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Romantic holidays in the South

Ti amo, Still Loving You, Love me Tender… every couple has its favourite song, a song which has it vibrating and dreaming, hand in hand. And for your romantic holidays, what’s your idea? It’s up to you to manage the playlist as we give you our favourite addresses for romantic holidays in the South.

Zen, stylish and romantic holidays in the Bouches-du-Rhône

The Spa Thermes Sextius in Aix-en-Provence opens its doors to you for romantic holidays worthy of the name. A real little cocoon of relaxation, you’re sure to appreciate the “ils s’aiment” package specially designed for. Your programme: care treatment as a duo, unlimited access to the sensory spa and a romantic massage for the two of you. The idyll continues in Alexandre Mazzia’s 3-star restaurant. In the heart of Marseille, this exceptional culinary journey takes you from African spices to a pinch of the Mediterranean. And for a lovely finish, head for Hôtel Maisons du Monde on the Vieux Port. The slogan here is “it’s just like home, but better”. You’ll appreciate the different decors that look as if they’re straight from a catalogue. Which atmosphere will you choose from the gentle atmosphere of “Saint-Rémy” and the contemporary accents of “Lourmarin”?

Energetic holidays as a couple in the Vaucluse

And we’re off to a duo challenge… Here, romantic holidays rhyme with athletic holidays. On with your trainers for a hike or a bike ride in the Gorges de la Nesque. The wild canyon riddled with caves and the view from the Belvédère du Castellaras of the Rocher du Cire will leave you with stars in your eyes. At the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux, the superb Château-hôtel Martinay has been completely renovated in the spirit of a “family home”. For the indefatigable life and soul of the party, there are activities on the spot. You’re sure to find something to suit with the heated pool, bikes, tennis court and fitness facilities, not forgetting the Ayurveda-yoga therapy… And when you want to have a break, have dinner at Chez Pollen in Avignon. The chef, Mathieu Demarest, who was awarded a star in 2021 is permanently surpassing himself: juggling with produce from the market to build a unique menu, the cuisine he offers is balanced, subtle and creative.

An epicurian escapade at the Commanderie de Peyrassol

Looking for an unusual place for a romantic holiday in France? The Commanderie de Peyrassol is perfect for you! It’s the ideal place if you want to be alone together in your bubble on an exceptional estate. You’ll discover the biggest open-air collection of contemporary art in Europe. Choose your favourite visit and make the most too of a tasting of AOP de Provence vintages. Rosés, reds or whites, there’s something for everyone! You’ll also appreciate the seasonal cuisine of the restaurant “Chez Jeannette”. The products are straight from the vegetable garden and the Commanderie’s farm, for an explosion of tastes. The “Bistrot de Lou” is also well worth a visit. It’s the perfect place for a nibble or a drink during the Sunset à Peyrassol on Thursday evenings in July and August. There are even bed & breakfast rooms on the spot for a peaceful rest in the middle of natural surroundings.

An authentic escapade or an unusual holiday in the Alpes de Haute-Provence

Visiting the South of France romantically is a mouth-watering programme, just like the menu of the Café des Lavandes. A little Bistrot de Pays that gets its name form the fields of blue gold growing not far away. You’ll just love Christian’s traditional cuisine inspired by our grandmothers’ recipes and Magali’s welcome. We also recommend you take a look at La Safr’Ânerie in Saint-Martin-de-Brômes. There’s a really friendly atmosphere and Lucien invites you to discover a range of surprising products: filaments of saffron and also saffron jam and cider vinegar. And if there’s a kid in your suitcase, 14 donkeys await your arrival to take you off on rides to discover the village. The escapade continues with the Domaine de Saint Quentin in Oppedette. Have a good night on this organic farming estate which stretches overmore than 200 hectares. A real change of scene in the soothing, country,atmosphere of the rooms: terracotta tiles, orgaanic cotton linen, spring water… out of the ordinary: you can leave with your kilo of chick peas or small spelt.

An intimate atmosphere for lovers in the Hautes-Alpes

Romantic holidays means romantic meals. Off to Saint-Crépin for a gourmet dinner at Les Tables de Gaspard. A very beautiful vaulted stone room in a former stables is home to this starred cuisine lovingly prepared by Sébastien and served by Virginie. Your stay continues at L’Alpin d’Home: a village of nine geodetic Hômes which look as if they are hanging from the mountain between the larches. We recommend the D’hôme Luxe which is perfect for couples looking for a cocooning night. And once you’ve recharged your batteries, looking each other in the eyes or in challenge mode, be tempted by one of the many activities. So, are you more into winter skiing or paddling under the summer sun?

 Chic, colours and perspectives around Antibes

Our advice to art enthusiasts and creative spirits, make the most of a romantic spree in the Centre de la Photographie in Mougins. Set up in a former presbytery, in a village which is a favourite with artists and where Picasso, Eluard and Léger lived, over 200m2 of exhibition await your visit. And the fascination continues from the terrace of Le Louroc, a one-star gourmet restaurant, just next to the Cap Eden Roc palace hotel in Antibes. You’ll have your eyes open wide to take in the incredible panorama of the sea. The colourful, design decor goes beautifully with the tableware signed by local artists and artisans. And, as for the menu, it is concocted with the three-star chef, Eric Frechon. And for lovely finale to your escapade, there’s nothing better than a night at the 3-star Hôtel Le Sud in Juan-les-Pins. You’ll love the revisited spirit of the 60s in this highly graphical venue: a palette of colours, pencil sketches on the walls, ceramics from Vallauris and even frscoes by Frank Lebrealy will light up your stay.

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