Couvent des Minimes

Hotel in Forcalquier

This medieval convent has been turned into one of Provence's most indulgent country retreats courtesy of the luxury Occitane brand. It's a no-expense-spared affair: luminous rooms incorporating the building's ecclesiastical architecture, a wonderful spa and pool, a belt-buster Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Cloître (menus from €75) and a more affordable bistro, Le Pesquier (menus €35 to €45). It’s in Mane, 3.5km south of Forcalquier on the D4100.

Off-season deals sometimes reduce the hefty price-tag.