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The best hotels for VIPs in Côte d'Azur

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  • By Harry Jenner
  • Published 17 November 2022
  • Revised 16 February 2023

Hotels for VIPs aren’t hard to find in the Côte d’Azur. This sunny coastal destination is simply perfect for the ‘strictly five-star only’ types of holiday-goers after nothing but pure luxury.  

It’s not just that the premium resorts are magnificent, the very best hotels also offer exclusive privileges for the most-special guests willing to pay a little extra for a first-rate experience.

We’re talking about perks like reserving the best table at the restaurant, getting chauffeured around in a limousine, chartering the hotel’s dazzling yacht for the day, or even something simple like booking private fine dining in the comfort of your villa. Anything to make your stay extra-luxe!  

So, if you want to live like royalty for a week, these VIP hotels Côte d’Azur serves up are your best bet for getting that quintessential French Riviera grandeur.  

Get a regal welcome at La Réserve Ramatuelle Hotel, Spa & Villas 

First on our list of the best hotels for VIPs Côte d’Azur-style is Saint-Tropez’s La Réserve Ramatuelle Hotel, Spa & Villas. Here, all guests have a choice of staying in a luxury suite or your own secluded villa, the latter of which offers a home-away-from-home style of living with a fully-equipped kitchen and ample space to properly settle in.  

The best VIP villa is Villa 17, which even comes with a private butler who will deal with any requests you may have, whether it’s something small like extra toiletries or a larger request like booking you in for a massage at the on-site spa. These villas also come with your own private pool looking out at breath-taking vistas of the Mediterranean Sea.  

The VIP experience continues out in the resort spaces too, especially at La Voile, the resort’s signature Michelin-star restaurant serving up all sorts of gourmet French delicacies made from only the finest ingredients, including caviar, Wagyu beef, bluefin tuna, and lobster tails. And remember, the five-star experience is never complete with a bottle of champagne (or two). 

La Réserve Ramatuelle Hotel, Spa & Villas 

La Réserve Ramatuelle Hotel, Spa & Villas 

Have everything at your fingertips in the Royal-Riviera Hotel 

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s Royal-Riviera Hotel is everything you imagine the Côte d’Azur to be – and so much more. Every inch of the hotel screams deluxe, from the elegance of your private suite to the lush poolside gardens where a waiter will bring you another cocktail whenever your glass empties. The staff here always go above and beyond to make sure your trip is exactly what you wanted it to be.  

There are plenty of R&R options to keep your days ticking over nicely too, especially at the premium wellness centre, perfect if you fancy a morning workout before breakfast or a relaxing massage if holiday exertion isn’t really your thing (who can blame you?). Or if you fancy a day on the sands, head down to the hotel’s private beach to soak up the sun or try out a few water sports.  

Whatever you do, just make sure you book a table at La Table du Royal for dinner at least one of the nights. Led by Michelin-star chef Alain Parodi, you can expect nothing but high-quality exquisite food.  

Royal-Riviera Hotel 

Royal-Riviera Hotel 
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Feel like a VIP city-hopper at Five Seas Hotel Cannes

Next on our list of the best hotels Côte d’Azur edition is Five Seas Hotel Cannes. Located right at the heart of Cannes, this is the perfect choice for holiday-goers wanting to split their time between chilled beach days and exploring the city’s must-see sights and landmarks. 

For the best VIP room, we recommend staying in the three-bedroom Presidential Suite – as you can tell from that name alone, any guests staying here will be looked after extremely well. The suite itself ticks all the boxes, including having high-tech amenities like a glass jacuzzi and extra-special views of Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage, Cannes’ stunning 19th-century church. You’ll spend all day people-watching its tourist crowds and admiring the impressive Gothic-style architecture.  

There’s plenty to do around the hotel too. For a spot of TLC, head to sanctuary-like Five Seas Hotel Spa or top up your tan on the pool terrace taking in the city’s bustling atmosphere. 

Take your luxury experience further with the most expensive hotels in Côte d'Azur.  

Five Seas Hotel Cannes

Five Seas Hotel Cannes

Stay in the Penthouse Suite at Hôtel Martinez by Hyatt 

Cannes’ Hôtel Martinez by Hyatt is ultra-luxe at its finest. The whole resort is teeming with 1920s art-deco glamour, especially in the 5,382ft² Penthouse Suite offering panoramic sea views out on your private balcony. The whole place feels uber-romantic, making it the perfect room for honeymooners or loved-up couples wanting a weekend away together.  

It’s not just the design and style of the hotel that’s five-star, there’s a lot of substance to the proceedings too, like its choice of three restaurants to dine at, including the La Palme d’Or which boasts not just one Michelin star, but two. We recommend dining here alfresco on a warm summer evening when you can admire beautiful ocean views peeking through gently swaying palm trees. You’ve never experienced French paradise quite like this! 

Penthouse Suite at Hôtel Martinez by Hyatt 

Penthouse Suite at Hôtel Martinez by Hyatt 

Even the kids are VIPs at Hôtel Barriére Le Majestic 

Last on our list is Hôtel Barriére Le Majestic. While you adults receive the five-star treatment, it’s your kiddos who’ll be treated like kings and queens the most. In fact, the hotel’s younger guests are known as V.I.Ks (Very Important Kids).  

When they’re not busy in the kid’s room playing video games or watching DVDs, they’ll be taking part in the activities at the kids' club known as Le Studio by Petit VIP. Here the staff encourage them to have fun and get creative by running workshops and lessons in dancing, cooking, photography, and so much more.  

And whilst the kiddos are lapping up their own luxury, you enjoy some exclusive adult-only time, like a heavenly body treatment at Spa Diane Barrière, renting jet skis on the hotel’s private beach, or simply unwinding in the pool with a refreshing mojito. Whatever you need or desire, just politely flag down a member of staff and they’ll tend to your needs. They don’t want you lifting a finger! 

Hôtel Barriére Le Majestic

Hôtel Barriére Le Majestic

The best hotels for VIPs in Côte d’Azur FAQs 

What are the best casinos in the Côte d’Azur? 

For a ritzy VIP experience, spend a debauched night in one of Côte d’Azur’s many luxury casinos found across its upmarket cities. Although you’ll find plenty of options across the entire French Riviera, we think the best casinos can be found in Monaco’s world-famous gambling and entertainment complex known as Monte Carlo Casino.  

Here you’ll find an abundance of impressive grand-scale casinos, each boasting lavish decor, showy cocktails bars, and a variety of casino games to choose from. This is the best place for that supreme James Bond-esque type of glamour! How do you like your Martini? Shaken or stirred?  

What clothes should you pack for the Côte d’Azur? 

For a summer trip to the Côte d’Azur, we recommend packing all the typical holiday items, like casual shorts, t-shirts, dresses, swimwear, and flip-flops/sandals. Also make sure you have a few smarter, more formal outfit choices too, especially if you plan on visiting upscale bars and restaurants. 

If you’re visiting in the cooler winter months, it’s best to prepare your wardrobe for slightly chillier weather. From December to January, temperatures average at only around 10ºC, so make sure you pack plenty of jackets, coats, and trousers.

Still unsure whether the Côte d’Azur is the right destination for you? See our full list of luxury French holidays or speak to one of our travel managers who can match you up with accommodation or an itinerary that suits your needs and desires. Hotels for VIPs in the Côte d’Azur are everywhere you look, so rest assured we’ll find you the one you’ve been dreaming of. 

If it's a longer and more pre-planned trip you’re after, you can experience luxury French holiday tours with one of our itineraries. All flights, accommodation, and excursions are included. 

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