9 unusual accommodations for a getaway in the Alpes Maritimes

Cabane avec vue sur la mer

Looking for an unusual stay in the sun? Book an unusual accommodation for an unforgettable getaway in the Alpes-Maritimes!

The sea, the mountains, a sunny climate, picturesque towns and a legendary relaxed way of life: the Alpes-Maritimes are the stuff of dreams. From the Mercantour to the beaches of the Côte d’Azur, via the trendy districts of Cannes and Nice, there’s so much to do in this department of character!

You can stay in prestigious hotels, of course, but if you want to get off the beaten track, we suggest you opt for a more… original solution. We’ve chosen some of the best unusual accommodations in the Alpes-Maritimes. Guaranteeing an unforgettable interlude between sea and mountains, perhaps they’ll make you want to take a trip?

1. La Petite Caravane Vintage

logements insolites Alpes Maritimes : Caravane

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  • The advantages of this accommodation: a wide range of services

Welcome to the foot of the slopes at the Beuil Les Launes winter sports resort. It’s not far from Valberg and is home to Le Cians campsite. This is where you’ll find some of the best self-catering accommodation in the Alpes-Maritimes.

At the gateway to the Mercantour, you’ll take possession of a cosy caravan, ideal for a romantic getaway off the beaten (mountain) track. In terms of facilities and services, you’ll enjoy a spa, jacuzzi and all the essential food amenities.

The natural setting is of course THE strong point of this establishment. The spectacular Gorges du Cians or the 2,817-meter-high Mont Mounier await you! So don’t hesitate, get your boots on and set off along the hiking trails that criss-cross this grandiose territory.

2. Shepherd’s cottage in the hinterland of Nice

Maison de berger dans l'arrière-pays niçois

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  • A plus for this accommodation: its location in the heart of nature

This former stone shepherd’s cottage is an unusual accommodation in the Alpes-Maritimes that leaves no one indifferent. Located in the hinterland of Nice near the Baou de Saint-Jeannet, it offers an unforgettable getaway in the Préalpes de Grasse.

This quaint, comfortable tiny house is spread over two floors. It overlooks a small furnished terrace, ideal for contemplating the typical hills of the region. A small barbecue is a welcome addition in fine weather. And there are plenty of them in one of Europe’s sunniest regions!

Ideas for a day out in the area? Nice, Menton, Monaco orItaly are all within easy driving distance.

3. Charming troglodyte house

logements insolites Alpes Maritimes : Maison troglodyte de charme

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  • The accommodation’s plus points: modern, complete facilities

We now offer you the opportunity to take possession of a charming apartment in the heart of a troglodytic building. This two-room apartment is fully renovated and equipped, in the heart of the village of Biot, famous for its glassblowers.

Features include 33 m² of living space carved into the rock, a modern open-plan kitchen, a mezzanine lounge and immediate access to shops. Biot, a pedestrian village during the summer season, is just a few minutes from the sea. Antibes, Cannes and Valbonne are just a stone’s throw from this village, one of the most beautiful on the Côte d’Azur.

We particularly recommend this unusual accommodation for couples in love. The owners offer a range of services specially designed to make your romantic stay an enchanted interlude… And engraved in stone forever, of course.

4. High love nest

Nid d’amour en hauteur

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  • Accommodation plus points: value for money and private spa

One, two, three, four, five meters: here you are, high above the ground in a cute little cocoon. The Lov’Nid Spa is located in the village of Belvédère. This unusual accommodation in the Alpes-Maritimes boasts a private Jacuzzi in the heart of nature. You can admire the sky day and night through its transparent roof. The accommodation takes the form of a cozy cabin for two adults and two children.

In addition to the whirlpool bath, we appreciate the services provided, such as the possibility of ordering breakfasts or gourmet meal trays. The presence of animals in semi-liberty is a real plus, as is the cosy communal lounge with fireplace. And what a majestic setting… Belvédère, a hilltop village in the Niçois region, overlooks the aptly named « Vallée des Merveilles », the jewel in the department’s crown.

