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Le Phebus - Luxury holidays to Provence

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  • About this holiday

    The five-star Le Phébus & Spa is a boutique Relais & Châteaux hotel in Joucas, Provence. The attractive stone farmhouse buildings are home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, an indulgent spa, and only 29 rooms. Nearby, you will find the renowned sunflower and lavender fields of Provence, as well as ruined abbeys, quaint villages, and rolling green plains.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled British Airways flights, hire-car, and 7 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are based on two people sharing a double room.
    From about £1,350 per person.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH46043

    Our opinion

    This is a beautiful, historic property with exceptional facilities and activities of regional interest.

    Hotel description

    The five-star boutique Le Phébus & Spa is a Relais & Châteaux property situated just outside Joucas. Immersed in the verdant landscape of the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon, Le Phébus & Spa is an idyllic, secluded getaway that carries all the golden-stone charm of Provence and France. The old farmhouse buildings, with terracotta roofs and dry-stone walls, curve around the main pool terrace and its surrounding lawn. Here, the views may be at their finest. The original foundations of the building date back to the Knights of the Order of Malta. From the front of the hotel, however, the property might be mistaken for a large family home. An unassuming white porch leads you into the lobby, with beautiful white flowers on either side of the door. With just 29 rooms, this boutique hotel channels the intimacy and personable feel of a family home, to make guests feel especially welcome. The crowning glory of this hotel may well be Xavier Mathieu’s restaurant, which sits at the heart of the hotel’s luxury, quality ethos. The restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star, and serves dishes inspired by Provence and executed with seasonal ingredients, which can be enjoyed on the large terrace. You can also enjoy cookery classes with Xavier Mathieu himself during your stay. For something lighter and more casual, dine at the Bistrot Le Café de la Fontaine, named after the fountain around which the tables are gathered. The atmosphere aims to capture that of a small Provençal village, though the food is contemporary. The Carita Spa has a more distinctly modern feel, with large windows looking out onto a narrow terrace. Beauty treatments here incorporate the produce of the region, particularly the lavender. Guests can also enjoy the Hammam, acqua area, gym, and fitness trail. The guestrooms, beginning with the aptly-named ‘Garrigue’ room, are all elegantly furnished. A classical beauty is evident in the wooden furnishings, the ornate mirror frames and lampstands, and the cool terracotta floor tiles. Higher category rooms afford you more space, and some even have private terraces and pools. A stay at Le Phébus & Spa would not be complete without a cheese or wine-tasting experience at the hotel, to really get you acquainted with the rustic culture of the region.

    Location

    Joucas

    Official star rating

    5

    Annual opening

    30 March to 4 November

    Distance from airport

    49 miles

    Closest airport

    Marseille

    Room types

    29 rooms and suites with air-conditioning, television, telephone, safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and hairdryer.
    Garrigue Room
    Terrace Room
    Lubéron Room
    Terrace Suite
    Junior Suite with private pool
    Prestige Suite with private pool
    Grand Prestige Suite
    Family Apartment
    Self-contained Mas House

    Hotel facilities and services

    La Table de Xavier Mathieu Michelin-starred restaurant, Bistrot Le Café de la Fontaine, Carita Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, cookery classes, cheese-making experience, and wine-tasting.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Visit the village of Bories to see traditional dry-stone buildings in a location of immense natural beauty. The Cistercian Abbaye de Sénanque, built just outside the village of Gordes in 1148, offers breath-taking views because of its architecture and the surrounding lavender fields. For a more in-depth insight into lavender in Provence, visit the Musée de la Lavande in Coustellet. To learn more about the trees and plants of the Luberon, visit La Forêt de Cèdres in Bonnieux. Self-guided exploration along the Sorgue River and through towns such as Roussillon, Saint Rémy de Provence, Avignon, and Arles (muse of Van Gogh), is highly recommended.

    Sports nearby

    Golf, tennis, walking, hiking, and cycling.

    Children

    Cots and additional beds can be added to the Lubéron Suite or the Grand Prestige Suite. The Family Apartment can sleep up to 5 people, and the Mas House can sleep up to 6.

    Minimum stays

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