Interview of Madeleine Munier

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A unique location facing the valley of the Luberon and the Alpilles, at the heart of Gordes,
one of France’s most beautiful villages, La Bastide benefits from a grandiose setting. This noble old residence is a place steeped in history where period furniture, objects and refined decor make it an extraordinary retreat in Provence. Comprised of 40 Rooms and Suites, as well as a private villa, La Maison de Constance, La Bastide also offers a wide array of culinary possibilities with its five restaurants (Le Clover Gordes with Jean-François Piège, L’Orangerie, La Citadelle, Le TIGrr and La Bastide de Pierres). The Sisley Spa of 1,600 sq.m then plays an important part in rousing the senses of our guests, with Signature treatments, its indoor pool and other amenities. It is a perfect place for disconnecting and recharging one’s batteries.

In what does La Bastide distinguish itself from other addresses?

A memory worth sharing?
Being awarded the Palace Label in November 2016 was a real joy, the fruit of exemplary teamwork. We strive each day to add further polish to this recognition.

How do you create the “Wow!” effect?

With its extraordinary setting and breathtaking views, La Bastide would not have the same feel without the men and women who participate in its daily activities and give it its soul. Each day, the team devotes itself to looking after all our guests in an authentic, natural and discreet manner. Bespoke service, reflecting real attentiveness to needs, enabling each of our guests to experience a unique stay.

“Madeleine Munier embodies La Bastide since five seasons. Always caring for you, you couldn’t ask for a better mistress of the House”

General Manager of Airelles Gordes, La Bastide

The top 3 most Instagramable places at La Bastide ?

The lap pool, the restaurant at the top of the Orangerie tower and the terrace at Le Clover Gordes.

What is your “secret spot” in Gordes?
The viewpoint from the path above the Théâtre des Terrasses in Gordes, simultaneously offering views of the entire Valley of the Luberon and the Alpilles.

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Marco Garfagnini joins Airelles as Culinary Artist

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Born in the rural Tuscan town of Carrara, Chef Marco Garfagnini was always destined to cook, first finding his passion in the family kitchen before training in Paris, London and New York. At the age of just 29 years old, Marco’s first restaurant in Carrara, Ristorante Ninan, was awarded a Michelin star. From then on, Marco’s talent and skills went from strength to strength which led to him receiving a string of prestigious accolades.

Today, Airelles is delighted to announce that Marco Garfagnini has joined the prestigious hotel collection as Culinary Artist for the Group.

Marco will begin his journey at Airelles’ summer properties in the south of France, directing all restaurants in Saint Tropez including the brand-new restaurant concepts at Château de la Messardière: La Table de La Messardière, L’Auberge des Maures and Matsuhisa Saint-Tropez (a new summer partnership with chef Nobu Matsuhisa). Marco will also oversee Dolceva at Pan Deï Palais and Zetta, Airelles’ Italian-themed restaurant located in Saint-Tropez’s village centre.

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Christophe-Nicolas Biot opens his 7th Maison de Coiffure in the heart of the Château de la Messardière in Saint-Tropez

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Always a few steps ahead of the trends, Christophe-Nicolas has inspired  so many successful concepts including the “Instant chignon bar” which was launched in his first Parisian salon. A specialist in dry cutting and fascinated by the revitalising properties of nature, he continues to adapt and inspire, and is determined to anticipate the needs of his customers.
As an International Wella Professional Ambassador of more than 10 years, he is excited to open his seventh Maison de Coiffure in France with the Château de la Messardière.

Created specifically for the summer period, this treatment uses all the products from his brand new high-end line: “Mon protocole” or “My rules” in English.

The treatment begins by applying cleansing milk onto a (dry) scalp, and a few drops of essential oil, chosen according to the condition of the scalp, followed by a relaxing massage. After emulsifying the milk, a liquid soap and toning cleanser are applied, with treatment times varying according to the condition of the scalp and hair. The treatment ends with a plant-based emulsion which is smoothed into the roots, lengths and tips of the hair in a light massage. It can be rinsed out or used as a styling cream for a textured effect.

“Christophe-Nicolas’s signature “revitalising treatment ” will be available exclusively at the Maison de Coiffure at Château de la Messardière.”

Inside Airelles

Located in the hotel’s boutique gallery, the Maison de Coiffure has two shampooing stations and two styling stations. The refurbishment in light wood coating gives it a warm and intimate atmosphere.

Photo credits :
© Frédérique Veysset

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Jean-François Piège: The man behind Clover Gordes

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Within his new kingdom of La Bastide de Gordes, the illustrious Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège opened up about his new restaurant Clover Gordes. The Clover brand, created by Elodie and Jean-François Piège in 2014, is a reflection of the chef’s incredible talent as his explores his areas of expertise: cooking and plants. Clover Gordes promises to blend these two passions, using produce from Provence, the cherished region where he spent his childhood.

The Bastide in Gordes is a magical and unique place, how did you feel and what were your impressions when you first visited ?

The Bastide speaks to me because it represents everything I love: authenticity, sophistication and singularity. I feel close to these values, as they are the ones I try to live by. That is why I was drawn to the Bastide: I immediately got the desire to create a singularity with Clover Gordes.

And I imagine that Provence inspires you. Have you become attached to this region ?

I am attached to regions steeped in history, that have a rich past and are capable of reinventing themselves. This magnificent region will allow me to write a new culinary chapter of my story.

So, how will you interpret this provincial spirit in your cuisine ?

My style of cooking will remain the same, with some added touches of Provence. We will work with meticulously chosen regional ingredients.

“I am attached to regions steeped in history…”

Inside Airelles

Will you have some signature dishes at Clover Gordes ?

It’s too early to be asking about signature dishes, because you don’t choose a signature dish, it is created over time.

What feelings would you like to evoke with your dishes ?

In all my restaurants, I try to evoke what I like to feel: I want people to feel totally at home and regaled. I will consider Clover Gordes a success if people visiting Gordes, as well as those living in the region and in Gordes itself, walk away feeling happy. I want them to feel like this restaurant has actually been there for ages.


One of the keys to a restaurant’s success is not spoiling the surroundings. We will bring our Clover brand to Gordes, but we will immerse ourselves in the surroundings of the Bastide and Provence.
So, there will be a new restaurant at Gordes, but I sincerely hope that in people’s minds, it could well have been there for forever.

Open since 15th June.



Address:
Airelles Gordes, La Bastide
Le Village, 84220 Gordes


Contact:
clovergordes@airelles.com
+33 (0)4 90 72 12 12


Booking:
clovergordes@airelles.com
+33 (0)4 90 72 12 12


Opening hours:
Open every day, lunch and dinner


Photo credits:
© 2019 Nicolas Lobbestael

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