Resort Hotels in France: World's Best 2021 – Travel + Leisure

Maya Kachroo-Levine is the luxury and experiences editor at Travel + Leisure digital. She has previously edited at Departures, Expedia, Good, Medium, and The Balance, and written for LA Weekly, Time, The Atlantic, Marie Claire, and Refinery29, among others.
This year's World's Best Awards survey was open for voting January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Survey rules have always allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period. We hope that this year's honorees will inspire your own travels as you get back out into the world.
France may be home to one of the world’s most romantic cities, but Travel + Leisure readers know that there’s plenty more to discover beyond Paris. Whether they’re located in the countryside near Versailles or along the Riviera, this year’s winners for the best resorts in France won accolades from readers eager to explore all corners of the country. These resorts draw inspiration from their stunning surroundings, which add layers of distinction to their design, their landscaping, and — perhaps most importantly — their magnificent restaurants and bars.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.
Ranked this year at No. 4, Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic is emblematic of all the winners for 2021. "This is one of those amazing, historic hotels that is just so Cannes," said one voter of the iconic spot that's a landmark along the French Riviera. "It's right on the Croisette," noted another traveler, who raved about the great energy of being in the heart of the atmospheric seaside city.
But Le Majestic wasn't the only Mediterranean spot that captivated T+L readers. No. 3 Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, got high marks from voters this year, as did No. 5 Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
Readers appreciated the location of No. 2 Waldorf Astoria Versailles — Trianon Palace, which is well situated on seven acres of parkland in the famed royal retreat. "So often, travelers only visit the Palace of Versailles," said one fan of this Waldorf Astoria. "But the town is definitely worth a trip — and it's only a short walk from the hotel."
This year’s top hotel is similarly an inspiration for discovering another side of France. Located near Avignon and the celebrated vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, No. 1 Hôtel Crillon le Brave was the best resort hotel in France, according to T+L readers. Read on to see why.
Readers simply loved Hôtel Crillon le Brave, with many voters saying, in no uncertain terms, that they plan to return as soon as possible. And why not? Set amid lush green hills and breathtaking medieval scenery, the Provençal retreat has just 34 rooms and suites overlooking the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux. While the property dates to the 17th century, the most recent interior design refresh — by architect and designer Charles Zana — brought a touch of modernity that balances nicely with the idyllic landscape. The luxurious resort is also innovating on the culinary front, with the recent addition of chef Adrien Brunet, who oversees both on-site restaurants, La Madeleine and La Table du Ventoux. The resort's Spa des Écuries, set in an 18th-century stone house and often decorated with overflowing bouquets of lavender, is another much-loved amenity.
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See all of our readers’ favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World’s Best Awards for 2021.
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