We’ve rounded up an ever-growing selection of boutique hotel stays, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats in France. Pick a destination below to see our selection of the best boutique hotels to book, as well as an insider guide to everything from restaurants and bars to picnics and hire cars…
Boutique & luxury hotels
France’s south-westernmost region is a lush, green pocket of land caught between the mountains and the windswept Atlantic coast.
Distinguished wines, world-renowned cuisine and ornate châteaux of honey-coloured stone – Beaujolais is everything the Francophile dreams of.
Bordeaux is a city of grandeur and sophistication, of old money and legendary vintages, where connoisseurs can take the time to savour wines and cuisine perfected over generations.
Rugged, windswept Brittany in north-west France is the coastal twin of Cornwall, and its happy-holidays charm matches its UK sister’s in buckets and spades.
Located in the heart of France, Burgundy is a region of peaceful canals, well-tended vineyards and rural charm – the epitome of la vie Française.
The red carpet only gets rolled out for a fortnight a year, but the Film Festival embues Cannes with perennial flashbulb glamour.
Chamonix is the skier’s ski resort and it attracts dedicated Alpine thrill seekers year-round, just as it has done for centuries.
Walloon countryside, tiny towns, farmland and forest await in this peaceful and picturesque corner of north-east France.
Corsica is the ultimate short-haul adventure, tightly packing in all of the natural world’s best bits. It’s got mountains, fields and shimmering coastline. And it has a wild side too: wild boar wander and tortoises totter freely by your feet.
On the coast that defined seaside glamour, you can never be too rich or too brown.
Courchevel has built a reputation as a high-altitude, high-living resort where the beautiful people come to see and be seen, yet every winter it’s the vastness of the Trois Vallées that steals the show.
In the warm valleys of southwestern France, where the Dordogne, Isle and Lot rivers wriggle their way to the Atlantic, the lush landscape, sunny days and mild temperatures combine to produce perfect conditions for grapes and truffles.
When it came to the natural lottery, the Gers won the biggest prize: a tapestry of colour-rich fields, shimmering shores, lush forests and fertile vineyards.
Indre-et-Loire: a verdant sprawl of sunflower fields, green landscapes and two glittering rivers, beloved of France’s mediaeval kings, and studded with the turreted, towering châteaux they left behind.
Sprawling from the chestnut-dotted Cévennes Mountains to a flamingo-flanked Mediterranean Coast, by way of magnificent ancient cities and rolling winelands, this region has reason to puff out its chest when declaring its geographical and metropolitan offerings.
Often described, even by the Parisians, as being like Paris but without the crowds, France’s second city, Lyon, is a chic metropolis but with a style and frenetic pace all of its own.
Young, vibrant, prosperous, Montpellier in Languedoc-Roussillon basks in southern sunshine.
A vast rural region of castles, Camembert and clifftops, Normandy is as rich in history as it is in mouthwatering rustic produce.
Paris is a dream project for pedestrians, with endless secrets hidden away from all the wonderful clichés.
Topped by the Loire valley, tailed by Bordeaux, cooled by Atlantic breezes, Poitou-Charentes is the home of cognac, and a coast-to-country destination par excellence.
The south-west area of Provence is a land of light and colour, where the languid river Rhône winds its way through fruit orchards and fields of lavender before melting into the watery maze of the Camargue.
Named for the river running through it and the mountains at its edge, Rhône-Alpes is a region of vinous valleys, mighty peaks, lakeside spa towns and scenic drives.
Rock-star villas, luxury boutiques, Chanel bikinis... For a seaside fishing village, St Tropez has evolved admirably.