A glamorous hilltop retreat overlooking the Côte d’Azur, this three-storey Provençal villa stands within tranquil Mediterranean gardens. Its rustic blue-shuttered façade and the delicious scent of lavender and frangipani create an enchanting first impression. Tropical palms shade the large pool; sculptures and pots of bright, fragrant flowers are dotted around the lawn. Inside, the owners’ fabulous creativity and imagination is expressed throughout… Modern art covers the walls, interesting curios catch the eye and vibrant fabrics add flashes of colour. Light, spacious bedrooms combine comfort and style; one has serene Buddhist-inspired décor, while another has a cosy, cottagey feel with floral linen and terracotta tiles. Stylish bathrooms have contemporary fittings and there’s a smart top-floor kitchen with wonderful views. Terraces on the roof and at ground level are gorgeous spots to dine al fresco against a backdrop of oceans and mountains. This is a brilliant launch pad for culture – the Picasso Museum is down the hill in Antibes and the Léger Museum is in nearby Biot – and for exploring the chic Riviera.