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Villa Gallici, Aix-en-Provence 

Avenue de la Violette
France 13100
Tel: 33 4 42 23 29 23
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Perched in a private park on a hillside above Aix-en-Provence, Villa Gallici is a vertical paradise of hidden terraces and sweeping views, a hideaway spot that features high service and discreet luxury amid rose gardens and cypress trees. The gated complex feels somewhat cut off from downtown Aix's bustle—the only downside. But the Gallici feels like a destination on its own: an old Provençal villa flanked by rows of apartments, a terraced restaurant, and a decadent swimming pool surrounded by bougainvillea. Interiors are densely packed with textiles and antique furnishings, but a modern feeling somehow emerges from the combination of traditional elements; the overall impression is one of luxury and airiness. The duplex suites are pricey but reward guests with peerless views of the city below, as well as baronial bathrooms with double sinks, claw-foot bathtubs, and separate showers. Fresh bouquets of roses and a heavy dose of floral aromatherapy permeate the rooms. Service is flawless, instant, and without a trace of condescension or stiffness. The overall effect is that rarest of things, a hotel "experience," an almost perfectly crafted environment.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This "romantic and effortlessly chic" 18th-century hillside house is within walking distance of the historic town center. "Traditional French" rooms have "paintings and lovely antiques as well as supremely comfortable beds." The "charming and warm" restaurant pairs Provençale, French, and Mediterranean dishes with Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Aix wines. The seven-acre garden includes a swimming pool.

(22 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.0
  • Design: 89.6
  • Food: 87.2
  • Location: 85.4
  • Rooms: 93.8
  • Service: 93.8

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool

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