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Le Manoir, Île de Port Cros

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Côte d'Azur, France, Europe: Le Manoir
Île de Port Cros
France 83400
Tel: 33 4 94 05 90 52's insider take:

When you arrive at this handsome white bastide with a tile roof and twin turrets flanking its facade, it'll take a day or two before the regulars decide if you're one of the crowd. Even then, you'll get a cautious welcome and a stiff warning: Nice to meet you, but don't tell anyone else about this place. Le Manoir is an old-fashioned seaside hotel out of a Colette novel, a well-run, unpretentious place surrounded by centuries-old palms and odiferous oleanders. Less is more here, with cool tile floors, whitewashed walls, and the kind of bric-a-brac furniture you find in French country houses that have been in the same family for several generations. In any case, the object of a stay on Port Cros is to spend the day artfully doing nothing. Our suggestion? Wander off to the beach with a book, sunbathe by the pool, take a long nap after lunch. Repeat.

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