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Hotel Review: Hôtel du Castellet in Provence, a h(e)aven on earth

Hôtel du Castellet reimagines the elegance and perfection of the legendary French savoir-faire into a luxury lifestyle destination in the heart of the Le Castellet region in the south of France. One of a kind, this unique hotel is a small piece of paradise that rises above the busy streets of Marseille.

A world out of this world

The five-star hotel signals its lavishness from the first glance, with a lobby of  glitzy features and welcoming staff. Situated a few minutes from the medieval villages of Le Castellet and La Cadière d’Azur, it looks out onto the wilderness that is significant for this southern region, with the stunning view being one of its main draws.

The luxurious full-service spa — recently rewarded with the award “Best Luxury Countryside Spa in the World” —  is completed with multiple saunas, jacuzzis, a steam room, and treatment facilities that turn the ritual of relaxation into a near-spiritual experience — exactly what is needed after a day of exploring il dolce far niente.

9/10 Ambience

One step inside the Hôtel du Castellet and you’ll be completely transported and forget all about the stress that comes with modern living. An unassuming air of luxury radiates throughout the premises, and the space gives off a spacious grandeur with natural sunlight rushing through its floor to ceiling windows, bouncing off the countless decor accents. The soft hues of wood flooring, hand-pleated silk walls, mirrored surfaces and marble finishings are lightened up with fresh bouquets, all while you are cradled humbly to the sound of a propeller plane coming from the nearby airport of Le Castellet.


10/10 Rooms

Light and sunshine, peace and tranquillity, enclosed spaces — these are the features that every room has. The rooms and suites offer you exceptional comfort with cut flowers on a table and deep armchairs for reading, dreaming and escaping within the calm of the sleepy country house. And with its large terraces, it invites you to go out and caress the air, from the first light of day until nightfall. Hand-painted French doors slide open to reveal a white marble bathroom with a glass wall providing an illusion of more space. To add a special touch of Hôtel du Castellet luxury, the mini bar offers hand blown crystalware and treats alongside a range of premium beverages.


9/10 Service and facilities

The distinctive black-and-white marble indoor swimming pool, lined with luxurious day beds, is a must-visit for guests of the hotel. Whether to relax or snap up some travel photos, this is a sweet spot to get away from it all. Right next to it is the hotel’s spa — The Spa du Castellet — for those looking for pampering. Voted “Best Place of Beauty in France”, this five-star spa is a major project that was created after two years of design, work and reflection on an eco-responsible operation. It has chosen internationally recognized brands as its partners — Ioma, Natura Bissé and Nescens — all doing wonders to your body and soul. The spa offers, through its 700m² space, six treatment areas, including an exceptional suite with a pool, hammam, sauna, ice fountain and salt cave. The ocean-inspired wellness retreat offers its guests bespoke treatments for the face and body — all using French products, of course. For the warmer days, the hotels outdoor swimming pool offers tranquillity and panoramic views, and refreshing cocktails that fulfils your every desire.


10/10 Food and drink

With three Michelin-starred chef Christophe Bacquié as the property’s Culinary Director, it’s safe to say that you’ll be properly fed at Hôtel du Castellet. The contemporary menu is substantial. The restaurant room offers you a magnificent panoramic view of the golf course, the village of Le Castellet and the sea in the distance.

Both the hotel’s restaurants boast stunning sea views, so you can watch the sun setting beyond the horizon. The Le San Felice restaurants offers a more informal dining experience, but the 3 Michelin-starred Christophe Bacquié restaurant is a culinary adventure, with regional dishes and local produce reimagined for gourmet tastes. Specialities include Mediterranean-influenced dishes that shine a spotlight on seasonal products and seafood, where the veal and mullet with scallops are a must-try. The meals are best enjoyed with a bottle of regional red wine, coincidentally from the same region as the notorious meat served at the restaurants.

Hôtel du Castellet
3001 Route des Hauts du Camp, 83330 Le Castellet

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