Destination: France: Provence
Domaine des Andéols
When Olivier Massart, head of a Paris fashion agency, and his wife Patrizia, decided to transform their family property in the Lubéron into a hotel, they selected more than 250 pieces from their enormous private collection of contemporary art and furniture to decorate the twenty suites spread among ten red-tile-roofed villas. Hidden on a remote hilltop covered with cypresses, terraced gardens and fruit groves, each of the multilevel houses—some with private stone pools and terraces—embodies a theme, from the borderline-kitsch Maison du Voyageur, whose decor includes a stuffed Bengal tiger, a mock-tortoise sofa and a giant live palm in the living room, to the restfully Zen high-ceiled Maison Blanche, all of whose furniture is white, including a Barcelona banquette by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and a marble table by Florence Knoll. My favorite accommodations were the flashy Maison Rouge, sporting scarlet Pucci de Rossi-designed furnishings and gleaming red resin floors, and the Maison des Amoureux, a cozy one-bedroom lovers’ flat whimsically done up in red and white with Minimalist touches—concrete mosaic floors, deep rectangular charcoal tubs, a Dalí-inspired lip-shaped sofa, a Picasso-esque painting—and an unobstructed view of the vineyards and lavender fields.
The stylish gastronomic restaurant (also open to nonguests) is overseen by the Alain Ducasse–trained chef Olivier Richard, whose superb authentic Provençal fare is served on the lovely tree-lined dining patio. Highlights include a peasant-style pea soup with bacon, roast chicken with wild thyme and olives and, for dessert, a lemon tart.
There’s a large outdoor pool for lounging, plus a small indoor black-slate one, with a hammam and massage room, in case the mistral kicks up. You can strike up a conversation at cocktail hour with the fashionable international clientele of art aficionados, designers and architects or, if you prefer privacy, hole up in your villa, a perfect venue for a special event with friends or family. Suites from €260.
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