Explore the glittering Côte d’Azur – home to the glamorous resort towns of Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes – from these chic Provence hotels.
Lavender fields make way for mountainside forests and views of the Mediterranean in Provence, located in south-eastern France. Stay in a traditional Belle Époque manor house or sip the region’s fine rosé in a celebrity haunt. Here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels in Provence.
The Hôtel du Cap in Antibes is legendary. Local resident F Scott Fitzgerald spent many an evening here, which formed the backdrop for his novel Tender Is the Night. Rita Hayworth met her real-life prince and future husband at Hôtel du Cap over dinner in the 1940s. It’s been a retreat on the Côte d’Azur for many celebrities since. Book one of their five-star villas for ultimate privacy and views over the glittering Riviera.
Paired with its sister hotel in Paris, Hôtel Sezz offers the same level of luxury in Saint-Tropez. Each of the 37 minimalist lodges is designed to be light and airy; luxuriate in your very own outdoor cascade shower and enjoy cocktails brought to your door. If you feel up to it, take a dip in the pool or book a treatment at the Sezz by Cinq Mondes Spa. Don’t miss the culinary delights from Michelin-star chef Philippe Colinet in the Colette restaurant.
Set on 10ha (25 acres) of countryside, Château de la Messardière occupies a 19th-century mansion, just 2km (1.2mi) from Saint-Tropez. Enjoy Japanese cuisine poolside at lunchtime, followed by dinner at L’Auberge des Maures, a traditional Provençal restaurant previously frequented by Brigitte Bardot and Charlie Chaplin. Hop in a Mini Moke or Rolls Royce Cullinan and you’ll be scooted down to Jardin Tropézina, the hotel’s private beach. There are also abundant activities for kids – from the private cinema to the supervised teen-hangout villa.
Situated under the Sainte-Victoire mountain just outside of Aix-en-Provence, this stylish spa resort has everything you need for a luxurious holiday. Two pools, a sleek spa and contemporary rooms offer a tranquil escape from the bustle of Aix-en-Provence. Artist Paul Cézanne painted over 80 works of art of the neighbouring mountain. Book a table at the on-site Michelin-star restaurant, Le Saint Estève, where you can try the local rosé wines.
Château La Coste is first and foremost an exceptional vineyard, producing red and rosé of outstanding organic quality. It also offers a top gastronomic experience with three gourmet restaurants, plus outdoor art installations by Tracey Emin, Frank Gehry and Ai Weiwei. Villa La Coste is the hotel on site with 28 unique suites, some including their own private pool. Tour the vineyard, enjoy a guided art tour or book a flight over the lavender fields in a hot air balloon.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Alex Ledsom.