French Riviera, 1950s Style

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It’s that time of year when summer vacations are uppermost in our minds. Baroque Travel finds a hidden gem on the French Riviera, the ‘50s style Hôtel Les Roches Rouges


You can’t get a better location on the French Riviera, right between St Tropez and Cannes. This luxury sanctuary is surrounded by natural beauty and authentic Provencal culture – and that includes the fishermen who go out before dawn to secure their daily catch. Recently refurbished by Parisian architectural firm Festen, this late 1950s/early 1960s building has a new lease on life, evident in the clean nautical, modern lines of classic architecture so famous on the French Riviera.


At the Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, the focus is on the magical Mediterranean Sea, visible from every window. The hotel is luxurious and secluded for those who prefer a more relaxed holiday on this famous coastline. Special touches include the natural seawater swimming pool as well as a swimming lane that has been cut right out of the coastal rock. Guests can enjoy diving and snorkeling here and the hotel’s two restaurants and three bars offer delicacies of the region with something refreshing to wash them down.


Decorated in a palette of Mediterranean blue, bright white and red ochre, the hotel is all polished concrete and aged oak, decorated with terracotta ceramics, which is indicative of the beauty of the South of France. Endless sea views, a stunning waterfront location, luxury and comfort are all part of a stay at this quintessential establishment.


The 48 rooms and suites are all furnished with bespoke pieces as well as vintage items and feature an in-room iPad with a personalized selection of movies and music, air-conditioning, video projector and sound system. There are five different categories of accommodation to choose from, including Classic, Superior, Deluxe, as well as a Junior Suite and a Suite. Most of the guest rooms have sea views and private verandas.


This plush Provencal hotel is set right on a beach in a preserved natural environment opposite the Ile d’Or. Guests enjoy long summer days in this barefoot enclave, with the opportunity to do as much, or as little as they wish. It’s their vacation, after all.

Combining refined luxury and simplicity in an exquisite natural setting, the hotel features the seawater pool as well as another pool, a lush Mediterranean garden and numerous activities for guests in and around the hotel, including an open-air cinema, petanque, yoga, hiking, cookery courses, sailing ad fishing.


Dining here is a delight, with dishes created from Provencal recipes handed down by lovers of fine food. Dishes are inventive and inviting, created by chef José Bailly and his team using freshly sourced produce. These are accompanied by an unmatched Mediterranean wine list. Guests either dine at La Terrace, the terrace restaurant as its name implies, or right on the beach, where dishes are simpler and bursting with flavour.


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