Domaine de Fontenille in Provence, France is a chateau-turned-luxury hotel with an onsite winery, Michelin-starred restaurant, spa services, and a tranquil pool.
If you’ve ever dreamed of sipping wine in the French countryside at a palatial estate, Domaine de Fontenille offers an experiential, romantic stay that feels straight out of a fairy tale.
Rates typically exceed $300 per night in summer, but fall, winter, and early spring all see standard room rates under $200, especially if you travel midweek. I visited in winter for two nights and paid $170 per night.
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There are a few things I especially love when traveling: the delight of discovering a world wholly unlike my own, a pampering hotel experience, exceptional food, and crisp fresh air (context: I live in New York City).
I found all four at Domaine de Fontenille in the Luberon region of Provence, France. The chateau and winery with a Michelin-starred restaurant is located in the medieval village of Lauris. I had high expectations, envisioning an idyllic start to each day not unlike the opening sequence of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Domaine de Fontenille typically starts in the mid $300s in high summer season, but significantly lower rates can be found most of the rest of the year. Some quick online sleuthing revealed a price of $188 in winter, early spring, and fall. I visited midweek in winter with my husband as part of a larger holiday in Nice. We paid $170 a night, for a Superior Room, which is the entry-level offering. It felt like a bargain for how luxurious the entire hotel seemed, and how well-appointed our room was.
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