As I drive up to La Bastide De Gordes, for a blink of a moment I seem to imagine I'm in a fairytale, approaching a castle I can see from across, against skies in colours you only thought existed in a painting by the French masters. Set in a 16th century manor house on the ramparts of the hilltop village of Gordes in the Luberon region, La Bastide de Gordes is one of the most astoundingly beautiful properties to experience an authentic Provencal experience. 

This luxury hotel blends perfectly with it's environment and has been renovated in keeping with it's history. La Bastide connects the medieval village of Gordes, dominated by it's castle, to the wonderful views of the Luberon, which it faces, an ideal starting point for exploring the Luberon’s unique natural and cultural heritage.

My luggage is taken care of by the smartly dressed staff who tip their hats and run for the door ensuring chivalry is not dead.
As the bell boys show us around the room, my gaze freezes at the view from the window. Beautiful skies in riotious colours look upon lavender fields in full bloom. Warm beds and spacious bathrooms with towel rack enclosed heaters to ensure the perfect temprature of the towel after a luxurious shower makes it even more special. 

Each hotel room and suite is unique, decored in keeping with an 18th-century aristocratic theme.
Beautiful artefacts from Paris and Italy with furnishings to match the building’s gilded past adorn the rooms. Patterned silk wall coverings, Venetian floor tiles, porcelain fixtures, period tapestries and desks suitable for noblemen are thoughtfully placed in the hotel's interriors.
I'm in love with Sisley beauty products and the Sisley Spa in the hotel premises is an added bonus to my stay.

Three restaurants reside in this hotel. The 25 seat gastronomic restaurant Pièr by Pierre Gagnaire, Citadelle with it's magnificent terrace seating and L'Orangerie where the menu changes daily repsective to the changing seasons and the contents of the vegetable garden. Chef Frédéric Garnier conveys with precision the generosity and full flavor of Provencal cuisine. Each dish is conceived like a story to share. Sheltered by orange trees and overlooking a dreamlike view, I can sit under the shade of the restaurant verandah as time stops still. 

The freshest of Burrata and melon salad under the dappled shade of L'Orangerie

Chef, Olivier Bouzon delivers gastronomic selections in La Citadelle either on the terrace or under an arched stone ceiling. 

The hotel is framed by a cascade of terraced gardens and private green spaces crafted for quiet relaxation after a dip in the cliff levered lap pool. A perfect form of relaxation post expolring the nearby villages of Luberon.

When your outfit matches the inviting pool...

Discovering beautiful lavender fields and small french villages, sampling the provencal cuisine, stumbling upon Van Gogh's stay in his last few days to procuring souveniurs that would be a part of your home forever are just a few of things to experience in provence, all a few hours away from the beautiful mansion.

The rustic french villages of Luberon

An astounding service to boost and an impeccable coicerege reassures an experience to cherish for a lifetime. This makes a stay at La Bastide priceless.