The 10 Most Romantic Places to Honeymoon in France
Paris may well be the City of Love, but France is full of other dreamy destinations that are ideal for a honeymoon, from the charming Champagne region to the glamorous French Riviera. To determine the best places for a romantic rendezvous, we partnered with the Foursquare city guide app and the check-in app Foursquare Swarm. The results are nothing less than magnifique!
The lowdown: This mountain village in the French Alps is a year-round playground, with top-notch skiing in the winter and scenic hiking and mountain biking come summer.
Foursquare tip: "The Saturday morning market at Place du Mont Blanc shouldn't be missed if you like to buy local produce."—John Williams, Brussels
Hotel to book: The cozy L'Hermitage Paccard has views of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.
The lowdown: In the City of Love, you can wander movie set-perfect streets, explore world-class museums, and eat croissants for breakfast every day.
Foursquare tip: "The Place des Vosges is one of the best places in central Paris for a picnic. Buy a bottle of champagne and sit under the trees to admire the amazing buildings."—Melforss, Paris
Hotel to book The new Amastan Paris, in the 8th arrondissement, has 24 bright and cheerful rooms.
The lowdown: This medieval town, set between two deep valleys, is chock-a-block with contemporary art galleries and museums, including the celebrated Fondation Maeght.
Foursquare tip: "La Colombe d'Or serves sensational traditional French food. Must try the snail and the aioli codfish! The restaurant is filled with original Picasso and Matisse paintings."—Jessie Lee, Melbourne
Hotel to book: With a quiet pool surrounded by olive trees, tennis courts, and a spa, it may be hard to tear yourself away from the elegant Château Saint-Martin & Spa.
The lowdown: If you're a fan of bubbly, look no further than this town in Champagne. The Avenue of Champagne is where you'll find the top producers, from Moët et Chandon to Veuve Clicquot.
Foursquare tip: "Had a delightful champagne tasting at La Fine Bulle. Our server was very attentive and patient, and the champagnes were good and reasonably priced. Would definitely go again!"—Jasmine Friedl, San Jose, CA
Hotel to book: A former private residence, Villa Eugène is located on Avenue de Champagne and has 15 individually decorated rooms.
The lowdown: The seaside resort town is known for its historic boardwalk, annual film festival, and beach dotted with brightly colored umbrellas.
Foursquare tip: "The Halles du Marché is a great place to buy fresh products and fantastic fish. A must see!"—Carine Spira, London
Hotel to book: Even non-golfers will love the sophisticated rooms and water views at L' Hôtel du Golf.
The lowdown: Hollywood stars flock to this glamorous French Riviera resort town—and not just during the international film festival. Make sure to go for a stroll along the palm-lined La Croisette promenade.
Foursquare tip: "Le Cirque is a charming café. Order the coffee noisette."—Manar AlGhafis, Riyadh
Hotel to book: Located in an ocean-facing Belle Époque palace, Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic looks out onto La Croisette and has an all-suite wing complete with a spa.
The lowdown: Along with the aforementioned Épernay, this historical city is a must-visit in Champagne thanks to the producers—including Taittinger—offering tastings and tours.
Foursquare tip: "The Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral is amazing. Kings of France were crowned there."—Stephane Lauwers, Brussels
Hotel to book: Domaine Les Crayeres, which has 20 classically French rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant, has welcomed guests since 1904.
The lowdown: Stunning Art Deco architecture, pebbly beaches, and a great art scene set the stage for a getaway in this French Riviera city. Don't miss the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC).
Foursquare tip: "The Place Masséna is a stunning, well-maintained square with great architecture to admire. It's beautifully lit at night, and down the side streets are some lovely places to eat and drink."—Oliver Sears, UK
Hotel to book: The pink-and-white Le Negresco is an art-lovers dream: the property's collection includes works by Moretti and Dalí, not to mention rare antiques.
The lowdown: If you're lucky, you may spot big-time celebrities in this jet-set city on the French Riviera. (It's the getaway of choice for Beyonce and Jay-Z.)
Foursquare tip: "Dior des Lices is a fabulous restaurant in the garden in front of the Dior shop. It's a must in St Tropez. If you go, don't miss the profiteroles!"—Katia L., London
Hotel to book: The chic, Tuscan-inspired Villa Marie Saint-Tropez is surrounded by a pine forest and has 45 rooms decorated by Jocelyn Sibuet.
The lowdown: Situated on a crescent-shaped bay, this city on the island of Corsica has charming cobblestoned streets lined with restaurants, galleries, and shops—not to mention a 13th-century fortress.
Foursquare tip: "U Minellu is tastefully decorated. The menu is limited at lunchtime, but the food is quality and the meat is succulent. Ask for the Corsican cheese sauce."—Jérôme Tomasini, Paris
Hotel to book: Hôtel La Villa, which reopens this spring after a refresh, has a Michelin-starred restaurant and Skinceuticals spa.