5. Nordic pied-à-terre in the south of France

logements insolites Alpes Maritimes : Pied-à-terre nordique au sud de la France

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  • Plus points: location, access to Nordic baths

Finland invites itself to the Alpes-Maritimes, home to an astonishing hexagonal-shaped chalet made from untreated wood. With its warm decor, numerous amenities and (inevitably) Nordic bath , this is a place with no shortage of assets.

A tasty breakfast is served in the breakfast room every morning. Mountain specialities are the order of the day for the meals on offer: salted meats, cheeses, in this establishment in the village of Beuil, you’ll enjoy yourself both summer and winter.

In fact, between high and mid-altitude mountains, this high-altitude village in the southern Alps abounds in outdoor activities. Skiing, climbing, paragliding or simply hiking around Péone: the area promises a nice break from the daily grind.

6. A small cocoon for an exceptional stay

Petit cocon pour séjour d’exception

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  • The home’s plus: the interior wooden bathtub

It was in the Estéron valley, in the commune of Le Mas, in the heart of the Préalpes nature park, that we unearthed this nugget. This unusual dwelling in the Alpes-Maritimes occupies a five-meter diameter and houses an indoor wooden bathtub. Swimming is also possible (and recommended) outside in the beautiful private pool.

The dome opens onto an open-air suspended Mayan bed and attractive garden furniture. Ideal for a relaxing break facing the mountains, the site ensures total disconnection for its occupants.

The Estéron valley, known for its splendid canyoning spots, is a veritable jewel of nature. From the commune of Cuébris to the Bau de l’Arc, via the Clue de la Cerise, you’ll appreciate its grandiose 20-hectare departmental park covered in Scots pine.

7. Typical hobbit house for a fantasy interlude

logements insolites Alpes Maritimes : Maison de hobbit

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  • What’s great about this property: the decor, the cosy feel

Belvédère is a village that would not have displeased J.R.R. Tolkien’s creatures. In fact, one of the unusual accommodations we offer in the Alpes-Maritimes is a hobbit habitat. Everything here is reminiscent of the British novelist’s fantastic imagination. The interior design is particularly inspired by the film.

The 45 m² cabins are as comfortable as you could wish for, and blend in perfectly with the forest for an intimate stay. A beautiful terrace on stilts and a spa are at your disposal to admire the stars in the evening. Access to the cabin is on foot via a dirt track. It can accommodate a maximum of two adult humans and their two children. There are no elves or dwarves here, but real-life animals, which your children may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of?

8. Cabin with sea view

Cabane avec vue sur la mer

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  • Accommodation highlights: in-room dining

Vallauris is a coastal town close to Cannes and Mougins. This cabin offers a breathtaking view of the sea, the port and the Lérins islands. Ideally located in the heart of nature, this comfortable living space is ideal for a stay by the Mediterranean.

Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast every morning or a meal in your room. What more could you ask for in terms of sunrise and sunset views? Perhaps an idea for a day out in the surrounding area. We recommend a day cruise in the Bay of Cannes, for example. Or take the Corniche d’Or de l’Estérel, a magnificent road bordered by the turquoise waters of the sea and dominated by the red rocks typical of the area. It links Saint-Raphaël to Cannes, two of the most beautiful towns on the Côte d’Azur.

9. Eco-responsible tiny house near Cap d’Ail

logements insolites Alpes Maritimes : Tiny house éco-responsable

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  • Plus for this accommodation: exceptional coastal setting

Would you like a cozy mini-home by the sea? Then head for the commune of Eze, near Cap d’Ail, west of Monaco. This unusual accommodation in the Alpes-Maritimes may be small in size, but it’s big on comfort and features.

The Tiny House d’Eze is an eco-responsible home in the heart of the Riviera, offering its occupants the benefit of meticulous decoration. We’re sure you’ll appreciate the bespoke fixtures and fittings made by French craftsmen, and the owner’s thoughtful attention to detail.

Above all, the beauty of the coastal environment will leave you breathless. To discover it in the best possible way, take the four-kilometre path around the cape from Plage de la Mala to Plage Marquet. An invigorating walk in the glorious sunshine is guaranteed in winter and summer alike. And, of course, it’s perfect for a well-deserved swim.