Cote d'Azur

Overview

Whichever name you call it – the Cote d’Azur or the French Riviera – it’s undeniably one of the most glamorous spots in Europe.

A renowned luxury playground for the rich and famous, the Cote d’Azur has it all: a sun speckled shoreline that wraps itself around the southeast coast for 200km or so, right up to the border with Italy. There’s the vivid blue waters for which it’s named, provencal dining, seductive cities, golden beach resorts, plus a wealth of luxury boutique accommodation and a sparkling nightlife all contribute to the Mediterranean’s most alluring luxury holiday retreat.

Along the coastline you’ll discover picturesque beaches and marinas populated superyachts, idyllic Provencal countryside and national parks, and pastoral towns that have inspired painters from Matisse to Picasso.

The star of the show – the capital and largest city – is Nice. With its film star good looks and famous promenade des Anglais lined with grand Belle Époque hotels. The old town, Vieux Nice is a warren of cobbled streets; the shoreline has pebble-strewn coves and inlets, while its dining scene remains unapologetically extravagant.

Nice epitomises the style and elegance of the Cote d’Azur, but the same could also be said for neighbouring Cannes, which hosts the world-famous film festival each year. From the Hollywood glitz to the palatial hotels on the boulevard de la Croissette, everything is A-list in Cannes. La Croissette itself stretches of 12 sandy kilometres, divided into exclusive private beaches. Some of France’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants and who’s who of designer boutiques ensure Cannes remains the complete luxury holiday package.

East of Nice lies the spectacular principality of Monaco, southwest of Cannes the world-famous luxury holiday resort of St Tropez. The former with its ritzy casino, Grand Prix street race and opulent palaces is one of the most exclusive enclaves under the Mediterranean sun. The latter has been famous for its Champagne-fuelled excesses since Roger Vadim and Bridgette Bardot filmed And God Created Woman here in 1956. Its golden beaches are some of the best on the whole Cote d’Azur.

When booking a luxury holiday to the Cote d’Azur with Lightfoot Travel, our France specialists will design your own highly-personalised bespoke experience, including impartial advice on the best accommodation for your needs.

Cote d'Azur Itineraries

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Byblos Spirit

Cote d'Azur, France

Designed to bring to mind a traditional Provençal seaside village, Byblos Spirit – known simply as Byblos - is in fact rather more sophisticated than that. Its terracotta tiled houses co…

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Chateau Saint Martin & Spa

Cote d'Azur, France

The spectacular Château Saint-Martin & Spa is in the impossibly picturesque medieval village of Vence, twenty minutes by car from the coastline of the French Riviera, and surrounded by …

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Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez

Cote d'Azur, France

Located on the world-famous promenade, La Croisette, overlooking the Bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France, this grand, art deco-style hotel is one of Europe’s fin…

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Hotel Belles Rives

Cote d'Azur, France

This beachfront Art Deco mansion in Juan-les-Pins, between Nice and Monaco, was once the summer home of American author F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife when they vacationned in France. Like…

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Hotel Cap Estel Eze

Cote d'Azur, France

Situated on a secluded peninsula overlooking the sparkling sea in Eze, on the Cote d’Azur, in the South of France, Cap Estel is a glamorous Mediterranean hideaway. Originally a summer home…

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Hotel Juana

Cote d'Azur, France

On the Cap d’Antibes, midway between the large Riviera resort towns of Cannes and Nice, the Hotel Juana is in the small but chic town of Juan Les Pins, France. Having first opened as a ho…

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Hotel Royal Riviera

Cote d'Azur, France

On the peninsula of St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France the iconic Royal-Riviera hotel is a proud and grandiose monument to the turn-of-the-century popularity and glitz of the Cote d'Azur. Which is…

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La Chevre d’Or

Cote d'Azur, France

Perched on the cliffs between Nice and Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean from the medieval village of Eze, in South France, the Château de La Chèvre d’Or is heaven for foodies, and p…

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La Réserve Ramatuelle

Cote d'Azur, France

Phrases such as ‘hilltop hideaway’, ‘temple of well-being’ and ‘secret refuge’ should help you begin to paint a picture of La Réserve Ramatuelle. Minutes away from the town of …

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Saint Amour La Tartane Hotel

Cote d'Azur, France

Set within enchanting gardens a few minutes from the heart of the chic town of St. Tropez and close to the beautiful Pampelonne beach, on the Côte d’Azur in the South of France, Saint Amo…

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The Five Seas Hotel Cannes

Cote d'Azur, France

Just behind the city’s famous coastline-hugging Promenade de la Croisette, the Five Seas Hotel Cannes in the South of France is an extremely stylish boutique hotel which aims to take its g…

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Villa Belrose

Cote d'Azur, France

Set on a hillside among large landscaped gardens, Villa Belrose has panoramic views of the bay of Saint-Tropez from the impossibly picturesque village of Gassin, just outside the famous Fren…

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