Has any other region in the world attracted so many artists? Haveany other skies or seas so inspired painters and sculptors? From Cannes to Menton, the Côte d’Azur has attracted Chagall, Matisse, Léger, Cocteau, Picasso and so many others. Drawn here by the light, climate and because a dip into the azure sea and a breath of sweet mountain air can both be had in just one day, they all lived here on the Mediterranean shore at one point in their lives. And the magic is still happening. One corniche follows another amid olive and cypress trees, vines, exotic gardens and hidden palaces. Today, we visit the houses where in the past these prestigious artists lived and encounter museums with appealing architecture. The light is as beautiful as ever…
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Nestled in a six-hectare estate, only 300 m from the sea and surrounded by organic vineyards and Provençal countryside, Château de Valmer is a former family guest house which has, over time, been converted into a luxury hotel. Owners of the property since 1946, the Rocchietta-Montloin family has spent a lifetime cultivating the art of hospitality. Guests can enjoy chic and cosy rooms, tree houses, private residences, and a Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant whose cuisine is inspired by the estate's own organically grown produce. An invitation to relax and unwind, guests can take a path lined with majestic palm trees to bask on a private beach facing the Îles d'Hyères or pamper themselves in the large heated outdoor swimming pool and splendid spa that opens out to the park. ... Learn moreless
Created in 1955, Club 55 enjoys an exceptional location on Pampelonne beach. This is where the mythical "And God Created Woman" was filmed with Brigitte Bardot. A true institution, the Club has contributed to the popularity and fame of Saint-Tropez. Even today, the de Colmont family continues to welcome...Read More less
More than just a natural border between the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes, the Estérel Massif is a great place for hiking. 79,000 acres (34,500 of which is a national forest), 27 miles of hiking trails and almost 62 miles of signposted footpaths offer great rides on mountain bikes, horseback, or on foot....Read More less
Property reopening on 03/06/2021
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Just 15 minutes from the Croisette – a spot where sea and mountains are at close proximity. The Tiara Yaktsa sits in front of a magnificent backdrop – the red rocks of the Massif de l’Esterel – and overlooks the indigo-blue creeks of the Mediterranean. The gently sloping espaliered restanque walls offer an opportunity for sunbathing; the scents of the maquis and the surrounding stone pines are serenely relaxing. In the languid summer heat, what better than the refreshing cool of Yaktsa Hotel, a luxurious Provençal mansion with an idyllic Oriental-style décor. Its Mashrabiya-latticed windows and sheer gauze curtains offer total seclusion while the hotel opens onto stunning views of Théoule-sur-Mer. ... Learn moreless
Built in 1903 on the initiative of the Touring Club de France, the Corniche d'Or runs along the sea on the southern flanks of the Estérel massif. A century after being dug into the rock, this road remains one of the most beautiful in France. Each bend offers a new exceptional panorama of the azure blue...Read More less
It is in this small fishing village of La Napoule, nestled in the bay of Cannes, that chefs Alain Montigny (winner of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France) and Nicolas Davouze (winner of Bocuse d’Or France and chosen by Stéphane Raimbault to ensure his succession) invite you over the seasons – in the flamboyant...Read More less
Bruno Oger left the kitchen of a palace hotel in Cannes and the hustle and bustle of the Croisette to move to the calm of Villa Archange and its shady courtyard in Le Cannet. This 18th century Provencal building, which has been masterly refurbished and tastefully decorated, reflects the sensitivity of...Read More less
Property reopening on 01/06/2021
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. A blue paradise, where the only sounds to trouble the peace come from the waters in La Garoupe bay which you can reach by a tiny private path. A fine villa stands in the midst of this unique landscape, with stone pines and ochre-coloured rocks, once an inspiration to Nicolas de Staël and Picasso, and is home to this characterful hotel. Tastefully appointed contemporary rooms, each with its private terrace or balcony, look out onto grounds planted with old olive trees and a pool and wellness area. The private beach, edged with succulents and bay trees, and the restaurant terrace in the shade of the mulberry trees provide the finishing touches to this cool oasis of peace and quiet. ... Learn moreless
Property reopening on 22/04/2021
