From the vivid purple of Provence’s rolling lavender fields and the sapphire blue and golden shores of the Cote d’Azur coast to the verdant green of the Pyrénées and the Espellete pepper red of Basque cuisine, southern France comes alive in a vivid burst of color. Whether you choose the majesty of the French Riviera or the startling beauty of Corsica, treat yourself to something special while staying at a 5 star hotel in southern France.
Southern France Sojourn: The best 5 star stays
Captivating Cote d’Azur: St Tropez & Cannes
There is so much to see and do in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region that it’s hard to know where to begin. But one thing is for sure: Nothing says luxury and living the high life quite as much as the French Riviera. Take in the scents, sounds and flavors of the Cours Saleya market in Nice before heading to the other main attractions in this foodie town in the form of churches, chapels and cathedrals that are not to be missed. Enjoy a cocktail tour of the Cote d’Azur in a luxury yacht, heading down from St Tropez to Cannes. Enjoy spectacular views of the glittering Mediterranean from the charming medieval village of Eze located on a steep hilltop. Eze’s narrow cobblestone streets will lead you to chic boutiques, art galleries and exquisite views and a scenic trail will lead you straight down the hillside right to the beach. A 5 star hotel in southern France opens the door to private beaches, high-end restaurants, upmarket boutiques, and everything else needed to round off a stylish, high-class vacation.
Cool Corsica: Cultural attractions & Idyllic nature
A stay at a 5 star hotel in southern France is the ideal starting point for island hopping in the surrounding area. Anchored in the Mediterranean Sea, halfway between the south of France and central Italy and north of the Italian island of Sardinia, is the stunning French island of Corsica. Though the island has been influenced by both the French and Italian cultures for untold generations, today Corsica has its own unique identity. With over 200 beaches and mountain ranges forming the backbone of the island, Corsica also boasts astounding geographical diversity. Sitting proudly on top of limestone cliffs looking over the sparkling Mediterranean, Bonifacio is a charming fortified town with medieval lanes and Old World ambience. Corsica is a haven for beach lovers, culture buffs and adventure seekers alike.The Balearic Islands aren’t too far away either.
Amazing Aquitaine: From Bordeaux to Biarritz
Aquitaine boasts a multitude of different landscapes and countless attractions. Considering the vast stretch of sandy beaches along the western coast, the Pyrénées mountain ranges in the south forming a border with Spain and some of the finest prehistoric cave art in the world, it is easy to see why Aquitaine is such a popular tourist destination. Besides the most well-known cave, Lascaux, there are many other caves in the Vézère valley of Dordogne that will make archaeologist lovers’ hearts beat faster. Culture vultures and history buffs will love exploring the Bara-Bahau, Isturitz, and Les Combarelles alongside Gallo Roman sites such as the Bordeaux amphitheatre (Le Palais Gallien) and the beautiful mosaics of the Plassac Gallo-Roman villa and Montcaret villa. Though Bordeaux is the world’s wine capital, it also boasts the best collection of 18th Century architecture in France. After obligatory wine tasting, the Sunday morning markets along the Quai des Chartons, shopping stints in the boutiques on the Rue Sainte-Catherine and lingering around the Old Town are great ways to spend a day in this stylish city with cosmopolitan flair. The elegant seaside town of Biarritz will have you coming back for more. Saunter along the lovely seaside route lined with tamarisks and hydrangeas before heading to the specialist cheese shops, confectionery and cake shops to pick up some local delights. Or simply work on your tan and enjoy the golden beaches of the Bay of Biscay.One thing is for sure, a 5 star hotel in southern France is the best way to revel in luxury.
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