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19 of the Best Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills

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Two types head for the Côte d'Azur: those who want to be seen, and those who don't. Those who do crowd together on the coast, jangling their jewels on the Corniche and in St-Tropez. Those who don't want to be seen, head to the hills where there are a wide selection of beautiful secluded hotels, mostly converted manor houses, offering guests a tranquil hideaway. Our hotel experts have scoured the area to bring you a collection of the best hotels in the Côte d'Azur hills selected on their location, amenities, design, and service. Whether you want a small property you can rent in its entirety, a hotel with a standout restaurant, or a romantic hideaway — there is something to suit most occasions. So why not browse through our collection to start planning your next getaway?

For the views

Chateau du Domanine St Martin

  • L'Escale du Ciel is a luxury B&B with a fabulous location boasting epic mountainous Provençal panoramas and housing just four immaculately styled rooms that mix modern comforts with traditional charm. With a large swimming pool, a terrace to play Petanque, and stunning walks — this is a Provençal dream.
  • The Château Saint Martin & Spa is a large château in the hills with spectacular views of the coast. Complete with a spoiling spa and a two-starred Michelin restaurant — this is a very indulgent choice.
  • Villa Menuse is a charming hilltop guesthouse offering stunning rural views best enjoyed from the infinity pool. Elegant interiors are fitting of the glamour of the French Riviera mixing contemporary and traditional styles perfectly. A tranquil spot.
  • Or there’s the seven-room Histoires de Bastide, a charming boutique B&B surrounded by beautiful gardens and wonderful views of the Provencal hills. A laidback choice.

For couples

La Grande Bastide

  • Try La Grande Bastide, a gloriously luxurious 18th-century country house conversion with views over the valley all the way to the coast — it’s not far from the beach or Nice, but still secluded. Ideal for a hideaway for two.

For the restaurant

La Bastide de St Antoine

  • La Bastide de St-Antoine in Grasse is an 18th-century country house surrounded by lovely gardens and olive groves. The romantic rooms are a triumph: simple, stylish and effortlessly elegant. The on-site restaurant is famed in the area for its astute use of local flavours. Grown-up and charming.
  • Or there’s the Hotel Alain Llorca, a chic hotel in the Provencal countryside with ten elegant, antique-filled rooms, a charming terrace, shady gardens and Michelin starred cuisine.
  • Auberge du Vieux Chateau is an excellent restaurant with rooms in a quaint village just outside Grasse. Four simple, traditionally styled rooms offer superb value for money in this pricey region. Come here for the delicious Mediterranean cuisine and the stunning views over Mougins towards the coast.
  • For luxury, choose Le Mas Candille. This is an elegant villa in Mougins with spacious rooms and an enormous outdoor pool. With a restaurant boasting a Michelin star, this is a good choice for foodie couples.
  • Otherwise, Mougins Luxury Retreats is well located for accessing several nearby Michelin-starred restaurants giving guests a choice of where to eat each evening. Set above the Bay of Cannes in the heart of Mougins, the property offers suites, apartments and villas decorated in a modern style. A stylish choice, well suited to families or groups.

For great value

Hotel du Clos

  • Auberge de la Madone is a family-run hotel right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, surrounded by olive groves and orchards and with a fabulous, well-priced restaurant. Traditional rooms here start from €100 per night.
  • Or for €150 per-night you could stay at the Hotel du Clos, which is a lovely village hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant. An authentic choice perfect for foodies.
  • La Bergerie Saint Antoine is a very reasonably priced B&B set just outside Grasse. Expect simple spacious rooms, a gorgeous heated outdoor pool, and a terrace with wonderful views. A charming hideaway suited to groups, couples, or families.
  • La Bergerie Cote d'Azur is a peaceful little villa surrounded by charming gardens and a leafy pool area. Rooms are fresh and have a distinctly feminine aesthetic. A lovely Riviera pied-a-terre ideal for a tranquil escape that won't break the bank.

For a group

Le Manoir de letang

  • Try the luxurious four-room B&B, La Parare. The converted 17th-century farmhouse has a rustic-chic yet romantic vibe. A great choice to rent out in its entirety.
  • Alternatively, Le Manoir de L'Etang is a hilltop manor house with gorgeous views on the outskirts of Mougins (15 minutes from Cannes). Pick this place for its tasteful and authentic interiors and the beautiful surrounding countryside that's great for walks. Ideal for groups.

For art lovers

La Colombe dor

  • La Colombe d'Or Hotel is decked with an impressive art collection — Picasso, Chagall and Miro, among others, grace the walls. The style is rustic chic and the restaurant is fabulous.

