Need to know
Fifty, including eight suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $425.25 (€375), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.30 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a Continental breakfast of fresh fruit and juices, pastries, cheeses, made-to-order eggs and seasonal dishes.
Two nights a week musicians perform live by the pools, playing Cuban beats and acoustic folk-rock. The open-air cinema screens classic films under the stars twice a week too.
Annually from mid-October to early May.
At the hotel
Public beach, free WiFi throughout, pétanque court, table tennis. Guests can borrow watersports kit (paddle boards, kayaks, snorkels and flippers) and beach gear (goggles, flotation vests and rubber rings) from reception. In rooms: tablet and iPod dock, minibar and Le Labo bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We're particularly fond of the spacious Junior Suites, while the suite’s not fully sea-facing, many will still give you an eyeful of the Med from your private balcony.
There are two: the first is a natural, stone-hewn, saltwater number abutting the sea so closely that seawater sloshes over the boundary line; a pontoon bridge provides easy access from the pool to the sea. The second is a sleek, 30-metre-long heated swimming lane cut into coastal rock. Both pools are family-friendly and supervised by a lifeguard during the day.
The spa, which has just three treatment rooms, offers a range of therapies. Choose from serious face and body revitalising using Esthederm products, alongside scrubs, massages, reflexology and restorative facials. There's also a special selection of spa treatments for Smiths aged seven to 15.
Channel the leisurely style of the hotel staff in Bensimon tennis shoes and soft raglan sweatshirts, when you’re not lounging beside the pools in your French-film-star-inspired swimwear.
Learn a thing or two about Provençal cooking with a lesson from hotel chef José Bailly, who will teach you the secrets to rustling up an authentic tapenade, prepping an aubergine dish, and how much garlic to add to an aïoli.
For €25 a night, dogs up to 10kg can stay in any guestroom; bowls will be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Côte d'Azur.
Little Smiths are welcome and can bounce between the swimming pools and pétanque court, and enjoy spa time with mum and dad. Babysitting is available for €25 an hour.