La Colombe d’Or
St Paul de Vence
«The main ingredient in the cuisine is sunshine. The menu, concocted by Paul Roux, features a basket of crudités and a host of famous starters : grilled peppers in olive oil, caramelised onions, stuffed baby vegetables, baked Provençal tomatoes, beans, anchovies, aubergines and other specialities from the Midi. Sensual but unpretentious dining that reminds guests that their host is a family.» Excerpt from the book entitled “La Colombe d’Or”.
“A family run hotel steeped in history. Unpretentious style and service lay the set for legendary art work including Picasso and Matisse. The Provençale cuisine is worthy of a visit alone and served in a laid back atmosphere. A truly unique property. ”
When Paul Roux opened his modest inn in the 1930s, he wouldn’t have dreamed it would become the famous, chic hotel it is today. Many of his customers were struggling artists. The result: the art and sculpture on display to this day is extraordinary. The style is rustic chic and refreshingly casual, whether by the pool, on the flower-filled terrace or in the cosy sunken sitting room.
La Colombe d’Or hotel and restaurant in the South of France is known all over the world as a privileged place where the Provençal art de vivre goes hand in hand with an astonishing private COLLECTION of modern art. First opened in 1920 as Chez Robinson, a café-bar with an open-air terrace, it quickly became a very popular meeting place and expanded into a small hotel and restaurant. The friendly atmosphere together with owner Paul Roux’s deep interest in the arts attracted many artists of the day, and the walls were soon covered by paintings, often exchanged for a stay or a few meals. As regular visitors to this beautiful place, Matisse, Braque, Léger, Calder, César, and many other artists have left magnificent works that now form part of the unique setting, including splendid pages in the fascinating guest books, which the greatest artists of our time have drawn and signed moments of happiness. The next generation of the Roux family continues to care for the Colombe d’Or, and the art COLLECTION is still growing today.
“Provence has a treasure; it’s a Colombe d’Or. It has the precious scent of thyme and nostalgia and the golden colour of olive oil and happy days. The Colombe is a part of my life. For me, it’s a place that’s as full of promise as of magnificent memories. The Colombe is indefinable, inimitable. ……..a place which is like no other in the world.”