Think a long-haul flight is the  unavoidable pay-off when looking for the dream honeymoon hideaway? Not so. The turquoise waters and palm-dotted hills of the Côte d'Azur are just two hours from the UK, and the Tiara Miramar is the ideal place for newlyweds to hide away.

Built into cliffs around a natural bay, the hotel has a feeling of seclusion that's becoming hard to find in the south of France. Don't skimp with a garden room - you'll  regret not rewarding yourself with the panoramic sea views.

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The Moroccan-inspired interiors are gloriously luxe, but life here is best enjoyed al fresco, from chill-out time on the Balinese day beds around the horizon pool, to dining on pan-fried sea bream with fennel in the Moya Beach Restaurant.

The 'private beach' is not exactly a stretch of golden sand, but steps from the terrace effectively turn the Med into your own plunge pool.

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WOW FACTOR: Sail to the Lérins Islands for a day on the beach, and a picnic served by your personal maître d'.

GO: A double room costs from £120  per night, B&B; www.miramar-beachspa.tiara-hotels.com

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours