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Hotel and restaurant in a village. This château, built on the steep slopes of the French Riviera, offers breath-taking vistas of the Mediterranean and has plenty of relaxing activities in store: swimming in the pool, fragrant gardens or Indian massages. The charming rooms are all different. The great classics of French gastronomy as well as Mediterranean specialties can be savoured in one of the four restaurants of the Chèvre d’Or, where the pleasure derived from the fine cuisine is enhanced by the stunning views. After the meal, you can stroll through the cobblestone streets of the medieval cliff-side village overlooking the grandiose panorama of the sea. ... Learn moreless
Eze looks down on the Mediterranean from a height of more than 400 m. Once you have enjoyed looking round the old village with its restored houses, and their stairs, alleyways and cobbled streets, why not take an unusual walk down to Eze-mer. You can take a steep path down the rocky outcrop, and then take a breath-taking and romantic walk for about one hour between pine and olive groves, during which time you will enjoy superb views out over the Deep Blue Sea. An exceptional route for those who like to reflect as they walk.
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 by Cocteau, and pays tribute to Saint Peter, the patron saint for fishermen. At one time, it even served as a store for fishing tackle; it was also the headquarters of the fishermen’s industrial tribunal.
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 des Arènes, a 17th century Genoese residence and pays tribute to a man who made his reputation with his use of pure, blazing colours, and who was the friend, and indeed rival, of Picasso.
This esplanade is symbolic of Nice. It stretches for 8 km, and, throughout its length, has every inch of that chic that is part of the charm of the capital of the Côte d’Azur. It was created for the tourism of the early 1820s, and follows the curves of the bay, providing a haven for walkers and joggers in their quest for relaxation. It is midway between the blue of the Mediterranean and the brightly-coloured façades of the properties on its other side, such as the Palais de la Méditerranée, Hotel Négresco and the Ruhl casino…
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
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
Antibes Old Town, between Nice and Cannes, is really the place to stop any time you are down on the Côte d’Azur. Its high point is its busy market. In the morning, you can breathe in all the scents of Provence in the covered market on Cours Masséna. When you have finished strolling through the brightly-coloured streets in the centre and the harbour, what I would do is visit the Picasso museum. In Château Grimaldi, you can see some of the artist’s major works which were painted here in 1946.
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 and you can view Picasso’s thrilling artwork ‘War and Peace’ at the Château Museum, shown along with some of the artist’s ceramics. Picasso lived in Vallauris between 1948 and 1955.
It goes without saying that this town enjoys a worldwide reputation for its Film Festival. The number of stars who have trodden the red carpet in Cannes! The Croisette passes the legendary Palais and wends its opulent way along the sea line, with its string of luxury boutiques and luxury hotels. This is a delightful stroll – on the one side, the beach; on the other, the majestic façades of the Carlton, the Martinez, the Miramar… And don’t forget Forville Market, where I do my daily shopping!
Forville Market, in Cannes : this market is where I have started every day that God has given me for the last twenty years! There is why I buy my fish – my John Dory, rascasse, gilt-head bream, sole…, from my fishermen friends. I also go there for lettuce, herbs, and when they are in season, purple asparagus. I am very proud and happy to be able to treat my guests to this fresh local produce from our terroir. You should make a point, one morning, of exploring this brightly-coloured market with all its stalls…
Restaurant in a village. In the shade of the patio, surrounded by palm trees and exotic flowers or on the verandas of the conservatory, this lush green oasis is the setting for the renowned fusion cuisine of the Raimbault brothers. Depending on what catches their eye at the Forville market in Cannes, Chefs Stéphane and Antoine put together a menu that combines contemporary and Provencal flavours with infinite Asian flourishes, featuring “Lime-Infused Soufflé of Locally Caught Sea Urchins” and “Soleil Levant of Raw Fish”. But it is their brother François, the patissier, who adds the finishing touches to this magical and exotic symphony with his renowned “Caravan of Desserts”. ... Learn moreless
Henri Clews was a New York painter and sculptor. After the First World War, he discovered the Côte d’Azur and was never to leave. With his wife Marie, he restored the Château de La Napoule, and transformed this Mediterranean lookout post into a sanctuary for the art of the fantastic. I love the grotesque and whimsical statues in the garden, the Gothic dining room, the Marie Clews room and, of course, the studio, where the complete works of the artist are preserved under a fine conservatory.
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
From La Napoule to Saint-Raphaël, 32 km of spectacular road await you! This route, which is without a doubt one of the most spectacular in the whole region, wends its way between the jagged Mediterranean coast and the red, almost porphyry red, mountains of the Esterel Peninsula and passes through some remarkable wild areas. Pointe de l’Esquillon, Cap Roux, Pointe de Baumette, Cap du Dramont… – take my advice and leave yourself enough time to really appreciate this stunning coast.