For a hip stay

La Maison du Frene

  • La Maison du Frêne in St Paul de Vence, is a four-room boutique hotel in a strikingly done up 18th Century townhouse with an amazing private art collection and vibrant, airy rooms.
  • Toile Blanche is a serene boutique hotel. Affordable, modern rooms offer lots of natural light, some with balconies, and splashes of modern art. Expect stunning views from the garden terrace, creative French cuisine, all just a short drive from Cannes and Nice. A chic choice.
    Or try the Hotel Cantemerle which combines peace and buzz, just inland from Nice and the coast, with a gourmet restaurant, spa and lovely private grounds.

Still not sure where to book?

  • Consider some rural beauties from our list of the Best Hotels in the Provence Countryside.
  • Expand your search to include our Guru’s complete list of the best places to stay on the Côte d'Azur.
  • Try a different landscape and look at the best Côte d'Azur beach hotels.
  • Choose a popular Côte d'Azur base and search for the best places to stay in Cannes, the best places to stay in Nice, or the best places to stay in St-Tropez.
  • Alternatively, contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • La Grande Bastide Saint Paul de Vence 14 rooms from £130

      Views  -  Stunning views towards the coast and into the valleys below.
      Romantic Break  -  Beautiful bedrooms with patios straight onto the garden.
      Sights nearby  -  Fondation Maeght, Place du Grand Jardin, Vence Cathedral and Porte du Peyra.
      Swimming Pool  -  A candle lit pool in the evenings is the perfect spot for an aperitif.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      Charming 18th century country house with valley and coastal views. Smart rooms and suites in creams with all the mod cons and private balconies. Swimming pool, hot tub, and plenty to do at the beach. Not far from NIce, it epitomises the romance of Provence. See More

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    • Château Saint-Martin & Spa Saint Paul de Vence 46 rooms from £425

      Honeymoons  -  An enchanting fariytale hotel with charming suites, private balconies with spectacular views of the sea.
      Foodies  -  There are several fantastic restaurants including the Michelin starred Saint Martin.
      Tennis  -  Enjoy a game of tennis on the hotel courts, the perfect way to pass the morning.
      Sights nearby  -  Close to the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a church designed by Henri Matisse.
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      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

      A fairytale chateau in the hills, with coastal views. Boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and luxury spa. The classically sumptuous suites with balconies and private villas encapsulate French country chic. Luxury and tranquillity with fine dining. See More

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    • Histoires de Bastide Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Cote d'Azur 7 rooms from £121

      Romantic Break
      Swimming Pool  -  Large Outdoor Pool
      Spa
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

      Charming boutique B&B. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and the serenity of Provence's hills. Contemporary elegant rooms with private terraces overlooking olive trees. Spa, swimming pool, and close to gourmet restaurants. Utterly romantic. See More

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    • Auberge de la Madone Peillon 17 rooms from £87

      Local exploring  -  Ideal for an active explorer, start with the proerty grounds and work your way to the town and surrounding countryside.
      Romantic Break  -  Wonderful views, delicious food and intimate rooms make this an idyllic couples hideaway.
      Foodies  -  Michelin recommended restaurnt serving locally grown produce in a traditional style.
      Great walks  -  There is wonderful hiking in the surrounding mountains and forests.
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      Enchanting family-run inn perched on a cliff-edge high above the Med, with fabulous views. Fantastic on site restaurant serves locally grown produce to the highest standard. Simple rooms with private balconies boast spectacular views of the orchards and olive groves. Romantic. See More

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    • Hotel Alain Llorca Saint Paul de Vence (La Colle sur Loup) 10 rooms from £221

      Country Escape  -  Set into the hillside, yet just 7km from the Med, offers peace and tranquility with a dash of gourmet
      Great walks  -  On the beaches west of Nice
      Sailing  -  Many schools nearby
      Sights nearby  -  Saint Paul de Vence
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      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

      A chic hotel in the Provencal countryside. Large, elegant rooms are filled with antiques, white washed walls, and rustic furnishings. Outdoor pool, terrace, and a shady garden. Michelin starred cuisine, intimate bar. Grown-up, peaceful, gourmet. See More

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    • La Parare Cote d'Azur 4 rooms from £115

      Romantic Break  -  Bathtubs built for two, gourmet dinners on the terrace, pool and the beaches of French Riveria close by
      Sights nearby  -  Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, Vence, St Paul de Vence, Eze, Tourettes sur Loup, Biot, Villefranche sur Mer, St Jean Cap Ferrat
      Local markets  -  In Ventimiglia, San Remo and Bordighera
      Cooking classes  -  With chef Frederic Galland
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      A gorgeous B&B in a 17th century farmhouse. Rooms are rustic-chic with stone walls, bare wooden floors, and fireplaces alongside large bathrooms. Salt water outdoor pool, terrace and gardens. Spa treatments available. Romantic, laid back and welcoming. See More

