C’est la vie…I LOVE exploring this world and discovering wonderful new places 🙂 !! I have just finished exploring the South of France as the first part of two weeks in France with three wonderful colleagues from Brownell Travel. A trip we self designed to explore the most sought after resorts, hotels, villas, dining, markets and experiences …all the best to share with our clients.
The South of France has so many facets- so many faces of France can be seen in one day. I find it hard to imagine another destination where it is so easy to enjoy the mix of full-on glamour, dreamy resorts, untouched natural beauty, spectacular food and lots of culture all accessible in one day!
W France, our wonderful On Site, and owner Edwige, made our travels seamless and her endless knowledge and insider connections made our trip well beyond our expectations. Edwidge matched us with her companies top private driver/guide, Franck, who was beyond fabulous and great at maneuvering the tiny hill towns and patiently carting us to one site inspection after another…quickly figuring out our style and made out trip more than delightful!
As you may know the South of France is iconic for many famous hotels~~~ however, we were lucky enough to visit most of them but experienced first hand two Virtuoso ones that differ in style but both top in service and amenities… both make one feel like royalty.
Our first two nights were spent at Chateau St Martin (http://www.chateau-st-martin.com) in Vence …. very romantic, chic, and almost fairy tale like… located 20 minutes from the Nice airport and set on 30 acres with only 46 rooms… no two rooms alike. Chateau St. Martin is located very close to St Paul de Vence which is one of the most picturesque villages in this area.
Royal Riviera ( http://www.royal-riviera.com ) , on the other hand, is a very family friendly seaside resort in Cap Ferrat. It has a more low key feel than some of the other “grand” palaces on the Riviera. The location is hard to beat and a perfect match for any family looking for the idealic resort with pool, sandy beach with full service and water sports, and top dining…. bonus is the easy access to walk to town which is most beneficial when summer traffic is unbearable.
Both of these resorts live up to all the hype but their great locations make it easy to explore all that this region has to offer… great outdoor activities, fine dining, scenic villages, art/culture and of course boating and water sports.
However, if would like to be hidden away at the most Southern tip of the Cape of Antibes is Hotel du Cap Eden Rock (http://www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com/fr/bienvenue/). This beautiful Napoleon III structure is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful and exclusive properties in the world. Needless to say an iconic and magical place… with the best of the best of the best!
I look forward to sharing some other WOW hotels (Chateau Eza http://www.chateaueza.com/entrance.html and Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat http://www.grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com/uk/index.php) and fun local ideas that will enhance your visit to this beautiful part of France.