Saint-Paul de Vence, France: Next to Nice, a stairway to paradise
Saint-Paul de Vence is just seven miles west of Nice, but it feels a world away from the Riviera's glam bustle.
It's a village of labyrinthine streets, 16th-century stone facades, fountains burbling in ivy-shaded courtyards, and dogs napping in the sun. Stand on the ramparts and you'll see the ocean. You know, instant zen.
But if even that sounds too hectic for you, repair to your nest at the Orion Treehouse B&B.
Here, four separate rooms are built into the wilderness, literally: Up flights of stairs, you'll find quarters that are the perfect blend of rustic and refined.
Everything is made of wood, right down to the bathtubs, and breezy provençal ticking dresses the beds and bunks, while each room's terrace offers plenty of room (and the odd hammock) for you and your breakfast tray. Or you and your glass of rosé. Or you, a good book, and that nap you've been meaning to take.
The structures—each named after characters from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book in a nod to the leafy setting—circle a natural, self-cleaning swimming pool rimmed with pebbles and plants.
Rates start at about €216 a night, including breakfast and an apéro upon arrival.