To call a destination “colorful” is to offer it one of many roles. A hotspot brought to life by vibrant arts and culture. A destination famed for its bounty of natural colors. Or even a place whose bright, immovable memory remains etched in your mind.
For the French Riviera all three ring true. Whether indulging in the colorful streets of Vieille Ville in Nice, basking in the medieval history of Èze, or finding yourself awash in fields of flowers in Grasse, each lively experience culminates on the coast. The Côte d’Azur is, after all, where ocean meets sky in a not-so-coincidental shade of azure blue. Here are the best spots to take in its famed beauty.
Exclusive Avenue du Roi Albert Apartment, Cannes
With Mediterranean blue as far as the eye can see, two impressive buildings comprising nine exclusive apartments rule the Avenue du Roi Albert, now home to Cannes’ chic 87 Soligny. Concierge service, security, 24-hour reception, and electronic entry are standard, adding welcome peace of mind to the incredible panoramas of each suite. Take in ocean waters from the rooftop pool, or from the privacy of your own residence—currently a blank slate with endless potential for your own signature look.
Belle-Époque Mansion, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
True beauty never fades. Built in 1901, this Belle-Époque mansion has retained all of its historic splendor while undergoing a complete renovation to meet the needs of today’s most discerning resident. At four floors, six bedrooms and two living rooms, this tower in the skyline houses the ultimate in airy Côte luxury, with white walls guiding light into every corner, and sea views from nearly every window, the exceptions are a welcome wine cellar, cinema, and sensual Hammam sauna.
Prestigious Penthouse, Cannes La Bocca
Triple exposure and three generous terraces mean the views never cease at this Croix-des-Gardes penthouse in Cannes. The perfect spot to soak up historic glamour, space is no object—16,110-square-meters house a spacious lounge, well-equipped kitchen, two en-suite bedrooms, and a home gym. Work up a sweat or a cool off with a refreshing dip while you gaze all the way out to Estérel.
Château de la Barben, Aix-En-Provence
This property is as culturally significant as it is impressive. At more than 1,000 years old and holding court across a sprawling 307 hectares, Château de la Barben was once home to a king. Its lineage traces back to a first mention in 1064 via the abbey Saint Victor de Marseille registry, passing to King René before eventually being sold to the De Forbin family in 1474, with whom it remained for 500 years. Now, the exemplary estate is a crown jewel of the Riviera, crossed by two rivers and shrouded in romance.
Architectural Villa, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Artistic flair and architectural vision collide above the sea in this remarkable home. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring sweeping views into this 7,500-square-foot property set on private, rolling grounds—complete with a bold take on the traditional koi pond. A generous kitchen and dining room are primed for fresh local fare, and a heated pool offers added after-dinner refreshment. An incredible master bedroom is just the place to retire after unwinding in the Riviera sunsets.
19th Century Château Soligny, Cannes
Swaying oceanside palms and ocean-to-sky blue greet you from the comfort of your bed in Château Soligny, where Rimbaud’s 1868 architectural plans retain their golden-era glow. Now completely renovated and expanded, this castle (officially deemed so in 1872), stretches across nearly two acres of prime seaside land. From wing to annex to winter garden, classical modern taste rules—evident in the rich ebony, grandiose marble, and leather floor details.
Modern Hillside Villa, Éze
View Medieval magnificence in the modern era. The rich history of Éze is an unbeatable addition to sweeping sea vistas at this prime hillside villa. Inside the 4,122-square-foot home, refined taste travels from the chic living room to the fully-equipped kitchen to the impressive master bedroom. Outside, a beautiful pool offers refreshment and privacy, and a south-facing terrace is the ultimate spot for dining al fresco.
Whether you favor the olive greens of countryside trees or the persimmon washes of historic buildings, whenever you’re home on the Riviera, glimmers of ocean blue will brighten your day.