An avenue of cypresses leads up to the vast villa that was my final shoot of the trip, for Michael Nicholas in St Tropez. Built for entertaining on a grand scale, the generous reception rooms open onto a Moroccan styled terrace, coccooned from the Mediterranean sun by billowing muslin. Beyond are the obligatory pool and breathtaking view. Once again the interior seeks to soothe with natural wood and stone finishes, and a pale palate, in stark contrast to the intense and somehow less natural colours of the outside world.

Those lucky enough to stay here, and they do take bookings, have a choice of individually designed suites, decorated with natural themes; hand painted silk blossom wall coverings, or embroidered seashell headboards. For more information on rental prices and availability, email: [email protected]