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The French Riviera Hotels

Château du Domaine St. Martin

  • 2490 av. des Templiers Map It
  • Vence
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  • Stunning views
  • Possible celebrity sightings
  • Martin's Club for kids in summer


  • Restaurant decor has been labeled old-fashioned
  • Nothing really within walking distance

Updated 12/20/2013

Fodor's Review

Occupying the site of an ancient Knights Templar fortress and set amid acres of greenery designed by Jean Mus, this hilltop domain with its noteworthy restaurant, ecological spa, and helicopter pad, welcomes you with light, airy public salons (where afternoon tea and rare champagnes are offered) and luxurious guest quarters that include two- and three-bedroom villas accented with beautiful antiques. But Le Saint-Martin restaurant on site is perhaps the best reason to come here: Chef Yannick Franques's creations are superb, and the panoramic terrace views over Old Vence to the Baie des Anges are eye-popping. Famous guests often stay here (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, among others), so servers are used to discreet excellence.

Hotel Information


2490 av. des Templiers, Vence, 06142 Cedex, France

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Hotel Details:

  • Closed mid-Oct.–mid-Apr.
  • 40 suites, 6 villas
  • Rate includes Breakfast

Updated 12/20/2013

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Oct 23, 2008


We did not stay at the Chateau, but dined here. The setting is indescribable. In summer, dining can be al fresco on a spacious patio overlooking the Baie des Anges or indoors in one of the most beautiful dining rooms I have ever seen. The food was luscious and the service was attentive and personal. Before we dined we stopped at reception and concierge offered to take us on a tour of the property. He was clearly proud of the Chateau and enthusiastically

related its history and described its many amenities. If the rooms are anything like the common areas they must be warm and elegant. The prices are high even for the Cote d'Azur, but if it's in your budget don't hesitate. It's an unbelievbly magical place. Very romantic!

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