Hôtel Crillon le Brave is a charming Vaucluse hotel set among the vineyards and peaceful villages east of Avignon. The stylish design of this boutique hotel's rooms creates an air of relaxation and tranquility. Crillon le Brave has an outdoor pool set among the terraces and offers wine tasting and cheese tasting.A small selection of massage and facial treatments is available in Crillon le Brave's stone-walled little spa, including hot-stone massage and a 90-minute body massage using natural Provençal products.
Ask the sommelier to organise a wine-tasting tour to suit your palate: elegant (at a Châteauneuf-du- Pape winery, perhaps) or earthy (with a local garagiste). In October, you can attend a mini vendange at Château Pesquié in Mormoiron (www.chateauupesquie.com), hosted by Frédéric Chaudière, who will show you (hands-on) what grapes to harvest and when, and explain the fermentation and blending process, with an all-important tasting analysis.