A walk around the Pic du Cap Roux: Estérel marks the boundary between Alpes-Maritimes and Var. The hills drop down from red rocks with scattered lush green vegetation and plunge into the turquoise blue of the sea and the wild inlets. It offers a number of pleasant walks. Scrub, cork and downy oak, Aleppo and Maritime pines, lavender, rosemary, heather, false acacia… this is a way of finding out about the Mediterranean’s splendid heritage of forest, by taking a walk from L’Oasis round the Pic du Cap Roux.
After the views of the coast, I suggest you make a stop at Fréjus to explore its Roman remains and Old Town. Fréjus was formerly an ancient port, and has retained from those Roman times a fine amphitheatre, a small theatre and the remains of an aqueduct. In the town centre, there is a typically Provençal atmosphere and you will be able to explore some fine medieval remains such as the Provost’s House, the fortified towers and the bishop’s palace with its cathedral, cloisters and baptistry.
Hotel and restaurant in a park. This is an elegant Mediterranean home, just a few minutes from the beaches at Ramatuelle and the port of Saint-Tropez. Far from the summer crowds, this magnificent mansion with its four Provencal mas invites you to unwind in the heart of its paradise-like grounds that are full of exotic fragrances. Beside the superb pool, in the shade of 300 year-old olive trees or in the winter garden, treat yourself to true relaxation. The Provencal cuisine, with its two restaurants, Le Bistro and L’Olivier, is a genuine reflection of the spirit of the South of France. The Bastide also offers its guests the option of hiring its magnificent 22 m long San Lorenzo yacht for a day. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. A French General, who fell in love with a Punjab princess by the name of Bannu Pan Deï, built the Pan Deï Palais in 1835 in Saint-Tropez, as a token of their love. It is as if you are inside a maharajah’s mansion, with an exotic garden and rooms placed under the watchful eye of a Hindu god. The cozy spa and the hammam are a promise of serenity and well-being. Enjoy the peace and quiet next to the pool under the drapes of the Balinese beds. In the evening, this area becomes a lounge bar, just the place to enjoy a cocktail. The restaurant is a very sought-after spot in Saint-Tropez. Dishes of French and Asian inspirations take you on a genuine voyage of discovery. ... Learn moreless
If you like golf, this 18-hole course, set in a domain of 110 hectares, is quite remarkable. Gassin Golf & Country Club is close to Villa Belrose, five minutes from the beaches and from Saint-Tropez, and offers golfing pleasure and sophisticated services. When you play the course, you will enjoy unique vistas of the villages, the pine forest and the vineyards, a distillation of the very best of the Provence countryside. A sporting break which may, indeed, be crowned by lunch – an event not to be missed.
Here is yet another village which has managed to retain its truly Provençal cachet, with its houses linked by tiny narrow streets and stairways. What I particularly like about it is the way the town dominates the entire region. Barri terrace, at an altitude of 200 m, commands glorious views on clear days. Looking from west to east, you can see, with a sweep of the eye, Hyères islands, Cavalaire Bay, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and even the Alps. You simply mustn’t miss visiting this town with its panoramic views!
You can’t not visit Saint-Tropez! This legendary village that is the haunt both of artists and the jet set still holds a fascination for the rest of the world. It has pulled off the spectacular feat of managing to retain its authentically Provençal character while doffing an aura of international chic, and it is still the height of fashion! As you go from the village to the citadel, not to mention the harbour with its yachts, you will come to appreciate its sophisticated insouciance. Nor should you miss the Musée de l’Annonciade with its paintings by Matisse, Braque, Utrillo…
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. On the French Riviera, near Lavandou, this large Tuscan-style villa shines out against the magical background of the Mediterranean Sea. Imbued with charm, the Club de Cavalière exposes its ochre arcades and fragrant vegetation to the sun. Nestled among maritime pines, bougainvilleas and exotic gardens, the hotel is bordered by its own private beach of fine sand overlooking the Levant islands and has an array of sumptuous rooms and suites, and villas with patios right on the sand. This is the perfect place for a truly refreshing break. The restaurant features the flavours of southern cuisine, in the shade of mulberry trees and overlooks the magnificent bay of Cavalière. ... Learn moreless
When you leave Lavandou, keep going as far as Bormes-les-Mimosas. When you arrive, stop off at Domaine de la Malherbe, a superb vineyard tucked in between the garrigue and the sea, near Fort de Brégançon. The Ferrari family who own it produce some excellent white, red and rosé wines. The whites are attractively original with plenty of body and intensity. The red are full-bodied with very elegant tannins. You won’t be disappointed!
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