La Bonne Etape
What We Love
- A lush Provence oasis with Michelin-starred dining – includes suite and dinner optionsThe ravishing setting in the Provençal town of Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban
- Savoring impossibly delicious food in the restaurant – Michelin-starred since 1964
- Relaxing on a sun lounger by the outdoor pool when the weather’s nice
What To Know
- Sign up for a cooking class where the chef/owner will give you a tour of the 600-bottle wine cellar and the garden where the produce is sourced
- The house is a charmer from the 18th century
- Reserve a table at the Michelin-starred restaurant for dinner, and don't miss the more casual bistro for lunch
There’s nowhere quite like Provence for a heady dose of olive trees, lavender fields, vineyards, postcard-pretty villages, iconic landscapes and unforgettable sunsets. So it’s no surprise, then, that La Bonne Etape, a Relais & Châteaux charmer in Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, is such a crowd-pleaser. Even A-listers agree (George Clooney raved about this “oasis” after staying here in 2011).
Owned by the Gleize family for generations, this former 18th-century post house screams luxury. Its 18 guest rooms and suites boast French design flourishes, sophisticated colors, rich fabrics and museum-worthy antique furniture. There’s a Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, as well as a lower-key bistro, both of which come with a sommelier to propose perfect food pairings. Elsewhere, you’ll find a supersized kitchen garden for home-grown produce, a 600-strong wine cellar, a lovely outdoor pool, and cooking classes, where you can learn some of chef-owner Jany Gleize’s tricks and techniques.
How to Get There
It's a terrific little boutique hotel/restaurant run by a nice husband-and-wife team. The entry thru the restaurant room was a bit confusing as we tried to find a separate entrance to the hotel in vain. But that's it. You have to inquire a waiter who would take you to the reception desk then. We have arrived at lunch time so they served us lunch first which we liked so much that we opted for breakfast next morning. And it was a fabulous breakfast with a great choice of cold cuts, pates, breads, fruits, and fresh pastry all home made as the owner is also a chef. The room was rather small but cute and cozy and quiet. There's no elevator though. Ample parking. It's located some 3 miles away from the town center. Perfect if you ravel by car.
A charming couple in charge, very clean confortable room with places to put down your bags and toilet bags which seem to be disapearing rapidly in standardised rooms. On top of that a very good dinner, all reasonably priced. A good stop on the Loire chateaux circuit.
Easy to find. Clean and comfortable. Enthusiastic receptionist who was very helpful. The rooms at the front share a terrace, and there is screening so that each room has its own private part of the terrace. The terrace overlooks a road and as there is no air conditioning, and it can be noisy when the windows are open. The food is very good, with an excellent choice, either a la carte or a choice of several menus.