Côte d'Azur, France

Les Roches Rouges

Rates from (ex tax)$329.68

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR335.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Retro surf-chic

Setting

On the (red) rocks

Just along the coast from Nice lies boutique hotel Les Roches Rouges. This retro stay has sweeping views of the sea and two photogenic swimming pools – one carved from coastal rock. Two relaxed modern restaurants dish out Provençal fare, and three strategically placed bars – by the pool, beach and terrace – will keep you refreshed throughout your stay. Lounge by the surf and play pétanque before dinner under the stars; take your nightcap on your balcony, which – like most visitors here – turns its adoring gaze to the sea.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

50, including eight suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $329.68 (€279), 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.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR335.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of fresh fruit and juices, pastries, cheeses, made-to-order eggs and seasonal dishes.

Also

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.

Hotel closed

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.

Poolside

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.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

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.

Pet‐friendly

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.

Children

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The alfresco tables are, without a doubt, the ones to go for.

Dress Code

Don Breton stripes or beachwear for breakfast and lunch, and drape yourself in white linen for dinner.

Hotel restaurant

Chef José Bailly helms both of the mod-Provençal restaurants at Les Roches Rouges. All-day eatery La Plage specialises in seasonal dishes and sharing plates made with locally-sourced ingredients and served in a relaxed atmosphere. Order a classic salade niçoise or grilled lamb, and don’t miss the cream-filled brioche tarte Tropézienne. Dinners at La Terrasse – from a menu of traditional regional dishes – come with a side of sweeping sea views. Offerings on the seafood-centric menu range from octopus with squid and seaweed to stuffed purple artichokes; the accompanying wine list is respectably extensive, with an impressive range of organic wines too.

Hotel bar

Les Roches Rouges has three laid-back bars – La Cabane, La Terrace and Beach bar – so you’ll never be far from a refreshing drink. Mixologist Dean Shury, has dreamed up peach-laced Rinquinquin cocktails, anise-flavoured French pastis, and summery orange-and peach-infused wine; all muddled up with locally sourced ingredients, naturally. 

Last orders

Have breakfast (7.30–10.30am), lunch (12 noon–2.30pm) and dinner (7–10.30pm) at La Plage. Sup (7–10.30pm) at La Terrasse (closed Monday–Tuesday in May, June and September). La Cabane (10am–8pm), La Terrace (6–11pm) and Beach bar (11–1am) are open daily.

Room service

Order snacks, meals and drinks directly to your door during restaurant opening hours; there's a delivery charge of €5.

Location

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Address
Les Roches Rouges
90 Boulevard de la 36e Division du Texas
Saint-Raphaël
83530
Saint-Raphaël
France

Planes

The Nice Côte d’Azur airport is a 90-minute drive from the hotel, and the drive to Marseille Provence airport takes about two hours; call our Smith24 team to arrange flights and transfers.

Trains

Trains from Marseille, Nice and Paris pull into Gare de Saint-Raphaël-Valescure, which is a 15-minute drive; arrange hotel transfers with our Smith24 team.

Automobiles

A car is handy for exploring along the coast, and there’s on-site valet parking at the hotel. From Saint-Raphaël, follow signs to city centre and train station, then skirt the port towards Boulouris and Le Dramont and follow the road until you reach the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Active types can swim laps in the long pool, partake in the hotel's weekly alfresco yoga session, and follow experienced field guide Joseph di Caro as he leads guests through Esterel National Park every Monday. Get playfully competitive with table tennis in the garden or on the full-size pétanque court – once a week, the president of the neighbouring village’s bowling club gives free lessons at cocktail hour – or relax with a summer read by the pool. 

Smooth seas are perfect for paddleboarding (there’s gear for guests to borrow); the hotel has snorkelling equipment on hand too if you’d prefer to dip below the waters in search of anemones, scorpion fish and other life aquatic. Borrow the hotel’s two-person kayak to explore the calm waters of Calanque de Saint-Barthélémy or the coastline to gaze up at the magnificent Esterel mountains from the sea. The hotel’s fisherman Olivier Bardoux will show guests how to angle like a pro. Take to the waves on windsurfing boards and Hobie Cats at Agay Wind Club, a 10-minute drive from hotel. For land-based exploring, wander the streets of Saint-Raphaël and stop by the Basilique Notre Dame de la Victoire, or spend a morning trekking through the red-rock Massif de l'Esterel mountains.

 

Local restaurants

For lunches and relaxed dinners of fresh fish, hit port-side restuarants Les Voiles Saint-Raphaël and Le Coelacanthe (Port Santa Lucia, Saint-Raphaël). Mod-French La Table Restaurant, a short stroll from the port, has a reassuringly short, classic menu of fish and meat; try the sea bream fillet or the classic côte de boeuf and save room for crème brûlée. Downtown eatery Elly’s is part restaurant, part gallery (and we’re not just talking about what hangs on the walls). The modern menu has fixed-course options and includes dishes such as lobster ravioli, monkfish with lemongrass and marinated salmon tartare with avocado salsa.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this surfside hotel on the Med and unpacked their bottle (or two) of rosé and Brigitte Bardot-inspired beachwear, a full account of their luxury seaside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Les Roches Rouges in Côte d’Azur …
 
Setting foot in the clean-lined lobby of Les Roches Rouges, you’ll be struck by the intensely blue views of the sea; it’s definitely the star of the show here, and it can be seen from the private balcony of every room. This retro boutique hotel is a modern edit of a classic surf stay; design is white, bright and minimalist, with exposed concrete, natural materials and modern artwork.
 
Immediately after check-in, strip to your beachwear and make a beeline for the hotel’s incredible pool: a natural, rock-hewn affair on the edge of the sea. After splashing about in the sun and salt air, peachy cocktails, glasses of rosé and a leisurely dinner under the stars await, before you’re lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping waves outside your window.
 

 

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