Hôtel Jardins Secrets, Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon , France
It's all in the name. Hidden away in ancient Nîmes, behind a discreet gate that opens onto cloistered flower-filled gardens, is this magical 18th-century coach-house with wildly opulent interiors and a whole lot of heart.
In fact, you'll almost forget you're staying in a city. Come summer, we can't think of a better way to start the day than with a dip in the emerald-hued pool and a divine garden breakfast, and later, if your Nîmes adventures all get too much, head back to the hotel and pick a platter of French treats to enjoy in a secret spot of your choosing.