||Luxury Hotels in France - a Luxury Explorer guide
Alpaga, Megeve, France
Alpaga's splendid location with sweeping views across to Mont Blanc is one of Megeve's most luxurious petit-luxe gems. Its contemporary style is both elegant and exceptionally cosy with excellent food and exquisitely decorated rooms, apartments and chalets.
Cap Estel, French Riviera, France
Originally a dacha built for a Russian Prince, Cap Estel occupies its own peninsular facing the Mediterranean between Nice and Monaco. Heavenly vistas, supremely luxurious suites and impeccable cuisine ensure Cap Estel is the rigueur for luxe-trotters.
Chateau Eza, Cote d'Azur, France
This romantic chateau clings to the ancient rock walls of Eza village, offering spectacular panoramas over the French Riviera, award-winning cuisine served al fresco, indulgent honeymoon packages and access to local watersports.
Chateau Bagnols, Beaujolais, France
Step inside this remarkable example of hotel 'Monument Historique'. Dating from the 13th C. and set among vineyards, lavender, cherry orchards and views of the Beaujolais hills, Ch. de Bagnols promises a stay beyond all expectations.
Chateau de Codignat, Lezoux, France
This fairytale turreted chateau with 20 sumptuous rooms and suites is set in acres of beautiful parkland in the Auvergne, near Clermont Ferrand. Its Michelin-starred restaurant serves gastronomic delights by chef Mathieu Barbet.
Chateau de Massillan, Avignon, France
This dreamy turreted 16th century chateau sits amongst vineyards in the heart of Provence, near Avignon. Each exquisitely decorated room is unique, the cuisine superb and opportunities for gastronomic and cultural adventures plentiful.
Chateau de Mirambeau, Mirambeau, France
This fairytale Chateau between Bordeaux and Cognac is the perfect escape for the romantic. Reality slips into a 19th Century dream world with candlelit turrets, four-poster beds swathed in coroneted silk drops and Michelin-starred cuisine...
Cour des Loges, Lyon, France
Situated in France's cuisine capital, Lyon, Cour des Loges offers a unique experience combining fine period details with modern luxury. Its inspired interiors come with a thrilling sense of theatre while comfort and attention to the senses of desire is paramount.
Hotel de la Cite, Carcassonne, France
This beautiful stonewalled hotel provides luxurious guestrooms, business facilities and fine dining within the medieval citadel of Carcassonne. Set in immaculate gardens, it is surrounded by striking Gothic and Romanesque landmarks.
Hotel Meurice, Paris, France
The Hotel Meurice occupies an exquisite classical building in the heart of Paris, overlooking the magnificent Tuileries Gardens and steps from the revered Louvre. This hotel features an esteemed restaurant, grand meeting rooms and a soothing spa.
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
Ideally located by the Seine on the Avenue Montaigne, this charming hotel blends classical and contemporary styles and features a business centre and Alain Ducasse's world-class restaurant.
Hotel Metropole, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The Hotel Metropole, located just steps from Casino Square, is the ideal urban resort in the heart of the vibrant principality of Monte-Carlo. Gastronomic 2 Michelin star dining, timeless furnishings and a sumptuous spa combine for perfect five star luxury.
La Bastide de Marie, Menerbes, France
This most charming 18th century farmhouse; situated in the heart of the captivating Luberon Natural Parc, with guesthouses, private villa and exclusive winery; is set exquisitely within an aromatic profusion of Provencal flora, herbs and vineyards.
La Reserve Ramatuelle, St Tropez, France
The new supremely stylish La Reserve, although only minutes from scintillating St Tropez, is set in a reserve dense with sensual coastal Mediterranean vegetation. It boasts the most staggering vantage point, atop a hill with views across the sea as far as the eye will take you.
La Tremoille, Paris, France
La Tremoille is a stylish petit-luxe gem situated in the heart of Paris' Golden Triangle in the 8th arrondissement at the corner of Rue de la Tremoille and Boccador. The hotel offers an intimate and attentive service that is simply unsurpassable.
Le Melezin, Courchevel, France
Located directly on the renowned slopes of Courchevel 1850, the resort provides access to world-class skiing and snowboarding. The relaxed ambience, Turkish-style steam room, gym and pool make Le Melezin the ultimate apres-ski resort.
Le Mont Blanc, Megeve, France
Located in the heart of the picturesque village of Megeve; one of France's finest skiing and mountain resorts worldwide; this exquisite hotel offers warm indulgent luxury in phenomenal style allowing the magic of the Alps to feel integral.
Le Prieure, Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, France
In the 14th century Le Prieure was a convent and cardinal's residence set, exclusively, in the intriguing medieval town of Villeneuve-les-Avignon. Today, it is a charming, peaceful, aesthetically astute, five star, gourmet luxury hotel: a worthy 'Maison de Baumaniere'.
Le Saint Paul, Saint Paul de Vence, France
Nestled within the walls of pretty Saint-Paul-de-Vence lies this petit-luxe pearl with its romantic boudoiresque rooms, suite views and Michelin-starred gastronomy. Enjoy village life with a game of boules, or a stroll around the many galleries and boutiques.
Les Fermes de Marie, Megeve, France
In both summer and winter this picture-postcard beauty spot just outside Megeve; in a time-frozen mountainous hamlet; delivers the chance to savour luxuriant spa and alpine glory in chalets that go beyond your wildest dreams: this is a charmed life-experience.
Les Granges d'en Haut, Chamonix, France
Les Granges d'en Haut offers 14 outstanding private chalets with awesome views up to the peaks of Mont Blanc making this an exceptional retreat in Chamonix. The chalets are architecturally stunning and benefit from a full list of five star amenities.
Oustau de Baumaniere, Les-Baux-de-Provence, France
Set exclusively in beguiling Provencal style, 16th Century Oustau de Baumaniere is surrounded by the quintessence of its sensuous chalk, olive and lavender host: a dream for impressionists, a haven for the gastronomist and a soul mate to the connoisseur of terroir.
Port Palace, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo's petit-luxe jewel overlooks the world's most famous port, with its many yachts glistening in the sunshine. This contemporary hotel is perfectly positioned and luxuriously designed to deliver an unforgettable Monte Carlo experience.
Royal Champagne, Epernay, France
Napoleon stayed here overlooking the vines of Epernay, where the finest champagne is conjured. An effervescent stay includes exquisite Michelin-starred cuisine, newly appointed luxury rooms with sparkling views, fireplaces and chic bathrooms...
Villa Gallici, Aix-en-Provence, France
The prettiest boudoir-chic-petit-luxe hotel in France, nestling in Aix-en-Provence. A dream hotel away from home: cosseting, vibrant, indulgent and deeply comfortable. 22 spacious rooms and suites encourage Provencal romance...
Villa Marie, Ramatuelle, St. Tropez, France
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Villa Marie is set on the outskirts of St Tropez and is a refreshing, stylish and luxurious retreat overlooking the most photographed beaches in Europe, Pampelone, and set amongst beautiful pines and lush gardens with a spa that is pure bliss.
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