15 of the Best Côte d'Azur Beach Hotels

Goodness, it's crowded on the Riviera these days! And it can be a tough job to find a room in one of the best Côte d'Azur beach hotels. But if you’re prepared to put up with the traffic, the brash holidaymakers on the beaches, the sheer press of people in the towns and villages and the wild expense, then you’ll be rewarded by the sunshine and glamour that the Côte d'Azur still undeniably possesses.

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The press of flesh, even glamorous, highly cared for flesh, will leave you with the need for a cool, comforting hotel in which to retreat to. Somewhere chic, but not too fussy or glitzy, with the ambiance of a calm oasis… And these hotels do exist, you just have to know about them: and they form the backbone of our Guru’s list of 15 of the best Côte d'Azur beach hotels. And some of them won’t even remotely threaten to break the bank.

15 of the Best Côte d'Azur Beach Hotels

The Most Glamorous Beach Hotels on the Côte d'Azur

La Voile d'Or

  • La Voile d'Or was once a famous spot - it’s not clear why it’s fallen from favour, but it goes in your favour as it exclusive charm, antiques, good food and private beach are now more accessible.
  • Or try the hugely glamorous ‘A’ list Cap Estel, a Mediterranean mansion on a private clifftop peninsular with its own beach, beautiful saltwater infinity pool, spa and gourmet restaurant.

The Best Hotel Views on the Côte d'Azur

Brise Marine

The Most Romantic Côte d'Azur Beach Hotels

Le Roquebrune

  • Le Roquebrune in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a romantic, six room hotel with beautiful rooms, private breakfast terraces, an excellent seafood restaurant and beautiful ocean views.

The Best Value Beach Hotels on the Côte d'Azur

La Jabotte

  • La Jabotte in Antibes is an adorable nine room hotel with rustic charms and a charming, orange scented sealed courtyard, with prices starting from €80 per night.
  • From around €109 per night, and with excellent ocean views too, is the Hotel les Deux Freres, an old schoolhouse renovation turned nine room hotel in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin,
  • or the Windsor in Nice, a quirky mid-sized hotel with an exotic garden.
  • And from around €115 per night you can stay at Le Verger Maelvi, a peaceful hotel just outside St-Tropez, with 14 rooms and suites all set in a secluded garden around a swimming pool. The rooms are large and have private terraces and the bar is friendly.

Please note that all the prices mentioned here are for low season - expect to pay a premium in the peak summer months!

The Best Hotels for a Côte d'Azur Beach break

Le Bailli de Suffren

  • Le Bailli de Suffren has a fabulous location right by the sea with direct beach access, but it’s also got an enormous pool and sun deck, a spa and three restaurants.
  • La Belle Aurore is beautifully positioned right up against the ocean, just outside Sainte-Maxime. The decor is warm and typically Provençal, most rooms have a private balcony, and there's an excellent restuarnt too.

The Best Beach Hotels on the Côte d'Azur for Privacy

Le Ferme dAugustin

  • Le Ferme d'Augustin is right on the coastline a short distance out of St-Tropez and Tahiti Beach surrounded by lovely private, green gardens of lemon and olive trees.
  • If you want privacy in the heart of things then try the Chateau De La Messardiere a luxurious, secluded resort with a large pool and spa overlooking St-Tropez bay.

If you can’t find your idea of the Côte d'Azur's best beach hotels on our Guru’s list of 15 of the best beach hotels on the Côte d'Azur you could:

15 of the Best Côte d'Azur Beach Hotels

  • La Voile d'Or Saint Jean Cap Ferrat (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) 45 rooms from £321

    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor salt-water swimming pools with stunning sea views, one roof top, the other right by the water
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the royal Palace Monaco at 11.55am for the daily changing of the guard on the square in front.
    On the beach  -  Private beach, small and rocky.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A romantic historic hotel on the coast, in the heart of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat just ten km from Monaco. Exuding old world charm through white walls, parquet floors and antique furnishings. Good food, spectacular views and very well located for local exploring in this most exclusive part of the coast. See More

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  • Brise Marine Saint Jean Cap Ferrat 18 rooms from £128

    Local markets  -  Visit Nice's exuberant flower, fruit and local produce market in the Cours Saleya, just behind the Promenade des Anglais.
    Great walks  -  Take in the wonderful views of and from the peninsula by following one of the coastal paths.
    Sights nearby  -  La Chapelle Saint Hospice
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.

    An Italianate villa hotel on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, only ten km from Nice and Monaco. The simple traditional rooms open onto charming flower-filled terraces with glorious views. A green oasis of calm two minutes walk from beautiful Riviera beaches. See More

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  • Hotel les Deux Freres Roquebrune Cap Martin (Cote d'Azur) 9 rooms from £95

    Views  -  Stunning views over the Cote d'Azur and Monaco
    Outstanding location
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Les Deux Freres is a 19th century renovation of an old school house with stunning views over the coastline and Monaco below. Old-world classic glamour all the way. Gastronomic restaurant with terrace for soaking up the vista. Great location, very romantic, unrivalled views. See More

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  • Le Canberra Cannes (Cote d'Azur) 35 rooms from £122

