Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Hotels in Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Once frequented by Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre, this former fishermen’s bar is now a small luxury hotel in a quiet part of St.-Tropez.

After their Le Cavendish relaunch, Guy and Christine Welter transformed this lovely 1884 villa in central Cannes into 11 beautifully appointed apartment suites with four-star luxuries. The eclectic styling mixes postmodern and Belle Époque, all elegant lines and rich colors.

In the land of billionaires and beautiful people, it’s easy to wilt trying to keep up. Fortunately there’s La Réserve Ramatuelle, a minimalist oasis with 23 white-and-beige rooms and an 11,000-square-foot spa hidden in the sleepy, pine-covered hills just outside St.-Tropez.

Check into this Art Deco villa turned hotel run by two Flemish brothers who welcome guests like old friends. Its pool and gardens are just 130 feet from Salis beach.

Situated in a posh residential neighborhood and set back from the water in Nice, the Hi was designed by Matali Crasset, one of Philippe Starck’s protégés. The Hi is exactly like a Starck hotel, only more so. It is more toylike, has more gadgets, and its underlying philosophy is deeper.

Popular with international jet setters, Hotel Byblos is located in the heart of St.-Tropez, within walking distance of the town’s famous white-sand beaches.

A cluster of 37 Modernist villas and suites designed by Philippe Starck protégé Christophe Pillet.

A monument to the endearingly loopy vision of pastis magnate Paul Ricard (who built it in 1962), the 19-room Le Delos was recently reimagined by British designer Carolyn Quartermaine, who brought cohesion to the eccentric mix.