Oustau de Baumaniere
Nestled into a valley below the stunning medieval village of Les Baux-des-Provence, L’Oustau de Baumaniere has been a pioneer in establishing Provence as one of Europe’s most dreamed about travel destinations. In 1945, Raymond Thuillier, inspired by the wild beauty of the previously unvisited area, converted a 16th century farmhouse into a small hotel, one that quickly became known for its restaurant’s outstanding menu of regional specialties, luring the likes of Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Pablo Picasso to lounge under the shade of the terraces chestnut trees. The combination of elegance and warm hospitality has been continued and expanded by Mr. Thuillier’s grandson, Jean-André Charial, who has added several new buildings to the hotel and developed one of the largest wine lists in France. He has also brought aboard chef Sylvestre Wahid to re-energize the restaurant’s menu, just part of the voyage of discovery in this little corner of Provençal paradise.