When we arrived at Hostellerie Berard, we were travel weary and I must confess that we hadn't done our homework on what to expect. Our travel agent had booked us several hotels in the South of France which included this one.
It didn't take long to realise that Hostellerie Berard was the jewel in the crown. On our arrival we were offered a glass of fruit juice and the staff were exceptionally friendly and obliging. While I was filling out my check in details I didn't reakise that a man was looking over my shoulder to find out where we were from. "New Zealand! My word! You are a long way from home!" The man turned out to be Jean Francois Berard - Michelin star chef extraordinaire. Needless to say the food was divine!
Chef Berard's mother was equally as charming and came to speak to us several times during our meal in a dining room thst has a panoramic view of Provence.
My only disappointment was not staying there during the week so that I could sign up for a cooking class with Chef Berard senior (also a Michelin star chef).
The hotel also has a spa with every treatment under the sun so for those who love to be pampered this is the plsce for you.
If you like wine - then this is the place for you. Both father and son chefs are experts in this area.
The hotel compkex has been created sympathetically to maintain the old world look to the street frontage. The Berard family have developed rooms in part if the old monastery, the ramparts and other parts. Initially it's like finding your way through a maze but it doesn't take long to figure out which stairs to take and which doors to go through.
In a nutshell Hostellerie Berard is literally a taste of paradise run by a family who is passionate about people, service and detail.
I'm tempted to return to la Cadiere d'Azur and next time I'll plan it better to sign up n the cooking ckass and check out the family garden 2km away where they grow all the fresh vegetables for the 2 restaurants at Hostellerie Berard.
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- Also Known As:
- Hostellerie Berard Hotel La Cadiere d`Azur