South of France

South of France Holidays

“The South of France is incredibly scenic”

The South of France is a beautiful part of France, full of character and contrast. From endless lavender fields to quaint port towns, and dazzling blue waters to roman ruins, the South of France is incredibly scenic. Provence, with its Mediterranean climate, shines bright almost all year round. So, for three nights discover the region of Provence, with a bespoke luxury holiday in two of the most interesting cities – Marseille and Montpellier.

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Baudon de Mauny, Montpellier

A timeless blend of the past, present and future, Baudon de Mauny is a spectacular boutique hotel in the heart of Montpellier. Built in 1777 and owned by the same family for over 7 generations, the property is listed as a National Heritage Site. Baudon de Mauny effortlessly combines the history and character of the building with modern comfort and contemporary finishes.

This exclusive residence offers guests truly unique accommodation in the south of France. As you enter through the doorway and courtyard you will need to climb the impressive stone steps to the reception area. From here, you will be taken on a tour of this boutique luxury hotel. Spread over two floors, Baudon de Mauny’s boutique hotel is perfect for a luxury stay in Montpellier. The lounge is particularly impressive with a high ornate ceiling, gilt mirrors and gold leaf gilding and stucco. The lounge also features an honesty bar – perfect for an evening nightcap.

However, the beauty of the design, driven by architects Michelle Ferri, Vincent Castelnau, and Nathalie de Bordas, truly come to the fore in the bedrooms and suites. Period features, ornate 18th-century plasterwork, Cole & Son wallpapers and contemporary furniture. Every element has been carefully thought out and each room or suite has been created with an unparalleled standard of attention to detail. Despite each room being unique and highly individual, every room has a certain degree of elegance, with high ceilings, original stone-flag floors or parquet, and marble mantelpieces. Large windows also allow the sun to filter in every room. The bathrooms at Baudon de Mauny are also incredibly contemporary with rain showers and specially selected 100% organic, ecological body care products.

A breakfast of fresh seasonal produce is served in a black ante-chamber alongside ceramic and waxed concrete art by local artist Sophie Lavaux. This bijoux room is a work of art in itself, but the dining area is equally impressive. Breakfast is to be enjoyed beneath the glass roof of a 14th century internal courtyard with exposed cream stone walls. The conical lighting is the creation of Ingo Maurer and Molo Design, and the peaceful tranquil atmosphere makes it the perfect way to start your day.

  • 9 Rooms and Suites
  • Historic building and stunning interior design
  • Perfectly situated in the heart of Montpellier’s historic centre
  • 100% organic ecological body care products

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General Information
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Board Basis Options
Check-in Time: 16:00
9 Rooms and Suites
Check-out Time: 12:00
Breakfast Dining Area
Solo Travel
Central Location
Honesty Bar

Sample South of France Holiday Intinerary

​​​Prior to departure, you will receive a bespoke itinerary created by a Rich Vein Travel expert filled with advice and recommendations. Read an extract of one of our itineraries for the South of France below.

Day 1

Arrive at Marseille Provence Airport where you will be met by your driver from the Marseille Driver Service. Professional, experienced, and punctual, you’ll be swept away to the Hôtel NH Collection in no time. Ideally situated in the old maritime neighbourhood of La Joliette, this hotel is in an ideal location for a luxury stay. Leave your bags with reception and then head out to explore the city.

Spend the morning discovering Le Panier. Known as the oldest part of town, it is also the most picturesque. With narrow cobbled streets, colourful shops and quirky galleries, stop for plenty of photos as you explore until your heart’s content. If you become peckish, stop for a delicious freshly baked treat at one of the local bakeries. Or alternatively why not try Calissons? Calissons are a traditional French candy consisting of a smooth yellow paste of candied fruit and ground almonds topped with a layer of royal icing. Try this sweet treat at Le Roy René located near the port, for a perfect example of how they should be made.

Swap the streets for the sea, as you set sail on a short boat trip to the Calanques. Boat trips leave Le Vieux Port every day. Calanques are a unique type of rock formation found exclusively along the Mediterranean coastline. Boat tours from Marseille will take you along the coastline to Cassis, dipping into the Calanques as you go. They run throughout the summer with plenty of stops for swimming, and giving you lots of time to admire the stunning coastal scenery.

