Le Mas de Pierre consists of a cluster of bastides, or 'country houses' with authentic stone exteriors, each only two storeys high. Guests will be wowed before stepping through the front doors; on the other side of a grand, gated entrance fringed with immaculate gardens, a shiny Rolls Royce is parked at the end of a long driveway. The hotel's bar and restaurants are found in the same building as Reception, opening up on to a spacious, furnished terrace overlooking the manicured grounds.
Le Mas de Pierre is proud of its 20,000m² of gardens, and rightly so; boasting an array of plants local to the region such as ancient olive trees, fragrant lavender, and orange, grapefruit and lemon trees. Meanwhile, the Jardin de Senteurs and the Potager de Pierre are also highlights, the latter growing herbs which are used in the kitchen. We loved the exotic garden which boasts 14 different varieties of orchid. Elsewhere, there are plenty of quiet corners to escape to, with sculptures and fountains dotted throughout the grounds, while an aviary adds a whimsical touch.
The leisure facilities you'd expect from a five-star address are present; outdoor pool, spa, gym, jacuzzi, etc... The pool - large, heated and even 'musical' - is found on the lower terrace. It is flanked by neat rows of sun loungers in cabanas which can be privatised with the simple drape of a white curtain. The only shame is that the pool is not open for early risers who like their early morning swim. There's also a jacuzzi nearby, a swanky spa with sauna and hammam, and smallish fitness area.