hat a fantastic stay at Villa Gallici, a step- throw away from the city center of Aix-en-Provence. You will enjoy a seclusive experience, mixing The French Art of Living and the Italian Heritage. It combined the passion for Art and Beauty, paying tribute to Cezanne and artists from the South of France.
Last October, the Villa Gallici was elected 1st Top Hotel in France and Monaco (outside of Paris) at the Readers’ Choice Award 2021 by Condé Nast Traveler. A great recognition that congratulates and honors the hard work of the hotel staff, the direction held by Laurent Mounet, and all the teams that offered the best quality services to make live their guests an exceptional and unforgettable luxurious experience in a peaceful oasis.
If you pass by Aix-en-Provence, Villa Gallici is the must-go place. Only a 15-minute walk from the bustling Cours Mirabeau in the heart of Aix, you’ll enjoy a tremendous 18th-century palazzo-style property that belongs to the Italian group Baglioni Hotels and is part of Relais & Château.
Firmly established in Venice and Florence, passing by London and the Maldives Islands, the Baglioni properties pursue the same pledge of offering Italian luxury quintessence to its guests. At Villa Gallici, you will enjoy a Florentin experience in the heart of Provence.
You’ll find at Villa Gallici 17 rooms and six suites, renovated and decored by Gil Dez and Charles Montemarco, respectively interior designer and painter/decorator, who give to the 5-star hotel all the necessary romantic and poetic touches to transport you in the splendor of the 18th century. Embroideries, sparkling velvet, twinkling lights, and colorful walls with textured fabrics immerse you in a cozy setting. The moldings in the bathroom will take you on a fascinating journey.
For sure, you’ll enjoy the large four-poster beds that give you the illusion of reliving the time of kings. The overall decoration will make you travel to all continents. Open your eyes and notice Japanese ornaments, thousands of small objects and figurines, everywhere through the hotel and rooms with Mediterranean style omnipresence.
No doubt, you’re in the heart of Provence, with the lavender smells spread all around and the cypresses that surround the property. All rooms have an overlooking view of the pool in the shade of the cypresses and the garden. They are all equipped with a bathroom with a bathtub or shower with Carita wellness products, a minibar, a safe, international TV channels, a direct dial phone, and Wifi to stay connected.
While walking on the main driveway of the garden, you will discover the enchanting Villa Cezanne et Villa Picasso, with their private terraces and jacuzzi. The villas face magnificent artworks signed by diverse artists, such as Bruno Catalano, a French sculptor known for his “Voyageurs” works, or the impressive mural entitled “La Balançoire” by Stephane Raynal and Olivier Oruber. You can reach the gym, the solarium, the Spa, and the swimming pool at the end of the path.
The Spa of the Villa Gallici is unconventional. Book your spa time and enjoy a unique experience with the golden-wall jacuzzi. The Spa’s warm and intimate mood will let you relax after a hard day of shopping in town or the various’ museum visits and art galleries. The outside 28-degree heated pool is open all year round for the most daring guests. There is also a sauna and a cryotherapy booth to savor at your convenience. The Spa is offering Carita treatments mainly and proposes a local cosmetic brand named Origine to dive deeper into the heart of Provence.
After your relaxing parenthesis, it’s time for a gourmet experience on the restaurant’s terrasse, enjoying the mild Mediterranean climate and sunbeams. Chef Christophe GAVOT has held the gastronomic restaurant of the Villa Gallici since 2003. Always surrounded by his brigade, the Chef offers a refined Provençal cuisine, evolving according to the seasons and favoring the quality of the products. His excellence and taste for perfection will not leave you emotionless. Coming from the Monaco Hotel School, the Chef made his debut in Corsica and Switzerland before embarking aboard the ship Mermoz under Jean Abauzit, Master Chef of France. Over the years, the Chef has acquired an exceptional experience that he highlights in Villa Gallici.