For a romantic, lavish stay, this hotel has it all covered – lush rooms with a fairytale feel, sunny terrace with good views and a restaurant with ambitions for a Michelin star. Owner Mr Abodib is dynamic and friendly – his parents set up the hotel in the 1970s. Guests stay in the original turreted ‘donjon’, built in 1873, or next door in a red brick villa with pretty shuttered windows. Rooms and suites are eclectic, from quietly serene ‘Paul’ to vibrant red ‘Marcel Proust’ or military-themed ‘Major’. There’s a beautiful pool – bag a comfy recliner or dreamy daybed with floaty white curtains. If it’s cooler, mellow with piped jazz in the calm of the conservatory, or pick a book from wall to ceiling shelves in the library. Outside, look out for the hotel cat as you explore the garden, steep and terraced with rose arches. There are eateries in the bustling, touristy town below, but treat yourself and dine in the restaurant here, where deep blue walls and a Persian rug bring the classic red velvets and white linens to life. You’ll find elegant presentation, delicious local produce and an extensive wine list.