This hotel is an established favourite. The charms of the luxurious Crillon le Brave, occupying eight stone houses in the hilltop village of the same name, always get rave reviews. 'Delightful', enthuses one satisfied visitor. We revisited recently to check out the new developments.            
   Crillon le Brave is now running a bigger and busier operation than before. Much of its charm is in its location: it is perched at the top of the village with terrific views over a beautiful landscape of olives and vineyards below Mont Ventoux. In the new restaurant area you can eat beneath stone vaults or out on a big terrace. A recent addition is the Spa des Ecuries, which offers a range of beauty and relaxtion treatments, and is spread over three renovated outer-buildings, one of which has an impressive vaulted ceiling.
     The head chef, Jérôme Blanchet, previously from Hôtel Le Negresco, has made sure Restaurant Jérôme Blanchet is at the heart of Crillion le Brave's dining. Another recent addition of note is the Bistrot 40K, a restaurant that only uses ingredients sourced within a 40km radius, such as seasonal produce and fresh fish.                
   The rooms were much appreciated on our last visit and still charmed us with their designer fabrics, exposed beams and rustic furniture. The wine cellar, under the influence of manager Sébastien Pilat, is open for tastings and receptions.            
   At the new information room, La Centrale, you can buy Duncan Petersen's excellent Walkers Provence in a Box (walking cards). You might also find Notre Provence interesting – a walking, cycling and driving guide. They also do cycle hire.