Recently, browsing summer travel destinations on Design Hotels, I discovered Hotel Les Roches Rouges, a new seaside resort in Saint Raphaël on France’s Côte d’Azur. Recently renovated by Paris-based firm Festen Architecture, the hotel strikes a balance of pared-down glamour, or what Festen calls “an era of barefoot luxury.” The exterior is grand, perched on the rocky coast above the sea, with balconies, shade sails, and a saltwater pool carved into rock that “harken back to the classic French Riviera style of the late 1950s/early 1960s.” Inside, the 49 guest rooms are stripped-down and simple, with white linens, vintage midcentury finds, ochre chaises, and ocean views. Here’s a look.
Packing your bags? Mr. and Mrs. Smith advises “Bensimon tennis shoes and soft raglan sweatshirts, when you’re not lounging beside the pools in your French-film-star-inspired swimwear.”
N.B. For more by Festen Architecture, see Kitchen of the Week: An All-Stainless Design in a Paris Loft.
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