Max. Relax: Hotel Les Roches Rouges

On the Provence coast between St. Tropez and Cannes sits a unique hotel. Hotel Les Roches Rouges resides in Saint-Raphael, a seaside resort with a population of only about 34,000. Its location tempts beach goers, while explorers can visit the Esterel or the rugged Massif de l’Esterel with its forested hills.

The hotel itself is a restoration of a resort built in the late 50s and early 60s. Work was put in to remove the renovations done in the 80s that robbed the building of its Provence and French Riviera inspired look and feel. The 48 rooms are divided into five categories: Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Junior, and Suite. Most of the rooms have a view of the Mediterranean; those that don’t have a garden view.

Being on a port, the hotel features both a view of and the fruits of local fisherman, who deliver their catches daily. You’ll also find a natural seawater swimming pool and a swimming lane that has been cut into the coastal rock. Activities abound, but the hotel is really meant to be a place of peace. Valery Grego, the owner of Hotel Les Roches Rouges, explains that the purpose of the hotel is to give people the experience of “being far away from everything.” Given its design and location, that’s exactly what this hotel does.

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