The Best Hotels With Pools in Aix-en-Provence, France

Escape the midday heat in Aix-en-Provence and go for a dip in your hotel pool
Escape the midday heat in Aix-en-Provence and go for a dip in your hotel pool | Courtesy of Villa Gallici / Expedia
Sadie Whitelocks

The southern French city of Aix-en-Provence enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and in July temperatures easily top 30C (86F). If you’re staying in Aix, as the locals call it, having a hotel with a pool is a real bonus – it’s the perfect way to cool down after a day of seeing the sights, such as the Atelier de Cézanne, and exploring around Provence. Here, we reveal some of the best accommodation options with sublime bathing spots – which you can now book via Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Aquabella et Spa

Spa Hotel

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Courtesy of Hotel Aquabella / Expedia

Let your cares slip away at this dreamy, four-star spa hotel in the centre of Aix. Despite its central location, the modern 112-room property has an expansive Mediterranean-style garden, which makes for the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. A sundeck frames a large heated pool, open from May to September, and Aix’s famous medieval walls run the length of the outdoor space – making it a highly Instagrammable scene. Hotel guests also gain free entry to the neighbouring spa areas, where the facilities include a large indoor jacuzzi, a sensory shower, sauna, steam room and gym.

2. Château de Fonscolombe

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Courtesy of Château de Fonscolombe / Expedia

Feel like the lord or lady of the manor at this exquisite chateau, which sits on a sprawling estate just outside of Aix. This impeccably styled property includes 50 rooms and suites, which blend period and contemporary touches. Soak up the fine surroundings from the cooling waters of the outdoor swimming pool, before reclining on a sun lounger. Snacks can be ordered poolside, with the menu including a delicious burrata and tomato salad and juicy fresh-fruit skewers.

3. Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre – MGallery

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Courtesy of Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre – MGallery / Expedia
Lap up the sunny Provence weather from the calm surroundings of this hotel pool. The swimming spot is at the heart of the 134-room Grand Hôtel Roi René, just a short walk from the centre of town. The heated pool is flanked by plush sun loungers and a terrace restaurant, where you can order a range of seasonally inspired plates. You can also opt to take a bite poolside, or indulge in a cocktail or two, with the Le Roi Rene – a blend of muscat, Noilly Prat vermouth, orange liqueur and bitters – being the signature tipple.

4. Les Lodges Sainte Victoire

Spa Hotel

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Set amid a five-hectare park and boasting dreamy views of the surrounding countryside, this five-star hotel serves as an impeccably styled rural retreat. Further your state of relaxation with a trip to the spa, where the centrepiece is a heated open-air infinity pool looking out over the vineyards beyond. Other facilities include a heated indoor pool, a sauna, a hammam, multiple treatment rooms, a herbal tearoom and a terrace with views over the landscaped grounds. If you fancy a little more privacy, the hotel’s four plush villas also have private heated pools which are open all year round.

5. Villa Saint Ange

Hotel

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Courtesy of Villa Saint Ange / Expedia

Opulence is the word of the day at this refined 18th-century villa-turned-hotel. The property has 34 rooms and suites, which transport you to the golden age of Provence, with antique-style furniture, parquet flooring, silk curtains and rural scenes adorning the walls. Stepping out into the gardens, you’ll quickly forget you’re in the centre of town, with photogenic Mediterranean gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a 28-metre heated swimming pool and a whirlpool bath to skip between.

6. La Bastide de Ganay

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Courtesy of La Bastide de Ganay / Expedia

Wake up to the sound of birdsong at this delightful 17th-century country house, around 10 minutes from Aix by car. This peaceful location is the perfect place to quickly slip into holiday mode. While it’s only a small property, with three rooms, three suites and four serviced apartments, there are two pools – so you’ll never be short of space to swim. The pools, which are set amid the landscaped gardens, are long enough to do laps in. For active travellers, the hotel also has electric bikes to rent, and the staff will be more than happy to recommend some picturesque routes.

7. Chateau de la Gaude

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

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Courtesy of Chateau de la Gaude / Expedia

Make this fine mansion your home away from home, and prepare to be enthralled by its impeccable design and impressive amenities. The contemporary-styled, fine-dining restaurant boasts a Michelin star, while the spa is another must-visit. Here, you’ll find a good-sized outdoor swimming pool – open from May to September – sun loungers, a sauna, a hammam and a fitness centre. With just 14 rooms and suites at this five-star hotel, you’ll certainly never find yourself fighting for space.

8. Villa Gallici

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Villa

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A sense of playfulness runs throughout this decadent villa, which is part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux portfolio of hotels. There are 17 rooms and six suites – while all are unique, what unites them is a grand boudoir feel created by elegant fabrics, period features and antique-style furnishings. The decadent terrace suite has a private balcony that overlooks the garden. The standout feature of the French garden is the peaceful pool area, with sun loungers and umbrellas set around the glistening waters. If bubbles are more your thing, the spa next to the pool houses a jacuzzi.

9. Villa Baulieu

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Courtesy of Villa Baulieu / Expedia

Feel like you’re part of a period drama at this decadent, five-star family residence in the heart of Provence. The villa, which sits on a sprawling estate, offers 11 individually decorated rooms with fairytale-like furnishings, including four-poster beds and grand, marble-clad bathrooms. Keep your cool by exploring the outdoor swimming pool, which is filled with naturally UV-filtered water. For cooler days or evenings, there’s also a rooftop whirlpool looking out over the immaculate gardens. This luxurious hotel is around a 20-minute drive from Aix, but well worth the journey.

There’s so many reasons to visit Aix-en-Provence, not least to tuck into some of the best restaurants in town. Want to explore the rest of Provence? Then stay at one of the best spa hotels in the region or the best hotels and inns, now bookable via Culture Trip, or get yourself into one of the best cheap hotels there for a more budget-friendly stay. Don’t miss the most beautiful towns to see in the area.

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