Luxury in the South of France

A girls getaway is always a good plan and back to the South of France we went for a couple of nights of indulgence. Yes, I had been to the same area earlier in the year, but this time it was without kids in tow so it mostly involved relaxing and catching-up over great food and too much wine – dreamy!

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We decided to stay at the Relais Chateaux hotel Le Mas de Pierre because of its location in the foothills of the stunning village of St. Paul de Vence and the fact it had a lovely garden, pool and a Michelin starred restaurant.

We were pretty pleased with our choice:

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The hotel has 54 bedrooms. I had a deluxe room which was beautifully spacious with a sitting room and lovely terrace.

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We really loved the garden and all the different places to sit. (Do bring your mosquito repellent though.) There is even an orchid house, a herb garden, a couple of bird enclosures and quite a few sculptures which give the hotel a bit of a quirky boost.

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There is also a small spa, hammam and generous sized pool with plenty of loungers. It was lovely to have an early morning dip here before heading into St Paul de Vence.

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Of course I must mention the food.  I always warn hotels and restaurants that I can’t eat gluten before I go and I was pleasantly surprised when I came to this hotel as usually French breakfasts are the most tricky. Here they had about 5 gluten-free cereals to choose from, as well as a beautiful buffet of both hot and cold food. The dinner we had on our first night here was the highlight for me:

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..French cooking at its finest, with stunning wine to match. I still dream about this beef!

The dining terrace is a lovely place to eat but unfortunately the barbecue the next day was rained off so we had to sit indoors which doesn’t have quite the same ambience.

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It really is a treat to stay here and the staff are lovely and approachable. Do take the complimentary chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce into the village!

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St. Paul de Vence is such a lovely place to walk around (see more pics from my last trip here). This time, we decided to visit the famous boutique hotel and restaurant: La Colombe d’Or for some aperitifs as we were still too stuffed from breakfast to eat anything else!

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This is such a special place and we whiled away a few hours here.

We also stopped at the Hotel Le Saint Paul for a light lunch and a beautiful bottle of Rose.

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We really couldn’t have been more spoilt and well looked after!

I’m sure this will not be my last visit here. I would really like to visit the Foundation Maeght next time to get my art fix!

What’s your favourite place in the South of France?

x

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