Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Where else to kick off a round-up of illustrious hostelries in the glitterati’s European summer hideout of choice than the institution (see main picture) whose pool area was immortalised via the lens of Slim Aarons back in the Jet Set heyday? Nestling on the southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes, this Gatsby-esque building – whose décor remains authentically Gallic without a hint of pastiche – has also kept its Hollywood-star credentials intact. Clientele these days get to lounge around a large heated seawater pool hewn from the rocks (pictured below).
Rooms start at €600 (around £545) per night. oetkercollection.com
Hôtel Lou Pinet
From the long established to the gleamingly new: Hôtel Lou Pinet is a new opening stewarded by the founder of French prêt-à-porter brand Naf Naf Patrick Pariente, along with his daughters. Its 34 airy, super-relaxed rooms and suites – proper chunky keys in place of magnetic cards, naturellement – are housed in a trio of Mediterranean-style buildings, overlooking the largest swimming pool in Saint-Tropez. Each is characterised by interior designer Charles Zana’s penchant for Provence’s rich arts heritage.
Rooms start at €600 (around £390) per night. loupinet.com
Cheval Blanc Saint-Tropez
This all-new establishment was purchased by Bernard Arnault’s LVMH Hotel Management in 2016. Nearly all of its 30 light-soaked rooms – calmly nautical, with their azure and ivory tones – offer pinch-me panoramas the yacht-studded Bay of St-Tropez. The Guerlain spa and Chef Arnaud Donckele’s gourmet restaurant Vague D’Or turn the glamour factor up to 12.
Rooms start at 600€ (around £545) for a Classic Courtyard Room during low season. chevalblanc.com
Brigitte Bardot – who once described Saint-Tropez as a “little nook of paradise” – served as muse for Lebanese hotelier Jean-Prosper Gay-Para to create the Byblos in St Tropez, whose floors have since also been stardust-sprinkled by the likes of Jack Nicholson and Beyoncé (it was where Mick and Bianca Jagger spent the night together, so to speak, post-nuptials). The 180 square metre, chromatically fearless, zig-zag-happy suite designed by Missoni Home in celebration of the hotel’s 50th anniversary (see below), which overlooks the pool, is as charming and therapeutic as any suite in the region.
A night at the Missoni Suite starts at €4,500 (around £4,075). byblos.com
Château Saint-Martin & Spa
If wooded serenity suits you better than coastal glitz, this newly reopened hotel, built on the ruins of a 12th century Templar fortress, offers views of the Mediterranean one way, the Southern Alps the other. Whether reclining by the pool, utilising the tennis courts or being pampered at the Spa Saint-Martin by La Prairie, your mind will be captivated by the surrounding Provencal landscape that’s oiled the creative cogs of the likes of Picasso and Chagall.
Rooms start at €330 (around £299) per night. www.oetkercollection.com