Just outside the medieval walled city of Avignon sits a collection of stunning wood cabins that float on a large fishing reserve. Designed by Parisian firm Atelier Lavit, Cabanes des Grands Cépages offers a stay that’s as birthday bucket list worthy as any. As this area of France is renowned for its historic architecture, we couldn’t have been more thrilled to stumble upon a getaway that’s entirely modern and forward-thinking. Pack your bags because this design-savvy destination is way too good to miss.
Camouflage Floating Suites
Ten suites make up this luxury eco-resort just outside Avignon, most floating just atop Lac de la Lionne. Camouflaged into the overgrown grassy environs, each suite is hidden behind thinly slatted cladding that matches the setting. Inside, timber walled interiors and large skylights make the spaces feel bright and very much part of their surroundings. If it’s a modern, minimalism escape that feels at one with nature you’re after for your next birthday jaunt, Cabanes des Grands Cépages has you covered.
Photography: Cabanes des Grands Cépages | Marco Lavit Nicora | camilleth_
What’s on Deck
While the getaway is small (it’s only ten suites, after all), Cabanes des Grands Cépages wows with service and amenities. Book a spa session with a massage or face treatment fit for a birthday reveler. And be sure to get at least one meal in on the fishing reserve. Nothing says birthday celebration quite like nibbling from a chef’s menu in the South of France.
Photography: Cabanes des Grands Cépages | Marco Lavit Nicora
A Stay in Avignon
Enjoy your blissful birthday afternoon hanging around the cabanes pouring through books and magazines, or head out on a Provençal adventure. This area of southern France is known for its historic architecture, beautiful wineries, amazing restaurants and celebrations of all things art, history and culture. If it’s a bucket list worthy birthday you’re after, Avignon is guaranteed to offer full days and peaceful nights afloat.
Photography: Marco Lavit Nicora | camilleth_
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