Stay in a French Fortress – Chateau Saint Martin

On the next leg of my South of France escapade, I stay in a French fortress, Chateau Saint Martin & Spa in Vence. A five star property, it’s part of the Oetker Collection and a long standing member of the Relais & Chateaux collection. The building is unique, a former 12th century Knights Templar Commandery set in a 32 acre park with views over the French Riviera.

CSM12We arrived after dinner so I just had time to check in and to admire the amazing view from the balcony. As an aside, I was really impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of check-in.

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The next morning, the sun was shining as I ventured outside.

The terrace is a delight – I enjoyed breakfast out here and the uninterrupted views over the valley.

Chateau Saint Martin turret -
This wall is part of the medieval Knights Templar Commandery.

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The hotel has the most stunning grounds and six private villas on the hillside.

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The swimming pool nestles among the mountains.

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And leads on to the Oliveraie restaurant where you can dine in the middle of the vines. Both the renowned Le Saint Martin fine dining restaurant and 180 bistro have sweeping views over the valley.

Chateau Saint Martin grounds -
I love the relaxing lights in the spa by La Prairie – there are plans to extend the whole spa area. It was awarded best luxury spa in Europe at the World Luxury Spa Awards.

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The Rossini Bar has some amazing wall tapestries but it feels relaxing and the sort of place where you’d want to linger after dinner.

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There are some impressive floral displays throughout the hotel.

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It was a short but sweet visit – I’m certainly looking forward to returning and seeing the exciting changes that are planned.


–  The Maeght Foundation contemporary art museum in Saint Paul de Vence
– Monaco is a ten minute drive away
– Cannes and the French riviera

Chateau Saint Martin & Spa, 2490 Avenue des Templiers, BP 102 – 06142 – VENCE, FRANCE

Read about my fantastic trip to Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel and Saint Tropez.
Discover the amazing Villa Belrose and the Chateau de Berne.
Find out where to stay in Grasse, Mougins and St Paul de Vence.

  • BerryBloomXO

    How beautiful! I love the way it looks and the scenery is gorgeous! Hope you have a lovely day! <3

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  • love&limoncello

    If I could transport myself into your pics I most certainly would. Beautiful.

  • this place looks stunning.


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  • Lucy

    Now that is what you call a view. How wonderful to sit alfresco having breakfast to commanding views like these Lucy x