The free weekly pétanque lesson, held at cocktail hour
Watching “Jules et Jim” in the open-air cinema
Checking in from a lounge chair, because why not?
What To Know
Rooms don’t have televisions, though they do come with tablets
The hotel’s location isn’t within walking distance of much else
Retro-glam gem on France's Côte d'Azur with views of the Estérel coastline
Everyone compares the feeling of looking out at the sea through this hotel’s picture windows to being on a boat, and they’re not wrong. Even the modernist interior, with its rattan touches, has a nautical air, though you’ll find also rustic oak consoles and Maison de Vacances blankets scattered throughout. The hotel’s cycled through a number of decorative styles since it opened in the 1950s but Parisian architecture firm Festen strips them all down admirably, leaving the elegant, mid-century bones on view. All the rooms have balconies and almost all have sea views, too. Personalized playlists on the tablets filter through bluetooth Haier docking systems, a nice touch. Don’t miss a dip in the saltwater pool, with its lap lane cut out of the rock, or just hop onto the pontoon for a swim in the sea. Provencal food, very well-executed, stars at the restaurants and there are three—count ‘em—cocktail bars, to fill the evenings.
In the Area
Les Roches Rouges’ advantageous position on the cliff-lined coast and the quiet, near-isolation of its spot between Saint-Raphaël and Agay means that there’s not much you can reach on foot nearby. The hotel offers a number of activities that don’t involve a sun lounger or a cocktail, though. An experienced guide leads walks through the mountains that back the hotel, and snorkeling, kayaking and paddle-boarding equipment is all provided for those who want more of the sea than just a quick dip. Or you can get up before the sun for a fishing expedition. If you want to head to either of the nearby towns, you’ll need to rent a car to drive the curved, amazingly scenic corniche.