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Halfway between Nice and Cannes, in a setting where the Mediterranean takes centre stage, the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel is a contemporary architectural jewel. Its minimalist lines are in perfect harmony with the lush Mediterranean vegetation, with the charm and freshness of a garden by the sea, a fine private sandy beach facing the Lérins Islands, and a delightful infinity pool. The original décor of the rooms and suites transports guests on a sensory voyage. The enchantment continues in the restaurant Les Pêcheurs, which looks out onto the sea and offers a feast for the palate as well as the eyes, with a view of the Esterel massif in the distance. ... Learn moreless
Don’t hesitate to venture up the hillside to explore Vallauris, a pottery and ceramics centre. There are craft shops in the village, where you can find out about this traditional art and maybe even be inspired to buy a fine piece. The Museums of Pottery and Ceramics will give you a further introduction...Read More less
Still relatively unknown, this museum houses a stunning collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman works, combined with paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance to the present day. With its avant-garde museography, the place demonstrates how ancient art has influenced contemporary artists. And it's...Read More less
Perched high on a hillside in the hinterland of Cannes, Mougins has preserved its maze of narrow medieval streets lined with magnificently restored houses with blue shutters. Popular with artists, the village is lined with decoration shops and galleries and is a true paradise for bargain hunters. Not...Read More less
Property reopening on 07/05/2021
Hotel and restaurant in a village. In a secret and sunny Eden, located within the ramparts of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a famous artists’ haunt, the Saint-Paul casts its timeless spell. This is the place to stay if you want to fully appreciate French-style hospitality and sophistication. The listed mediaeval promontory where the hotel stands transports you, in supreme comfort, to a world of myth, legend and history. The guestrooms and suites offer stunning views over the village or over the plain up to the Mediterranean. Savour delicious regional dishes on an exquisite, flower-bedecked, sunny terrace – paradise indeed. ... Learn moreless
Property reopening on 30/04/2021
Hotel and restaurant in a park. In a two hectare Mediterranean park full of hundred-year-old olive trees, on the doorstep of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Le Mas de Pierre overlooks hills and valleys. Provencal, romantic and colonial villas and rooms are hidden behind the red tiles and white stone of the bastides. When you cross the threshold, you will discover lovingly selected antique dressers and pedestal tables. As far as cuisine is concerned, our chef proposes a family cuisine with the flavours of the South, composed of the finest regional specialties. Other delights include a swimming pool, a spa, a sumptuous greenhouse with orchids and a deliciously fragrant garden. Note: property closed for renovation works until Spring 2021. ... Learn moreless
Unveiled close to the Saint-Paul "artists" village in 1964, the Maeght Foundation is an extraordinary place for exhibiting modern and contemporary art. In the heart of the vast aerial building designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert and its adjoining gardens; Aimé and Marguerite Maeght have assembled...Read More less
On the prestigious Cap Ferrat peninsula, in an upmarket vacation resort between Nice and Monaco, there is a must-visit cultural beacon: the Ephrussi de Rothschild Foundation. This Renaissance-inspired Italian villa, designed in the early 20th century by the Baroness de Rothschild, is home to an extraordinary...Read More less
This museum pays tribute to Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954), famous painter and leading light in the Fauvist school and adoptive son of Nice. It holds more than 600 of his works (paintings, drawings, sculptures and etchings) and certain documents about his life. This collection has been housed in the Villa...Read More less
From Saint-Paul, follow the signs for Vence (a beautiful old town) and then Saint-Jeannet (a charming village set at the foot of an impressive cliff) and take the Var cliff road towards Nice. Over about ten kilometers, the splendid views over the Var valley and the hills of the hinterland of Nice, covered...Read More less
Jean Cocteau was to say of Eze: ‘Nowhere else is there a place more off the beaten track, more unusual, more suspended in the void…’. A little further on, on the coast road, we find traces of the writer and cinema director, in the tiny Chapelle Saint-Pierre, in Villefranche-sur-Mer. It was entirely redecorated...Read More less
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