Avignon, in southeastern France, served as the residence of the popes while Rome took a break from 1309 to 1377 – the Palace of the Popes remains one of the most important examples of medieval gothic architecture in Europe. A sense of grandeur continues to run through the walled city, with the Opera House and City Hall being among the other architectural draws. If you want to experience the finer side of Avignon life, there are dozens of luxury accommodation options. Here, we reveal some of the most palatial spots in this part of Provence – which you can now book with Culture Trip.
Green-fingered travellers will be in their element at this upscale, boutique bed and breakfast, which boasts the largest private garden in Avignon. The walled garden, which brims with mature trees and lush palms, is the perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, with a 15-metre swimming pool and a jacuzzi. In terms of accommodation, there are five exquisitely furnished suites in the main mansion – the Aphrodite room features a spectacular round bed and a private terrace.
Step back in time at this charming five-star property in the centre of Avignon, which originally served as the palace of a 14th-century cardinal. There are 26 exquisite bedrooms, individually decorated with historic French cotton prints, sumptuous swathes of wallpaper and period furnishings. All of the Belle Époque-style bathrooms feature deep tubs and floors clad in marble. Another perk of this place is the splendid view of the neighbouring Popes’ Palace.
Feel right at home in this smart yet welcoming property with a serene atmosphere, from the leafy terrace to the rustic-chic bedrooms and suites. It benefits from a peaceful location just out of town, in the quaint village of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Le Prieuré is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux portfolio, so you can expect a high level of service from check-in to check-out. As with other Relais & Châteaux properties, food is a big focal point – and the hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant with an excellent selection of wine from the Rhone Valley to acquaint yourself with.
Au Coeur d'Avignon Bar à Vin
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As the name coeur suggests, this refined guesthouse is nestled in the heart of Avignon. The 17th-century property boasts a bright veranda, a peaceful garden, four spacious rooms and two roomy apartments. All of the rooms are south-facing with garden views, and two have private terraces. The guesthouse’s accompanying wine bar is well worth checking out, with a well-curated wine list and delicious platters of meat and cheese to dig into.
Wake up to the sound of birds chirping at this authentic 19th-century farmhouse, which has been impeccably restored and converted into an intimate guesthouse. The photogenic stone property on the outskirts of Avignon is part of a handsome estate, peppered with mature trees and shrubs. The swimming pool is another highlight. The stone brickwork can be seen inside the building, with exposed walls running throughout. There are five spacious rooms, including a large family suite, plus a lounge and dining room with period and contemporary furnishings – all making for an attractive mix.
This magnificent 16th-century townhouse has a home-from-home feel with modern touches. For instance, the Michelin-starred restaurant features a neon sign juxtaposed with an 18th-century chandelier. There are 42 rooms and three suites, with the latter boasting furnished balconies and marble-clad bathrooms. The pièce de résistance is La Terrasse restaurant and lounge space, which serves up prime views over Avignon and of the Palace of the Popes.
Park yourself in the centre of town at this unique property, where you can pick between three stylish suites of varying sizes. Each residence features a jacuzzi along with a kitchenette and access to Netflix, so you can relax and unwind after a day in town. The larger duplex suite has lofty ceilings and plenty of space to entertain.
Play at being a willing castaway at this upscale island hotel. The Bastide de Bellegarde is set on the Barthelasse, Europe’s largest river island, and offers luxury accommodation and a restaurant all year round. The four suites are an Instagrammer’s dream, with exposed stone walls and the original wooden beams creating a whimsical scene. The leafy grounds at this historic spot are sublime, with a large swimming pool to top things off.
The spacious, light-filled rooms at this central property are the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day treading the cobbles. There are five rooms, all with crisp white interiors – rooms Jeanne and Marie have private patio spaces. Breakfast is included in the price and has a mix of local produce on offer. This is served in the glass-roofed kitchen, or in the courtyard during the warmer summer months.