Get ready to add the French Riviera to your bucket list. World's Hottest Hotels takes you to the some of the most stunning seaside resorts in the world along this magical coast. Whether you're beachside in Cannes, living the high life in Nice, or getting some much needed R&R in Saint Tropez, the French Riviera promises an unforgettable trip.
Our first stop is Cannes, the ultimate French Riviera resort town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Home to the world famous Cannes Film Festival, the city plays hosts some of Hollywood's most elite royalty. And when movie stars and media moguls roll into town, they stay at the swanky Carlton Inter-Continental hotel. Just walking distance from the festivals main viewing gallery, this hotel is the place to stay for festival-goers. With beachside access along the Bay of Cannes, it's the perfect place to catch a few rays before the next screening. The Carlton Bar, located right in the lobby of the hotel, is where some of Hollywood's most important deals go down. The hotel has 343 rooms and suites are in such high demand. With seaside views, hardwood floors and high ceilings, it's the perfect place to spend a luxurious weekend in the French Riviera. But if you want to stay here for the film festival, book early because the hotel often fills up nearly a year in advance.
Just down the street is the art-deco Hotel Martinez, another first class resort perfect for a vacation getaway. Opened in 1929, this world-class hotel has been a Cannes staple for almost a century. With 409 rooms, it's one of the biggest hotels in town. Hotel Martinez has one of the largest suites in Europe, and at almost 11,000 square feet. This is the place for beach lovers too. The Hotel Martinez owns the largest beach in the entire Riviera, it's the place to see, and a place to be seen.
Off main drag from the beach is a quirky place called Hotel 3.14. It looks normal from the outside, but the lobby will stop you in your tracks. There are parakeets zipping around, a wall of white cuckoo clocks, and a blue cow sculpture. Each of the five floors represents a different continent. Check out the African floor and get transported to Morocco. The Asian floor is sleek with bursts of red, inspired by the Japanese rising sun. The beach-themed Oceanic floor feels like the South Pacific. The sky is the limit on the sky floor or rooftop terrace with a killer pool and stellar views of the beach and bay. At Hotel 3.14 you can travel from one far away land to another without leaves the hotel.
To get in on all the action in Saint Tropez, book a stay at La Maison Blanche. It's just a three-minute walk from the beach. La Maison Blanch translates to The White House, and everything here is white with a splash of grey. Some of the suites have views of the garden patio where you can kick back and enjoy the sunny Saint Tropez weather. La Maison Blanche's Champagne Bar is the place to have a drink in Saint Tropez, the perfect way to end your night at this once in a lifetime hotel.If you feel like a mix of Indian inspiration with your Riviera Ritz, head to Saint-Tropez' main square and the Pan Dei Palace. The outside looks like a typical French manor house, but inside the courtyard is like another world. There are statues of Hindu Gods everywhere and the pool has an ornate Indian-styled tile pattern. The hotel feels like a miniature Indian palace. The 12 guest rooms are named after Indian Gods. The Pan Dei Palace's Zen restaurant will provide you with a full meal and piece of mind. In the heart of Saint Tropez is the legendary Byblos Hotel. It looks more like an Arabian palace than a hotel with its pink stucco walls, towers, and scalloped trim. It's made up of a series of interconnected and brightly painted buildings. The 99 rooms and suites are elegant with lots of space and many of the suites open onto garden terraces.