Front Runners December 2015: A Place in Provence
Set among cobblestoned streets and cypress-lined hills in the Luberon village of Gordes, Hôtel Bastide de Gordes (bastide-de-gordes.com) is the quintessential Provençal escape. The 39-room hotel, which sits within a cluster of 16th-century granite ramparts, first opened in 2005. Following a $22 million renovation, the property reopened in June with meticulously restored terra-cotta floors, intricate wood paneling and frescoes, antique carpets and tapestries, and more than 4,000 works of art. Elegance permeates throughout, from the staff dressed as if for a belle epoque fête to the restaurant helmed by the revered French chef Pierre Gagnaire. Warm days call for cocktails by the swimming pool surrounded by verdant Mediterranean gardens, while evenings are best spent on the terrace of the restaurant.