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.
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Beautiful views from the hotel! Food was extremely good, however limited options.
Room was quite small, and no minibar within the room. Terrace was beautiful to sit at in the day and in the evening with a drink.
Overall we had an amazing stay!! Definitely worth another visit!
We visited Le Petit Palais d’Aglae just outside of Gordes with high hopes after seeing the photos online. Disappointment was almost immediate when we arrived to learn that there was no bell staff to help with the luggage. We were two couples in our late 50s and one lady just turning 80. One couple was on the ground floor, so it wasn’t tragic, but the others were on the second floor (called the 1st floor if you’re European). No elevator. No bell staff or assistance. Into the very small rooms. But the views from the rooms were spectacular. After settling in, we went to the garden. We asked the French staff member (gentleman maybe 60 years old) if we could have a drink in the garden. NO was the short answer, and he turned and walked off. We saw him again later; he was our waiter at dinner that night at the hotel. His mood did not improve much, but the view from our dinning table was spectacular and the food was good. Fast forward to the next day, 4 of us went into town and 1 sat by the pool. About 3pm, the 1 by the pool went in to ask for a small plate of cheese; same French staff member and same answer: NO; it’s just not convenient at this hour. But he did offer ice for the small amount of left over white wine I had from the previous evening. About an hour later, my wife arrived with some bread and asked a different staff member for some butter, and we started to eat it by the pool. Out came a 3rd staff member to say we could not eat our own food by the pool, only the hotel’s food, so we had to go into our room. We had asked for hotel food, we explained, and were told no. Oh, then, the staff member capitulated, if you were told no, then by all means stay and eat your food by the pool. No apology for having been told no in the first place. Coffee was not replenished in the room. The physical plant is lovely, despite the small room. It is hard to imagine this place will still be around in another year, however, given that its service level is more like zero service rather than poor service. Nothing is ever offered. It is a shame, because the physical beauty provides so much to work with.
We stayed for 2 nights at Le Petit Palais d'aglae. It was a great location for us as without a car we could explore Gordes on foot via a 20 minute walk. We booked a meal at the hotel restaurant and the food was top quality and reasonably priced at €65 for 3 courses. The pool area was lovely and the staff were very attentive and helpful. We enjoyed borrowing the boules and having a few games in the hotel garden. The room was small but had everything we needed. The only negative was that our air conditioning wasn't working so we had a very warm sleepless night. But the management were aware and provided us with a complimentary breakfast by means of apology. Overall a lovely little small scale and personal hotel.
My husband and I stayed here for 2 amazing nights! The staff were fantastic; so friendly and they were able to speak to us in English. Even though the weather was poor, we still had an amazing view from our room. The room was glamorous and comfortable, and we made use of the private cinema and breakfast facilities.
We stayed here one night on our way to South of France. Three girlfriends. Beautiful rooms. Really clean and lovely bathrooms. The service was excellent. Staff very helpful and smiling. Mistral was blowing too hard so we didn't get to use the beautiful pool. The views from the hotel were also great. Breakfast in room was deliciously too much. If you do go here try their Confiture of Rose Petals! They also have a very good restaurant.
Do visit Gordes as well. Lots of good restaurants and boutiques.