Nice's grand dame hotel Le Negresco
is ideally located for a tour of the region's great museums. The Matisse Museum
, set in a beautiful villa in town, features over 300 of the Modernist's works, including paintings, sculptures and drawings. In nearby Vence, the Fondation Maeght
features an unforgettable contemporary art collection including an Alberto Giacometti sculpture courtyard, murals by Marc Chagall and stained glass windows by Georges Braque. For more Matisse brilliance, head to the Vence Chapel
, which the artist designed from architectural lay-out to stained glass windows.
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort
, set in the undulating knolls just outside of Cannes, is an oasis of calm amidst the French Riviera. A distinct Provencal style pervades with exposed brick walls, terra cotta tiled floors, wrought iron furniture and masses of natural light. The owner developed his impressive contemporary art collection, which is spread throughout the property, with the region's natural beauty in mind. Organic, undulating sculptures by Tony Cragg and Arman reflect the bucolic rolling hills of Provence.
Built at the height of the Belle Époque by Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild,
the Villa Ephrussi
includes stunning formal gardens and an enviable collection of decorative arts. Located just down the road from the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat
, the historic property begs for a morning spent within the majestic home amidst its landscaping (the nine themed gardens include Japanese, Spanish French and Rose). Exhibits highlight the Sèvres porcelain and Gobelins tapestries as well as some of the baroness's personal effects, like her delicate ball gowns.