This summer, I’m focused on channeling my inner flâneur (my favorite French word that directly translates to “lounger” and is essentially a fancy way to describe someone wandering around without a care in the world). The vibe is basically “French Riviera in the ’60s” meets my current Instagram feed: a morning spent reading a paperback in the sun at a café, which rolls into an afternoon lazing on a huge rock at the beach with miscellaneous friends who have film cameras in their basket bags, which transitions into an evening that involves chilled bottles of rosé and me wearing a sundress over my bikini with a pair of espadrilles. You get the idea.
If the bougainvillea-wrapped hotels and colorful umbrella-lined beaches in your feed have you seriously considering deleting Instagram, I instead encourage you to harness all that travel envy and re-create the vibe a little closer to home. Our friends at Le Méridien Hotels very much get it, so much so that many of their U.S. hotels are undergoing a total Au Soleil takeover this summer in order to prove that the flâneur spirit of savoring the good life “under the sun” doesn’t have to require a passport or even a beach. So if the South of France, the Amalfi Coast, or [insert dream vacation spot here] isn’t on the agenda, just tap into the Riviera vibe in these secretly chic city destinations a little closer to home.