Provence pit stop: Hotel d’Almeran
A historic manor, transformed
No visit to Provence is complete without a stop at the historic town of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Besides being the birthplace of Nostradamus, the Provençal town is famed for playing host to Van Gogh. Inspired by the light and landscape of his surrounds, Van Gogh produced more than 150 of his paintings here.
The town has more than starry nights to offer and Hotel d'Almeran, which opens its doors to visitors from 19 May 2015, makes for the perfect spot to lay your head. Previously a 17th-century manor, this charming property in the centre of town has been restored and refurbished to house seven suites; a nouveau Mediterranean restaurant led by Chef Benoit Fauci, previously of Michelin-starred Les Chênes Verts in Tourtour; and a wine boutique and bar carrying rare wines and noble vintage varietals.
While each suite is decked out in contemporary comforts, you'll find little details — such as Renaissance stone walls and stucco ceilings — that recall the history and heritage of the space. Ask for room "Numero Sept", which sits at the top of the hotel and comes with its own private terrace; perfect for nursing one of the exceptional vintages from the hotel's wine cellar while you bask in the ethereal light of St. Rémy.