Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $968.95 (€864), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
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.
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.