Escape to Chic Domaine La Pierre Blanche in the Alpilles
Now more than ever, discerning travellers are looking for a place where time stands still, at least until the cocktail hour arrives. Located near the charming village of Eygalières, Domaine La Pierre Blanche is framed by nature, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. From the moment you drive through the front gate, you enter the embrace of this exclusive boutique hotel where staff offer welcome smiles and a glass of local rosé.
A World Away
Domaine La Pierre Blanche conveys a resort feel with unpretentious grace. The property sits at the base of the Alpilles with expansive views in all directions, and nature is the only thing to interrupt your thoughts. Perhaps it is the Domaine’s proximity to the “small Alps” with their jagged limestone peaks, but the Alpilles feel like big mountains protecting the hotel and its guests from the rest of the world.
Designed with solitude in mind, Domaine La Pierre Blanche has 15 guest rooms, including suites, each with a private entrance and a secluded terrace. Whether your room faces the pool and olive garden, or the lavender field, contemporary Provencal decor weaves throughout the furnishings. In the last two years, the guest rooms were refreshed with the new colour palates echoing the regional vegetation – olives, lavender, almond blossoms, wild herbs and sweet flowering roses. Turn the key, push open the door and enter a cocoon of comfortable silence complete with high-quality French linens and eco-friendly bath products from L’Occitane en Provence.
Rise at your rhythm and enjoy breakfast on your private terrace. Now the hard part. How are you going to spend the day? Whether your energy level dictates a siesta next to the pool, a massage, a convivial game of pétanque or perhaps a more energetic tennis match, the choices are all available.
Feed the Body and Soul
Chef Patrick Pando and the culinary team at L’Opale, the Domaine’s restaurant, understand that zen may feed the mind and soul, but the body needs some Provencal cuisine for sustenance. With a focus on fresh, local ingredients and international influences, the “French Fusion” menu evolves with the seasons. Co-owner Ana-Luisa Negreiros shared that the restaurant’s gastronomic focus is not about capturing Michelin stars but rather delivering beautiful dishes with quality ingredients.
L’Opale’s spacious terrace is sublime, set below the Alpilles with views of towering umbrella pines. The furthest thing from a crowded Paris bistro, this patio delivers plenty of space between tables, a subtle nudge to enjoy the experience. The culinary team draws upon flavours of the world from the fresh markets of Provence to South America for dishes like Provence Ibérique (paella with a twist). The wine menu is equally creative, with offerings from local vineyards to exotic selections as far away as Japan. The restaurant offers themed events such as Jazz Brunches on Sundays, and Cocktails Under the Stars in August, not just only to hotel guests, but all people wanting to try something creative and new.
The Faces Behind the Brand
The warm, open-arms hospitality at Domaine La Pierre Blanche reflects the owners’ global outlook and travel experiences. Ana-Luisa Negreiros first met Floris Van de Werf while vacationing in Belgium, far from her home in San Paulo, Brazil. It was a really long-distance relationship. After a wedding and a few relocations, the couple realized their dream of owning a hotel and restaurant in Provence.
“So thus, began our adventure, after making our dream come true. Careful what you wish for!” ~ Ana-Luisa Negreiros
Location and Practical Information
Seven (7) spacious guest rooms
Eight (8) large suites
Each room has both a private entrance and a terrace.
Breakfast is included, and WIFI is available throughout the property.
Every room has easy access to the 26-metre pool with its spacious terrace. There are a large number of sunbeds which allow for appropriate social distancing.