The best design hotels in the south of France are located in hotspots all along the French Riviera, from the glamour of Antibes and Cannes to the luxury of Nice and Saint-Tropez. The French Mediterranean island of Corsica is also a great place for a boutique break, while the lavender fields of Provence are just perfect for a relaxing break in style.
What’s the edge: A modern boutique design hotel with just 27 rooms, featuring a private beach and sensory pool.
What’s the edge: A cutting-edge space located right behind the famous Croisette. It’s intimate and boutique, finished with handcrafted furnishings and a great rooftop pool.
What’s the edge: A small boutique charmer with glamour of subtle 1950s decor and vast terrace of bamboo and bougainvillea.
What’s the edge: Intimate and contemporary design with lively colours to brighten any day. A spa inside the hotel and private beach right on the Croisette seal it.
What’s the edge: Delightful and classy affair housed inside an historic building. With just 12 exclusive apartments guests can enjoy the chic backdrop of the open bar in total relaxation.
What’s the edge: An urban boutique with ecological credentials right in the centre of Nice designed by Phillipe Stark’s ex-partner, Matali Crasset.
What’s the edge: Luxury design retreat with lovely gardens. Spacious and light and right by the seaside.
What’s the edge: A ‘temple’ of wellbeing right outside Saint-Tropez with an enormous spa and loads of treatments options. This hilltop hideaway is part spa, part hotel, all serenity.
What’s the edge: Beachside glamour and Parisien chic meet at this, the second collaboration of Shahe Kalaidjian and Christophe Pillet. Expect the ultimate in luxury and individuality.
What’s the edge: The natural elements, crisp sunlight and colours of the surrounding landscape were the inspiration for La Plage Casadelmar. Award-winning French architect Jean-François Bodin has created an unobtrusive structure that complements the setting perfectly.
What’s the edge: A privileged and private landscape overlooking Porto Vecchio spectacular. Fine luxury and elegant leisure welcome the jet-set, with a private beach and yacht mooring bring the med even closer.
What’s the edge: Clean lines, bold geometry and evocative art frame the landscape of rolling lavender and snarled olive trees to perfection.
What’s the edge: A calming and sensual sanctuary to enjoy the serenity of French country life. Modern contours and broad open spaces complement the external charm of a traditional country residence at this family-run spa retreat.