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Le Mas Candille, Mougins 

Boulevard Clément Rebuffel
France 06250
Tel: 33 4 92 28 43 43
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If you were Picasso, you too might choose to live in the exquisite hilltop, predominantly 15th-century cobbled-street Mougins for 15 years, but since you're not, a stay at this gorgeous 18th-century Provençal farmhouse will have to suffice. Not by any stretch of the imagination a secret, the Mas with its adjunct Bastide—newly built in the vernacular—nevertheless feels secluded, set in spacious, gated grounds planted with cypress and olive trees, mimosas, and lavender. Accommodations are quite spectacularly varied decor-wise, and while it's true the 20 rooms in the original Mas have more character, the 20 Bastide rooms have better balconies and more space. Some of that decor is a little too varied: While many rooms are in shades of beige with wainscoting and subtly striped or discreetly patterned walls, others are exercises in the use of extreme wallpaper, or floral fantasias blooming with cabbage roses and Louis XIV-ish furniture. You can always escape into the spa, Europe's only Shiseido-branded one, with aromatherapy treatments, or dip into the mountain-view infinity-edged pool, or watch DVDs on your Bang & Olufsen—or eat. Chef Serge Gouloumès at the main restaurant, Candille, is very highly regarded—and won his first Michelin Star in 2005. In the summer, you can also eat at the more relaxed poolside La Pergola.

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