5-Star Hotel Guide


From artistic and culinary mastery to rural beauty and glittering style, France is a dreamy destination


5-star hotel guide to France

Luxury Explorer has carved out a luxury hotel niche throughout France, reviewing and hand-picking a collection of the finest petit-luxe and grand-luxe 5-star hotels. We believe, after many insightful and carefully researched sojourns from la Manche to le Med, that our selection delivers a guide to the ultimate French promise.

The theatre of this nation is played out in spectacular scenes with a cultural allure that is felt around the globe. How often do we refer to wine, cuisine, literature, art, fashion, couture, perfume, style, azur and allure, châteaux, luxe, 5-star and so on? If we prefix our point of reference with something French, it has gravitas, and it sells.

The country, itself, is quite beautiful, in many different and beguiling ways. From north to south from the channel coast, through the Champagne region to Paris and then south through Burgundy to the Rhone valley and Provence to the glittering Cote d'Azur, and east to west from the Alps to the sometimes wild Atlantic coast. Everywhere, of course, the cuisine is as fine as its wines.

Taking Eurostar to Paris from London is always a treat, but planning a grand-luxe driving tour through France is a rare pleasure, stopping at exceptional hotels and one, two or three-starred Michelin restaurants. As we have indulged in many luxury journeys across France, we can provide individual ideas and itineraries for a truly memorable grand-luxe tour, as well as individually curated tours of the legendary wine regions, led by a Master of Wine.

For shorter trips, flights into Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille or Nice provide easy access to some of France's finest luxury hotels, which you can read about in detail in our expert individual reviews.

Explore the best of France through our 5-star Hotel Reviews, from the French Alps to Paris, Burgundy to Provence and south to Saint Tropez and the sparkling Côte d'Azur, not to mention the glittering principality of Monaco

If you are looking for the ultimate luxury villa, our Provence Confidential villa concierge service offers the finest villas in Provence; in the Lubéron and around the Alpilles.  These are not properties you will find on the web, as their owners value discretion above all else. Many are of historical interest and include bastides, mas, manoirs and a sprinkling of châteaux.

In and around Saint-Tropez we also have beautiful "off-grid" villas, plus 14 exquisite luxury villas near Saint-Tropez, in the hillside grounds of La Réserve Ramatuelle, all with sea views, private pools and access to the hotel's restaurant, spa and services. 

Let us be your 5-star guide to France - our concierge is always on hand to help you with planning, availability, rates and ideas - just contact us for expert advice on the best 5-star hotels in France!