Alternatively take a short train journey to Cassis itself. Approximately 16 miles south-east of Marseille, Cassis is a Mediterranean fishing port in the South of France. The benefit of visiting Cassis is that you can explore the entire town, as well as the calanques, rather than the calanques alone. Overlooked by a centuries-old château, Cassis is known for pebbly beaches, pastel-coloured buildings, and vineyards renowned for producing white wine.

In the evening return to the Hôtel NH Collection. Freshen up in your elegantly appointed room, unwind at the hotel’s bar, and then head out for dinner. We recommend L’Épuisette. Perched on a rock in the Vallon des Auffes, L’Épuisette offers a breathtaking view of the cove of Marseille, in addition to fantastic high quality cuisine. It has become a hot spot of gastronomy in the city.

No trip to Marseille is complete without a delicious plate of Bouillabaisse. Originally, Bouillabaisse was a fishermen’s dish. When sorting out the fish for sale, fishermen would put aside some pieces for themselves and their families. So historically it is a simple and familial dish, which has been developed over the years and may now include multiple courses and shellfish. Every family and restaurant creates bouillabaisse in their own way. However it will be difficult to find a better variation than the offering at L’Épuisette.

Day 2

Indulge in a delicious breakfast at the hotel to fuel your trip to Montpellier. Take a taxi or Uber, to Marseille Saint-Charles Train Station just up from your hotel. Located approximately 90 minutes away is the charming city of Montpellier. It is the capital of the Hérault department. Unlike its neighbours Nîmes, Narbonne and Agde, Montpellier has no Greco-Roman past. Instead, Montpellier is a more modern vibrant medieval city.

Upon arrival in Montpellier, walk from the train station to Baudon de Mauny. Whilst there are taxi’s available, in Montpellier due to the road layout they typically take double the time. Leave your bags in reception and start exploring the sites! Stroll on the Place de la Comédie which is one of the largest pedestrian precincts in Europe. Discover one of the finest fine arts museums in Europe with a trip to Musée Fabre. Then get lost in the medieval streets on the edges of the city. These narrow streets will take you back to an era long forgotten and where you will find countless hidden gems.

There are a variety of vineyards within relatively easy reach of Montpellier. The dramatic skyline of the Pic Saint-Loup and the Montagne de l’Hortus dominate the landscape to the north of the city, and further west Mont Saint-Baudile looks down on the vineyards of Montpeyroux. So there are plenty to choose from, should you choose to spend an afternoon learning about wine and indulging in delicious wine tastings.

Alternatively Montpellier can be used as a base for exploring the coastal village of Sète (10 minutes away), or the historic town of Nimes (25 minutes away). Sète is a fascinating small town on the French Mediterranean coast. With an eight mile stretch of beaches, it has an alluring charm. The lack of no key must-sees or attractions means that, you can meander through the streets, across the canals or along the beach at leisure. When in Sete, a seafood lunch is highly recommended, in fact, it’s a must. On the other hand, you may prefer Nîmes. This town is where the Romans settled when they were building the road between Rome and Spain. Their legacy includes a 20,000-seat arena, the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct, and the remains of baths and temples dotted through the Jardins de La Fontaine, where today the Nîmois play petanque.

However you choose to spend your afternoon, return to Baudon de Mauny in the evening to freshen up and finally see your room! As the reception closes at 8 pm each day it’s vital that you return from your travels before this time. Enjoy a drink at the honesty bar in the lounge area and then head out into Montpellier for an evening meal. The city has several fine dining restaurants and a 1 Michelin star restaurant in addition to other simpler, but equally thrilling delights. We recommend La Réserve Rimbaud, this 1 Michelin star restaurant speciliases in inventive French and European cuisine that celebrates the region.

After dinner visit L’Amuse Vin – Bar à vins & tapas for a delicious glass of wine before bed. Served by the glass or the bottle, this cosy, warm wine bar is the perfect place to end your first day in Montpellier. It’s also incredibly convenient as it’s only a minute away from your hotel!

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