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BLACKBOOK RETURN TO SPLENDOUR The Jean-Michel Wilmotte-designed La Réserve Ramatuelle a five-bed – that fuse Provençal and sleek contemporary decor. All guests have access to the sublime La Réserve Spa, a luminous 929sq m wellness centre with customised programmes planned by a staff of doctors and nutritionists. In the spirit of healthy living, La Voile, headed by Michelin-starred chef Eric Canino, serves imaginative market-fresh specialities including spicedrubbed red tuna, salt-crusted lamb, and a feather-light cocoa crumble served with cardamom blackcurrant sorbet for dessert. Farther west down the coast in the tiny village of Rayol-Canadel-Sur-Mer, the 55- room recently refurbished hideaway Le Bailli de Suffren (lebaillidesuffren.com) sits above the shimmering Mediterranean on an unspoiled inlet of crystalline waters. With three superb restaurants and a Carita Spa, there’s no need to venture into neighbouring traffic-clogged St- Tropez. From the terrace of your room – a contemporary medley of azure and crisp The view of Île d‘Or from Les Roches Rouges white by French interior architect François Champsaur – there’s a splendiferous view of the islands of Port-Cros and Porquerolles on the horizon, and if ever you tire of lazing by the pretty pool, explore the lush centuryold botanical gardens, Domaine du Rayol, just a five-minute walk from the hotel. Rediscover Saint-Raphaël at Les Roches Rouges (hotellesrochesrouges.com), a new shore-hugging bolthole surrounded by stunning red Esterel cliffs with 50 airy sun-dappled rooms that put a premium on simplicity (guests are provided with straw baskets, rubber beach shoes and walking sticks). Highlights include a sprawling Mediterranean-style restaurant and a sunken stone 30m seawater pool that faces the Île d‘Or – a mini-castle slab of golden rock that inspired Tintin‘s Black Island and is proof of just how much of the good life is still available on this ethereally beautiful coast. Postcard pretty: inside a Les Roches Rouges room PHOTOS FROM TOP: © LA RESERVE RAMATUELLE, BENOIT LINERO (2) 44 CENTURION-MAGAZINE.COM DISCOVER OTHER COASTAL IDYLLS AT: CENTURION-MAGAZINE.COM

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