Provence, France

Villa La Coste

Rates from (ex tax)$814.24

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR750.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.




Cézanne’s garden

The lavender-clad region of Provence calls to mind huddled medieval villages and rustic manors of time-worn stone. Luxury hotel Villa la Coste is nothing like that. Designed in harmony with its surroundings, this cutting-edge stay is the work of master contemporary architects. Inside, there’s enough artwork to fill a national gallery (though the hotel has one of its own) and the bespoke furnishings recall the best of mid-century modern design. What you won’t find is the faintest touch of high-mindedness when it comes to looking after guests. Ideas explored in the art here might be lofty, but impeccable personal service proves that Villa la Coste is designed for people first of all.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A bottle of Château la Coste wine in the room; a welcome fruit plate; a visit to the vineyards (including wine tasting); an art and architecture tour of the property; $100 credit to use at the hotel spa


Photos Villa La Coste facilities

Need to know


28 suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $814.24 (€682), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR750.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rooms rates usually include breakfast. Choose from Continental, American, Full English, à la carte or buffet breakfast – these can be served in your suite or the hotel gallery.


A decade in the making, Villa la Coste has been shaped by the pencils, X-actos and brushes of famed creatives such as Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Louise Bourgeois.

At the hotel

600 acres of art-filled grounds, a high-tech winery, spa with hammam and traditional onsen bath, art gallery, library, laundry, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: furnished terrace, TV, iPod dock, minibar, kettle, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and free bottled water. Some suites have a private pool.

Our favourite rooms

Even Villa la Coste’s ‘entry-level’ suites have Tracey Emin etchings, Luberon Valley views and bathrooms with vast marble bath tubs and – ahem – high-tech Japanese toilets. If we’re pushed to pick, our favourite would be Suite 11, which has some of the finest views across the surrounding land and a terrace bedecked with pink Pierre de Ronsard roses.


The heated, 15-metre-long outdoor pool is at the edge of a stretch of vineyard, surrounded by slender cypress trees and an olive grove. It’s open from 8am to 10pm every day.


The calming minimalism of the hotel’s interior lends itself perfectly to the spa, which uses products created specially for the hotel. There's a Japanese-style hot-spring onsen bath, a hammam and eight treatment rooms. Also on offer: a gym with a personal trainer, Pilates, yoga and various fitness classes.

Packing tips

A keen eye: the hotel’s commitment to art means there’s no filler pieces, so that painting hanging above your bed might just be by someone rather famous...


The hotel’s public areas are wheelchair accessible, and there's a lift in the hotel gallery that runs to the spa and restaurants. Two of the ground-floor suites have been specially adapted, with oodles of space and larger bathrooms.


Pets are welcome at Villa la Coste at a rate of €25 a night; dog beds and bowls are available on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Provence.


Children of all ages are welcome. For children under 12, extra beds are free (the rate for over 12s is £150 a night). The beds will fit into any of the suites, but there’s limited availability, so be sure to ask for one when booking.

Food and Drink

Photos Villa La Coste food and drink

Top Table

In Louison, it's worth trying to snag a spot up close to the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows for an uninterrupted view. If you’re dining at Le Salon, we like the library for its cosiness (if it's wintery outside, ask to be seated by the fire).

Dress Code

Avant garde elegance – after all, you’re sleeping and eating in rooms on which modern masters were at work.

Hotel restaurant

Louison, the more formal of the two hotel restaurants, is inside a tall, glass-walled building suspended over water. In the centre of the room, two chrome-covered figures dangle down from the ceiling, reflecting the light streaming in from all sides. It’s a unique space, but it’s got more than good looks: chef Gérald Passédat is a self-professed devotee of Provence and its produce, so most of what goes into his elegant dishes comes from regional markets or the organic kitchen garden. Le Salon also has a strong focus on elevated regional cuisine, but is more casual – not least in their attitude towards where the restaurant actually is: having your meal in the living room, library, gallery or garden are all possible.

Hotel bar

The bar itself is an impressive block of marble set in a white-walled room in the hotel lobby. Artworks by Sean Scully and Damien Hirst face off on opposite walls, giving the room a burst of colour. There’s a cool, calm selection of music in the background – neither too loud or catchy – so you can actually discuss said artworks with ease. Trying the wine is a must: a great place to start is La Bulle, the Château's sparkling rosé.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 12 noon; guests can choose to have it served in their villas or in the hotel gallery. Louison and Le Salon are open for lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm) and dinner (7.30pm to 10.30pm). Louison is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Room service

A full room service menu is available from 7am to midnight, consisting of light Provençal meals like foie gras and chutney toast, rockfish and pasta soup or saffron risotto with spelt. Selected cold items are available from midnight to 7am.


Photos Villa La Coste location
Villa La Coste
2750, route de la cride
Le Puy Ste Réparade
Le Puy Ste Réparade


The closest major airport is Marseille; there are frequent flights from the majority of larger European cities. It takes around 40 minutes to reach the hotel by car. Flights and transfers can be arranged with the Smith24 Team; call 24 hours a day.


