France: La Vague de Saint Paul, Nice

Set in a peaceful oasis of pine trees, this dreamy hotel – with its romantic restaurant and aquamarine pool – showcases the French Riviera at its very best, says Lucy King

John Simpson: Letter from Nice

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

What does summer look like?

World-beating beaches, sunburnt Brits or the still waters of a fictional lake in Minnesota? From Las Vegas to Willesden Junction, photographers Martin Parr, Mert & Marcus, Nick Knight and more tell us what the season means to them

France: Grand-Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat, Nice

With previous guests including Charlie Chaplin, the Kennedys and Elton John, it’s little wonder this iconic resort in the French Riviera has exceptionally high standards. Charlotte Swift soaks up the atmosphere

Restaurant review: Les Remparts at La Chèvre D’Or, Eze, France

With magnificent views of the Mediterranean and a stunning medieval village setting, can the food at the La Chèvre D’Or’s restaurant live up to its surroundings? Lucy King finds out

The world’s best villas

An abode in Death Valley, a converted kiln and a palatial property costing £18,000 a night... Issy D’Arcy Clark scours the globe for one-off wonders

Nine alternatives to the Rio Carnival

Because we can’t all be in Rio de Janeiro for the world’s largest street party, here are nine other places that will be getting into the carnival spirit this month

Six reasons to take the family to Nice

This French Riviera city still drips with classy Mediterranean culture and upscale shopping and dining, but the scene has changed drastically within the last couple of years, with more activities and areas devoted to its smaller visitors, says Tamsin Wressell

Cote d’Azur: why the rich and famous love the French Riviera

Since the 20s, the French Riviera has been the destination of choice for everyone from decadent celebrities to eccentric royalty. Giles Milton takes a dip into its glamorous history

12 of the best French Riviera hotels

Where to stay on France's glamorous Côte d'Azur, in Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice, St Tropez and beyond. Plus some great British Airways deals