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My Route du Bonheur

From the Cap d’Antibes to Monaco – sublime Mediterranean landscape

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Has any other region in the world attracted so many artists? Have any 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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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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La Villa Archange

Le Cannet - France

Restaurant in town. 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 the chef who celebrates the classics of French cuisine. With precise execution and skilful composition, his mastery is perfect, the presentation sophisticated. Marinière of Gillardeau oysters, cucumber, mint and caviar; langoustine ravioli with coral of sea urchin… followed by the angels’ delights with the aerial flavours of Sylvain Mathy, supported by the warmth of an impeccable service. ... Learn moreless

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Antibes Old Town, its ramparts and castle

Antibes Old Town, its ramparts and castle

Old Antibes is a wonderful snapshot of life on the French Riviera. Everything is geared towards relaxation and healing in this small area protected by walls and the massive silhouette of the Fort Carré:  the bustling streets, the waterfront, the famous Cours Masséna market and the cafe terraces. For culture, don't forget to visit the Picasso Museum: in the Grimaldi Castle (12th century, 16th century), you can admire the artist's great compositions, made here in 1946. www.antibesjuanlespins.com

Mougins Museum of Classical Art

Mougins Museum of Classical Art

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 no small surprise to discover works by Rembrandt, Dali, Cocteau, Matisse or Degas between two antique busts.

Mougins, Picasso's village

Mougins, Picasso's village

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 far from there, the Notre-Dame de Vie Hermitage is still imbued with the spirit of Picasso. The painter was won over by the beauty of the place and lived here for the last fifteen years of his life.

 

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Le Saint-Paul

Saint-Paul-de-Vence - France

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

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Le Mas de Pierre

Saint-Paul-de-Vence - France

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. ... Learn moreless

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The Maeght Foundation

The Maeght Foundation

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 works by their friends: paintings by Soulages, Léger and Kandinsky, a pool mosaic and stained glass window by Braque, giant mobiles by Calder, mosaics by Chagall and sculptures by Miró and Giacometti. Monumental works in the heart of a green environment... www.fondation-maeght.com

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The coast road through the Var - km 12

The coast road through the Var - km 12

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 with olive trees, vineyards and fruit trees will win you over. A "secret" and picturesque route before returning to the bright lights of Nice… www.saintjeannet.com

The Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Foundation - km 46

The Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Foundation - km 46

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 collection of art objects. The furniture, tapestries, paintings and porcelain are matched only by the perfect harmony of the themed gardens, which were designed with the Mediterranean Sea in the background… www.villa-ephrussi.com

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Monte-Carlo Beach

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin - France

Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. The Monte-Carlo Beach, a chic and timeless hotel built in the 1930s, has always been the epitome of glamour and "dolce vita". This palace, which has received celebrities from far and wide, has been renovated by architect designer India Mahdavi, and restored to all its former glory. Sea all around, and with an original terracotta façade and frescoes inspired by Matisse and Cocteau make it the perfect setting for an exquisite break. Located in a site of outstanding natural beauty, in the shelter of a pine forest, the Monte-Carlo Beach offers a “Cabanas” service, an Olympic pool, a new SPA Le Tigre Monte-Carlo and its Michelin-starred restaurant Elsa, certified as 100% organic by Ecocert. ... Learn moreless

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At Monaco harbour…

At Monaco harbour…

Of course you can see magnificent, ultra luxurious, ships. But look more closely: there are also lots of yachts. They reflect the sporting spirit that puts Monaco in such a strong position in sailing competitions. The Prince himself is an accomplished sportsman and helps project this active and dynamic image.

Shopping in Monte Carlo, around the luxury hotels

Shopping in Monte Carlo, around the luxury hotels

The chic and fashionable avenues traced around the Monte Carlo casino are bordered by palaces and luxury boutiques where you will have time to stroll or consume. With all the jewelry, clothing, decoration and leather goods stores, the biggest luxury brands have set up shop here. When the shopping is over, it might be time to go have fun at the casino or stroll along the harbor in front of the magnificent yachts.

The Oceanographic Museum

The Oceanographic Museum

Monaco invites you to discover its underwater mysteries. In this big house overlooking the sea dating from the early 20th century, you will be captivated by the huge aquarium, which is home to over 6,000 tropical and Mediterranean fish. Alongside it, the shark lagoon and other exhibition areas emphasize the importance of preserving these delicate environments. www.oceano.mc

The Rock of Monaco and the Prince’s Palace

The Rock of Monaco and the Prince’s Palace

Perched on its rocky outcrop, Monaco seems protected against whatever the weather throws at it. Discover the village atmosphere of the principality and its beautiful restored buildings through a maze of dainty narrow streets. The stronghold of the Grimaldi family will seduce you with its gardens, terraces overlooking the sea, Roman-Byzantine cathedral and inescapable princely palace. Every day at noon, you will be able to witness the spectacle of the perfectly orchestrated changing of the guard to the sound of drums. www.monte-carlo.mc
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