4.5
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What We Love

  • Great location near the Luberon region of Provence
  • Supping on seasonal delicacies harvested in the hotel garden
  • Drooling over the range of L’Occitane toiletries and other goodies on offer in the hotel’s well-stocked boutique
  • Indulging in a fragrant lavender, verbena or honey body treatment in the sun-flooded spa
  • Sipping vintage brandy overlooking the pool at sunset in the Caveau des Minimes bar

What To Know

  • Access to the spa costs an additional $33 per person, per day; make sure you book appointments well ahead, or risk disappointment
  • WiFi is free but reception is patchy in parts of the hotel
  • Dress code is classic chic rather than hip
  • If you want to see more of the region you’ll need to either rent a car or go on one of the hotel’s private excursions
  • The bathtubs are wonderful, but they take a long time to fill
  • Pets are permitted at an additional cost of $32 per day
  • Parking is available on-site for no additional cost

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Tastefully refurbished by stone-loving architect Bruno Legrand, Le Couvent des Minimes sits on the flower-skirted hem of the Luberon, a region famed for its stunning villages, sumptuous cuisine and special quality of light, which has seduced artists from Cezanne to Van Gogh.

Behind the hotel’s imposing stone façade — hidden along a drive hedged with silver-leafed olive groves and gardens dotted with sweetly pungent plants — lie 46 handsome rooms and suites, which combine put-your-feet-up coziness with lets-get-dressed-for-dinner style. The white stone walls are enlivened by bold stripes, wood and woven textiles; the rooms open onto gardens, the pool or the lavender-strewn cloister courtyard (which is where, each morning, I tucked in to wafer-light croissants slathered with homemade raspberry jam).{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2350/prop-36554-1327334208-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Surrounded by fields and forest, Le Couvent offers a low-key scene in the glam South of France.”}

Superior Matines Rooms are ideal for singles and couples, while space seekers and families will love the larger, deluxe Restanques. There are also six spacious suites, each with its own lounge. Celebrating our 10th anniversary, my partner and I chose La Cassine, an impossibly romantic suite with vaulted ceilings and plush furnishings tucked away in the tower of what was once a church.

With sauna, hammam and fitness room, relaxing here is a breeze, while special body scrubs using L’Occitane beauty products — the ingredients for which come from common Provence plants such as lavender, lemon balm and verbena — soon brought a healthy glow to our city-frazzled skin.

Dinner is prepared by French chef, Jérôme Roy, whose canny reinterpretations of traditional Provençal and Mediterranean cuisine, like the squid served with salted plums, get your taste buds working overtime.

Surrounded by fields and forests, you won’t find a glitzy, South-of-France-dahling scene at Le Couvent. If, though, you want to de-stress in stunning surroundings while you improve your petanque, laze by the pool or play a few rounds of golf, you might just find — as we did — that you never want to leave.

How to Get There

Le Couvent des Minimes – Hotel & Spa
Chemin des Jeux de Maï
Mane, 04300 France

Reviews

Beautiful hotel
CTgirl66

The first thing you notice upon arriving at the property are the beautiful grounds and the uniquely decorated lobby area. Wow! In fact the whole hotel has so much character. The rooms are comfortable although slightly small vs other upscale hotels. Staff is very friendly. The food was very good!!! I agree with other reviewers that drinks are expensive.

Amazing place to stay
Ralph F

We booked for three nights with the aim of relaxing and having some good food and wine and benefiting from the L'Occitane SPA that this hotel offers. we had a beautiful room with a terrace and loved the decoration and the huge and comfortable bed. the service was excellent and the staff very freindly. the L'Occitane SPA is an experience by itself but we could use it only once as it was fully booked.

acceptable destination close to lavender fields
972alfredf

Proximity to the Valensole plateau and Sault area Lavender fields makes this restorated historical property, featuring a nicely airy and light, well air conditioned inner courtyard, an interesting destination. Rooms are small but serviceable except for insufficient air conditioning keeping temperatures at uncomfortable levels especially at night. Food in both restaurants is well prepared but the experience is marred by overlarge portions in the cloitre restaurant and extremely uncomfortable chairs and tables in both restaurants.