Set on 42 hectares of sprawling countryside, luxurious La Coquillade is both a working vineyard (www.aureto.fr) and a certified eco-hotel. Solar panels heat the swimming pool, while indoors, the hotel's temperature is regulated via geothermal energy. Fresh from a sympathetic renovation—completed in March 2014—the hotel’s guestrooms are a mix of the traditional and the contemporary, with exposed wooden beams, natural stone walls, and sleek, chic furnishings. All-natural bath products come courtesy of favorite local producer, L’Occitane. There are complimentary guided tours of the vineyard (Wednesdays at 10am), and regular wine-tasting sessions (Saturdays 10am, 15€ per person, or 53€ per person including lunch). The gastronomic Le Gourmet restaurant, headed up by chef Christophe Renaud, is highly recommended.
- Frommer's Staff