It can be difficult for Brits to sing the praises of our great rivals across the Channel, but there's little argument that France is essentially the perfect destination for a luxury holiday - a fact borne out by the statistics that the country is the most visited on Earth.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Sample some of La Vie en Rose - or should that be rosé - in Provence. Wonderful climate, legendary food and lazy days spent enjoying both together with some local pink wine are one of the world's absolute best combinations
  • Lyon - a fascinating and much underrated city. France's capital of gastronomy (step aside Paris!) is choc-a-block with great bistrots, brasseries and high end gastro-temples to choose from
  • The Côte d'Azur - legendary sweep of achingly beautiful and glamorous coastline. Ogle the world's blingiest super yachts, gasp at the price of a demi-pression in St Tropez and then retire to some of the world's most impressive historical hotels to enjoy those rather special views
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Test yourself against the Sir Bradleys, Froomes and Cavendishes of the real world by hiring bikes and seeing how far you can make it up the Spartan flanks of the Mont Ventoux. Collapse in the hamlet of Crillon Le Brave to your well-earned massage and Michelin-starred dinner.

Dave, Original Traveller

A note on price

A no-expense spared weekend on the Côte d'Azur can cost upwards of £2,500pp. Or, take a self-catered villa in Provence, arriving in comfort via the train to Aix en Provence, and your luxury holiday over the May half-term week can be taken care of for less than £10,000. Based on 8 people self-catering. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for France

Ferme de Moudon

Ferme de Moudon

Chamonix

Once a rustic farmhouse, this immaculate chalet sits in its own grounds just three minutes drive from the centre and main lifts of the resort of Les Gets.

Where to stay

Ferme de Moudon
Corsica

Corsica

France

Take two of our favourite countries – France and Italy – blend their cultures (and particularly cuisines), plonk the resulting Franco-Italian population onto a staggeringly beautiful island in the Mediterranean and hey presto, you have Corsica.

Where to go

Corsica
Mountain Huts

Mountain Huts

Chamonix

The mountain huts along the route between Chamonix and Zermatt provide welcome rest and sustenance at the end of each hard day, but can hardly be described as luxurious.

Where to stay

Mountain Huts
Chamonix

Chamonix

France

Chamonix is one of the most convenient locations in the Alps for a ski holiday, being just an hour’s drive from Geneva airport. It is also home to some of the finest on- and off-piste skiing in Europe, if not the world.

Where to go

Chamonix
Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere

France

Val D'Isere has got the lot for a luxury ski holiday - extensive and excellent skiing, fun nightlife and lovely places to stay.

Where to go

Val d’Isere
Les Mouettes

Les Mouettes

Corsica

A 19th century boutique hotel located on the seafront in Ajaccio Bay, Les Mouettes is simply charming.

Where to stay

Les Mouettes
Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

France

Explore the gastronomic heartland of France from France's second city of Lyon to the winelands of Burgundy.

Where to go

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley
Château de Bagnols

Château de Bagnols

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

Dating from the 13th century, this five-star property is one of France’s finest château-hotels, set amongst vineyards, forests and green hills in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside. Following a renovation at the beginning of 2012, Château de Bagnols is now even better and more beautiful than ever.

Where to stay

Château de Bagnols
Cour des Loges

Cour des Loges

Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley

La Cour des Loges is a stylish property located on an attractive, pedestrian-only street in the heart of Vieux Lyon.

Where to stay

Cour des Loges
La Signoria

La Signoria

Corsica

Located just outside the town of Calvi, La Signoria has the best of both worlds – it’s at the foot of the Corsican mountains, yet close to the beach.

Where to stay

La Signoria
Domaine de Murtoli

Domaine de Murtoli

Corsica

Off the beaten track and deep in the Murtoli landscape, Domaine de Murtoli is a hamlet of rustic Corsican cottages.

Where to stay

Domaine de Murtoli
The Three Valleys

The Three Valleys

France

Welcome to the world's biggest single ski area.

Where to go

The Three Valleys
Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

France

Brigitte Bardot first popularised the bikini on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, and close by but a world away, Van Gogh and Cézanne drew inspiration from the landscapes of Provence inland.

Where to go

Provence & the Cote D'Azur
The Haute Route

The Haute Route

Chamonix

The most rewarding way to explore the Mont-Blanc massif is by ski-mountaineering, an exhilarating combination of ascent right into the heart of the Alps, followed by a liberating descent in totally untouched powder.

What to do

The Haute Route
Bordeaux & The Dordogne

Bordeaux & The Dordogne

France

Vineyard visits, spectacular chateaux, wine tasting and luxury accommodation; what more could a person want?

Where to go

Bordeaux & The Dordogne
Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

Provence & the Cote D'Azur

Le Mas Candille is an immaculate four-star hotel in the attractive village of Mougins, five miles from Cannes.

Where to stay

Le Mas Candille
Hameau Albert 1ER

Hameau Albert 1ER

Chamonix

Owned and managed by the Carrier family for more than a century, the Hameau Albert 1er is widely considered to be Chamonix’s best hotel.

Where to stay

Hameau Albert 1ER
Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

Corsica

This chic boutique hotel is located just above Palombaggia Beach, arguably one of the best beaches on Corsica.

Where to stay

Les Bergeries de Palombaggia

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