From the top of the bell tower, 4 centuries are looking down on us. Over the course of the last 5 years, the Couvent des Minimes Hotel & Spa L’Occitane has humored the whims of the 21st century.
Located in Mane, in the Alps of Haute-Provence, Le Couvent des Minimes, Hotel & Spa L'Occitane opened in May 2008 and is a haven of peace, a privileged place. Le Couvent des Minimes, Hotel, and Spa arose from a passion shared for the site and this region of Provence. It is a long story of love, a true story that unifies L’Occitane and Provence. For more than 30 years, the soul of this country, its scents, its colors, and its people did not stop enriching the cosmetic ranges of products for the body and the house, making the brand's reputation. Since the origins, L’Occitane remains faithful to this region, elaborating its products in Manosque's factory.
The creation of “Le Couvent des Minimes, Hotel & Spa” is due to the meeting of the people in charge of L’Occitane with Hotel & Spa professionals, falling under the region’s global charms. Some centuries separate us from the creation of Le Couvent des Minimes and a new page of its history will open in 2008 with its transformation into a place of welcoming and care. A charming hotel, of 46 rooms and suites, the "House," and a “Le Couvent des Minimes Spa L’Occitane,” first to open in France, make Le Couvent des Minimes a sublime place, an enclave of happiness.
The decoration, inspired by the place, combines simplicity and purity. In 2014, following the redevelopment made by Pascal Borde’s Atelier, the Couvent des Minimes took on a whole new face. With the perfect modern style while retaining the spirit and soul of this old building. Provence colors that invite themselves are recognizable at the first step, green, pink, blue, a subtle blend that Mr. Borde imagined. In the bedrooms, touches of color are given by the chairs covered in a flowered fabric in off-white, taupe, brick red, and chocolate or a striped fabric in grey, black, violet, and pink heating stones inlaid in the parquet lead from the bedroom to the bathroom. The raw stone is valorized in the bathroom, the stoneware grey or chocolate-brown céramé for the bathtub, and the shower, the natural stone beaten for the sink. Certain bedrooms have a private garden or a patio, and others with a terrace.
The gourmet restaurant, le "Cloître," has been completely redesigned. It is now divided into two separate rooms that offer a vis-à-vis—a cozy atmosphere reigns. The soil, partly black and brown, formed by wooden floors and giant tiles, reflect themselves in the ceiling, thanks to the mirrors. On sunny days, le "Cloître" also welcomes you on its sunlit terrace. A place with a certain elegance where the inventive cuisine of Chef Jérôme Roy is in the spotlight. His cuisine composed of fine blends of flavors takes all their magnitude.