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
A fabulous Relais & Châteaux hideout in Provence, with an outdoor pool and gorgeous green surrounds
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.