Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Hotels in Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

One of the more affordable hotels in St.-Tropez, “Le Sube” is situated directly on the Vieux Port above the Café de Paris. The exterior is typical of Provençal by-the-sea architecture, with smooth stucco walls, wooden shutters, and metal balustrades.

Spend the night, or just dine at the on-site restaurant, which has paintings by Calder, Klee, and Miró.

A 19th-century mansion and two private villas surrounded by 22 acres of gardens on the tip of the Cap d’Antibes peninsula. The grounds include a saltwater pool, seaside spa, private landing pier, and clay tennis courts.

At the Zen-inspired property, 15 suites give onto a terraced garden overlooking the Mediterranean. To reach the nearby beach, hop on one of the hotel's free bikes or take the shuttle-a Bentley, no less.

Ever since Brigitte Bardot vacationed on these shores, St.-Tropez has been the French Riviera’s most glamorous destination. But for guests on less than a movie-star budget, Les Palmiers, a three-story house set in a thicket of tropical trees, has 25 cheerful, affordable rooms.

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Like the property in the similarly titled 1994 book Hotel Pastis (whose author, Peter Mayle, drops by on occasion), Pastis’s owners are transplanted Brits—and there’s no shortage of Anglo style on display to prove it.