Château du Domaine St. Martin

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

Occupying the site of an ancient Knights Templar fortress and set amid acres of greenery designed by Jean Mus, this hilltop domain has 180-degree panoramic views and a noteworthy restaurant. The ecological Sisley spa was winner of the Best Luxury Destination Spa in Europe 2014, and the helicopter pad is an indication of the kind of company you'll be keeping—Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, among others, are former guests, so servers are used to discreet excellence. Inside are 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, the Michelin-star restaurant, with 12,000 bottles on the wine list, is perhaps the best reason to come here: chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois's creations are superb, and the panoramic terrace views over Old Vence to the Baie des Anges are eye-popping.

PROS

  • spectacular views matched by flawless service
  • superb spa
  • Martin's Club for kids in summer

CONS

  • restaurant prices steep (€24 for a starter soup
  • breakfast €40)
  • nothing really within walking distance

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -04–93–58–02–02

HOTEL DETAILS

40 suites, 6 villas
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–mid-Apr. Breakfast

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