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The nautical cream and turquoise shades contribute to this friendly, relaxing bar. The stunning view overlooks the beautiful bay.

The Villa Marie creates the impression that it once might have been a more humble farmhouse.

The perfect calm of a mirror lake in the volcanic mountains of a forgotten corner of France is the ideal setting for Istants d'Absolu, a truly extraordinary eco-lodge. It doesn't get more memorable or more remote than this. #Auvergne #France @ecolodgefrance

While other regions of France are known for their wineries (Bouche du Rhône) or their colourful fields (Vars), Provence is famed for its tranquillity and lavande.

For something completely different, how about booking a stay in the fabulous Hotel Ville d’Hiver – part of it was once the town of Arachon’s water plant. #Aquitaine #France

The fun of La Bastide de Moustiers is that it is a real experience in which you feel you are learning something about traditional Provence: its prevailing architecture, its landscape and its cuisine.

Michel Guérard, who pioneered nouvelle cuisine, turned it into a suitably grand hotel for just 10 guests.

The plan was simple: reorient the rooms to take better advantage of the view, and create interiors evoking the Italian heritage of the area, an aesthetic hybrid of Provencal and Tuscan.

Overlooking the famous Bay of Pampelonne, the restaurant features subtle and lively colours, skillfully selected ingredients and all the fragrance and taste of the sea.