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    • La Colombe d'Or Hotel Saint Paul de Vence 25 rooms from £217

      Writing a novel  -  Steeped in romantic history, the hotel was an artists haven during WWII, this is an ideal property for inspiration and escapism.
      Honeymoons  -  A whimsical hotel ideal for romance, with lovely gardens, charming suites, and an indefinable mystique.
      Full of character
      House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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      Recommended by  -  Fodors

      A family run hotel steeped in history. Unpretentious style and service lay the set for legendary art work including Picasso and Matisse. The Provençale cuisine is worthy of a visit alone and served in a laid back atmosphere. A truly unique property. 3 night min in high season See More

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    • Hotel du Clos Le Rouret, Cote d'Azur 11 rooms from £130

      Restaurant  -  Michelin recommended restaurant and a bistro for something more relaxed.
      Foodies  -  Restaurant is run by Michelin starred chef Daniel Ettlinger
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      Sights nearby  -  Close to Grasse, the famous perfume capital, plus all the attractions of the Cote d'Azur
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Michelin Travel

      A lovely village hotel with a fabulous restaurant and bistro on site. Rooms and suites in contemporary elegant style. Olive trees scatter the garden and breakfast terraces. Great value for money in a great location. See More

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    • La Maison du Frêne Saint Paul de Vence 4 rooms from £148

      Artworks  -  Fabulous modern art by Hockney, Arman, Gilbert and George, pop-art, as well as pastiches of Picasso and Lichtenstein.
      Local exploring  -  Perfect for following in the footsteps of the great artists who spent time here and nearby.
      Romantic Break  -  These opulent and lavish suites set the tone for romance.
      Local markets  -  The nearby towns of Biot, Tourette-sur-Loup, Valbonne as well as Vence itself hold local produce markets every week.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

      Strikingly done-up 18th century house. Vibrant decoration, large airy suites and a truly amazing private art collection. House party feel and exuding plenty of character. A luxurious a chic townhouse stay and a good base for local exploring. See More

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    • La Bastide de St-Antoine Grasse 18 rooms from £208

      Country Escape  -  Surrounded by beautiful gardens, olive groves and hectares of rolling farmland this elegant hotel is the perfect country escape.
      Foodies  -  The on site restaurant is renowned for its gourmet cuisine and wonderful ambience. Cooking classes are also available.
      Restaurant  -  Recommended.
      Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding gardens, olive groves and farmland, this area is famed for its natural beauty.
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      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux

      Eighteenth century country house in Grasse, surrounded by lovely gardens and olive groves. The romantic rooms are a triumph: simple, stylish and effortlessly elegant. The on site restaurant is famed in the area for its astute use of local flavours. Grown up, charming and wonderfully French! See More

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    • Hotel Cantemerle Saint Paul de Vence (Vence) 26 rooms from £121

      Hideaway  -  A chic yet peaceful hotel set between the mountains and the sea, with fragrant gardens and lovely pool.
      Spa breaks  -  A lovely spa featuring an indoor heated pool, Hammam, Massage room, solarium and an outdoor pool.
      Tennis  -  The Vence tennis club is just a few kms from the hotel.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
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      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

      Attractive hotel and restaurant set in acres of private grounds 15km inland from the coast in charming Vence. Stylish rooms in a cluster of artfully old-fashioned ochre-roofed buildings. Gourmet restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa. A lovely place to relax and while away a few days. See More

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    • Villa Menuse France 5 rooms from £139

      Local exploring  -  Explore the local villages or venture slightly further to the glamour of Cannes and Nice
      Total relaxation  -  The guesthouse offers an idyllic break in the peace and calm of nature
      Back to Nature  -  Explore the gentle rolling hills that surround the villa
      Great walks  -  Wonder through the rolling hills and medieval villages in the surrounding area
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      A charming hilltop guesthouse offers stunning rural views best enjoyed from the infinity pool. Elegant interiors are fitting of the glamour of the French Riviera mixing contemporary and traditional styles perfectly. A tranquil spot ideal for simply unwinding or using as a base to explore the region. See More

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    • Mougins Luxury Retreats 06250 Mougins 11 rooms from £217

      Foodies  -  There are many Michelin-star restaurants in this tiny, picturesque village.
      Beach Life  -  Within easy reach of the beaches at Cannes, Antibes and Juan les Pins
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor swimming pool.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      Stunning hotel standing above the Bay of Cannes in the heart of Mougins, offering suites, apartments and villas decorated in a light, modern style with artworks and sprinklings of rustic furnishings. There is a cafe, outdoor pool, spa and Michelin-star restaurants within walking distance. See More

