Top 10 most beautiful villa rental locations on the French Riviera

The French Riviera has long been one of the most sought after destinations for those seeking the warm sun and azure waters of the Mediterranean. Since the mid 19th Century the region, when the region was ‘discovered’ by the Victorians, the French Riviera has been a playground of the rich and famous.

Cannes

Cannes, with the most glamorous of annual events, the Cannes Film Festival oozes that special French chic and sophistication and whilst a villa within walking distance of La Croisette can be found, many prefer to rent a luxury villa in La Californie, somewhat quieter and with an air of sophistication. Here the luxury villas to rent are a mix of the old ‘Belle Époque’ properties and stunning contemporary properties fitted in glass and chrome to make the best of panoramic sea views.

Cap d’Antibes

When Queen Victoria’s son began to visit Juan les Pins for his annual break the little peninsula of the Cap d’Antibes was little know. However, this peace and tranquillity of this small peace of land, coupled with it’s proximity to the white sandy beaches quickly led to this becoming a favourite location of the jet set. Beautiful luxury villas were built, many with direct access to the beaches and the sea. The Cap d’Antibes continues to welcome celebrity visitors year after year and is definitely one of the most requested areas for those seeking to rent a luxury villa for their summer break.

St Jean Cap Ferrat

Further along the coast and with it’s proximity to Monaco, St Jean Cap Ferrat has long been one of the most exclusive areas of the French Riviera. Up until the end of the 19th Century, this small peninsula was considered wild and untamed and somewhere for the sheep to graze. However in 1895, King Leopold of Belgium recognised the potential of Cap Ferrat and began buying what the locals considered was ‘useless land’. The rest, as they say is history and the many beautiful villas, many of which we still know today were constructed. Cap Ferrat was also home to a zoo recently closed and is the ideal location for a more tranquil break on the French Riviera.

St Tropez

Of course one can never talk about luxury villa rentals on the French Riviera without including St Tropez, made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. This small, Provencal fishing village is still frequented by celebrities each year with the long sandy beaches and private beach clubs buzzing during the summer season. Arriving in St Tropez during the high season can be difficult and many choose to travel by helicopter. Many of the luxury villa rentals in St Tropez come equipped with their own helipad for just such an occasion.

Hills above Cannes – Mougins, St Paul de Vence

For those seeking a quieter retreat, then the hills above Cannes offer the ideal solution. Mougins is the home of gastronomy on the French Riviera and the pretty old town is dotted with restaurants offering the finest in French cuisine. Mougins is also famed for its art galleries, the perfect place to stroll after a delicious lunch. St Paul de Vence is also a hub of art and design on the French Riviera and the luxury villas up here in the hills offer unending views across the French Riviera and the Mediterranean.

So, after the main five areas for luxury villa rental on the French Riviera, where are some of those more discreet locations, away from the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera? Noted for its port and all the super yachts which are moored there then Antibes should feature, although the luxury villas to rent are found further along the cost in Juan les Pins. Villefranche sur Mer and Cap d’Ail, further along the coast and close to Monaco offer the height of luxury with contemporary cliff top villas. Again, offering easy access to Monaco and on into Italy Eze sur Mer is a pretty village and offers an excellent choice of luxury rental villas.

It is safe to say that the French Riviera offers some of the most celebrated towns and villages for those looking for a luxury villa rental. There is the choice of beautifully restored olive mills, Belle Époque properties and state of the art contemporary homes. This jewel of Europe is long set to continue as a key destination for those seeking to rent a luxury villa.

Andy Butler is the Online Marketing Manager at Burger Davis, a luxury vacation rental company in the South of France.

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  1. Yes the Cap D’Antibes is definitely an area you have to stay in your lifetime.

  2. Matt Falcus says:

    Does the cost of luxury villas differ much depending on which of these locations you go for? I expect Cannes is pretty expensive?

  3. Aurora says:

    Cannes is certainly best avoided during the festival as you would expect the prices are raised substantially.

  4. Emily M says:

    I’m always put off by the French Riviera thinking it would be too crowded. I once took a train along the coast though travelling to Italy and it looked beautiful, the ‘Hills above Cannes’ sounds like a great option.

  5. Kylie Martin says:

    I have a friend living here at the moment so wont be needing to look at rentals. Very expensive and high brow part of the world so glad I wont need to shell out here.

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