Provence Villas & Vacation Rentals
The idyllic natural landscapes in Provence are famed for being illuminated by "painters' light," a warm, ethereal glow that somehow intensifies the beauty of the vibrant lavender fields, lush rolling hillsides, olive tree groves, and soaring mountaintops.
Now known formally as Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Provence has been an incorporated region of France for over 500 years, yet it retains a distinct culture all its own. In this one region, visitors are treated to architectural splendor, some of the most famous works of art in the world, picture-perfect landscapes ranging from the Southern Alps to lowlands blanketed by colorful lavender, world-class wineries, and communities centered almost entirely around gastronomy.
Provence includes the cities of Marseille, Nice, and Aix-en-Provence, plus countless charming hillside villages where visitors will find tree-lined promenades, bustling weekly markets, and legendary Provencal-style cuisine. Private luxury villas for rent in Provence draw on all of these cultural components and are a wonderful way to enjoy everything the area is so well-known for.
Luxury Villas and Vacation Rentals in Avignon, Luberon and Provence, France
Renting a private luxury villa in Provence affords visitors the opportunity to experience this magnificent region as locals do. In addition to being ideally located near charming villages and towns, Provence luxury home rentals epitomize everything special about the area's culture.
An immaculately restored 200-year-old historic stone farmhouse with ensuite bedrooms is the perfect setting for a milestone birthday or a large group vacation. For families, renting a Provence villa with a private pool that is within walking distance to shops and the weekly market is ideal.
Couples seeking romantic quality time would be hard-pressed to do any better than vacationing in a restored medieval stone cottage with a soaking tub and near-360-degree views of expansive lavender fields.
Best Villas in Provence with a Private Pool
Provence's stunning natural landscapes are key components of its allure, and a luxury vacation rental with a private pool is a wonderful way to fully immerse yourself in it. A private pool at your Provence villa is well-suited to different types of travelers, as it can be relaxing, fun, or romantic – or all three!
Spend your days sightseeing and then retreat to an exquisite 16th-century hilltop chateau with a heated pool and large sun deck, or spend an entire weekend lounging poolside and making memories at a modern chic Provencal villa with a large pool flanked by a sunbathing deck and a well-manicured garden.
For a more intimate couples' getaway, consider a contemporary Provence home rental that was once a farmhouse, updated with an immaculate pool and gardens.
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Luxury Hotels in Provence
While a search for accommodations in Provence usually starts with private villa or house rentals, visitors to Provence can also choose from several luxury hotels and resorts.
La Bastide de Marie in Ménerbes offers guests upscale rooms and suites. The very private Villa Grenache hotel offers villas nestled among a 57-acre vineyard in the Luberon. Nearby, La Bastide de Capelongue in Bonnieux blends modern luxury with country-chic touches and emphasizes authentic Provencal heritage.
Live the luxe life at the historic Le Phébus & Spa in Joucas and enjoy the Carita Spa, as well as the onsite Michelin star-awarded restaurant. Another 5-star hotel in Provence is Villa Gallici, a converted 18th-century estate located in one of the most desirable areas of Aix-en-Provence with an outdoor pool and a gourmet restaurant.
Finally, Baumanière Hotel & Spa in the heart of Les Alpilles features five individual houses, each just as luxurious as the others, plus a 3-star Michelin restaurant and several swimming pools.
WIMCO’s well-traveled reservations agents can help you on the special details of each of these luxury hotels in Provence and guide you to the one that is the best fit for your specific needs.
Renting luxury villas or 5-star luxury hotels - which one is right for you?
There is no question that five-star hotels in Provence are extraordinary, offering a number of top-notch amenities and conveniences. Provence luxury villa rentals also provide a truly unparalleled experience, making it difficult for some travelers to choose.
Consider the people in your travel party and what everyone is hoping to get out of a Provence vacation. You certainly can't go wrong with a luxury resort in Provence, however if your group places more value on privacy or bespoke experiences such as a private chef or in-home cooking classes, renting a luxury villa is the way to go. Or why not experience both, just like the most sophisticated travelers do: rent a villa for a week and enjoy a luxury hotel for another 3 days?
Where is Provence and why visit?
In addition to being renowned painters, Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso, Renoir, Gauguin, and Van Gogh all had one thing in common: They were captivated by Provence, an incredibly beautiful region in southeastern France situated on the Mediterranean Sea.
Provence is bordered by the Rhone river on the west, Italy to the east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Its largest cities are Marseilles, Nice, Toulon, and Aix-en-Provence.
Provence truly has something for absolutely everyone. There are the awe-inspiring natural landscapes and the luxurious beaches, the world-renowned Mediterranean cuisine, and the culture centered around art and historic architecture. Outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs will be just as pleased with a luxury villa rental in Provence as foodies and dedicated beach-goers.
