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.
Above: Should you choose to venture from your balcony, the hotel offers swimming, pétanque, cooking classes, a design-worthy spa (left), and French cinema by moonlight (right).
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.”