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Sandwiched between Cannes and Nice on the glittering Côte d’Azur in France, Antibes has long been known as a billionaire’s playground, with its
megayacht-filled harbour. Yet it’s a town of both modern luxury and storied history, where Michelin-starred restaurants sit alongside a traditional Provençal market. Sunbathe on the sandy beach or escape the heat in the Musée Picasso. Book one of these top hotels in Antibes for your next French Riviera break.
Famously home to the author F Scott Fitzgerald, and where he wrote Tender Is the Night (1934), this mystical villa was one of the original hotels on the waterfront. Today, this five-star favourite, just to the south of Juan-les-Pins, has lost none of its glitz or glamour. Decorated in an art-deco style, reflecting its heyday, the guest rooms are the epitome of discreet luxe. There’s also a Michelin-starred restaurant, La Passagère, honouring a medley of Mediterranean flavours.
Founded in 1870, this grande-dame of the French Riviera has been providing the ultimate in five-star luxury for more than 150 years. Set in secluded parkland on the Cap d’Antibes, the imposing white-brick building has its own private bay and there is a seawater swimming pool carved out of the rocks. Guest rooms are the height of old-school elegance and there are all the country-club facilities you could wish for. Naturally, there are plenty of gourmet dining options too.
Ever since the 1930s, this five-star hotel has welcomed A-list clientele – including, notably, Winston Churchill – but has always been especially popular with artists. Nowadays, the art-deco delight, in the heart of Juan-les-Pins, combines the unique atmosphere of that era with a distinctly artistic soul. The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable; the terrace bistro offers a Mediterranean menu created by a Michelin-starred chef and the outdoor pool is a place to see and be seen.
The star of the show at this four-star villa is its pretty Provençal garden, filled with exotic flowers, a fountain and fruit trees. There’s also a tree-covered veranda, where breakfast is served, as well as a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. Rooms here are light, bright and individually decorated, with splashes of colour in the soft furnishings. Located close to the beach, in Juan-les-Pins, everything is also right on the doorstep.
Caroline Harrap contributed additional reporting to this article.