When is the best time to visit Provence?
The weather in Provence is classically Mediterranean, with year-round mild temperatures, little rain, and more than 300 days of sunshine. Because of this, tourists from all over the world flock to the area in the summer months, especially over holiday weekends.
The lavender fields are also in full bloom in June and July and beaches, attractions, and restaurants become exceptionally crowded. For the best weather and fewer crowds, plan your Provence villa rental for somewhere between March and May or between September and November.
How to get to Provence
There are several options for air travel from the United States to Provence, and which route you choose largely depends on where your luxury villa rental is located within the region. For the hilly, river-dotted countryside section of Provence that includes Avignon, Nimes, Arles, Orange, Aix-en-Provence, and the Luberon, the Marseille Provence Airport is the best choice.
The international Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is a few hours away from the Rhone Valley, making it a sensible choice only if you plan to spend a few days on the French Riviera before heading inland to Provence.
U.S. travelers won't find many direct flights into either airport; in most cases, there will be at least one connection required when traveling to Provence. From outside of Europe it is likely that you will transit through one of these international airports: London, Dublin, Paris, Istanbul, or Frankfurt.
All visitors to Provence must have passports valid for a minimum of three months beyond their planned departure date. Tourist visas are not required for stays of less than 90 days.
The Painters' Route
Think of this as the ultimate scavenger hunt for art and history lovers. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of idyllic villages including Cagnes-sur-Mer, St-Paul-de-Vence, Grasse, Villefranche and Antibes where you will find plaques holding reproductions of works by many famous artists, including Renoir, Monet, Matisse, Chagall, Dufy, Cocteau and Bonnard.
The plaques cradle the paintings as the artists’ original easels would have done, as they have been put up as close as possible to the spots in which the artists stood to paint the views See Renoir's real-life La Ferme de Collette, get Boudin's perspective of Antibes, and get an intimate look at Matisse's inspiration.
Gorges du Verdon
While nowhere near the size of the Grand Canyon, the Gorges de Verdon is widely considered the European equivalent and is impressive in its own right.
Located less than 3 hours east of Avignon, the 15.5 mile-long (25km) canyon reaches depths of about .4 miles (700 meters) and was formed by the Verdon River, renowned for its brilliant turquoise blue waters. Visitors can hike the Gorges de Verdon via several trails, drive to overlooks along the rim, rent kayaks, or even camp overnight.
Palace of the Popes
In the 14th century, Avignon was the seat of the papacy, and six different popes called this gothic building home. It is widely considered one of the most important medieval structures in the world and the lavish architecture alone is worth a visit. The palace is one of several structures comprising the Historic Centre of Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visitors can tour the entire center.
Lavender fields are a must-see when you book a Provence villa and while there are many places to view them, none are quite as magnificent as Sénanque Abbey, located near Gordes, a charming rural village.
The abbey was built in the 1100s and is still home to an order of monks who tend the lavender fields and honey bees. June, July and early August are the best months to visit the abbey, as that's when the lavender is in full bloom, but it's well worth a trip any time of year.
Isle Sur Sorgue marketplace
Isle Sur la Sorgue is a charming Provencal town 25km southeast of Avignon. The numerous canals and branches of the Sorgue have given the town the nickname of the Venice of Provence.
The town is home to numerous antique shops and galleries, making Isle Sur la Sorgue one of the largest antique centers in France, second only to Paris. The town hosts a colorful market on the weekends and is filled with excellent restaurants and cafes.
Honorable mention – a road trip through the Luberon
When visiting Provence, spending a few days touring the hills towns of the Luberon is something you will always remember. From Bonnieux to Apt to Gordes and Roussillon – the ancient stone hill towns of this area overflow with timeless charm.
You’ll drive through fields of lavender and sunflowers, and crest hills to spy seas of ripening grapes on the, then enter the walls of an ancient town for a peaceful lunch – a bucket list road trip for the sophisticated traveler.
What services does WIMCO Villas provide to our clients vacationing in Provence?
If you're envisioning a fun and carefree vacation to Provence, allow the concierge services team at WIMCO Villas to handle every detail for you. With over 35 years of experience in the luxury travel space, the friendly vacation planners can assist you with everything from selecting the perfect Provence luxury villa and booking your flights to stocking your kitchen with fresh local groceries and arranging for a private chef and even gourmet cooking classes.
Hoping to do a private wine or olive oil tasting? Need a private driver for your vacation? Would you love to have poolside massages by your Provence villa's private pool? It's all just a call away with WIMCO Villas!
Every booking with WIMCO Villas includes our complimentary 24/7 signature personalized concierge service, and we genuinely enjoy taking the stress out of our clients' vacation plans. Leave everything to us – give us a call (401-849-8012) or contact us today to start planning your personalized Provence vacation!