The 6 Best New Hotels in France 2021


Storytelling castles, verdant retreats in deep Provence and contemporary palaces – the new French hotels mix the new and the old.

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Paris has seen a flow of superb new hotels recently, and many more have opened across France. These stylish new stays are in perfect sync with their natural surroundings, celebrating timeless beauty, fragrant gardens and open spaces while providing exceptional farm-to-table decor and cuisine.

They range from a very affordable country inn to an ultra-luxurious Provencal chateau for multigenerational family reunions, from the Normandy countryside to sunny Mediterranean wine regions.

A modernist retreat awaits you near Monaco.

La Riviera Maybourne, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, French Riviera

From a distance, this dazzling rectangle of concrete and white glass hanging from a cliff of the Grande Corniche, just east of Monaco, almost looks like a mirage. Up close, after years of restoring the long-abandoned Vista Palace hotel, the Maybourne Riviera (the latest addition to the Maybourne group) offers an exceptional experience, inside and out. Expect bespoke designer furniture Bryan O’Sullivan, Andre Fu and Pierre Yovanovich, a lobby inspired by Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier, museum-quality works of art, an infinity pool, lemon-lined walkways and remarkable cuisine.

The concept: local and garden-to-table menus created by three Michelin star chef Mauro Colagreco (Le Mirazur, Menton), who runs the rooftop seafood restaurant, Ceto, and the informal Riviera restaurant open all day. daytime. The suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, sea-view terraces, exquisite Modernist details, and white quartz tubs. Two new restaurants, with supernova chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Japanese sushi magician Hiro Sato, are coming soon.

Book now: From $ 2,085 / night;

Domaine de Primard, Normandy

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On the banks of the quiet Eure, an hour’s drive west of Paris, this 18e– Century Castle, the former country home of actress Catherine Deneuve, is one of the latest openings for the French hotel couple Frédéric Biousse and Guillaume Foucher from the luxury hotel group Les Domaines de Fontenille. The couple transformed the 99-acre estate into a dreamy bucolic hideaway. Its 30 rooms and 9 suites are adorned with sumptuous contemporary furniture and unique antiques. Customers can enjoy its three restaurants: the intimate l’Eglantine, the Octave for classic bistro cuisine and a table d’hôte serving high comfort food, run by three-star Michelin chef Éric Frechon. After a swim in the pool and a massage with fragrant alpine plant oils at the Susanne Kauffmann Spa, you can explore the estate on an electric bike, have tea in the rose garden or lounge in a lounge chair and watch the swans go by.

Book now: Starting at $ 256 / night;

Make Saint-Tropez the right way.

Chateau de la Messardière, Saint-Tropez

Built in 1904, this pale ocher turreted castle sits atop a wooded hill surrounded by prime real estate: 25 acres of manicured grounds and windswept umbrella pines. In addition to the art deco-inspired lobby, the new elegant suites with sea views and the elegant Valmont spa designed by Christophe Tollemer, this complex-style monument is full of new dynamism. Another highlight is the pirate-themed children’s camp, a villa with arcade games, swimming pool, restaurant, cinema, and outdoor sports program. There are three new dining choices: the classic Provencal Auberge des Maures, the Japanese restaurant Matsuhisa and the fresh market buffet, La Table. A Rolls-Royce transports guests to its stylish beach club, Tropezina, for delicious seafood and a dip in the sparkling Mediterranean.

Book now: Starting at $ 1,340 / night;

The Relais Notre Dame is an ideal base for exploring the Gorges du Verdon.

Relais Notre Dame, Quinson

Hidden in the north of the Var, between the jade waters and the steep cliffs of the Gorges du Verdon, this chic place was imagined by the hoteliers Julie and Nicolas Malzac (Hôtel des Deux Rocs, Seillans). They transformed an old village post into a charming inn in the heart of lavender country. The 13 rooms are furnished with a jumble of hand-picked rustic antiques, some with rollaway beds for couples with children. Kids will love the impressive Norman Foster-designed prehistoric museum next door and the variety of water sports, including kayaking and electric boats, just steps away. Dinner is a feast of seasonal dishes including homemade gravlax, duck breasts with honey and rosemary, local goat cheeses, and a citrus panna cotta for dessert. The result is a rare blend of Provencal simplicity in an unbeatable location. (The hotel is closed for the winter season and reopens in March 2022.)

Book now: Starting at $ 93 / night;

The Moulin de Lourmarin was an oil mill in a former life.

The Moulin de Lourmarin, Provence

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Completely renovated and under new management, this former gastronomic haunt and luxury hotel turned olive mill is today a contemporary retreat with sleek chic. By teaming up with innovative French architects Jaune and design studio Be-poles, the Beaumier hotel group (Les Roches Rouges) has reinvented authentic Provence with 25 comfortable rooms, whitewashed walls, vintage pottery, works of art. quirky art, woven-straw rugs and shiny red ocher-tiled bathrooms. On the terroir side, chef Julien Serry offers a tasty palette of vegetarian and fish classics: stuffed zucchini, cream of monkfish bourride, and a raspberry tart with poppy ice cream, served on a starred terrace-patio.

Book now: From $ 147 / night;

Chateau d’Estoublon, Fontvieille, Provence

A majestic path lined with cypress trees leads you to this historic 15th century Provencal chateau surrounded by a vast agricultural estate of vineyards and olive trees. The lavishly restored 22-bedroom Chateau d’Estoublon, a new addition to the Airelles luxury properties, is an extremely upscale option for private celebrations with friends or family, with full hotel services. The 10 rooms are equipped with a romantic period four-poster bed and rare antique finds. There’s a heated swimming pool, fitness studio, and movie theater lounge, plus a 96-acre olive grove ready to be explored. Lunch on your private terrace or at La Table d’Estoublon next door, for weekly Japanese barbecue buffets and tasty regional specialties including a signature bouillabaisse and tantalizing chocolate mousse by the pastry star Christophe Michalak, all accompanied by the fruitiness of Estoublon Rose blood Pink.

Book now: From $ 29,100 / night for the entire place (20 beds);

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