A totally gorgeous setting amongst the white rocks and low shrubs of Les Alpilles, we were totally breath-taken when we drove up the hill past the medieval ruins of Les Baux. Continuing on we found the hotel nestled down in a little lane beneath the peak. Everything about L'Oustau is perfection right down to the finest detail - the staff are superb, the food is exciting and unforgettable, technically perfect and lovingly made by a great team (we were invited in to the kitchen and told to feel at home, spending a good 30 minutes looking at different stations and meeting the team of young and friendly professionals who were such a relaxed and clearly happy team that reflects in the dishes they prepare). I have rarely met such a fantastic hotel team and am fascinated at how the under-stated owner - who is very visible at meal times - has created such a united approach to quality and care for guests that is at once genuine and ever-present from every single member of the team. In a 2 michelin star restaurant, you might expect an overly formal atmosphere but l'Oustau does it magically. Even with a young child in tow, we were made to feel extremely welcome by the maitre d'hotel and we all had the most delicious and exciting food with wonderful options for children made with just as much care as the adult dishes. The wine list is massive - in all definitions - and, once again, the approach was just right with the charming and knowledgeable chief sommelier (who's been there for over 30 years) giving excellent and affordable recommendations without asking us how much we wanted to spend. Have I mentioned the bread? To die for and made by a team of 2 one of whom told me it's his life's dream (we are the beneficiaries). I could go on...the setting is beautiful, the buildings are all charming and the decor and artwork makes this a very special place to spend a few days, with 3 swimming pools and a lovely spa, electric bikes and a tennis court - plus the incredible old village to explore. The restaurant is expensive but, with so many people in the crew dedicated to creating world class guest experiences, I can see why. Our late autumn visit was lovely - soft light and fallen leaves added romance and elegance to the setting. It's set me up positively to face the winter back in the UK.
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- Also Known As:
- l`Oustau De Baumaniere Hotel Les Baux De Provence
- Oustau De Baumaniere Les Baux
- Oustau De Baumaniere Hotel
- L'Oustau De Baumaniere Provence, France