The idea of five-star hotels on the French Riviera is a relatively new concept because France has only recently added a fifth star to the country's hotel rating system. There are now 16 five-star hotels on the Cote d'Azur.
Hôtel Belles Rives
The Fitzgerald cocktail bar recalls the days when F.Scott drowned his sorrows in Antibes. The Art Deco style and waterfront location in Juan-les-Pins makes this an ideal place to luxuriate in Riviera style. Book now.
Listed as a national historic monument, this pleasure palace is also part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. Swimming pool, exercise room and other little extras make a stay here memorable. Book now.
The facade is a legendary part of traditional Cannes with twin cupolas allegedly modelled on the breasts of a local courtesan. Whatever. Its setting right on La Croisette and the splendid interior are outstanding. See more.
A rooftop swimming pool is a very nice amenity for this beachside hotel on La Croisette. Rooms are decorated in Film Festival style and many have views of the sea. See more.
Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, this hotel has a first rate restaurant and is beautifully located in central Monaco. You're only a few minutes walk from the Casino of Monte Carlo. Read more.
A boutique hotel with only 50 rooms, you're sure to get personal attention here. Pamper yourself with a beauty and fitness center that includes a sauna and hammam, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre and optional massages. Read more.
They don't make them like this anymore and even in the Belle Epoque the Negresco was unique. Owner Jeanne Augier makes sure that the hotel reflects her love of fine furniture, art and cuisine. The hotel restaurant, Chantecler, is legendary. Read more.
Le Palais de la Méditerranée
It's right on the Promenade des Anglais and sports Nice's most famous facade, an Art Deco masterpiece. The grandiose interior contains a covered swimming pool with a view of the sea, plus a full assortment of fitness facilities. See more.
The joy of staying in Cap Ferrat is that it's easy to reach the two poles of the region: Nice and Monaco. At this plush hotel, all is first class from the excellent service to the exquisitely decorated rooms and gourmet restaurant. See more.
See also: Grand Hôtel St Jean Cap Ferrat
Le Mas de Pierre
With an authentic Provencale style, this familial place offers a high standard of luxury in a rural setting. Relax poolside and enjoy the wind rustling the olive trees or soak up the sun in your own private garden. See more.