There’s nothing classier than a beach break on the Cote d’Azur. Stroll the promenade in Nice, along the famously long pebble beach with the Mediterranean sparkling in the distance and a backdrop of lush hills. The historic old town is a maze of colourful, restaurant-lined streets where you can explore the flower markets, museums and monuments. Enjoy the South of France at its finest with these hand-picked hotels.
Face the azure waters of the Med from your opulent room or suite, featuring period furniture like velvet-clad stools and royally-silky drapes, pastel walls and remarkable French artwork. Each room is inspired by art from Louis XVI salons to Venetian-style. This five-star spot, built in 1913, has guestbook entries from Dali to Princess Grace of Monaco. With its 18th-century-style Michelin-star restaurant offering surprising gourmet dishes, you’ll live like royalty alongside hitting the beach.
Situated on the Promenade des Anglais – a walkway stretching along the Nice seafront – this five-star hotel is as elegant as its setting. The classic, modern aesthetic makes you feel at home in luxury. Recline on your plush sofa or kick back with a crisp French wine as a pianist charms at the bar – all overlooking the Mediterranean Sea below.
Rooms here are sophisticated white with features as colourful as the seaside view: blue bed runners, yellow seating and bronze floor-to-ceiling drapes. Hotel Suisse overlooks Nice’s Bay of Angels so you’re steps away from the pebbled beach. Hire a beach cabin for the day, then spend the evening exploring the famous flower market or nearby old town, stopping for some local fare at a streetside restaurant.
Climbing the green hills of Nice, you’ll see a pretty pink hotel with blue chateau-style shutters. Welcome to your fabulous home, Le Saint Paul Hotel, where sophisticated rooms with sleek decor meet a palm tree-lined terrace for you to wine and dine al fresco. Under the year-round Nice sunshine, explore the nearby beach and coves by the seafront Franck Pilatte Boulevard. Perfection.
Simple bedroom decor with blue accents matches the view from your balcony at the recently renovated Flots D’Azur. You’ll be comfortable and relaxed as friendly staff ensure your every need is met. The modern hotel is by the promenade so it’s the perfect place for a stress-free, relaxing break by the beach. Continental breakfast on the panoramic terrace is a highlight.
Beach breaks are made to soak up nature, as is this natural outdoor haven. Alongside the monochrome, minimalist bedrooms with chic decor such as geometric wall art, you’ll find a pink-lit garden oasis and an outdoor pool surrounded by funky furniture, lanterns and lush green plants. Chill in the blissful outdoor areas on the waterfront by the main beach, or hit the fitness centre. It’s the full package for a rejuvenating French getaway.
With an address like 1 Promenade des Anglais, Le Meridien is the epitome of Nice and the French Riviera: glamorous, exotic and luxurious. Watch the glittering sunset from the rooftop pool or La Terrasse restaurant, which serves local fare and afternoon tea – or sip signature cocktails at the brightly-furnished bar with faux-leaf backdrop. The rooms are classic-chic, with dark wood floors, marble bathrooms and vibrant, gold-rimmed furniture. Look no further for a truly sumptuous break in the South of France.