The most beautiful 5-star hotels in France: our selection

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These 5-star hotels, from Provence to Champagne via the Alps, are each in their own way emblems of French luxury. Overview of the best luxury hotels and charming addresses, all awarded the precious five stars and carefully tested. Yonder.fr also offers here a selection of the most beautiful  5-star hotels in Paris .

1. Baumanière | The legendary address of Les Baux-de-Provence

Nestled at the foot of the charming village of Baux-de-Provence, Baumanière , a five-star hotel, is one of the oldest members of Relais et Châteaux , crowned with exceptional cuisine. The latter, Oustau de Baumanière, celebrated by all gourmets on the planet, has received all the elite since the 1950s: from Queen Elizabeth II to General De Gaulle via Picasso, the Aga Khan, Winston Churchill, Hugh Grant , Johny Depp… Originally Raymond Thuilier who bought an old dilapidated mill in 1943 and made it one of the most beautiful addresses in France, the restaurant being crowned with 3 Michelin stars in 1954.

His grandson Jean-André Charial took up the torch in the 70s. He retained the famous three Michelin stars for more than 30 years: a record, losing them then regaining them with Glenn Viel in 2020: an extremely rare occurrence! A second, simpler restaurant, the Cabro d’Or run by chef Michel Hulin, highlights refined Provençal cuisine. The hotel offers 54 rooms and suites spread across 5 buildings scattered throughout the magnificent Provençal gardens: l’Oustau, the historic building, la Guigou, le Manoir, an 18th century country house, mas Flora and mas Carita. The 3 swimming pools, the 6-cabin spa displaying the Une Olive en Provence and Sisley brands with sensory pool, hammam, sauna, fitness room… complete this dream picture.

2. Château de la Messardière | The legendary hotel in Saint-Tropez

The framework ? Member of the Airelles collection, the Château de la Messardière overlooks the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the sumptuous Bay of Pampelonne from its hill. Set in a park extending over more than 12 hectares of pine forest sheltered from the crowds of the village, this manor built in the 19th century undoubtedly remains one of the most beautiful 5-star hotels in France and the Côte d’ Azure . In the shade of pine trees and with the Mediterranean in sight, the Saint-Tropez palace renovated in 2021 highlights its architctural elements: Carrara marble, colonnades, dome and stone staircase…

How is the hotel? In a very Provençal style, the stately home made of turrets and ocher stone contains 99 rooms and suites classified into 10 categories with views of the surrounding nature. A 15-minute walk from its private beach, Jardin Tropézina , the castle has no less than 7 different restaurants, including the Matsuhisa Saint-Tropez restaurant  offering Japanese cuisine with Peruvian influences and the Carrara run by chef Marco Garfagnini which is breathtaking a perfume of dolce vita paying homage to its Tuscan origins. For an exceptional cocktail, head to bar 1904, the legendary bar of La Messardière.

What makes the difference ? The well-being offer of the legendary hotel. The Valmont spa not only offers 1,000 m² of space and nine treatment rooms, as well as a hammam and a magnificent indoor swimming pool, but also a traditional Japanese sauna called Iyashi Dôme, a seawater levitation bath and outdoor yoga platforms. The hotel also has a swimming lane nestled in the pine forest, a swimming pool with a view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, two tennis courts and a fitness center.

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