Travel + Leisure
For a group or family - or a stay longer than a few days - a villa rental can be the best bargain. New York Habitat VLF (212/255-8018; www.nyhabitat.com) lists around 300 Riviera dwellings, from small studios to rambling villas. Weekly rentals in high season range from $440 for a studio on the Old Harbor in Nice to $4,753 for a four-bedroom, three-bathroom Antibes villa. For good value, reserve Habitat's three-bedroom, two-bath villa (with a pool) near Mougins for $2,743. Wimco (800/932-3222), another Riviera specialist, has 100 villas, all between St- Tropez and Èze. A five-bedroom, five-bath villa overlooking Cannes goes for $5,750 per week in July and August. Chefs, car rentals, massage, yoga instruction, and nannies can also be arranged by Wimco.