The Aix-en-Provence Mediterranean station for the high-speed TGV line is a 15-minute drive from the centre of Aix-en-Provence. Trains from Lyon take an hour to get there, while services from Paris take three. Aix-en-Provence’s regular SNCF station is in the city centre, and is served by regular trains from Marseille and other regional destinations.


With Aix-en-Provence and the Luberon natural park nearby, you'll have plenty of reasons to hire a car. Most of the major rental firms are available at Marseille airport. Car hire can be arranged with the Smith24 team; call 24 hours a day.


Southern France is a world-famous destination for avid cyclists, and the lavender-clad landscape here has plenty to offer in this respect. It’s perfectly possible to cycle the 15 kilometres from Aix-en-Provence to the hotel – note that roads can be busy in high summer, and midday temperatures very high in July and August, so plan to tackle any tough routes at first light or in the late afternoon.

Worth getting out of bed for

If Villa la Coste has stoked your appetite for architecture, then Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence should certainly satisfy. This grand 18th-century hôtel particulier has been painstakingly restored, so it’s a great opportunity to see what a house of its kind would have looked like in its prime. Those hungry for more of the region’s natural beauty should set sights on the Calanques National Park, a 20-kilometre stretch of coastline famed for its tall and rugged white cliffs. Hidden in between are long inlets of clear emerald water, making this a wonderful place for a spot of wild swimming. For an art gallery unlike any other (aside from your new home from home), take a trip to the Alpilles for Carrières des Lumières. This former bauxite quarry contains enormous halls submerged up to 60 metres deep under the mountain; inside, the walls are ‘painted’ with super-sized art works thanks to high-powered projectors. If you’re visiting the Alpilles for the day, the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence should be on your list too. A long-time favourite of the Parisian artistic set, Saint-Rémy is saturated with history – some of it ancient – and known for a famous resident: Van Gogh, who was a patient at the town’s psychiatric hospital for a year, producing some 150 canvases of the hospital and local area.

Local restaurants

Fires at Château la Coste brings South America’s most famous chef, Francis Mallman, to the la Coste winery. Sat next to the art gallery, the restaurant serves hearty, soulful dishes cooked over enormous fires – Mallman’s signature style, which is deeply rooted in Argentinean culture. Try the Mediterranean fish, which is roasted in a clay oven, or the Charolais beef that’s dome-hung and cooked over the roaring, smoky fire. Les Deux Garçons is housed in a historic building on the famous Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence. Once the meeting place of many art greats, it has a long list of famous patrons both past and present. Try the fillet steak with Béarnaise sauce – it’s a can’t-go-wrong classic. For creative contemporary cuisine, try Côté Cour, whose modern interior is flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and topped by a glass roof. Outside, there's a smart decked courtyard, which really comes into its own on a summer’s evening. For a fragrant fusion dish, order the Challans duck breast with truffled semolina, yuzu, chickpeas and grapefruit. The manicured gardens of La Table du Pigonnet allow you to dine in the shade of a miniature boulevard of chestnut trees. Head chef Thierry Balligand uses traditional Provençal flavours in creative ways – try one of his excellent set menus for a true taste of the south.


Photos Villa La Coste reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this art-and-design hotel in Provence and unpacked their lavender-filled sachets and case of Château la Coste wine (the hotel’s own vintage), a full account of their artistic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Villa la Coste in the South of France…

If you built a hotel in the part of Provence that’s basically Cézanne’s back-garden, it would probably need to have an artistic streak. At luxury hotel Villa la Coste, it’s a little more than a streak – paint is the hotel's lifeblood (well, that and wine) and each new turn reveals a surprising canvas or installation. Nowhere else in Provence will you see an enormous metal spider crouching over the surface of a lake – a bespoke sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. Take a walk in the forest surrounding the hotel, and you’ll come across extraordinary artworks that seem to fit in in spite of their otherworldliness. You see a 500 year old chapel encased in a giant vitrine, or what looks like an enormous drop of quicksilver hovering above the ground, and they’re just part of the landscape. Back inside, every corner of your suite is as cool as you like (the freestanding marble bath tubs are a highlight), but the monochrome palette doesn’t vie with the Provençal colours on the other side of the windows. This is no accident: if there’s one thing that’s clear at Villa la Coste, it’s that every detail has been carefully considered. Even the slippers. Yes, the slippers. When they’re made of memory foam, as they are here, they suddenly seem more exciting. ‘That’s not a slipper’, you think, ‘it’s a Villa la Coste slipper’. So whether you're watching the hills for a glimpse of Richard Serra's Aix installation, or admiring Alexander Calder's bright, weathervane-esque ‘Small Crinkly’, those with a keen eye will be rewarded.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Villa La Coste’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room, the staff, both restaurants and most of all the hospitality. The artwork is also unique and exceptional. The Argentine-style restaurant at Chateau La Coste is a unique experience.

Don’t expect

Active nightlife. This is a perfect place for romantic moments with perfect tranquility.


Stayed on 28 Jul 2017