France at any time of year is beautiful, but we particularly love the spring. Here are a few of the best spots to lay your head during your excursions through the country.

10. HOTEL DE LA CITE – CARCASSONE, FRANCE

As the evening draws near and the last daytime visitors wander away, a magical atmosphere settles over the Citadel of Carcassonne.  As your footsteps echo on the cobblestones, you will soon discover why Hôtel de la Cité is the ideal place to start exploring this fairy tale citadel.

Nestled within the ramparts of the citadel and amid its romantic gardens, the hotel offers a unique experience to each of its guests. Whether sipping wine under the towering trees or tasting some of the region’s most exciting cuisine at La Barbacane, Hôtel de la Cité offers a marvelous blend of the medieval and the contemporary.

Hôtel de la Cité is perfectly placed to explore the region’s Cathar castles, the lush vineyards of the Languedoc-Roussillon province and the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

9. CAP ESTEL – ÈZE, FRANCE.

Situated on its own two-hectare peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea,  Cap Estel is set right alongside it.

Surrounded on three sides by water, with magnificent panoramic views, it was voted the Best  Oceanfront Hotel in France in 2011 by World Travel Awards.

8. INTERCONTINENTAL CARLTON – CANNES, FRANCE.

There is a place at the heart of La Croisette where you can enjoy a truly unforgettable moment in an intimate setting. Thanks to 100 years of tradition at your service, the InterContinental Carlton offers a unique experience under the Mediterranean sun.

The InterContinental Carlton Cannes cultivates this refined atmosphere where yesterday’s charm and spirit mix with today’s expectations. With its 343 rooms and suites, its restaurants and bars, its famous terrace, and its private beach of fine sand, it offers incomparable service worthy of the best hotels.

7. SHANGRI-LA HOTEL – PARIS, FRANCE.

As you arrive at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, its elegant façade brings to mind its legacy as the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. Attentive staff and a pleasantly discreet check-in ensure that you receive the royal treatment right from the start.

In your room, commanding views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine hold you transfixed. The old-world elegance of the room, lovingly adorned with the fine work of craftsmen, is mirrored in the city that lies just below.

6. INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL DIEU – MARSEILLES, FRANCE.

InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu is perfectly located overlooking the Vieux Port, adjacent to the oldest district in Marseille known as the Panier. The hotel is housed in a listed historical monument dating back to the 18th century and features a spectacular terrace, where you can relax while admiring the Vieux Port. Nearby the Calanques must be seen. Marseille is the vibrant Mediterranean’s capital of Provence.

6. THE PENINSULA PARIS

The Peninsula Paris is located in a late 19th century classic Haussmanian building,  which first opened as one of Paris’s most luxurious “grands hotels” in 1908. Steeped in history, the property has been meticulously restored and discreetly modernized with the ultimate in 21st century convenience. The Peninsula houses 200 luxurious rooms, including 34 suites, which are among the most spectacular in the city.

Six years in the making, some of France’s finest artisans were hand-picked to undertake this stunning restoration. From the building façade to interior elements including fine marble, rich wood panelling and gold leaf finishing, the result is the ultimate in French craftsmanship.

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 5. HOTEL FOUQUET’S BARRIERE

The Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière has made quite a splash since its grand opening in November 2006. In the nexus of the prestigious Champs-Elysees and George V area, amid the elegant boutiques, and business buzz, it is the newest Parisian flagship of Lucien Barrière Hotels and Casinos, and offers a unique art de vivre à la Française with modern design and butler service.

A remodeled Hausmann-style construction, the five buildings that make up Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière express both an intimacy with the city and the freedom of expression of extraordinary designers, architect Edouard François and interior designer Jacques Garcia. It’s worth a visit just to see the stunning entrance hall, monumental stairway, vaulted walls and rich, warm colors.

4. BYBLOS ST. TROPEZ

Set in the heart of Saint-Tropez, just a few minutes from the magnificent beaches, stands Byblos Saint-Tropez. Built as a Mediterranean-style village, you will be surrounded by small courtyards and patios immersed in the fragrances of bougainvillea and lavender, cool havens with all the colors of the South of France. A Provencal lifestyle awaits you within 91 guestrooms and suites, each featuring a different Mediterranean decor.

For relaxation, enjoy outdoor swimming pool with jet stream. An extensive choice of facilities includes luxury shops, fitness center, hairdresser…

The “Spa Byblos by Sisley Cosmetics” echoes the spirit of the hotel and offers a full range of Sisley face and body treatments, including some specially created for the Byblos and a customizable program that evolves around the guest’s five senses.

3. LE MAQUIS – PORTICCIO, FRANCE

Intimate seafront property enjoying a splendid location overlooking its own sandy beach in a paradise secluded cove, at the edge of the bay of Ajaccio, against a backdrop of lush hillsides and gorgeous mountain scenery. The hotel’s architecture is intrinsically Mediterranean in style: Le Maquis, from the Corsican “macchia”, is a little encampment of white, shuttered, terracotta tile-roofed pavilions with crenellated buildings in the Corsican style of Genoese towers and citadels.

Cool white-washed stone walls, wooden shutters, terracotta floors, wooden beams in the ceilings, Le Maquis is distinctively furnished to a high standard, much of the furniture is local antique, and has a refined country-house atmosphere. Framed photographs, paintings, arranged flowers, lamps and other ornaments complement the rustic, homey feel.

2. CHATEAU DE LA MESSARDIERE

Chateau Hotel de la Messardiere is the largest and most imposing resort hotel in Saint Tropez.  Its location is only 5 minutes away from the center of St. Tropez but a world away.  The services, fantastic facilities and sprawling grounds will make you happy to return after a day at the beach or a night on the town.   During the high season the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle to the beach and town.

Florentine arches separate the lobby from cavernous lounges with colorful fabrics, painted furniture, Carrera marble and tile floors scattered with Oriental rugs. Stairs rise from the lobby to the restaurant, which has an open wall to give access to its sea-view terrace. On the other side, a bar brims with antiques and reproductions, and boasts views over the pool.

1. LES CRAYERES – REIMS

Chateau Les Crayeres is an elegant turn-of-the 20th century residence set in a 7-hectare park in the heart of the town of Reims, approximately a one hour drive from Paris. The hotel is 3 km. from the Reims Train Station and 5 km. from Bezannes TGV fast train station.

Chateau Les Crayeres comprises a total of 20 rooms, including 3 rooms housed in the cottage located in the park of the hotel. Each room is lovingly furnished in a style of its own and is equipped with a bathroom featuring a bathtub and shower, hair dryer, mini bar, safety deposit box, telephone with direct line, television and DVD player. The cottage is located in the hotel’s park, 50 meters from the hotel.

 

 

 

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