Sextant market research team has carried out a study to find out the most expensive holiday destinations this year by analysing the average price of hotel rooms.
In the ranking of the 20 most expensive resorts, the Cote d’Azur beaches are ubiquitous. On the top of the list: Saint-Tropez where you spend about 221€ a night. This is 60€ more than Monaco which reaches the second place!
The following table is the ranking with the average prices per night in a hotel room.
Rank, destination and average price
1 Saint-Tropez 221€
2 Monaco 164€
3 Antibes 162€
4 Port Grimaud 158€
5 Capbreton 157€
6 Bandol 152€
7 Cabourg 147€
8 Porto-Vecchio 143€
9 Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer 141€
10 La Grande-Motte 134€
11 L’Ile Rousse 133€
12 Biarritz 132€
13 Porticcio 131€
14 Saint-Jean-de-Luz 128€
15 Calvi 126€
16 Sainte-Maxime 124€
17 Juan-les-Pins 124€
18 Ile de Ré 123€
19 Ajaccio 121€
20 Argelès -sur-Mer 120€
N.B: For each city, the price of the cheapest available bedroom (minimum 3 stars hotel) has been selected.
Do you want to learn more about these highly sought-after locations?
Below you have a short description of the top 10 destinations:
* Saint Tropez is located in the Var Department in southern France on the French Riviera. It is well known today for its exclusivity, its history with the iconic Brigitte Bardot, and its role in the liberation of Southern France in World War II. Today the old port is enjoyed as a tourist spot and is also highly regarded for its beautiful beaches. Many of the beaches offer windsurfing, sailing and canoeing equipment for rent, while others offer motorised water sports, such as power boats, jet bikes and water skiing. Each year, in early October, a regatta is held in the bay of Saint-Tropez, attracting many yachts, some up to 50 metres in length. Many tourists come to Saint Tropez for this event or as a stop on their trip to Cannes, Marseille or Nice. There are all amenities available in the town centre. Located only 45minutes from Toulon airport and 1 hour from Cannes airport.
*Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France on three sides; one side borders the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. The highest point in the country is a narrow pathway named Chemin des Révoires on the slopes of Mont Agel, in the Les Révoires Ward, which is 161 metres (528 feet) above sea level. Monaco’s most populous Quartier is Monte Carlo and the most populous Ward is Larvotto/Bas Moulins. Through land reclamation, Monaco’s land mass has expanded by twenty percent.
* Antibes (Juan les Pins) is one of the most known seaside resorts set between Cannes and Nice, in the Alpes Maritimes department. Characterised by tall houses, narrow paved streets, 48 beaches along 25 km of coastline and many yachting harbours it is a perfect place for a holiday destination as well as a permanent stay. After a choice of various sea activities like waterskiing, diving and fishing, there are many interesting places to see such as the Cap, port, the old town and the Picasso museum. It offers all sorts of everyday amenities. The Juan les Pins part guarantees an exciting nightlife with night clubs, casino, even night shopping while Antibes is full of restaurants, piano bars, cafes and theatres. There are many festivals including the famous Jazz a Juan event which is one of the top jazz festivals in the world. For the largest choice of fresh local produce the best place to go is the daily market Marche Provencal but there are also 3 other markets (Artisanal, Foire -clothing market and Brocante). Antibes is situated only 15mins from the international airport in Nice.
* Port Grimaud is part of Grimaud. It is located 7 km west of Saint-Tropez and 7 km south-east of Sainte-Maxime. This seaside town was created by architect Francois Spoerry in the 1960s based around the marshes of the river Giscle on the bay of Saint Tropez. Built with channels in a Venetian manner, but with French “Fishermans” style houses resembling those in Saint Tropez. The mainly traffic free town is popular with boat owners as most properties come with their own berth.
* Capbreton is located in the Landes department in in south-western France. Located at the mouth of the Boudigau and Bourret rivers, the town is situated about 40 km to the north of Biarritz. The town is a popular holiday destination for sailors, surfers, and beach-goers.
* Bandol is charming Provencal town, turned towards the sea and protected from the wind by its green and wooded hills of pine and willow. Bandol, before Saint Tropez, was the privileged meeting area of actors and writers (the first tourists included Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley, Marcel Pagnol or Fernandel). Here you can taste the authentic charms of a little Mediterranean paradise: fine white sandy beaches, natural creeks, inlets and bays and divine wines.
* Cabourg is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandy region of France. Cabourg is located on the coast of the English Channel, at the mouth of the river Dives. The back country is a plain, favourable to the culture of cereal. Each year in June, Cabourg hosts the International Festival of the Romantic Movie. Cabourg is famous for being Marcel Proust’s favourite vacation place at the beginning of the 20th century; it is the inspiration for Balbec, the seaside resort in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.
* Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. The city hosted the start of the first stage of Tour de France 2013. It is the seat of the canton of Porto-Vecchio, which it shares with Sari-Solenzara, Conca and Lecci. Porto-Vecchio is a medium-sized port city placed on a good harbour, the southernmost of the marshy and alluvial east side of Corsica.
* Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the capital of the Camargue in the south of France. It is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department by the Mediterranean Sea. It has the second-largest area of all communes in Metropolitan France, smaller only than that of neighbouring Arles. The main industry is tourism. Agriculture is also significant, and ranchers have raised horses and cattle unique to the Camargue; some of the bulls are used for bullfights. In the early 20th century, the town was a literary and artistic centre, with visits inter alios from such figures as American writer Ernest Hemingway and Spanish painter Picasso. The vicinity was used as a setting for various films.
* La Grande-Motte is a commune in the Hérault département in Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. It is a popular seaside resort and port, built in the 1960s and 1970s. La Grande-Motte is characterized by homogeneous architecture; the most visible are the buildings in the shape of a pyramid. With 2 million tourists per year it is one of the most favourite resorts of the French.