Concierge.com'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.