We're close to some of France's most beautiful cities, sights & beaches
Our nearby towns and cities make gay holidays in the South of France extremely varied and fun. We're just 45min from historic Avignon, where you'll also find the nearest gay bars and clubs. Every July Avignon hosts one of Europe's biggest arts festivals.
Nîmes is an hour away - with its Roman ruins and fabulous modern architecture. It has a gay sauna and a club, too. The provincial capital, Montpellier, is another 30 mins away - with relaxed cafes and a big student population - and yet more bars, clubs and saunas.
The Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, is a 1hr drive from us. It's the biggest and best surviving example of a Roman aqueduct anywhere in the world - and is truly impressive. Some of the biggest caves in the South of France are 15min down the road at Orgnac. This is a special ‘site de France’ and they have spent a lot of money making it a fascinating place to visit. Some of Southern France’s most delightful towns are also within easy striking distance of The Lotus Tree: Orange, Arles and Uzès.
It wouldn't be a gay holiday in the South of France without gay beaches! And the beach at L'Espiguette, near Nîmes, is just perfect! It's the biggest and best gay beach in France with mile after mile of sand and crystal-clear water. It's very popular with naturists and gay men alike. There are also two charming beaches right on our doorstep, too, on the banks of the graceful Cève river.
L'Espiguette is also handy for the Camargue, with its flamingos and famous white horses, and the beautiful walled town of Aigues Mortes.
Our gay resort in the South of France offers fun canoeing on two nearby rivers. The closest, the Cèze, is very sedate whilst the Ardèche is faster with white water in places. Both are great for beginners.
Horse riding is popular in the South of France. It can be arranged at a stables just 15min from our gay resort in the South of France. It’s run by a Dutch guy who speaks perfect English and he will cater for all levels of ability.
Hot air balloon trips can be organised over the vineyards and the town of Uzès.
We have a small bench press and free weights for those who can't leave the gym habit at home. There's a full size gym 20 minutes away and a sauna / health club 10 minutes away.
Fifteen minutes in the other direction from our gay resort in the South of France takes you to a beautiful little hilltop village, La Roque-sur-Cèze. Below it are an impressive run of waterfalls.
The hills around The Lotus Tree are full of marked walking trails. They go from fairly gentle walks to some serious hiking.
More and more people are discovering gay holidays in the South of France. The countryside is incredibly beautiful, the food and wine is excellent, the gay beaches plentiful and there are plenty of interesting cities and sights to visit.
The Lotus Tree is in the middle of all that the South of France has to offer. It's easy to find, too. We're in the old geographical region of Provence – so you will find Montclus in the Michelin Guide to Provence.
These days, though, the village is in the administrative region of Languedoc-Roussillon and the département of the Gard (30).
From our large private grounds we look across to the thirteenth century village of Montclus. Its ruined château is spotlit at night. From The Lotus Tree it’s a pleasant stroll past vineyards and lavender fields to the village, where you can get a drink and something to eat close to the river.
Neighbouring villages offer a wide range of restaurants – we’ll give you a full list when you arrive – to suit all tastes and pockets. Montclus is in a quiet valley where the towns and villages retain their provençal charm. Within a short drive, however, are many of the South of France's most visited sites.