Baumanière Les Baux de Provence
What We Love
- A five-star country inn with Michelin-starred dining - includes breakfast, optional dinner and moreDining at the two-Michelin starred Restaurant l'Oustau, a once-in-a-lifetime experience
- Following in the footsteps of celebrities and royalty with a stay at this exclusive retreat
- Switching off by one of the three pools or with a treatment in the blissful spa
- The incredible, sun-dappled Provençal setting, with its scenic olive groves
What To Know
- The quiet and romantic inn is better suited to couples than families
- Free Wi-Fi is very slow and spotty
- The hotel has a lengthy wine list and sommelier on hand for recommendations
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Baumanière Les Baux de Provence in Les Baux-de-Provence, you’ll be in a regional park and minutes from Chateau des Baux and Carrieres de Lumieres. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Baux-de-Provence Golf and Archaeological site of Glanum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 54 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, and a steam room. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and shopping on site.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a computer station, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Les Baux-de-Provence? This hotel has facilities measuring 50 square feet (5 square meters), including a meeting room. Free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We stayed two nights at this wonderful hotel in a small valley created by the wonderfully strange porous rock formations of the Baux de Provence. The medieval city, atop of one of the cliffs, is invisible from the hotel itself, and so are the throngs that come to visit each day. This hotel is a bit of a cross between a boutique and a resort. It is divided into two properties separated by about a kilometer. Our room was in the smaller property, which is part of the older building which houses the 2-Michelin-star restaurant (Osteau, see my other review) the gift shop, a pool and lounging area, and perhaps the most lovely rooms on the property. Ours was one of the rooms highlighted by the owners in the in-room booklets that tell the history of the hotel, a very modern room with high ceilings, a terrace, and a full grown tree (inside the room). The terrace was lovely in the mornings and evenings, and having breakfast and room service dinner there was a treat.
The one-kilometer walk to the main property makes for a lovely walk. Unfortunately, the path is not terribly well marked (as in, not at all) and a gate that requires a code can be frustrating if one does not get instructions beforehand; but after one knows one’s way it is a lovely walk through the (relatively, 19th century) newer part of the town. The lack of markings for this path and the inability to simply use our room key to open the gate between the properties are my main complaints about this hotel. Which is to say I have few complaints.
The larger property hosts lovely formal and informal gardens, a fabulous Provençal herb garden, a larger pool, spa (which we did not try out) a play yard for children, a goat pen, and a second, less formal restaurant (which we also did not try). It has a few tennis courts, at least one of which was in disrepair.
The property is truly lovely, even though a few corners of it seem like they could use a bit more love (read investment). However, the property is so large that this is little surprise. It is a magical place and truly worth the trip. Highly recommended.
We stayed two nights, the room was excellent. Missing nothing. We ate at both the restaurants and enjoyed both. The more formal had more interesting food. The casual one, great simple cooking. You can easily spend two/ three day here. Excellent ground to walk around and the famous village is close by too. Quiet and restful.
The Manoir house and the grounds are very pretty. We were there at the end of the season, so it was quiet and still lots of green. Great landscapes and surrounding. Nice heated pool area for an afternoon swim or nap. AC unit in the room was noisy, and running pool fountain kept us awake all night.
Ok here are the pro's and con's
- Great restaurant and food!
- Great location
- Good overall hotel and grounds were immaculate
- Room was good, nice, quiet, clean, big bathrooms, comfortable and air conditioner worked great
Best experiences at Hotel..
- Eating at the 2 star - really great!!
- Jumping into the pool at the end of the day to cool off after hiking around Provence. Don't under estimate this benefit, it's hot in Provence!
- Opening the windows and letting the breeze blow through in the evenings
- Nice and quiet at night
Con's - Just one, service was a bit off for a 5 star. Below are some funny examples
1. Ordered coffee in the morning for the room - they forgot milk (and we specifically asked for milk too). That was the whole order....coffee. Hard to slip that up..
2.Ordered dinner for the room one night, while they brought the salads, they forgot the main course. Note the quality of food is great were just talking about minor service slips. I highly recommend the chicken from room service, ITS AWESOME!
3. Ordered tea another morning, they forgot the tea and bought just hot water, then they took the hot water, dumped a tea bag in it and returned. Of course by then hot water was cold. On the 3rd attempt they then changed the tea from French Breakfast Tea to Earl Grey. Overall this was pretty funny not only because it took 3 attempts to still get tea wrong but really because the day before I got a lecture from them that the French don't serve English tea (when I mistakenly ordered English Breakfast Tea) and they only have French Tea. I mean that's funny, you can't make this stuff up. For the record however French Breakfast tea IS better than English.
4. My wife speaks fluent french and comfortable where ever we go (accent is even ok, albeit verb congregation is a bit off) but staff refused to respond to her French, which was again funny, so we switched to English (which is no problem for us) but only about half of the staff speaks English. At first we thought it was some joke they were playing on us but no they were serious. Would have been really funny if it was a joke btw.
5. On check in, they offered to confirm our lunch reservation for next day and were told that we didn't have one, so we rebooked lunch, no problem. But come to find out later that our original reservation was in the system the whole time so we had two reservations. Again no problem for us but I think they were 100% booked that day and an empty table is a loss for them (its not a place you put your name on a list and hope for a cancellation). For the record we took the early time, we were hungry and the food was great!
I understand taken in isolation these are very minor slips and this is France, we understand and laugh these off just as easily but there were too many for "5 star" service.
Overall great hotel, no major issues but need to tighten up the service.
We were on a Backroads hiking trip and were booked at this hotel. Our room was beautifully decorated and very large. We loved all the fabrics that were used and the bathroom features are modern. The shower is huge almost like another room. The amenities are lovely and fragrant. The setting of the hotel is magical. They have swans and ducks and goats on the grounds . The food was very good with lots of options. I am sad we only stayed one night.