If you’ve always thought that Cannes was the exclusive domain of the glitzy elite, think again. A vacation in this posh French community by the sea is now more accessible, thanks to an off-season promotion at the 4.5-star Hotel Majestic Barriere. This offer takes 75 percent off fall and winter stays, lowering rates to $174 per night.
At this 347-room property on the Mediterranean Sea, the “Best of Barriere” price is good for stays between November 1 and March 31, 2016, with blackout dates in December. We found rates as low as $174 per night for superior rooms in January, and for $208 per night throughout November, including Thanksgiving. In February, there’s good availability at $209 per night.
Europe in winter might not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning an end-of-year vacation, but moderate winter temperatures make the French Riviera comfortable throughout the year. While rain is common in late fall and early winter, and it won’t be warm enough to swim, you’ll still be able to enjoy al fresco lunches if you wear layers. Want to stay here in the thick of springtime, when the rain subsides and the weather warms up? In April or May, before the Cannes Film Festival (held mid- to late May), prices do jump a bit to $231 — but that’s still a great deal compared to summer, when stays can set you back around $750 per night.
More about the property: Eighty percent of the rooms at Hotel Majestic Barriere face the Mediterranean, meaning you can get an eyeful of the Côte d’Azur without even leaving your bed. In addition to four restaurants and a spa, the hotel has three bars, including a champagne bar. And if you get bored with Cannes, it’s an easy day trip to Saint-Tropez and Nice for wine tasting, museum hopping, and more scenery.