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Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche • Côte d’Azur, France

Secluded corner of Provence amidst vineyards and gardens

Four Seasons Provence - terrace

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Tucked away on a hillside amidst vineyards, lavender fields and flower gardens, the Four Seasons is an all-suite resort which combines luxurious comfort with all the pleasures of the French countryside.

Close to the glamorous Cote d’Azur, the resort has a first-class spa and two golf courses that can be enjoyed year-round. Other facilities and features are two tennis courts, a 40-meter pool and fitness center.

The rooms are contemporary, each with a private terrace looking out to a tranquil vista. Furnishings are luxe, yet supremely comfortable with a separate bedroom and living rooms. Every modern technological amenity is provided including high-speed Internet access, satellite TV and voice mail. The bath of each suite features deep soaking tub, separate shower and charming Provencal tiles.

Four Seasons Provence - guest room

The Spa at the Four Seasons Provence is a stunning, enormous villa on a terraced hillside location. The facility features 12 treatment rooms with, hydraulic beds and heated blankets. In addition, there are two VIP couple’s suites with double whirlpool bath, steam shower and large outdoor terrace with private cabana. There are seven treatment packages which are customized to each guest’s needs.

After treatments, the journey of relaxation can continue in the sauna, laconium, steam room and ice fountain. The spa experience also included luxury relaxation beds and a chef-designed spa cafe.

Four Seasons Provence - terrace


Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche
Location: Domaine de Terre Blanche, Tourettes, France 83550; 111 suites; 39 miles from international airport at Nice.

Luxury style: Contemporary, warm, secluded with the usual high standards of the Four Seasons chain in abundantly evident.

What we’ve heard: The ultra private suites are great for couples, but the size also makes them wonderful for families, who are warmly welcomed.

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La Voile d’Or • St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

Mediterranean luxury on an intimate scale

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s charming sea views.

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La Voile d’Or or ‘The Golden Sail’ sits on a flower- and sun-blessed spot in the yachting and fishing port of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Guests can while away the hours on the many terraces overlooking marine vistas, village life and wild lush landscape. Built in a Venetian-style, this intimate resort warmly welcomes their discriminating clientele to a cozy, sea-swept cocoon of luxury where the senses are appeased and relaxation is on the menu.

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Rooms, each with a balcony opening to the sea, are decorated with hand-painted furniture, warm wooden floors, antiques and other objets. The light-filled chambers invite private reflection, while the spacious marble bath will rinse away the salt sea and air.

A gourmet restaurant will satisfy those on a tour de cuisine and the beachside restaurant has a relaxed ambience. Also available on site is a beauty treatment center, sauna and two pool with beach recliners.

Yachting and fishing port.

La Voile d’Or
Location: 7 ave Jean-Mermoz, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 06230, France; most often accessed by nearby rail station, then taxi.

Luxury style: Privacy, pleasure, peacefulness–the Voile d’Or is a sweet refuge on the sometimes hyperactive Cote d’Azur. A romantic spot for couples of all ages.

What we’ve heard:
Like many Mediterranean properties, the view’s the thing. A room with a balcony will alway be preferable to garden views, although one will pay for this privilege.

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Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat • Cote d’Azur, France

A tranquil retreat amid secret gardens and fragrant pines.

Garden at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat

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As the visitor walks towards the historic Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, he will pass fragrant pines and cypresses and then encounter a beautiful garden, seemingly a secret place hidden from the touristic clans, far out on this verdant peninsula. Formal gardens are complemented by wild rock gardens, all leading to an unmatched magical sea view.

As the last hotel on this stunning peninsula, this totally unique and privileged position has made the magnificent Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat a landmark on the luxury landscape.


The cool marble floors of the grand hallways are warmed by opulent carpets. Antiques are everywhere. Guest rooms are spacious but graced with every amenity.

Luxury travelers make a special detour to visit the hotel’s restaurant Le Cap, which serves contemporary Provençal cuisine with terrace overlooking the lawn and ocean. Another unique feature at the hotel is the Somerset Maugham piano bar, honoring the writer who was a frequent visitor in the 1930’s. Signed portraits of many other celebrities grace the walls.

The Club Dauphin, a natural rock terrace above the ocean, is reached by a funicular. Guests can loll around an Olympic-size pool. Alternative sunning is available on sunbathing lawns with private cabanas.

The grand lobby and public space of the Grand Hotel dul Cap Ferrat

Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat
Location: 71 boulevard General de Gaulle, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat; 12 kilometres from Nice airport.

Luxury style: The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat is renowned and in this case, the hype is no hype. It’s a hotel that lives up to its reputation and is a destination all on it’s own. In a blessed land, it is laden with luxe, calme et volupte.

What we’ve heard: If there was ever a hotel that was worth a big splurge. If money is no object, consider a week or more. It’s heaven.

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