is full of beautiful scenery and lavish architecture. Combine the two and you’ll find some amazing places to stay. Here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels in Provence.
The Villa Cosy is a collection of 13 luxury suites situated around a pool in the heart of St Tropez
. This is a stylish place that will melt your heart. It’s close to everything you might want to see in the village, and they have all the services you’ll need, from a wine cellar to a private chauffeur.
La Bastide de Gordes
The Bastide de Gordes is just one of the fabulous things about this tiny medieval town perched high on a hill in Provence. The rooms offer five-star luxury and views that stretch over the Luberon valleys below. Head to the spa, have dinner on the terrace or simply lounge by the pool.
This beautiful old building in Cannes
dates from the Belle Epoque
architectural period between the latter half of the 19th
century to just before World War 1, when buildings were built to reflect the positive atmosphere of social and economic change in the country. The Villa Garbo is much loved and very small; it has 12 rooms, but a ton of style. You’d never know you were just a short walk from the very stylish Boulevard de la Croisette
. It also has a spa where you can get a relaxing massage.
The Hôtel Byblos is one of the most well-known hotels in St Tropez
. In the summer it can often be the life of this party village, but it doesn’t come cheap. The Caves du Roy, its nightclub, is an institution and is where the A-listers hang out. The hotel is quite large, with 100 rooms, and it has a fantastic pool and spa. Dress to impress and take the credit card.
Hotel Tiara Yaktsa
The Tiara Yaktsa is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Cannes in Théoule-sur-Mer. It’s everything you would expect of the French Riviera, with service and friendliness to match. It has 21 Moroccan-inspired bedrooms, with Balinese sun loungers for every couple. Order a cocktail, admire the views over the bay and pretend to be in a James Bond movie.
The Hotel Sezz has a sister hotel in Paris and offers the same level of luxury, with 37 little lodges designed to be as light and airy as possible. If you feel up to it, you can swim in the pool, but you may just want to stay in your lodge, where you can luxuriate in your very own outdoor cascade shower and enjoy cocktails brought to your door.
Hôtel du Cap - Eden Roc
The Hôtel du Cap in Antibes is legendary. It’s where F Scott Fitzgerald spent many an evening while he lived just down the road in the 1920s, and it’s the backdrop for his novel Tender is the Night. Rita Hayworth met her real-life prince and future husband here over dinner in the 1940s. It’s where Mr and Mrs Windsor took refuge after his abdication in 1936, and it’s been the base for many celebrities as they’ve partied on the Côte d’Azur ever since. It’s a five-star luxurious hotel that dominates this stretch of coastline. A must-see, and, if you can afford it, a must-stay.
Château de la Messardière
This five-star hotel is situated in the middle of St Tropez
close to the citadel and other places of interest, such as the quayside. You’ll get everything you ever wanted here: two pools, the friendly service you’d expect and a shuttle bus to anywhere local. It has 100 rooms and a relaxed vibe.
Situated under the Sainte-Victoire mountain just outside of Aix en Provence
, this stylish spa resort has everything you need for a luxurious holiday. It has two fantastic pools and stylish treatment rooms. The service is discreet but friendly, and the vibe is calm and traditional. Have lunch or dinner on the terrace at the end of a hard day and try some of the local rosé wines
Villa La Coste
Boutique Hotel, Winery with Rooms
Château La Coste
is many things: first and foremost, an exceptional vineyard, producing red, wine and rosé of outstanding organic quality. It is also a great gastronomic experience, with three outdoor restaurants (the new boutique hotel
has two more of its own). It has an architectural art tour with outdoor installations by Tracey Emin, Frank Gehry and Ai Weiwei. It also has an art gallery. It’s a great place to stay, with 28 unique suites, some with their own pool if you don’t want to share the main one. It has a spa and all the usual trappings for a hotel of its calibre.