Occupying an 18th-century building, Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire & Spa is an elegant hotel surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. It combines sophisticated rooms with a luxurious spa and two heated swimming pools to create a retreat on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence. Seasonal local produce is showcased at the Michelin-star restaurant, Saint Estève, while the Atelier des Lodges Restaurant specialises in slow-cooked cuisine.
Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire & Spa is a 15-minute drive from the centre of Aix-en-Provence, which is home to cultural museums and the tree-lined streets of Cours Mirabeau. The city is renowned for its associations with Paul Cezanne, with a walking trail linking his childhood home and studio, Atelier Cézanne. The Gare d’Aix en Provence connects to destinations across the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, with Marseille just 35 minutes away by car. The hotel is a short drive from the rugged limestone landscapes of the Sainte-Baume Natural Regional Park and the protected turquoise coves of Parc National des Calanques.
Enjoy breakfast with views of Sainte-Victoire Mountain at the Atelier des Lodges Restaurant or dine on the alfresco terrace beneath ancient trees while feasting on slow-cooked dishes. The lodge is also renowned for its Michelin-star restaurant, Saint Estève, with chef Julien Le Goff at the helm. The spontaneous menu is dictated by the seasons and local inspirations, with a dining area that seemingly hangs over the garden so diners feel at one with nature.
Despite its 18th-century manor setting, Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire & Spa is contemporary in its design, with taupe-coloured bedrooms, stonewashed walls and burnished bathrooms. Picture windows and private terraces invite the outdoors in, with magnificent views around every corner. Chic furnishings combine with modern light fittings and original canvases to create an aesthetic of understated elegance.
Each of the rooms and suites at Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire hotel is south-facing, overlooking the splendid gardens, surrounding countryside and Sainte-Victoire Mountain. Spacious and bright, they feature oak parquet flooring and high ceilings that are characteristic of 18th-century buildings, with a mosaic of understated colours and textures throughout. The luxe villas offer multiple bedrooms, together with heated private plunge pools. Minibars, flatscreen TVs and air-conditioning are among the modern amenities, together with complimentary Wi-Fi and luxury toiletry products.
The Family Suite can accommodate four people in its two separate rooms, with a shared bathroom and a private balcony with garden views. One of the rooms features a king-size bed and the other can be configured with two twin beds. Aside from a babysitting service, there are plenty of board games to keep kids entertained.
Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire & Spa has a number of rooms that have been adapted for mobility-impaired guests, including a Deluxe room, an Executive room and two Junior Suites.
The on-site Cinq Mondes spa is a haven of peace, with two treatment booths, a sauna and a hamman where guests can retreat. There’s a heated indoor pool and open-air pool (also heated) with views of the olive groves, as well as a beauty parlour and a herbal tearoom overlooking the gardens. Never miss a workout in the well-equipped gym, with 24-hour access for guests and personal trainers available on request. The round-the-clock reception is the go-to point for all guests’ needs, including access to laundry services, concierge and business facilities.
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