Le Petit Palais d’Aglaé
What We Love
- A stylish boutique stay in Provence with rustic-meets-opulent décor and sublime viewsSnuggle-worthy beds with three pillows per person and organic cotton sheets
- Impossibly good French cuisine courtesy of a Michelin-starred chef
- Ridiculously lazy afternoons spent relaxing by the lovely outdoor pool
What To Know
- If you're looking for a spot to relax, head to one of the hotel's several lounges, or the bar which has a fireplace
- The hotel kitchen sources produces from its own organic garden
- Indoor and outdoor terraces have fantastic views of Luberon
For those easily seduced by lavender-scented Provence, this brand new property in the heart of Gordes wows with a 15-seater cinema, magnificent orchards, vegetable gardens, dip-worthy outdoor pool, and beautifully-decorated indoor and outdoor lounges. Most standout, though, is the sublime setting overlooking the Luberon – the 4,121-foot-high massif that’s a patchwork of hilltop villages, ancient abbeys, and must-visit vineyards.
There are just 16 rooms at this chic little hideaway, all of which wow with contrasting colour hues (Hermes red, pastel lavender, golden yellow, flamboyant orange, sea blue), Baroque-inspired fixtures and fittings, and lavish soft furnishings made with rich satins, silks and velvets. Nice touches include complimentary organic toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, and heavenly beds dressed with organic cotton sheets and three pillows per person.
Relaxed days can be spent visiting the fabulous Abbey of Sénanque that’s home to Cistercian monks, photographing some of Provence’s fabled lavender fields, and taking a day-trip to the culturally-rich city of Avignon to marvel at the Palais des Papes that sits squarely at the heart of the old town. Alternatively, stay put to chill out in the splendid terrace gardens and feast on gourmet cuisine courtesy of a Michelin-starred chef.
How to Get There
Terrible stay and unfriendly staff. Will NOT recommend.
Unfortunately, my friend and I were terribly disappointed about our stay. The hotel does not reach the luxury experience expected for a 4 star - AT ALL. A few things to know about it if you dare booking there!
- No wifi - or very limited when working
- The rooms are very small with no wardrobe in some
- We were offered a room child beds and had to ask to change rooms in order to fit in
- Second room was fully pink with terrible and inconvenient lighting (fully bright or too dark...)
- Unprofessional at times
- Not welcoming
- Pool itself is not being cleaned (there were leafs in it) and the pool area is a weird mix of pink unapealing and sad looking sofa beds, plastic yellow tables and some funky furniture which looks like second hand and do not fit all together.
- Overall terrible - there was even a brown-ish carpet which seems older than cathedral in town!
Unexistant - there is only one masseuse so we could not have a massage booked together
NO SPA - just a hammam which closes at 5pm
- The "gastronomic" menu was badly printed with ink fading and presented with mistakes... (for a menu worth 90euros!!!)
- Poor atmosphere
- Old looking and sad decor
- VERY expensive
We had 2 nights in Le Petit Palais D'Aglae as part of a Secret Escapes deal.
The hotel is located just outside of Gordes which is a stunning village set in the French hillside. You can walk into town down a lovely path which takes circa 15-20 minutes (basically runs parallel to the main road). Walking home is more uphill (not strenuous) so allow 20-25 minutes and I would recommend going up the main round which is better lit!
The hotel is at the top of a hill with exception views out towards the French countryside. We stayed in Room 1 which was lovely. Air conditioning, great views, seating area and terrace out front where we took our welcome drinks (non alcoholic), wet room/shower, safe, tea/coffee facilities but no fridge. Wi-Fi was very patchy and better in the main hotel area.
The grounds are really nice, looks of place to sit and relax. Pool was great as well and a bar area nearby. There is also a cinema room if the weather is not great. We did not have dinner at the hotel but breakfast can be taken inside or out. Good buffet with decent selection.
spa and wellness center, quiet and away from the city center, great cooking even at the snack of the pool, personnel very pleasant and attentive, with a kitch pink and violet room with a beautiful landscape