France is known as a place of total luxury, and everyone knows luxury best complements luxury. That’s why a 5 star hotel in any of France’s myriad world-class cities and regions is the best option. In Paris, revel in iconic sights and unabridged opulence. On the French Riviera and the French Atlantic Coast, get a taste of what a beach vacation can be. In Provence, indulge yourself in the natural and culinary feats of the region, and in the dreamy French Alps, find time for yourself, on a holiday that’s all about you and the land.
Where to stay at a 5 star hotel in France? Important locations at a glance:
Paris: Opulence in the City of Light
French Riviera: Coastal glamor
French Atlantic Coast: Perfect beach holiday
The French Atlantic Coast, or the Silver Coast, is primed for a classic beach holiday. At a 5 star hotel which successfully fuses the timeless architecture of the early 20th century with today’s standards of luxurious living, take in views of the wild Atlantic from your personal balcony. This dreamy coastline is the pick for those seeking a quiet and rejuvenating holiday filled with amazing cuisine and treks through vine-striped countryside. Bordeaux is the region’s laidback, wine- and shopping-fueled metropolis. Home to the world’s largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site, which encompasses half the city, Bordeaux’s 18th-century architecture and old-money spirit is breathtaking in its elegance. Surrounded on all sides by vineyards and passed through by the River Garonne, food, drink, and pleasant sights take precedence here. Just south near the border of Spain, the resort town of Biarritz is known for its legendary surf scene. The pristine beaches, sprawling golf courses, and spa centers promise an ideal holiday for those who crave classic recreation. Further up the coast, find romantic, historic establishments right on the beach. In the region of Brittany, expect fairytale coastlines composed of rocky drama dotted with old fortresses and lighthouses. Brittany’s cuisine is fresh and local, and its inland is covered with lush forests fit for exploring.
Provence: Wining and dining
The French Alps and Alsace-Lorraine: Rooms with a view
Just north of the Hautes-Alpes region, discover the peerless beauty and grandeur of the French Alps in the region of Rhone-Alpes. A destination if only for the sights, days here are wasted in your room-with-a-view, on slow hikes around sleepy villages, or with sunset cocktails in the hotel’s stylish lounge. On the flip side, there’s also plenty of opportunity for skiing and yoga or active-based holidays. Some 5 star hotels are situated so as to afford direct access to nearby ski areas as well as views over the dramatic slopes. After a morning putzing around in the snow, settle in for ultimate luxury in spa centers with floor-to-ceiling windows filled with the immensity that is Mont Blanc. Pop west for a stint in the über romantic city of Lyon. Feel the 2,000 years of history as you traverse the renaissance old town and Roman ruins. The 5 star hotels that dot the beautiful streets of the city are some of the most elegant city hotels one can conjure up. Finally, if you’re looking for a dream, head to where France, Germany, and Switzerland meet in Alsace-Lorraine. A one-of-a-kind region with regards to language, cuisine, and culture, the otherworldly landscapes are just the tip of the iceberg in Alsace. In beautiful Strasbourg, witness the historical underpinnings of the city and the legacy that they have left, before switching modes with a dip in one of the marvelous mountain lakes that make up the surrounding landscapes.
The France holiday destination at a glance:
Our Favorite Hotels in France
- La Villa Mauresque
- Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel | Relais & Châteaux
- Hotel Negresco
- Hotel Les Roches Rouges
- Hotel Saint Amour La Tartane
- Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa
- Hôtel Château de la Chèvre d’Or