Aix-en-Provence, France
La Maison d’Aix

This four-room hideaway is the kind you might wish for in every tourist-worthy town. Though it is in the heart of the historic center, it is small enough to feel as if you are at a chic friend’s home. Its rooms, impeccably designed by the owner, the architect Laura Juhen, feature comfortable soaking tubs, huge windows, and interiors that are the perfect mix of contemporary and Provençal. Step outside your door and you’ll find amenities like a hammam, hot tub and small spa in the former wine cellar. And add in the quintessential French breakfast: freshly baked bread and delicate croissants, perfectly ripe fruit, local cheese, daily squeezed juice and a café au lait. The honor code policy only adds to the feeling of being left alone — in the very best way — but being pampered, too. Doubles from 320 euros, or $400 at $1.26 to the euro; 25, rue du 4 Septembre, (33-4) 42-53-78-95, ONDINE COHANE