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If you’re heading to the Côte d’Azur region this summer, you’ll surely need a place to stay. Below, you’ll find our Whitewaller Riviera 2020 list of luxurious spots to enjoy while away.
Hôtel Belles Rives
Nestled in a cove on the coast of Cap d’Antibes, Hôtel Belles Rives overlooks a picturesque backdrop of the Lérins islands and the Estérel mountain range. The hotel is a true Mediterranean getaway with a touch of Art Deco, offering rooms and suites with views of the sea, and accommodations like two bars, three restaurants, beach and water ski access, the Valmont Beauty Corner, and Juana’s Health Club.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying live music and a nightcap at Piano Bar Fitzgerald.
La Colombe d’Or
Opened in 1920 as café bar Chez Robinson, husband and wife Paul and Baptistine Roux soon relaunched the spot as La Colombe d’Or—a restaurant with a three-room inn. Today, the space is home to 13 rooms, 12 suites, a traditional French restaurant, and a thoughtful collection of art, which has been accumulated by the family over the last century.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the latest addition to the art collection—a ceramic work by Sean Scully.
Hôtel Lou Pinet
Opened last summer in Saint-Tropez is Hôtel Lou Pinet—a property by Maisons Pariente that invigorates the spirit of its surrounding with bohemian charm and a distinctive identity. 34 guest bedrooms are complemented by a secret garden, a spa, an emerald green swimming pool, and Beefbar—the hotel’s exceptional restaurant by Riccardo Giraudi. Guests can marvel at the gorgeous Mediterranean landscape outside tended to by Jean Mus, and inside, artworks by Benjamin Navet, Renaud Allirand, Ludovic Philippon, Isabelle Beraut, Naoki Kawano, and Kat Klerks.
Whitewaller recommends: Start your morning with a yoga class, followed by indulging in the Lou Pinet Signature Facial at the spa.
Château La Coste
Just as much an arts center as it is a home away from home, Château La Coste greets visitors to a dynamic experience. Here, between the historical city of Aix-En-Provence and the Luberon National Park, visitors can eat, drink, and sleep among some of the world’s most famous artworks. Spanning 500 acres, the property shines with 30 major contemporary artworks (by artists like Louise Bourgeois, Sean Scully, Alexander Calder, Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer, Jean-Michel Othoniel, and Jean Prouvé), a gastronomic restaurant by Gérald Passedat, an art center conceived by Tadao Ando, and Villa La Coste (including 28 villa suites, a spa, a library, and a bar). At each corner of the property—whether sun-drenched and invigorating, or shaded and calm—guests are encouraged to dream, to be inspired, and to savor the moment.
Whitewaller recommends: Explore the biodynamic vineyard and cellar (designed by Jean Nouvel) to learn why its excellent winemaking reputation is internationally acclaimed.
Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc
Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc recently reopened its doors after undergoing a contemporary transformation by the Brazilian architect Patricia Anastassiadis. The Napoleon III-style estate was a getaway for names like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Pablo Picasso, and is notable for its historic charm and regal atmosphere. The hotel is home to 118 rooms and suites and a series of private villas, and offers guests several in-house food and drink spots, like the Eden-Roc Restaurant, Louroc Restaurant, Eden-Roc Grill, Bar La Rotonde, and the Juice & Ice Cream Bar. Synonymous with a wondrous seaside escape, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc also includes a private beach, pool, private cabanas, and a La Prairie spa.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking the private limousine service.