If you are looking for a more serene place on the French Mediterranean coast, away from the crowds of St. Tropez and Cannes, make sure you visit Cassis. It is an ancient fishing village like St. Tropez, but not as crowded. Cassis has a sandy beach just outside the old port, and you can take the boat service to the nearby calanques, rocky coves with crystal clear blue water that make them so perfect for swimming.
There’s probably no better place to stay than La Suite Cassis, a 3-room boutique hotel perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea. The owner, Herbert Hufnagel, is a stylist who had extensive renovations done to the original building, creating an oasis of Mediterranean living in this intimate property. Influenced by the architecture of 1950s Palm Springs, the rooms are modern and airy. There’s also a gorgeous pool overlooking the sea.
All rooms have private terraces with views. The furniture is a mix of vintage design pieces and quirky objets d’art from local flea markets (see one of the rooms below).
There is a minimum 2-night stay. The daily rate ranges from 125 EUR to 245 EUR depending on the season (the price includes breakfast for 2, parking and taxes). The weekly rate is between 750 EUR and 1490 EUR; the rates are lower if you do not want breakfast or daily change of linens. There is free Wi-Fi.
I suggest that you spend some time in Cassis if you are traveling to Marseille or visiting the Provence. I have also listed my favorite hotels and restaurants (and shops) in Provence.
La Suite Cassis
18, avenue de L’Amiral-Ganteaume
+33 04 42 72 06 30
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