NUMBER OF ROOMS: 2 rooms and 3 suites
ANNUAL CLOSURE:Open all year round
THE STORY: After 15 months of renovations, the Auberge de la Roche finally opened its doors to the public! Tucked away in Vladeblore at the foot of the Massif du Mercantour, Mickaelle Chabat (a former jewelry maker), Louis-Philippe Riel (ex-chef at Le 6 Paul Bert in Paris) and Alexis Bijaoui (a former sous-chef for Dan Barber in New York) took to restoring this building that had been abandoned since 1986. So what should you expect? A big dining room centered around a sublime cut-stone fireplace, where the two chefs serve locally inspired cuisine using ingredients grown in their three permaculture gardens. And when you’re ready to hit the hay? You’ll find two bedrooms and three suites furnished with custom-made or vintage pieces (an Italian lounge chair from 1936, Thonet chairs from 1910, Samaritaine glass panels….), each of which has a private terrace with incredible views of the mountains or valley. Rooms starting at €155 a night.
TOILETRIES: Be My Friend body wash, shampoo and body lotion, made with essential oils.
BREAKFAST:Included, served in a basket outside of your bedroom, with Italian Giamaica Caffe coffee, homemade bread and brioche, apple turnovers, scones, fish pastrami…
LITTLE LUXURY: The Achillée suite, where you can relax as a duo in the hand-cut stone Celtic bath!