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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


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


4.5 Very Good 573 Reviews
chilling and relaxing in the Provence
Reviewed 8 months ago

The location is amazing, we stayed in a absolutely stunningly renovated medieval convent with very contemporary french design outfit throughout.
The breakfast was great with a beautiful vista iver lavender fields in the morning mist.
The real treat is a 2 hour L'Occitane Spar treatment.

Worst 5*hotel ever
Reviewed 8 months ago

We stayed here for 2 nights during a round trip. The receptionist was very friendly - and this is the only positive thing we can say about the hotel.
We asked for lunch. The waiter didn’t talk one word, he gave us the menu cards, took our orders, brought the ordered lunch and bill. And that’s it. We felt like intruders. The expensive lunch was prepared the same way the waiter treated us.
At 8 pm we went for dinner to the bistro. 4 couples in the dining room, loads of free tables. We got one and were told to move. The table we had picked was prepared for breakfast we were told. In a 5*hotel! They were not able to prepare the table for us.
Next morning we went for a swim. The pool was open from 8 till 8. We came at 8:30 but the pool guy was cleaning and apparently not amused to see us. He made us feel we are not welcome. Then we went for breakfast. The same hall were we went for dinner. But nobody was sitting at the tables that were prepared the night before. Everybody was sitting outside. We asked if we could sit outside as well. The waiter shrugged his shoulders and said yes and he left. We prepared our table our self. In the evening at 6 pm we came back from a tour and wanted to go for another swim since the pool was open till 8 pm. The pool guy cleaned everything around us and again made us feel unwelcome.
There must be something wrong with the management. I have never felt so unwelcome in an even way cheaper hotel.
We surely can’t recommend this place.

Incredible stay and delightful experience!
Reviewed 8 months ago

I was hesitant to book because of some of the negative reviews - but this hotel exceeded expectations and the service we received was excellent. The property is beautiful, incredibly decorated and the interior and grounds are stunning. From the moment of arrival the staff was warm and attentive and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The hotel was booked up during our stay by a classic car group and the main restaurant was booked for the first evening, but the staff made sure we were well taken care of on the beautiful terrace.

We had breakfast one morning at the hotel and it was great - I didn't feel it was overly expensive for a hotel of this caliber, and the buffet checked all the boxes.

The manager personally took care of our details and made sure our stay was remarkable - suggesting small villages to visit, wineries, etc. Everything from the food, to the room to the attention from the staff was top notch. We had booked the classic rooms since the rest of the property was booked with the large group, and even though we had the lowest room category we were treated like royalty. The only drawback is how far away it is from where I live ;-) We stayed for two nights, and wish it would have been for much longer!

This hotel sets the standard for a 5 star hotel from every aspect - I can't wait to go back!

Best place to stay near lavender fields
Reviewed 11 months ago

The hotel lounge is so beautiful , the staff are friendly specially the general manager , the view from the garden is breathtaking, there is a nice swimming pool , my family enjoyed every minute, we have tried the Bistro , food was good , the service is slow but this might be because we were a group of 10 and we have reserved our table last minute as we were visiting lavender fields , we enjoyed having breakfast at the terrace over looking the lavender field , you have to take in consideration that most of the rooms are not accessible by elevators and one has to climb so many stairs, over all it was a very nice experience and we are planning to return

Beautiful Hotel let down by poor service
Reviewed 11 months ago

Spent two nights here. Accept that £:€ rate not in UK favour summer of 2018 but the prices here are incredibly high (14€ for bottle of hotel house water) and the service just does not match the price charged. Firstly not easy to find, and was pouring with rain when we pulled up, but no offers of help with baggage/umbrellas until we’d negotiated the puddles and got to Reception. Then immediately asked if wanted to book dinner in the restaurant as places at a premium- felt pressured to make immediate decision while still checking in - not a pleasant welcome to hotel. Our two rooms were on the same floor but at either end of a long corridor. Rooms nice but small, and nowhere for our suitcases, blocked small wardrobe. Bathrooms both a good size. Toilet in one room separate from bathroom and no hand wash basin in there. Had to walk through bedroom each time used loo to wash hands - weird design. Cost of food: eye watering. Three very average club sandwiches and bottle of water by the pool were 84€. Bistro meal was 250€ for 4 people food again average and service throughout less than average. 2 gin and tonics 40€ and hard to track down bar staff to serve us. No pool side service so everyone had to get their own recliner mattresses, and fresh towels, and to go inside to find bar staff to order drinks. Area needed a sweep and ashtrays full of old smelly cigarette butts. Breakfast was again really expensive 31€ per person, and if wanted fried eggs etc had to pay more. No offers of another cup of coffee/tea. Choice average. Best service was at breakfast. Such a shame as setting and building beautiful, really lovely modern interior design- badly let down by very high prices and poor customer service. GM wife came and talked to all guests at breakfast on our last day, we said about service and she said because only one member of staff for the bar, we said surely that was the problem they needed two, but she said too much work for them, so didn’t seem to see the problem. Would not go back.