Hôtel Château de la Tour, Cannes, France $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Sitting in its own palm-lined park in the hills above Cannes's western outskirts, the Château feels like a slice of southern California slipped onto the Côte d'Azur. Sure, there's the Château itself (really a pair of old Provençal-style estate houses), but it's the hedged-off grounds that really get your attention. A long outdoor terrace contains the Château's restaurant on one side and a cabana-style bar on the other, ending in a landing with a lap pool, all set in a lush grove of palm trees, pines, and floral bushes. The restaurant serves excellent fish (sea bass in anise sauce, especially, is spectacular) and Provençal dishes in an almost ridiculously relaxed poolside ambience; the late 20searly 30s clientele keeps its oversize sunglasses on while sipping tropical-colored drinks. Back inside, rooms are covered in traditional prints and white-painted boiserie, including headboards and armoires. Of the 34 rooms, standard and superior ones are on the small side, but the blue-tiled marble bathrooms compensate. Superior-class rooms have balconies overlooking the gravel driveway, a great way to play lord or lady of the manor.
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