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July 2015
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Aix en Provence: the first Renaissance Hotel in Provence

Aix en Provence: the first Renaissance Hotel in Provence © DR

5-stars go to this hotel located a stone’s throw from the city’s famous main boulevard, the Cours Mirabeau, not far from the Grand Théâtre de Provence, the Pavillon Noir in the heart of the new Forum, an area brimming with activity. An ideal base from which to discover the city, its exterior architecture is extremely modern: a variation of glimpses of ochre to Roussillon checks, glass facades and materials tinted with mineral grey. Dreamed up by Marseille architects Claude Sabin Nadjari and Rémy Saada, the hotel perfectly matches its environment. The interior is sombre and sophisticated, branded by young Parisian designer Julie Fuillet, who was inspired by Aixois symbols and its surroundings. In the 133 bedrooms and suites, she opts for light wood and grey palette surfaces reminiscent of Saint-Victoire. A lovely glimpse of Aix-en-Provence appears with resin bedheads as a reflection of an open box of calissons! She worked in tandem with artistic director Isabelle Viatte to create a unique concept, as the hotel marries the universes of hospitality and art. Thanks to contemporary works of art and furniture by Christian Ghion, the hotel offers an artistic experience in a luxurious and elegant environment. Over to the Provençale inspired gardens, which are a genuine green haven in the heart of the city. Its 1000m2 of land exude the flavours of Provence: olive groves, lavender and cypress. Add all this to a multitude of other benefits: two restaurants, including one gastro, and a spa by Ymalia, an entirely organic French brand. A. F.-M.

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