I was super excited to return to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for the final three days of our Provence trip, saving the best for last. Nestled on the outskirts of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and surrounded by seven hectares of an exquisite park, we finally reached Château des Alpilles.
An impressive driveway flanked by centuries-old plane trees led us to the main entrance of this family-owned and operated five-star hotel that three generations of women have lovingly overseen. Their passion and attention to detail are evident, always adding a special touch.
Following our check-in, we were given a tour of the chateau and its grounds. Throughout the ages, the chateau experienced phases of grandeur and abandonment. And in 1979, Francoise Bon and her daughter Catherine embarked on an extraordinary restoration journey resulting in Château des Alpilles. And thankfully, they did!
I couldn’t wait to spend the next three days relaxing in our gorgeous surroundings and the stunning chateau—a true beauty.
Dinner on the Terrace
Pool & Tennis
Château de Alpilles – Family
Château des Alpilles was an experience beyond words—simply WOW! I’ve wanted to stay at this hotel for quite some time, and now that I have, I can honestly say not a single moment was a disappointment. The service was flawless, from check-in to our amazing poolside meals, terrace dinners, and generous martinis (oooh, boy). It was perfect.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – Market day
Saint-Remy’s narrow streets, cobblestone squares, and charming Provençal architecture create a quintessential village atmosphere. Yet, beneath its rustic charm, an air of sophistication adds to its appeal. The central square, Place Favier, has cafes, boutiques, and art galleries, offering a taste of local life and culture.
On Wednesdays, the market is bustling with activity. Get here early! Luckily for us, it was only a 15-minute walk along a pretty country road to get to town, avoiding all traffic congestion, which was a bit insane! Look for the market umbrellas, which are seemingly everywhere, winding through the entire town.
The local market offers a chance to experience the flavours and aromas of the region. There’s a variety of stalls selling everything from produce, freshly baked bread, aromatic herbs, cheeses, olives, and other Provencal specialties. AND gorgeous flowers! As well as artisanal crafts, such as handmade soaps, pottery, jewellery, artwork and beautiful linens. The selection is endless.
Complete your morning market outing by stopping at a café and enjoying the live music played by the buskers throughout the market.
Dinner at Edú
Edú is located in a former nursery, just a 5-minute drive outside the town center. It’s another fabulous restaurant we had to visit, and it turned out to be one of our best meals during our stay in Provence. Honestly, we’ve eaten at so many great places that it would be hard to pick just one favourite. However, Edú would be one of the top 3, hands down.
The menu showcased a blend of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients resulting in a selection of creative gourmet dishes. By the way, everything looks delicious! We definitely overindulged in too much food, but limiting our choices was sooo hard. The eggplant gratin and the grilled seasonal vegetables were to die for, as was the pizza. Omg!
I absolutely adore Saint-Rémy-de-Provence; it’s one of my top picks for a visit to Provence. Our last three days were truly magical, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic Provencal experience. I’m already looking forward to returning!
Are you planning a trip to Provence? Let me know your favourites.