga, and other workshops with pro instructors.
The kids are well taken care of at Domaine de Manville. Kid's Club is in a gypsy-style caravan with educational fun things to do every day. Snacks and supervision are also provided. Birthdays are celebrated, and souvenirs/toys are given out to take home. Kids can also enjoy films or fun in the pools.
The Thierry Sprecher golf course holds a rare ECOCERT 'sustainable development' certification in line with the eco-policies of the hotel. Parts of the course have fragrant shrubs and oak, olive, and pine trees. The links are highly recommended, and instruction is available for improvers.
Additionally, walkers, hikers, and bikers may wish to explore the lovely medieval village of Les Baux de Provence and return with such goodies as local honey and calissons, traditional Provencal candied fruits.
Domaine de Manville offers a retreat from the stresses of life in a beautiful part of the French countryside. Tranquil and restful but suitable for families, couples, and solo guests.
This prestigious suite opens onto a large terrasse overlooking the courtyard. This room includes a living room and a double bedroom. The bathroom has...
These rooms, 53 m², have a king size bed, a bathroom with a bathtub a shower and a terrace. Direct access to the Spa (sauna, jacuzzi, hammam, heated i...
This suite can accommodate 4 people. Very large from 60 to 90m², with view over the swimming pool, each has 2 bedrooms one of which is on the mezzanin...
hese rooms, 53 m², have a king size bed, a bathroom with a bathtub and a shower. Direct access to the Spa (sauna, jacuzzi, hammam, heated indoor pool,...
Some of them are very private and tucked away, the other ones, more contemporary are on the upper floor. All the suites have separate living rooms ope...
These rooms are from 26 to 35m², It includes a double beds, a bathroom with a bathtub. Air conditioning system and Wifi.
Approximately from 30 to 40 m², located upstairs, Deluxe rooms have loggias and magnificent views over the centuries-old plane trees in the estate’s m...
Each 2300-square foot villa can accommodate up to 6 people with a view on the pinewood or the pool. Ground floor: Fireplace, large living room-dining...
This 2300-square foot villa can accommodate up to 8 people. Ground floor: Fireplace, large living room-dining area that opens onto the vast terrace wi...
Each 2300-square foot villa can accommodate up to 6 people with a view on the golf course. Ground floor: Fireplace, large living room-dining area that...