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Luxury Hotel La Bastide Saint Georges & Spa ****
Route de Banon, 04300 Forcalquier, France

Tucked away in two acres of parkland on the side of a gentle hill (which itself is set in the Luberon Natural Park), you will find the four star Luxury Hotel La Bastide Saint Georges & Spa that is one of those lovely fairly new country hotels built in the traditional regional style but with all the modern comforts of new construction. Located a few miles outside of the upscale town of Forcalquier, up in the hills above the river Durance it is graced by ancient olive trees, wide swaths of lawn, verdant plantings and private patios or small enclosed private garden spaces, pool & spa. It is a paradise of rolling country hills, small farms, fields of grain and plenty of wooded areas. It is also home to the best of the Pastis from the stills of Henri Bardouin.

Peter and Linda D'Aprix © 2021

a bedroom Twilight back of hotel with pool Pool and Sun Bathing Terrace

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The Hotel:
Hotel Bastide St. Georges & Spa **** is a place to really relax in your choice of traditional beamed rooms with more than a touch of old Provence, some rooms that are less traditional and others that are very modern. Then you can snooze and soak up the sun on several levels around a lovely pool, enjoy a small indoor pool coupled with a spa/jaccuzi that has hundreds of jets to reach every important muscle. There is also a Hammam and massages are available on request. From the bar/snack bar a terrace juts out over the pool area with some marvelous views out over the upper regions of Haure-Provence.

larger bedroomBastide St. Georges is a place to really relax in your choice of 22 rooms and suites. Most rooms and suites have private terraces and/or gardens where you can soak up the sun, read, nap or sip something tasty. Then you can saunter over through the lovely gardens and snooze and soak up the sun on several levels around a lovely pool or find a quiet place around the verdant lawns with shade trees or mini gazibos. The breakfast buffet is excellent and plentiful. When we were there in late spring 2021, the owners were in the middle of construction of a new mini-campus just up the hill that will have a large event room, restaurant and some additional rooms. So perfect for weddings and other larger scale events.

This is a great place to just de-stress, use as a base for exploration of all Haute-Provence and the Luberon, the many villages and valleys that surround the area. In addition, It's not that far from famous Gordes, Roussillon and Bonnieux of Peter Male fame. Heading east, its about an hour or so from the famous French Grand Canyon "Gorges de Verdon"and the charming village of Moustier-Saint-Marie with its well known pottery. Aix-en-Provence is about an hour and a half away. Note: While there is a freeway/autoroute running from Aix to Gap it runs east/west along the Durance river. But in the hill country above the valley and below, you will be on small windy twisty roads so what looks like a short distance on the map may take you considerably more time to actually drive.

poolL'Occitane has their factory and factory outlet just a short 30 minute drive south just below Manosque in the Zone Industrial and their products feature extensively at Bastide St. Georges. While the hotel kitchen does serve some light meals and a splendid buffet breakfast, they didn't yet have their planned restaurant when we arrived in Spring 2021 but they expect to soon. So that gives you the opportunity to explore the little restaurants in Forcalquier or visit the lovely former convent "Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa en Provence" just a hop, skip and a jump away that has a fantastic Michelin starred restaurant.

Hotel La Bastide Saint Georges & Spa****
Route de Banon,
04300 Forcalquier, France (due east of Forqualquier)
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 75 72 80
(Usuially open March to November ~ note: their street side sign
can only be seen if you are heading west from Forqualquier)

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