Spa Time Relax at Hotel Crillon le Brave
In keeping with our yearly tradition and being a supportive wife while my husband does the challenging cycle up Mont Ventoux, I needed to find a place to pass the time. Thus the Spa des Écuries at Hotel Crillon le Brave was my “sacrifice” for a few hours. Well, what choice did I have? Discover Cheryl’s photos of this beautiful spa in the heart of the Vaucluse in her Cobblestone and Vineyards post.
Hotel Crillon le Brave
Located in the Vaucluse, Crillon-le-Brave is a hilltop hamlet with sweeping views of Mont Ventoux and Southern Rhône Valley vineyards. Today, the vista that Cheryl enjoyed is relaxing, but during Roman times and the turbulent medieval era, the elevated location was both strategic and defensive. The village name comes from a local fighter and hero Louis des Balbes de Berton, le Brave CRILLON. More about the town’s history here (in French).
This commune is tiny relative to neighbouring villages and the larger centres of Carpentras (12km away) and the once Papal city of Avignon (40 km). The central location makes Crillon-le-Brave a terrific vacation base for exploring the region. Biking in the region is heaven for cyclists, with the challenge of Mont Ventoux looming larger than life. For more reading, Mont Ventoux a Cycling Challenge: Taming the Beast.
Marked by the church steeple at the top of the rise and one main street the hamlet has a permanent population of under 500 people. The town has seen much conflict over the centuries, but today is a calm oasis with a 5-star hotel. Hotel Crillon le Brave opened its doors in 1989 in Maison Roche with just 11 rooms. Twenty-five years later the hotel is an amalgamation of eight village houses. There are 24 guest rooms and 12 suites, a gourmet restaurant La Table de Ventoux and of course the spa that Cheryl enjoyed while she waited.