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The Cote d’ Azure village of Ramatuelle is far removed from the lairy gin palaces and nouveau-rich excesses of sun kissed Saint-Tropez, and its new Muse Hotel is an enclave of true exclusivity – close enough to pop into town for an aperitif in the silver Bentley that serves as the shuttle, far away enough for complete tranquility. The hotel, with sleek suites named after mises including Catherine Deneuve and Edith Piaf, is the latest ultra – contemporary luxe hideaway in this glamorous French resort. Buzzing with an attractive, young and well-heeled clientele, this is a parrallel universe of glinting infinity pools, white cabanas, “sun butlers” to smooth on suncream, and gardens of pomegranate-and olive trees: the beauty of its interior makes up for a lack of coastal views. Informal and chilled out, the emphasis is in personal touches and privacy. Spa treatments take place in the suites, and the restaurant is gunning for a Michelin star.

Muse Hotel (+33 4 94 43 94 40; www.muse-hotels.com), from about £ 390 a suite a night B&B.