Is the French Riviera really as pretty as the postcards claim? Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and other great masters certainly thought so. But our favorite Côte d’Azur masterpieces don’t hang on gallery walls. Nice is home to some of the world’s most celebrated culinary artists, and the bounty of Michelin-starred restaurants here ensures that every meal is a priceless work of art. (Well, almost priceless.) And of course there’s more; the glamour of Monaco pairs perfectly with relaxed Antibes. Considered by some the best of the best, St. Tropez is really two towns in one depending on when you visit. Busy seems an inadequate description of the summer season; and tranquil, rather fitting for autumn and winter.
Chefs & Artisans
In order to best appreciate the cuisine of the Côte d’Azur — bread in infinite varieties, the famed 1980 bouillabaisse charter, the amazing possibilities of courgettes—we must look to our guest chefs.
In Mougins, just north of Cannes, sits Mas Candille where Chef Serge Gouloumes, after taking you on a visit to the local market in Cannes, will prepare for you a most exquisite lunch.
Further north in Grasse, Chef Jacques Chibois will display his incredible culinary imagination by combining gastronomy with the native horticulture. Prepare to be amazed!
Later still in Marseilles, the three-star Le Petit Nice will expose you to the delectable seafood menu of Chef Gérald Passédat, whose food is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste.
After cooking and tasting the bounty of the Côte d’Azur, you will spend your nights at a selection of hotels that more than match the culinary wonders you have sampled during the day. We start with Le Mas de Pierre, less than 30 minutes from the coast with a modern take on classic Provençal design.
Eden Roc is loaded with history and cachet. The service is exemplary and the grounds are simply breathtaking.
The Grand Hotel du Cap in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a legend around these parts, consistently setting the bar for southern France luxury.
Cap Estel was originally built as a private home and distinguishes itself from other properties with its 18 individually designed and decorated suites and rooms. You might not want to leave.
In Saint-Tropez allow us to suggest Villa Marie, the perfect property for guests in search of a little romance, Mediterranean-style.
In Monaco, we couldn’t decide. The Monte Carlo Beach Hotel features waterfront views and is close to the action at Casino Square, but remains removed from the fuss. The Hermitage is relaxation incarnate in the form of a classic Belle Époque property.
The Riviera Quiet Antibes has a remarkably storied past. Learn about its rise, fall and rebirth before moving north in the hilltop village of Grasse. Discover how to cook with the many local flowers used for centuries in perfume, trust us, it works. With its red-tiled houses and beautiful harbour it’s easy to see the allure of oftentimes bustling St. Tropez. Arrive and depart Nice or Marseilles.
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Monaco & The Riviera Monaco, the second-smallest country in the world and host to the second-largest monarchy, the Principality has attracted the jet set for years. Lucky for us it also boasts delicious delicacies and an impressive list of restaurants.
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