The South of France boasts a variety fabulous accommodation. Luxury hotels in France generally manage to be the perfect blend of style, comfort and service and, as a rule the 4 Star Luxe rating (there is no 5 star rating in France) guarantees the best of conditions. However, if you travel to the South of France and fancy a change, there are some independent luxury hotels which deserve special mention…Thee hidden gems.
Here are the top 5 hidden gems in the South of the country. Each one of these boutique hotels in France offer superb service and an unforgettable stay in one of the most beautiful regions of Europe.
5. Domain des Grages du Bosquet, Provence
Tucked away at the end of a secluded lane, this beautiful stone-built hamlet has been converted into a peaceful guesthouse. It’s made up of several independent buildings, mostly three bedroom accommodations. The surroundings feature olive trees, lavender, pines and acacias. If your idea of bliss is warm sunshine, relaxing by the pool and being surrounded typical Provence flora, then this is the South of France luxury hotel for you.
4. Jardin Secrets, Nimes
The first thing you’ll notice upon approaching Jardin Secrets is its resemblance to a Tuscan villa rather than an independent luxury hotel. Hidden behind rows of olive trees and with a red clay façade, it would be easy to think you had taken a wrong turn. Inside, however, you are treated to furnishings and decorations more closely associated with 18th-Century France with ornate beds, antiques and traditional roll-top baths. Despite its secluded, peaceful feel, the centre of Nimes is actually just a 10 minute walk away. That is if you ever manage to pull yourself away – the 14 rooms are all crammed with character, the beautiful outdoor swimming pool is an oasis of serenity, and the hotel even boasts a recently-opened spa. A perfect way to recharge and enjoy the fantastic sights of Nimes.
3. Villa Marie, Saint Tropez
Technically not a luxury hotel but a private villa in the south of France, the Villa Marie in Saint Tropez really is something out of the ordinary. Located in the hillside village of Ramatuelle, you get wonderful views of the Bay of Pampelonne and are in close proximity to the colourful village of Saint Tropez with its famous bars, brasseries, shops and market. The owners of this South of France villa have personalised all 38 bedrooms, the restaurant, gardens and spa…It’s an adult fairyland. If you’re looking for the high-life with a charming twist, look no further.
2. Hotel Le Mas de Peint, Le Sambuc, Camargue
It doesn’t get much more idyllic than this luxury hotel in France. In the very heart of Camargue, the Hotel Le Mas de Peint offers a very warm welcome and is ideal for exploring the calm, beautiful and unique surroundings of the Camargue. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, you’ll spend hours taking in the sights – whether on foot, bicycle or stunning horses. This boutique hotel in the South of France is cosy and welcoming with the owners treating each guest as an old friend and the food is traditional Provencal. Superb.
1. Hotel La Bastide de Marie, Menerbes
Tucked away at the foot of Menerbes – one of France’s most beautiful villages – and surrounded by its own vineyard, the Hotel La Bastide de Marie is a hidden gem of an independent luxury hotel in every possible sense! With only 16 rooms, book with us well in advance to guarantee availability. With 15 hectares of vineyards, an outdoor swimming pool and terraces to hide away on. With cakes, aperitifs and home-made wines available throughout the day, La Bastide de Marie really is a great way to get the best out of Provence’s beautiful countryside. Lastly (and certainly not least), Chef prepares brilliant food with local ingredients. One of the finest luxury hotels in the South of France.
If you are planning a trip to the south of France in a boutique hotel (or a luxury villa) you can’t go wrong by consulting this list. Bon voyage!
Stephanie Clarke is the Managing Director of Concierge Collection, providers of some of the finest boutique hotels in the South of France. Stephanie and her team use their wealth of experience, expertise and contacts to achieve “Beyond Special”. For Concierge Collection, luxury does not have to have a large price tag but the hotels do have to be unique.