In the hills above Cannes, Le Mas Candille is surrounded by cypress trees and olive groves. Yet it's only a short walk from Mougins, a pretty medieval hilltop village known for its restaurants, art galleries and cobbled streets.

At the 45-room hotel, you can spend your days by the stunning pool (check out the beautiful blue sculpture that stands at one end), sipping chilled glasses of rosé over lunch at La Pergola, wandering through the gardens, or being pampered in the Zen-like Shiseido spa.

In the evening, dine at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, with views of the twinkling lights of the valley below. Or head into Mougins to eat at one of the restaurants where French super-chef Alain Ducasse began his career - Le Moulin de Mougins or the surprisingly affordable L'Amandier de Mougins.

Wow factor: The combination of great food and a fantastic setting.

Flight time: Two hours to Nice.

Go: Abercrombie & Kent (0845 618 2200; offers five nights B&B in a Classic Double room from £1,075 per person, including British Airways flights and transfers.