Need to know
Midday. Check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $223.98 (€200), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.66 per person per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast (€18.80).
During your stay at Le Relais de Franc Mayne, you’ll given a tour of the château’s wine-making equipment, including the impressive new vat in the reception area and the cavernous cellars where the seemingly endless row of barrels are stored.
Le Relais does not accept bookings over the Christmas period.
At the hotel
Billiard room; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, La Compagnie de Provence toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
All of Le Relais de Franc Mayne’s rooms have been individually decorated, with varying degrees of decadence. Our favourite, Campagne Française, is one of the hotel’s biggest and, being south-facing, it boasts a grab-your-camera view of the pool, garden, and vineyards beyond. There’s a gorgeous white stone fireplace supporting an antique gold-framed mirror, and the whole room is softly lit by a golden chandelier. You’ll find brighter, bolder decor in Pop Art, all lime greens and dark woods, and Asian Mood, which features a blue and red colour scheme and an oriental birdcage. Indian Fusion features a four-poster bed and ornately carved wooden wall panels, and Out of Africa and African Lodge adopt a safari theme.
The hotel’s natural swimming pool sits serenely under the cedar trees, overlooking rolling vineyards.
An extra suitcase to cram with the domaine’s wine – and something soft to wrap the bottles.
Wine-tasting sessions are free for hotel guests. Non-smoking throughout.
Cots can be provided for €25 a night, extra beds for €50.
The chemical-free pool is self-cleaning thanks to specially selected aquatic plants and is heated by warmth-retaining stones.