Concierge.com's insider take:
Need a place that's outside of St. Trop itself, but close enough to get a dose when you want it? Welcome to Villa Marie, a 43-room bastide tucked away in a pine grove outside the hilltop village of Ramatuelle, ten minutes from town. If you subscribe to French decorating magazines, you've seen it: This is another example of the impeccable taste of hotelier Jocelyne Sibuet (of Les Fermes de Marie in the French Alps and La Bastide de Marie in the Lubéron). The decor is an intriguing mix of Belle Epoque and vintage Riviera. There are lots of carefully culled antiques, such as curio cases and rush-bottomed chairs, which contrast nicely with the wrought-iron credenzas and gilt carved-wood lamps. The lovely setting doesn't hurt, nor does the swimming pool carved into the rock, where you can soak up the soleil while listening to the cicadas go wild in the heat of day. Heaven.