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French Chateau

St. Tropez, France

Do you have an unquenchable taste for the better things in life and a desire to always make an unforgettable impression? Invite your closest friends to join you at Chateau St. Tropez, a grand and glamorous colonial mansion with modern, marbled suites and palm trees at attention along its driveway. The sprawling estate with terraced pool, bar, lounges and manicured lawn is the perfect place to mingle and make your mark with Côte d’Azur’s elite.


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Chateau St. Tropez

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Aldourie Castle and Estate

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Hacienda Santa Ines

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Hacienda Santa Ines

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St. Tropez

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Chapelle de la Miséricorde

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The 2nd largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille, Nice is also the 2nd-most visited place in France after Paris, receiving 4 million tourists every year. The city has a university, several business districts, museums, a national theater, an opera house with a regional library and several concert halls and casinos. Between May and October is the best time to experience the warm Mediterranean climate of this coastal city. 960 1280

  

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Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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Lemon Festival

Lemon Festival

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Cannes

Cannes

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Château de la Napoule

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Plage de Tahiti

Plage de Tahiti

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InterContinental Carlton Cannes

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Not surprising, the InterContinental Carlton, a 1911 hotel that survived World War II attack, is packed during the Cannes Film Festival. The hotel has 343 rooms, including 39 renovated suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 10 meeting rooms and a private beach. With breathtaking views over the Bay of Cannes and its location near city’s shopping district, this is the place to be in Cannes. 960 1280

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