Originally intended as a retreat for writers (F. Scott Fitzgerald immortalized it in Tender is the Night) and perched at the rocky tip of Cap D’Antibes, this 116-room resort is something of an architectural jewel on the French Riviera. Housed on 22 immaculately landscaped acres with parasol pines and seaside palm, the highlight is the restaurant and heated saltwater pool (which inspired many a Slim Aarons shoot), which is expertly cantilevered over the sea. The guest rooms are wonderfully old-fashioned (but now updated with WiFi and flat-screen TVs) and feature views of either the Mediterranean or the property’s manicured gardens. Room no. 5, for example, features floor-to-ceiling drapes, French doors that open up onto a marble terrace, and a Louis XV writing table. Dinner on the hotel grounds is predictably pricey though memorable, and the hotel concierge can arrange for meals in nearby Nice. While there’s no beach access, there is an overwater trapeze and carefully placed diving boards for those who want to plunge straight into the crystal waters.

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