La Bastide de Gordes
Provence, South of France, France
At a Glance
Located in the heart of the picturesque village of Gordes
Enjoy sweeping valley views over to the Luberon valley
Dine in an excellent variety of restaurants
Children will love the facilities and activities on offer including treasure hunts and arcade games
Relax in the Sisley spa or by the outdoor pool
Best time to Visit
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Provence enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. On average, Provence gets 300 days of sunshine each year, with warm but mild temperatures. Summer is high season here, with August bringing the hottest weather and the biggest crowds. Spring is a great time of year, the weather is warm, with temperatures swaying between 16 and 20°C, and the crowds are small. If you want to see lavender fields then it would be best to visit the region in June. In October the weather starts to cool. Autumn is also the start of the wettest weeks of the year. October sees an average of 3.7 inches of rain, with an average of three inches following in November. Still, it never gets all that chilly and snow is rare.
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La Bastide de Gordes is located at the heart of the picturesque village of Gordes, with exceptional views over the Luberon Valley. Carved into the rock face, the 18th Century castle provides gourmet cuisine, inviting swimming pools and a luxury spa.
La Bastide de Gordes retains a classical 18th-Century theme throughout the property with walls ordered with portraits and tapestries and your room key even arrives in the form of a decorative shield! Some rooms feature traditional roll-top, claw-footed, free-standing baths and have spectacular, uninterrupted views either over the valley or overlooking the quaint village. As well as paintings, you will also find wood sculptures, period furniture and ornamental artefacts throughout the hotel, creating an authentic, regal atmosphere.
This beautiful hotel offers everything you may need for a comfortable stay with 4 restaurants, a spa and fitness centre, a bar, children’s club, separate adults and children’s pools and stunning terraces with gorgeous views over the valley and surrounding village. Gordes is known as one of the most beautiful villages in France with a medieval castle and cobbled alleyways winding through dry-stone houses. There are many art galleries to visit in the village and staying at the hotel, you are perfectly situated to explore the surrounding area.
The Sisley spa has a large indoor pool, a hammam, sauna, sensory showers and uses the well sought-after Sisley products. There is also a well-equipped fitness room and, of course, a large range of treatments on offer, which you may even choose to take outside on the private terrace. Outside, the inviting swimming pool overlooks the valley, surrounded by lush gardens.
Children are exceptionally well looked after here with a separate children’s pool, a games room, arcades, table football and much more to keep them occupied. The hotel also organise Treasure hunts and Olympiads and younger guests can even enjoy their own brunch on the terrace, so that adults can have some peace and privacy. There are also interconnecting room options creating an array of possibilities for families of all sizes.
For meals, the hotel features La Citadelle, by day a historic restaurant serving traditional Provencal cuisine and by night L’Orangerie, offering a bistro-setting and a selection of Mediterranean products. Clover on the top terrace has been created by Jean-François Piège and uses simple grill and spit cooking methods to showcase fantastic local produce within a ‘country house’ style décor. Down in the village, you will also find a small Italian restaurant which serves up delicious pizzas, pastas and salads with a shady terrace to enjoy watching the daily activity of the village. For something a little different Le TIGrr is also located in the village and focuses on cocktails and Asian cuisine, with DJs playing a relaxed set to enhance the ambiance.
The rooms and suites have views either over the pretty village of Gordes or over the expansive valley. Most rooms are decorated in traditional, patterned wallpaper, adding a striking contrast to the dark wood furniture. Others feature refined wood panelling and wall murals, complimenting the traditional ornaments and period furniture. There is also a separate dressing area and bathrooms have terracotta tiled floors with either a shower or bath. The large suites have a seating area and some also enjoy a beautiful terrace and there are a number of interconnecting options.
For large groups, or families, La Maison de Constance offers an enclosed 3-story, 4-bedroom house complete with private gardens and swimming pool. The rooms are all en-suite and there is also a kitchen, dining room and lounge. Guests staying here still enjoy all the facilities of the hotel making this a perfect choice for those looking for some space and privacy.
La Bastide de Gordes features a mixture of rooms with either valley or village views, some suites and a separate 4-bedroom house with private pool. There are a number of interconnecting room options for families and groups. All rooms and suites have traditional features with artwork and period furniture. Bathrooms feature terracotta tiles with either a shower or a bath with a shower.
There are 2 restaurants and a bar at the hotel and a further Italian and Japanese restaurants in the village. The Sisely spa has an indoor pool and an array of treatments and there is also an outdoor pool.
Claire Medlock (Staff)
For me, La Bastide de Gordes occupies the perfect spot. Within a minutes walk you are within the heart of the village, with a church, castle and numerous shops and restaurants to explore. And yet enter through the doors of the hotel and you are immediately transported to a peaceful haven with gorgeous views from the hilltop position overlooking houses carved into the rock and the vineyards and olive groves beyond. The medieval style dcor of the indoor common areas and rooms wont be for everyone, but the superb service from every member of staff and spacious outdoor areas mean that this would definitely be a hotel I would return to in an instant.
Guided visit of Arles
Arles is a fascinating city filled with monuments and Roman treasures, it was also the inspiration for over 300 pieces of work by Van Gough, who lived here from 1888 to 1889. With your guide take a visit to see the stunning Amphitheatre and Aqueduct.
Marseille city tour
Marseille is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and the largest port for commerce, freight and cruise ships. Highlights include the Palais du Pharo is a palace built by Napoleon III and the Palais des Congrès et des Expositions.
Gordes is arguably the prettiest village in the Luberon region and seems to cling on to the rock face overlooking the Vaucluse plateau. The village is a mass of winding lanes, terracotta rooftops and church towers.
Location & directions
Provence, South of France, France
La Bastide de Gordes is located in the vilage of Gordes, in the heart of Provence, around a 45-minute drive from Avignon.