Holiday home of the week: A dramatic hilltop villa on the French Riviera

Where to be seen this summer

Get a fix of heady Riviera glamour at this dramatic hilltop villa in France.

From its enviable position overlooking the iconic sweep of the Pampelonne beaches, Villa Tulum combines both peace and privacy with proximity to the energy of St Tropez.

Centred around an airy, open-plan living space, the 1970s maison unfurls into the landscape in a series of sleek squares and private spaces. Each of the bedrooms has its own terrace with views onto the timber clad central patio with its infinity pool and out across the coast towards Île du Levant.

The four bedroom French holiday home – available to rent via Le Collectionist from €1,620 per night – is set within a large Aboriginal-inspired garden that is studded with cacti and orange trees.

Villa Tulum French Riviera
Courtesy of Le Collectionist

Guests can make it to the coast in 15 minutes, or head higher up into the surrounding hills on walks or bicycle rides.

Pampelonne was a significant landing beach for the Allied forces in August 1944, and since the mid-1950s, the Riviera has welcomed the rich, the famous and the glamorous, lured by the white sands, crystal clear water, hedonistic nightlife and the unforgettable image of Brigitte Bardot in …And God Created Woman, shot on location there in 1956.

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