Provence & Côte d'Azur
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LE MAS CANDILLE
Just outside the Platonic ideal of the hilltop village is this 18th-century farmhouse, with adjunct building La Bastide, in grounds planted with mimosas and lavender. Here's Europe's first Shiseido spa, an ace chef in the restaurant, and 40 capital-R romantic rooms. Pick a Mas room for charm, a new Bastide room for space.
4 Place de la Mirande
This grand 14th-century cardinal's residence with worn flagstones and Louis Seize mirrors has 20 palatial rooms with tapestries and wood paneling, chintz and toile de Jouy, and huge Carrara-marble soaking tubs. To top it off, the restaurant is one of the region's destination tables.
Route des Plages
Chemin Val Rian
The glam of St. Trop without its frenetic pace: This impeccable bastide two miles from the coast has lush grounds of lemon, palm, and pine trees, a great spa with custom products, and a shell grotto bar. Stunning Florentine-Baroque decor extends to the 39 rooms, some with to-die-for Bay of Pampelonne–view terraces.
3 Avenue Jean Monnet
St. Jean Cap Ferrat
Polished marble, black-and-white checkerboard floors, and muted slate colors—plus a superb restaurant and a Decleor spa—set the sophisticated tone at this calm 1904 villa in landscaped gardens. The best bedrooms overlook olive and orange trees to the sea; avoid the underwhelming standard rooms.
LE BASTIDE DE MOUSTIERS
Chemin de Quinson
Chef-supreme Alain Ducasse owns this heavenly 17th-century bastide in the Alpes de Haute Provence, meaning the kitchen is the heart of the place (you may visit anytime). The dozen rooms vary—there are sleep lofts, private terraces, semi-open bathrooms—but all share an achingly romantic pastel-shaded country mood.
Rue de la Monnaie
One for the style set. The baronial, gated 19th-century stone house and converted stables have eight white rooms, some with vaulted beamed ceilings and slipcovered armchairs, others refined with plaster moldings and coroneted beds. Grounds have cypresses, Paris park chairs, and stone urns, and there's a small spa-hammam in the stone vaults.
3 Quai Amiral Courbet
Villefranche sur mer
Ample charm and good value mark this aptly named seafront hotel that Jean Cocteau used to love. Updated rooms (with satellite TV, minibar, and A/C) have plain-Jane stripes or florals; front and corner ones add balconies with Riviera views.
3 Avenue des Fleurs
You want wacky décor (yellow-glass shower stall, monkey bars, mad colors), a "hi"-energy bar with trip-hop DJs, and the kind of self-conscious hipsterness that's thin on the Côte d'Azur ground? Here it is!