The place :
If you dream of travelling in the South of France, the deluxe hotel Les Bories welcomes you to Gordes, in Provence. This luxury hotel features a wellness institute in a beautiful, refined setting.
Standing amidst a 20-acre-estate, the hotel dwells upon the former land of the monks of the “Senanque Abbey”, who also used to be shepherds. This land is a true haven of peace with typical Provence vegetation: magnificent prunus, ancient olive trees, majestic cypresses, lavender fields and green oaks spread over the land, as far as the eye can see… What’s more, a small garden features more than 40 aromatic plants: you will enjoy the delicate fragrances wafted over the estate by the gentle breeze.
The hotel nestles in perfect harmony among a beautiful, Provence setting, whose quietness won’t be disrupted. It is really a perfect place to relax and enjoy luxury spa holidays in the South of France.
The hotel’s name comes from the ancient, typical Provence housing called “Borie”. Such houses are characteristic of Gordes region and are made of white stones only, without any mortar. These igloo-shaped houses stand erect thanks to the skilful knowledge of stone-piling and do defy gravity! They convey a charming Provence atmosphere. The hotel itself is a former Borie which was restored and extended. Your relaxing holidays will take place in an authentic, elegant place.
You will indulge in gazing at the peculiar sunshine light over lavender fields and white stones, the very light which was depicted and made famous by so many artists: Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh and other painters immortalized this changing, beautiful light through many of their master pieces.
You will be delighted by your stay in Provence, in a place where the landscape conveys so much peacefulness, history and serenity. Your stay in Les Bories Hotel in Gordes will really be unique and permeated by an authentic French atmosphere. Hotels and residences :
Les Bories is a four-star-hotel in Gordes, in the heart of Southern France in Provence. Its decoration is pure and refined at the same time. The style is both romantic and Provencal, but also luminous and simple. You will be surrounded by the utmost tranquillity and French elegance. White walls and grey stones are particularly in keeping, and invite you to relaxation of body and soul.
The hotel features 29 rooms or suites, most of them opening onto Luberon Mountains and gentle slopes. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, desk corner, safe, satellite TV and high-quality beauty products in the bathroom:
- “Rooms Overlooking the Courtyard” (24 y²): Provence style decorated rooms, situated in the former traditional “Borie”, with a view onto the yard.
- “Country House Rooms” (30 y²): they are located in a former traditional Provencal house and features a balcony or a small garden opening onto Lubéron countryside
- “Golden Salvia Rooms” (36 y²): rooms featuring Provence style located in the new aisle, with a balcony or a terrace opening onto Lubéron countryside
- “Lily Rooms” (36 y²): rooms with a balcony or a terrace opening onto Lubéron countryside, and equipped with a marble bathroom
The suites combine space, refinement and brightness. Many charming, attentive details will welcome you:
- “Comfort Suites” (48 y²): their balcony open Southward onto Lubéron, with a lounge and a single room in addition to the main, double room; the marble bathroom features a double washbasin. Such suites can be ideal for a couple with a child.
- “Horizon Suites” (60 y²): very spacious suites featuring a balcony opening Southward onto Lubéron and equipped with a lounge.
For seminars, the hotel also features a meeting-room filled with natural light. This room can house about 60 persons and has a view onto the garden and the swimming-pool. An ideal solution for executive seminars. Restaurants :
Restaurant "Gastronomic Restaurant"
The restaurant of the hotel Les Bories is truly gastronomic and proposes refined Provence and French food in an enchanting setting. You can savour your meals by the large picture windows opening onto Lubéron, under the majestic stone-vault, or if you prefer on the sunny terrace. The dining-room, with luminous white walls, is interspersed with small olive trees. At night, the atmosphere becomes more intimate, with subdued light and small candle holders on tables: you will enjoy listening to jazz as background music.
Service is up to best French restaurants (food served on silver tray and wine decanted in carafe). The cellarman will be able to give you valuable advice on which wine will be the most in keeping with your food. Thus you will enjoy French food through gastronomy and great wines.
Pay also attention to the extraordinary variety of breads: you will not know what to choose between olive, rosemary, cereal, cheese or hazel breads. All breads are home-made. You will also admire the magnificent cheeseboard.
