DMC La Fayette French Riviera: Discover Our Signature Authentic Upper Provence!

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Your Destination: Authentic Upper Provence

The light of Provence brings out all the beauty of the local landscape, as it changes with every passing hour, each passing season. From the Lure Mountain to the Valensole Plateau, from the Durance Valley to the slopes of Forcalquier, Haute-Provence has preserved its centuries-old heritage: hilltop villages, citadels topped with bell-towers, shepherds’ stone shelter with their pointed roofs, and a vast array of lavender fields.

The Pays de Forcalquier, in the French Département of the Alpes de Haute-Provence, is a beautiful area, genuinely Provencal, ideal to discover the traditions of Provence but far from the crowds, the sea, and the de luxe boutiques.

This is also the place where lavender and lavandin grow! Lavandin is a hybrid that grows between 100 and 800 metres, six times more productive than lavender, lavendula officinalis, which grows between 600 and 1,200 metres. Lavender is used mainly in the perfume, pharmaceutical and aromatherapy industries, whereas lavandin is mainly used for washing powders, detergents and cosmetics.

The sky here has an incomparable brightness; industrial pollution and heavy traffic are unknown. No wonder if an important astronomical observatory was founded in 1937 on these plateaus, which enjoy France’s purest sky!

A fantastic destination, dear to French novelists like Jean Giono or Pierre Magnan, and only recently opened to high end tourism: before the opening of the outstanding Relais & Châteaux property we have selected for you, this untouched part of Upper Provence was not visited very much by international travellers… Discover it with La Fayette French Riviera!

Your Accommodation at the Relais & Châteaux

“Le Couvent des Minimes” Hotel & Spa by L’Occitane*****
This is an outstanding, five-star 46-room Relais & Châteaux property, located in the beautiful countryside near the village of Mane, which is located close to the city of Forcalquier in the Haute-Provence region, about one hour away from Aix-en-Provence, and about 90 minutes away from Marseilles airport.

Founded in 1613 by Marquis Forbin de Janson for monks from the Order of “Minimes”, a few centuries after its creation, the monastery has turned a new page in its history.

Opened in 2008, this haven of peace occupies a former convent and boasts the first spa
opened with L’Occitane products, which are actually made in this area. The Couvent des Minimes Spa by L’Occitane features 6 treatment booths, a steam room, a sauna and an interior heated relaxing pool.

We recommend having dinner at the hotel every night. In the restaurant “Le Cloître”, the chef has designed a menu which reflects the colours of the sun, blending the fragrances and tastes of Provence with those of the Mediterranean. Prepared with local products, the dishes on offer have close ties with the region.

The hotel also offers floodlit tennis courts, a pétanque area (to play the famous game of
boules, very popular in Provence), a billiards room, a library, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room with the latest equipment, and a helicopter pad. The nearest golf course, Golf du Luberon is located only 20 minutes’ drive away.

Our suggested itinerary

You got inspired to include the Provence in your next incentive proposal?
We have created a sample itinerary for you!
Please contact us for more details and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with our DMC, making sure that you’ll hear from us within 48 hours.

Number of Nights: 3 to 6
Number of Participants: 30 to 92
Destination: Pays de Forcalquier, France
International Airport: Marseilles, France

DAY 1
Transfer from Marseilles Airport to “Couvent des Minimes” Hotel
Hotel Accommodation
Welcome Dinner at the Hotel

DAY 2
Full-day tour to Old City of Forcalquier & Prieuré de Salagon
Dinner and Accommodation at the Hotel

DAY 3
Full-day tour to Simiane-la-Rotonde & Valsaintes Abbey of Roses
Dinner and Accommodation at the Hotel

DAY 4
Full-day tour to L’Occitane & Château de Sauvan
Dinner and Accommodation at the Hotel

DAY 5
Full-day tour to Aix-en-Provence
Dinner and Accommodation at the Hotel

DAY 6
Half-day Hot Air Balloon Tour
Afternoon at leisure or spa treatments at the Hotel
Dinner and Accommodation at the Hotel

DAY 7
Transfer from the “Couvent des Minimes” Hotel to Marseilles Airport

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