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When the myth is as eternal as the sea and the sea is so blue its reflection seems infinite, you can only be in one place: Côte d’Azur. Located in southeast France, and extending from Marseilles to Genova, this paradise is home to the most luxurious hotels and, as Mards Marie returned to say, “the most inspiring landscapes of the Mediterranean.” Listed as one of the best destinations in the French Riviera, Côte d’Azur has become not only one of the best gourmet destinations, but also l’obsession for rest, relaxation, and romance.
TOP FIVE—FIVE STAR DESTINATIONS:
1. Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo
With 182 rooms, a private beach, a three star Michelin restaurant, an excellent wine list, and exceptional architecture, the Paris Monte-Carlo is housed within a palace occupied since 1864. This landmark hotel is an icon of luxury and elegance. Located in the heart of Monte Carlo, its great style provides guests a unique experience under a coated glass marble and Belle Époque frame. Côté Jardin’s Italian-French menu is served on the eighth floor terrace and offers one of the best and most privileged views of Mónaco.
2. Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martínez
Opened in the twenties by Emmanuel Martinez, and internationally known for spoiling most of the actors and directors during the Cannes Film Festival, this temple of comfort was remodeled in 2003 and has the largest private beach on the Croisette. Its restaurant, La Palme D’Or, stands as a reference to the gala gastronomy. A large red carpet leads guests inside, revealing classic Art Deco interiors.
3. Majestic Barrière
This five-star hotel known as “the Mecca of glamor and fantasy,” is superbly built inside a palace where stunning Art Deco columns lead into the lobby. The hotel has over 300 rooms and is located in the heart of the city on the Boulevard de la Croisette. Its private beach reflects art de vivre at its best. It offers an infinite variety of services in addition to waterskiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing. Its infinity pool boasts a superb view, as does one of the luxury suites designed by the Groupe Lucien Barrière of the House of Dior. Besides having the best spa on the Riviera, guests can enjoy dinner service on the beach, as if at a traditional French brasserie.
4. Sezz Saint-Tropez
This design hotel was created by Christophe Pillet, clearly built to satisfy the needs of the most demanding of guests. It has 35 modern rooms (some with a private terrace and outdoor shower) that create a perfect combination of glamour and retro details. Between the sublime and simple, Sezz Saint Tropez is a fantastic option. Behind the center pool surrounded by palm trees, is a restaurant with a creative menu of Mediterranean cuisine, and nearby is the spectacular bar, Dom Perignon. Sezz Saint-Tropez is a world apart, suspended between sand and sky in an exquisite fusion between the exceptional and natural.
5. Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
In an enviable location, the French Riviera is home to one of the most iconic resorts in the world: the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. Between Niza and Mónaco, established in 1908, and surrounded by seven hectares of gardens, this epic French paradise boasts the best views of the region and the most elegant interiors. Amid colors of cream and white, du Cap-Ferrat encourages believers to know paradise. Its crystal sliding doors lead to terraces and private pools that coexist between the past and the future. It has been called Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite, la cremè de la crème.