In his restaurant, the Chef Pascal Ginoux knows perfectly how to combine traditional Provence food, creativity and gastronomic refinement.
For those watching their waistline, the restaurant also suggests a menu with low-calorie yet delicious meals.
Possibility of room-service.
Restaurant "Poolside Restaurant"
Around the beautiful outdoor swimming-pool, you will enjoy meals in a more casual atmosphere. However the food remains refined and inventive, and matches perfectly the countryside setting. Sports and Activities :
A wide range of activities are available in the surroundings of the hotel Les Bories and in the hotel itself.
The hotel features 2 magnificent swimming-pools. One of them is indoor. The other one is surrounded by Provence vegetation, in the very heart of the countryside. It will give you the opportunity of getting sun-tanned.
You will also enjoy strolling along the estate, among ancient trees and aromatic gardens. Such charming moments will match perfectly your treatments and will contribute to general wellness and relaxation.
The hotel also features:
- a tennis court
- a golf putting green for those willing to train
- a fitness centre, located in the institute
The hotel’s staff will be delighted to help you organize and book sporting outdoor activities near your hotel :
- horse-riding (10 € / hour)
- flying over the Provence (50 €)
- climbing (25 €)
- karting (10 €)
- quad (30 €)
- hot-air balloon flight over Provence (145 € / person)
- canoeing along the Sorgue river (9 € / hour)
Those keen on golf will also indulge in playing on numerous, beautiful golf courses near Les Bories. You will be able to combine wellness and golf break. Four golf courses are particularly close to the hotel:
- 10 miles away from your hotel: the Provence Country Club Golf (18 holes, par 72, 6670 yards)
- 20 miles away: Pont Royal golf course (18 holes, par 72, 6696 yards)
- 23 miles away: the Grand Avignon golf course is surrounded by 5 lakes (18 holes, par 72, 6573 yards)
- 26 miles away : the Servanes golf is located on a land edged with olive trees, lakes and waterfalls (18 holes, par 72, 6671 yards)
Besides, you will also be able to enjoy the tourist richness of the region trough the discovery of charming ancient villages. Many of them are located in the vicinity of your spa hotel Les Bories, to begin with Gordes.
Indeed, the historic, ancient part of Gordes is really worth visiting, as one of France’s most beautiful villages: facing Luberon, Gordes is perched on top of Vaucluse mountain spurs. You will be charmed by its narrow, steep, cobbled streets, its high mansions made of the very same white stones as the Borie’s and coiling around the bell tower. The castle is also in the core of the village and houses a museum dedicated to Pol Mara (a modern Flemish painter). Close to you, Gordes is a charming, authentic Provence village. It also presents artistic exhibitions during Summer: at the beginning of August, you should not miss the “Summer Nights Festival” presenting various artists such as singers, performers, dancers... Gordes’ life is thus consistent with the artistic heritage of the region. On Tuesdays, you will also enjoy strolling along the colourful market, typical of the Provence region.
Still in Gordes, but further down into the valley, the Senanque Abbey is also worth visiting. Just let yourself be permeated by the quietness of the place. Built in the XIIth century, the Abbey still houses friars who live on lavender cultivation and honey making. The whole building can be visited and bears witness to Cistercian architecture.
Another uncommon place is worth visiting in the vicinity: the Bories Village and its narrow streets, bakers’ ovens, wine vats and sheepfolds... The whole village testifies to intense rural activity from the Past. This visit of the village is bound to be a deep change of scene you won’t forget !
Other nice, famous villages will give you the opportunity of visiting interesting places in the South of France: Avignon and the Popes’City (22 miles away), Saint-Rémy de Provence, which was painted so many times by Van Gogh (also 22 miles away), Les Baux de Provence (28 miles), Arles and its amphitheatre (52 miles away)... So many cities and villages to be visited, brimming over with history and artistic life! You are bound to enjoy.
To discover traditional celebrations, go to Cavaillon: on week-ends before July 14th, the city celebrates the melons which made it famous. Access :
Paris – Gordes : 420 miles
Marseille – Gordes : 54 miles
Avignon – Gordes : 22 milesBy train
High-speed train :
Paris-Avignon : 2 h 40By plane
Paris - Avignon : 1 h 15
London – Marseille : 2 hBy helicopter
The Hotel Les Bories has its own private heliport.