BEST Small Hotels in the South of France

Mer du Mer

, Les Issambres
, Provence
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Breathtaking views of the Mediterranean make this charming B&B an ideal Côte d'Azur destination.

Double rooms from € 86
Guest rating 9.7

La Bastide des Salins

, Saint Tropez
, Provence
.

All the glamour of Saint Tropez, combined with a large secluded garden, just a short walk from the beach.

Double rooms from € 189
Guest rating 9.5

Le Cube

, Hyeres
, Provence
.

An architectural masterpiece just 50m from the sea.

Double rooms from € 84
Guest rating 9.4

Le Jas du Boeuf

, Cruis
, Provence
.

A unique farmhouse hotel in the Provence countryside, decorated inside in a very elegant modern style that perfectly reflects the fine taste of the owners.

Double rooms from € 80
Guest rating 9.6

Villa La Clarté

, Cavalaire-sur-Mer
, Provence
.

A beautiful art deco B&B on the Cote d'Azur, with lovely gardens and a swimming pool.

Double rooms from € 115
Guest rating 9.7

Bastide de Fontvieille

, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer
, Provence
.

A Provence country farmhouse B&B just 3km from the sea.

Double rooms from € 140
Guest rating 9.7

Hotel Sainte Valérie

, Juan-les-Pins
, Provence
.

Splendour and luxury in Juan-les-Pins.

Double rooms from € 180
Guest rating 9.3

La Singulière

, Sète
, Languedoc-Roussillon
.

Surrounded by pine trees, overlooking the Thau lagoon and the Mediterranean Sea.

Double rooms from € 160
Guest rating 9.6

Le Chateau Brangoly

, Enveitg
, Languedoc-Roussillon
.

A rural hideaway in the French Pyrenees.

Double rooms from € 145
Guest rating 9.9

La Palmeraie des Calanques

, Ensuès-la-Redonne
, Provence
.

Luxury rooms on the Côte d'Azur, set amongst a garden filled with palm trees, agaves, bear grass and Polynesian thatched huts.

Double rooms from € 120
Guest rating 9.6

Maison Alegria

, Aups
, Provence
.

Space and style in a lovely boutique guest house in the hills of Provence.

Double rooms from € 149
Guest rating 9.5

Le Mas des Rièges & Spa

, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
, Provence
.

Studio-style bungalows right out on the edge of the Camargue, close to the sea.

Double rooms from € 181
Guest rating 9.2

La Vagabonde

, Saint Tropez
, Provence
.

A small chambre d'hôte in a riotous garden close to the beach near Saint Tropez.

Double rooms from € 130
Guest rating 9.3

Jardins Secrets

, Nîmes
, Languedoc-Roussillon
.

Exuberant interiors, a real secret garden in the heart of the city, and a magnificent spa.

Double rooms from € 280
Guest rating 9.1
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Reasons to visit the South of France

Think of the most glamorous holiday destinations and the chances are the South of France will immediately spring to mind. Saint Tropez, Antibes, Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo are names just dripping with glamour and sophistication. This is the place where the world first discovered sun, sea and sand.

Famous Saint-Tropez has long been an 'à la mode' resort. It began as a tranquil fishing village, and the simplicity in style of the almost quaint houses remains to this day. From there the coastline drifts eastwards taking in the gorgeous blue waters that give this area it's name: Côte d'Azur. Our route takes in Cannes (famous for it's film festival), Juan Les Pins (made famous by the Peter Sarstedt song; or perhaps it was always famous), past Nice, and finally along the Grande Corniche to that ultimate expression of wealth and glamour, Monte Carlo.

A little further west is Hyeres, then the port city of Marseille before we come to the vast wetland region at the mouth of the Rhone, the Camargue. This is the area famous for the wild white horses, wild boar, flamingos and tree-frogs.

Just a short distance inland from the coast, there are many ancient towns and villages waiting to be explored. There is a profusion of museums, Estruscan, Roman and Greek artefacts, art galleries and pre-historic caves. Best of all is the mountain scenery though. You really just can't get enough of it. As the coastal region rises into the Alps, the Verdon Regional Park is the most spectacular of all with it's deep gorges carved by the meltwaters of the Alpine snows.