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    • Auberge du Vieux Chateau Grasse 4 rooms from £77

      Local exploring  -  A well located property for those wanting to explore both the coast and hinterland of the Cote d'Azur
      Views  -  Stunning panoramic views across the valley towards Mougins and the Med beyohd.
      Less £  -  Double rooms start from as little as €75 per night.
      Restaurant  -  The auberge's excellent restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean cuisine
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      An excellent restaurant with rooms in a quaint village just outside Grasse. Four simple, traditionally styled rooms offer superb value for money in this pricey region. Come here for the delicious Mediterranean cuisine and the stunning views over Mougins towards the coast. See More

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    • L'Escale du Ciel Le Bar Sur Loup 4 rooms from £159

      Local exploring  -  Well placed to explore Provencal with the beach and quaint villages being as easy to reach as secluded countryside.
      Great walks  -  Take walks along the stunning Gorges du Loup and stop for wild swims in natural pools and waterfalls.
      Sights nearby  -  Discover Matisse's favourite walled medieval town, St Paul de Vence.
      Restrictions on children  -  Over 12s are welcome
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC

      A luxury B&B boasting a fabulous location boasting epic mountainous Provençal panoramas. Housing just four immaculately styled rooms which mix modern comforts with traditional charm. With a large swimming pool, a terrace to play Petanque and stunning walks this is a Provençal dream. See More

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    • Le Mas Candille 06250 Mougins 45 rooms from £201

      Country Escape  -  This idyllic spot nestled among gardens is great for country relaxation, with the glitz of the French Riviera in easy reach
      Foodies  -  The food at the Michelin starred Le Mas Candille restaurant is simply stunning!
      Swimming Pool  -  The property has three pools dotted around the grounds including a hydrotherapy pool and an infinity pool
      Local markets  -  Visit Cannes' Forville Market from where the chef sources many of his ingredients.
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      A luxury hotel in a lush estate set in pretty gardens with a great pool and sunbathing terrace. Expect high-quality gourmet cuisine, and impressive marble-clad interiors have a classic elegance with modern twists. Large rooms are bright with high-end fittings, tasteful artwork and classy furniture. See More

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    • La Bergerie Saint Antoine Grasse (Cote d'Azur) 2 rooms from £86

      Value chic  -  With rooms at €99 per night including breakfast, it's hard to beat for value in this region.
      Local exploring  -  Well located for exploring both inland villages and enjoying time on the beach.
      Sights nearby  -  The bergerie is only 6 miles from Grasse and 15 miles from Cannes.
      Local markets  -  Visit the markets in the surrounding hill top villages and towns.
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      An intimate and charming B&B just outside Grasse, with simple spacious rooms, gorgeous heated outdoor pool and terrace, superb breakfast and panoramic views. A great value property for total relaxation in a quiet spot away from the coast See More

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    • La Bergerie Cote d'Azur Saint Paul de Vence (Résidence La Bergerie) 4 rooms from £100

      Back to Nature  -  On a prime hillside location between sea and mountains, a lovely serene base from which to explore the popular Riviera haunts
      Sights nearby  -  Celebrated towns such as Cannes and Nice are within easy distance, with famous sights and museums galore
      Local markets  -  Wander around local markets in the nearby villages and towns and gather ingredients for beach picnics
      Great walks  -  Explore the host of picturesque walking trails in the nearby region
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      Recommended by  -  Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC

      A peaceful little villa surrounded by charming gardens and a leafy pool area. Rooms are fresh and have a distinctly feminine aesthetic, with antique-style cream furniture chandeliers and floral motifs. A lovely Riviera pied-a-terre ideal for a tranquil escape. See More

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    • Le Manoir de L'Etang Mougins 24 rooms from £108

      Sights nearby  -  Visit the disarming Massif de l'Esterel, eleven miles from the hotel.
      Great walks  -  Beautiful walking routes in the surrounding countryside.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      Rustic hilltop manor house with gorgeous views on the outskirts of Mougins, 15 minutes from Cannes. Tasteful and authentic interior with spacious rooms and an expansive surrounding countryside that's great for walks. Ideal for groups. See More

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    • Toile Blanche Saint Paul de Vence (Saint-Paul-de-Vence) 6 rooms from £142

      Romantic Break
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Sights nearby  -  Just a short drive from Nice and Cannes.
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

      A serene boutique hotel in the Côte d'Azur. Affordable, modern chic rooms with lots of natural light, some with balconies, and splashes of modern art. Stunning views from the garden terrace, creative French cuisine, & a short drive from Cannes and Nice. The perfect spot to discover the region from. See More

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Written by Leonie Glass

posted Monday, 29th November 2021