Apart from the beautiful building, the Couvent de Minimes is a domain devoted to nature. Historically, the place is intimately connected to botany: constructed in 1613 for the Minimes monks, the community was dedicated to studying local plants, developing a garden whose produce was destined as much for private consumption as for study. After some turbulent periods, the convent was deserted until the end of the 19th century, when it was transformed into a hospice by Canon Terrasson. There again, the site of the convent became an ode to local flora: hawthorn, almond trees, anemones and fruit trees surrounded the place and over the years the surrounding landscape continued to thrive under the different residents in charge. The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary contributed to the influence of the convent and its surroundings until 2007. It was then that the Couvent de Minimes was transformed into a chic but discreet hotel and spa symbolizing the comforts of Provence. You’ll find a range of natural products and beauty treatments available at the spa throughout the year.
A Refined Décor
What’s striking at the Couvent de Minimes is the décor’s appropriate simplicity. The visitor immediately has the feeling of arriving at a friend’s place, to which he’s been invited for a long weekend. The Convent is managed without pretention, respecting the place’s 400 year history as much as its relaxing austerity. To the old stone is married a décor of natural tones, light wood and wrought iron. A chic and discreet vision of Provencal lifestyle and a design statement which glorifies the landscaped nature surrounding the site. The Minimes Convent is a retreat.
A pretty room is dedicated to gastronomy at the Couvent de Minimes. The chef Philippe Guerrin is the author of the menu of Cloître, the restaurant which presents all the pleasures of the Mediterranean: fresh, local vegetables fill the plates and are sourced from the convent’s own garden. We’re at the heart of Provence, all our senses are alive, from our tastebuds to the healing treatments proposed at the spa, a genuine oasis of calm. One quickly imagines a perfect day here, punctuated by lovely moments, alone or to share…
Le Couvent des Minimes
Chemin des Jeux de Maï