A fabulous sense of old-school glamour pervades at this legendary Côte d'Azur hideaway perched at the tip of the Cap Ferrat peninsula.

Surrounded by pine trees and mega-watt villas, with views over the Mediterranean, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat exudes an air of rarified elegance. A recent £62 million refit means everything is sparklingly fresh, including the new spa, where you can enjoy anything from Carita facials to couples' massages.

There's also the très chic Club Dauphin (home to a restaurant and glittering salt-water swimming pool), 17-acres of lush gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Having welcomed the likes of Winston Churchill and Aristotle Onassis, it could be the snootiest place in the world - but it isn't. Staff are friendly and the service is excellent, with every guest treated as if you are a Russian oligarch (of which there are several) or A-list star.

Wow factor: The stately setting and views.

Flight time: Two hours to Nice.

Go: Abercrombie & Kent (0845 618 2200; abercrombiekent.co.uk) offers three nights B&B from £857 per person, including British Airways flights and transfers.