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Hô­tel Les Roches Rouges, Saint-Raphaël

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On a fra­grant cape at the foot of the Esterel moun­tains, the Hô­tel Les Roches Rouges stands amongst ochre red rocks and over­looks the in­fi­nite blue wa­ters of the Mediter­ranean. In this unique pre­served nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, Valéry Grégo and his com­pany, Les Hô­tels d’en Haut, opened their first water­front site last year: a five-star ho­tel with a hol­i­day home at­mos­phere, which turns travel into a cel­e­bra­tion and in­vites guests to live it to the full. Peo­ple come here to get away from it all, to sus­pend time, to re­fo­cus on what re­ally counts: en­joy­ing the com­pany of one’s fam­ily and friends, ap­pre­ci­at­ing the great joys and sim­ple plea­sures in life, in a place where ev­ery­thing urges you to dis­con­nect.

Housed in a late-1950s Mod­ernist build­ing, this sun-drenched ho­tel has been given a facelift by Char­lotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay, the in­te­rior de­sign cou­ple be­hind Festen Ar­chi­tec­ture. Pared-down but cut­tingedge de­scribes the decor well. Burnt si­enna, ochre, azure blue and pure white. Con­crete, oak, ter­ra­cotta, linen and ce­ram­ics… Vin­tage and con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture and works from an artists’ colony cre­ate a re­laxed set­ting with a “bare­foot lux­ury” at­mos­phere. The French Riviera spirit lives on here; the mood is non­cha­lant and care­free enough to make guests for­get their ev­ery­day re­al­ity.

Ev­ery­thing at Les Roches Rouges prompts you to (re)dis­cover Provence, ad­mire its colours, breathe in its fra­grances, savour its de­lights… In ad­di­tion to its 47 rooms and suites (equipped with tablets but tele­vi­sion­free), prac­ti­cally all of which have a view of the sea, the ho­tel boasts three bars and two restau­rants. The kitchen, un­der the ba­ton of chef José Bailly, fo­cuses on the trea­sures of re­gional Provençal pro­duce and puts sea­sonal cui­sine on the menu for young and old alike. The thyme honey rata­touille is to die for, as are the aubergines à l’es­tras­saire…

For those who like to try new things on hol­i­day, a host of ac­tiv­i­ties run by lo­cal spe­cial­ists are on of­fer: yoga, cook­ery classes, fish­ing, div­ing, pad­dle­board­ing, snorkelling, ta­ble ten­nis, pé­tanque and even pam­per­ing at the SPA Es­the­d­erm (there’s a special pro­gramme for 7-15-year-olds, too). In­trepid guests may like to get up at dawn to go fish­ing with the lo­cal fish­er­man who sup­plies the ho­tel, while food­ies may pre­fer to have a cook­ery les­son with the chef him­self. Fam­i­lies with plenty of en­ergy can bor­row kayaks and sail to­wards the Île d’Or, just op­po­site, which, for the record, is said to have in­spired Hergé when draw­ing the Scot­tish land­scape in Tintin’s ad­ven­ture on The Black

Is­land. Ram­bling fans can set off from the ho­tel along the hik­ers’ trail with Joseph Di Caro, who’ll tell them sto­ries about the moun­tains and their se­crets. Then ev­ery­one can dive into one of the ho­tel’s two pools – a swim­ming lane and an in­cred­i­ble nat­u­ral sea­wa­ter pool hol­lowed out of the rocks – while wait­ing for night­fall and the open-air cinema or con­cert.

Les Roches Rouges, rooms from €160 per night, 90 Boule­vard de la 36e Divi­sion du Texas, 83530 Saint-Raphaël, hotellesroches­

The French Riviera spirit lives on here: the mood is non­cha­lant and care­free enough to make guests for­get their ev­ery­day re­al­ity.

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