Spectacular sea views, tranquil seclusion on the Cote d’Azur
The Hotel Palais Maeterlinck, once the home of Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck, has one of the most privileged settings on the Mediterranean coast. The intimate property (only 40 rooms) sports several different architectural styles, with Greek columns aside the more Baroque main building.
The action here is all about levels, the terraces, the balconies, the pool and the rocky beach which can be reached by funicular from the terrace. All rooms have sea views and balcony.
The Renaissance-style restaurant Melissande offers gourmet French food and has seating on a terrace, in the Winter Garden and in summer, service poolside. The large heated pool looks out to the sea and a Jacuzzi is available in summer.
Hotel Palais Maeterlinck
Location: 30 blvd Maurice Maeterlinck, Basse Corniche, Nice, France; 12 kilometres to the airport.
Luxury style: For people whose idea of a perfect holiday is to gaze out at endless sea from their balcony, perhaps with a good book and a chilled aperitif at hand. The spaciousness of the 3.5 hectare grounds is a blessing in the crowded summer months.
What we’ve heard: The beach, although rocky, is quite private and a good alternative to the crowded beaches in town. It is reached by funicular from the property itself.