    Outstanding location  -  A few minutes wall from La Croisette and the beach.
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A cool hotel in a great location. A few minutes walk from the beach and central attractions. 1950s style rooms and suites with private terraces and sea views. Swimming pool, gym and sauna. A vibrant spot in the city centre. See More

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  • Cap Estel Eze (Cote d'Azur) 18 rooms from £754

    Swimming Pool  -  Salt-water infinity pool overlooking the sea and Indoor pool
    Beach nearby  -  Private beach.
    Chic
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection

    Hugely glamourous Mediterranean mansion on a clifftop peninsula. Stunning views out to sea from private balconies and luxury rooms. Private beach, salt water infinity pool, spa, gourmet food. A pearl of the ocean. Romantic, gourmet, luxury, "A" list. See More

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  • Windsor Nice 54 rooms from £104

    City Style  -  This stylish hotel with rooms designed by contemporary artists, is perfectly located for absorbing the nightlife and beaches.
    Total relaxation  -  Chill out in the shady garden, take a dip in the hotel pool and avail of the on site spa treaments and hammam.
    Great walks  -  You'll have great fun exploring the narrow, cobblestone pedestrian streets of Vieille Ville de Nice, just 900m from the hotel.
    Local markets  -  Check out the Monday morning antique market on the Cours Saleya.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Michelin Travel

    Eclectic and quirky hotel with original decoration and an exotic garden. Good value, set back from the seaside but within walking distance of all Nice has to offer. Rooms decorated, some wackily, by local artists. Laidback and informal with plenty of character and charm. See More

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  • Le Roquebrune Roquebrune Cap Martin 6 rooms from £104

    Romantic Break  -  Romantic terraces, creamy rooms, and ocean views.
    Foodies  -  Fantastic seafood restaurant.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Grimaldi Forum, Japanese Garden, Casino Monte Carlo and Monaco Harbour.

    A romantic little hotel on the coast with ocean views and beautiful bedrooms. Creamy rooms have private breakfast terraces and all the mod cons. Excellent seafood restaurant serves dinner, a short walk from the beach and the main attractions. Very romantic and good value too. See More

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  • La Jabotte Antibes (Cote d'Azur) 9 rooms from £69

    Restrictions on children  -  From 8 years and above only
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    An adorable hotel with rustic charm. An intimate sanctuary with an orange scented courtyard and comfortable bedrooms in pastels and mauves. A lovely and friendly hotel suitable for those looking for something more understated in this glamourous region! See More

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  • Le Verger Maelvi Grimaud 14 rooms from £100

    Value chic  -  With rooms starting from just €98 per night, it's great value in a very expensive area!
    Local markets  -  Visit the daily local market
    Sights nearby  -  Port Grimaud
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    Located just 15 minutes from St.Tropez is this quiet hotel with fourteen rooms and suites all set in a secluded garden with swimming pool. Large rooms with private terraces, free parking and a communal bar. Perfect for those looking for a more relaxed spot away from the coast. See More

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  • Le Bailli de Suffren Rayol Canadel sur Mer (Avenue des Américains) 55 rooms from £208

    Beach Life  -  The property has its own private beach accessible only by steps
    Luxury  -  Stylish with all the amenities and direct access to the beach.
    Foodies  -  Three excellent restaurants to choose from.
    Views  -  Spectacular ocean views.

    The perfect beachside hotel in a fabulous setting. Directly on the seafront sits a luxurious spot that includes large rooms and suites with private balconies and ocean views. An enormous pool and sun deck area, three restaurants, and therapeutic spa. A glamourous choice for a beach break. See More

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  • Le Ferme d'Augustin St Tropez 22 rooms from £130

    Families
    Groups
    Private Hot Tub  -  Some rooms have hot tub baths
    Sights nearby  -  Only 5 mins from St Tropez
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Fabulous coastline farmhouse hotel within striking distance of St. Tropez and Tahiti Beach. Wonderful greenery in the garden viewed from sunlit rooms and suites with private terraces. Couples, families, groups of friends can enjoy delicious food and relax amongst the lemon trees and olive groves. See More

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  • La Belle Aurore Sainte Maxime (Sainte-Maxime) 17 rooms from £162

    Fishing  -  Find a quiet spot along the coast and enjoy an afternoon fishing
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    La Belle Aurore is located a short distance outside Sainte-Maxime. Provides unfussy accommodation with warm, typically Provençal hues and boasting private balconies-the ideal spot to relax with a tipple. Enjoy top-notch regional cuisine and splendid views at the restaurant! A charming coastal stay. See More

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  • Chateau De La Messardiere St Tropez (83990) 117 rooms from £260

    Total relaxation  -  A glamorous retreat in the hills above Saint-Tropez boasting an extensive spa, hammam, steam baths and impeccable service.
    Swimming Pool  -  Huge outdoor heated pool with stunning views over the Bay of St Tropez, plus an indoor pool in the spa.
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel runs a shuttle bus to St Tropez centre, head down and check out the sights.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    Glitzy and secluded luxury hotel set in a picturesque fairytale style chateaux, overlooking St Tropez bay. Ornate rooms are modern yet with a distinctly old world france feel. A perfect base for total relaxation, with lovely gardens, a good restaurant and a large pool and spa. See More

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Written by Leonie Glass

posted Monday, 13th April 2020