It simply doesn't get more south-of-france swanky than Crillon Le Brave, an exquisitely restored crop of 17th-century buildings in  a charming French village that traces its roots back to a Roman settlement.

This place is gastronomic heaven. Daytime activities include rustic lunches, cooking demonstrations and tours of markets, and wine tastings at the nearby Domaine du Tix and Châteauneuf du Pape.


For a unique foodie excursion, book on to a three-day truffle-hunting course with resident expert Eric Jaumard, which includes a cooking demonstration in Crillon Le Brave's kitchens.

As the sun sets, take a stroll through the village's cobbled streets for dinner, or enjoy a truly gastronomic experience at a secluded table on the hotel's terrace, feasting on locally sourced delicacies to the sounds of a live band.


WOW FACTOR: Sampled every dish twice already? The chefs are more than happy for you to give them a challenge and order off menu (more truffles!).

GO: Scott Dunn ( offers seven nights in France including three nights at Crillon Le Brave from £1,100 per person, B&B. Includes

TRAVEL TIME: Flights and car hire 2 hours.