Whether your French vacation fantasy involves striding through a glamorous 1920s resort on the Côte d’Azur, cozying up in a stone-walled farmhouse in Provence, or bedding down in an 18th-century manor in wine country, there is an exceptional hotel for you on this year's list of top French resorts.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated hotels on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value. Properties were categorized as city or resort based on their locations.
In this category, hotels with beautiful rooms and beautiful surroundings took the prize, including Le Mas des Herbes Blanches in Provence (No. 6), which has rooms done in silver-gray and ocher. The hotel also offers classic vistas of the French countryside.
Then there are the hotels that pride themselves on the quality of their consumables, like L'Hostellerie de Levernois, which tops the list, and — befitting its location in the heart of Burgundy — stocks 800 wine labels in its cellar.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the French Riviera, with its beach towns and marinas filled with mega-yachts, is home to four of the top properties this year. The five-star Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, boasts Murano glass chandeliers and several plunge pools. A T+L reader described it as “one of the most stunning hotels in the world.”
The Château Eza, in Èze Village, is beloved for its individually decorated suites and “storybook setting” overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Art was another theme in this year's list; readers waxed poetic about their stays at La Colombe d’Or, a Provençal inn that was once the haunt of Picasso and Matisse, as well as Château de la Chèvre d’Or, a former artist’s retreat near Nice with bay views.
But food was the most present common element in this year's winners. Six of the top 10 properties feature Michelin-starred restaurants, a testament to our readers’ taste for fine dining — from La Barbacane at the neo-Gothic Hôtel de la Cité in Carcassonne to the Trianon Palace Versailles, with its Michelin-two-starred Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
Read on for the full list.