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
A great place tucked away in the hills.
This is set in a beautiful rural setting with beautiful views everywhere you look.
There is a lovely pool with plenty of sunbeds and a few beanbags to chill out on. It is quite pink though! The pool could probably have done with a clean as there were a few leaves floating about but this could be because it had been windy and they had blown off the trees, some of the towelling sunbed covers are looking a bit shabby with the sun bleaching them but they do give you clean hotel towels and they will cover this.
There is also plenty of outdoor seating with sofas too!
We came out of season so it was fairly quite.
We stayed in a beautiful room, the bed was really comfortable, they have colourful throws on the bed but I think it looks better without them as there is lovely white bedding underneath, the room has a separate toilet and bathroom, considering the room is so traditional the bathroom is really modern with his and hers sinks and a big walk in shower and comfy bathrobes. There was a lovely surprise when walking through the glass doors into what I would describe as a little conservatory with panoramic views. We had a cool day and chilled in here with a book, it was lovely and warm. The only down side is there is just a pink voile curtain so not very private.
There is a spa facility with massage, however, we were out of season and no therapist was available. We had a game of boules instead!!!
The hotel has electric bikes which we used to cycle to the village and the surround areas. We cycled into the village one evening for dinner but everywhere was closed, restaurants close quite early so make sure you're eating by 8pm! We had nowhere to eat one night and the lovely man on night reception got us some breads and cheeses which we ate around the fire whilst playing a game of chess! On leaving the hotel, however, we were charged Euro 30 for 2 little plates of cheese and left over bread which we thought was a bit pricey! We had a meal in the village with a cheese board for this price!
The dining area is really lovely (you eat here for breakfast and dinner) there is lovely roaring fire in the evening to sit around! We didn't have dinner here, we looked at the menu and it is quite a la carte, so don't expect anything too simple. Breakfast is intimate with lovely homemade cakes
Randomly, there is a small cinema room here; you just need to book with reception!
Our experience with the staff was mixed, on the whole they are friendly. I was ill on our first night and just wanted some soup, the chef was very willing to make this but the manager didn't seem to want him to make it, to so I did without.
On the whole a lovely place for a getaway.
See my full video review on youtube, look for 'Hôtel Le Petit Palais d'Aglaé, Gordes, France, #hotelreview'
Excellent Hotel but not suitable with small kids - Restaurant has no kids menue or dishes for kids. My daugter do not like snails, truffles or fish. So we could not eat dinner in the hotel and had to search another restaurant.
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