You will appreciate particularly in this itinerary :
• Hotel establishments perfectly integrated in a sumptuous natural environment
• Unique scenery and panoramas in the world
• Gastronomic restaurants
• Authentic towns and villages
• The scope of possibilities
• Beautiful addresses
You will go to discover the towns of Eze, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat et Nice
It is in Eze, a medieval eagle's nest located between Nice and Monaco, that we invite you to put down your suitcases, more particularly in one of the three prestigious establishments that make up this thousand-year-old tourist village. All three nestled in a green setting, between the sky and the sea, these mythical establishments of the French Riviera provide you with all the luxury services and the guarantee of a heavenly stay that you are entitled to expect:
La Chèvre d'Or*****
Some will say you can go in with your eyes closed. We would rather tell you to keep them wide open as this site is of a rare beauty. You will appreciate the charm of its old stones, its magnificent gardens laid out in terraces that go as far as flirting with the sea, its works of art scattered here and there, its forty or so rooms and suites which are all different, its heated swimming pool and jacuzzi overlooking the sea and of course, the plunging view over the bay of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche, Nice, the Cap d'Antibes and beyond to the Esterel. The hotel offers 3 dining areas including a double Michelin star restaurant. The Chèvre d'Or is stamped "Relais et Châteaux". (cover photo).
Built on a two-hectare private peninsula on the Mediterranean Sea, this private mansion enjoys a unique location, with its feet in the water. Here you will feel as if you are at the bow of a ship and can look out over the Big Blue, wherever you are. You will undoubtedly appreciate this haven of peace, its intimate private beach surrounded by rocks, its comfortable rooms and suites with terrace, its relaxation area and swimming pools, but also the "Table de Patrick Raingeard" which offers you its starred cuisine based on sea and local products.
This romantic boutique hotel, the former residence of a Swedish prince with a rich 400-year history, offers dazzling views from the private balconies and terraces of its 14 rooms and suites, as well as from its Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant. The enchantment operates day and night, when the sea reflects the thousand lights of the French Riviera. The view will certainly take your breath away, but not your appetite!
You won't be able to resist the urge to conquer its arts and crafts shops, wander through its cobbled streets, climb its stairs before falling under the spell of its exotic garden where, there too, a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean as far as the Gulf of Saint-Tropez awaits you (one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Mediterranean). The magic works!
After sunbathing by the hotel's swimming pool and a few refreshing swims, after a fitness or sensory break in the wellness area, this first day makes you feel like stopping the course of time. A magnificent sunset invites itself to your table!
We suggest you leave today for Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and enjoy the morning sun in the idyllic setting of Paloma Beach. It is one of the most preserved and unspoilt beaches in France. Take a dip from the diving board in the translucent water of this magnificent bay, frequented by the yachts of billionaires. The change of scenery is total. With your feet in the water, the beach restaurant will serve you an excellent cocktail before treating yourself to a delicious Mediterranean lunch. For the record, this pretty beach was the location for the filming of the second part of "Fifty Shades of Grey".
Still in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rotschild, one of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance palaces on the French Riviera. By her birth and then by her marriage, Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild became one of the greatest collectors of her century. Her villa and its 9 themed gardens are a major tourist attraction. On 4 hectares, scents and splendours of the essences, diversity of plantations will delight you. You will certainly be conquered by so much elegance and by all these cleverly staged plant paintings, with the blue of the sea as a backdrop. A small hunger or a great thirst? At any time of the day, take a seat under the orange trees on the terrace of the tea room and treat yourself to a delicious gourmet and refined break.
You can continue with a visit to the Villa Kérylos, in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. This palace inspired by ancient Greece enjoys a privileged position on the seafront, on the peninsula of the Baie de Fourmis.
Villa Kérylos is an invitation to travel. Everything, from the organization of the spaces to the refinement of the interior decoration, has been designed to recreate the atmosphere of a luxurious Greek villa of the century BC. In the image of Mediterranean dwellings, Villa Kérylos is organized around a peristyle, a vast central courtyard surrounded by twelve monolithic columns in white Carrara marble. One of the most remarkable aspects is the refined elegance of the furniture.
Don't miss the visit of its harmonious gardens.
For dinner, go to one of the restaurants of La Réserve de Beaulieu, an exceptional place in the pure tradition of the French Riviera's palaces. This 5-star establishment offers several restaurants and bars including :
The gastronomic restaurant "Le Restaurant des Rois", qualified since its beginnings in 1880 as "Restaurant des Rois and King of Restaurants" by a gastronomic critic. Rewarded with 1 star in the Michelin guide, the chef and his team delight the finest gourmets in a classic-romantic setting, benefiting from large bay windows opening onto the terrace and a first-rate maritime panorama. Harmonious melodies from the piano will enhance your dinner and make this moment intoxicating.
For a quicker but equally refined dinner, you can also opt for the bistro La Table de la Réserve. In her open-plan kitchen, Chef Anne-Sophie Sabini is particularly fond of local produce, especially fish, and Mediterranean flavours.
To end the evening, go to the marina for a little digestive walk. Perhaps you'll sit on the terrace of Giampi, the Port Glacier, to enjoy an excellent home-made ice cream or a delicious sorbet?
Or would you prefer to have a cocktail at the Anao Plage in the magnificent Baie des Fourmis?
Would you like to taste the refinement and charms of another exceptional hotel establishment?
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat***** will invite you to enjoy its 750m2 spa, its legendary swimming pool or the terrace of one of its three restaurants, such as Le Cap, whose Chef has been awarded a 1 star in the Michelin Guide. Ideally located in the heart of 7 hectares of greenery overlooking the Mediterranean, this Four Seasons hotel has 74 spacious and bright rooms, including 24 suites and a charming villa.
At the entrance to the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, the Royal-Riviera***** also has all the assets to combine pleasure and relaxation. Wake up facing the Mediterranean, gourmet breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea, heated swimming pool all year round, private beach in season, relaxation sessions at the Thalgo wellness centre... the Royal-Riviera is a mille-feuille of pleasures, a member of the prestigious group The Leading Hotels of the World.
The morning light is perfect for boarding a Héli Air Monaco aircraft departing from Nice and enjoying a grandiose flight between land and sea.
This 2-hour guided tour will reveal the most breathtaking panoramas and the sentinel villages that have kept the charm of the Provencal cities of yesteryear. You will fly over Nice, the Bay of Cannes, the Lérins Islands, Saint-Tropez, the Gorges du Verdon and the Lake of Sainte-Croix, Moustiers Sainte-Marie. After a stopover in Saint-Martin-Vésubie where a glass of champagne will be offered to you, your return to Nice will be organized.
It is then at the gastronomic restaurant La Réserve de Nice that we suggest you have lunch. The setting there is truly exceptional, away from the city and overlooking the sea, just after the port.
After the sky... the sea! Take to the open sea aboard a yacht that you can rent for half a day and treat yourself to a personalised maritime escapade to discover the Côte d'Azur in a different way! This excursion will allow you to live unforgettable moments. You will be accompanied by a skipper and a crew who will be able to advise you on the different possibilities of excursions.
Remember to book your dinner in advance at the Chantecler, the Michelin-starred restaurant (1 star in the Michelin Guide 2020) of the hotel Le Négresco*****, on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice. Every evening, from Tuesday to Saturday, Virginie Basselot, Chef des cuisines, will offer you her menu of gastronomic dishes made with fresh produce and vegetables from local producers.
The Negresco is identifiable by its listed façade, a jewel of the Belle Epoque and by its opulent architecture. It is known to be a permanent art gallery thanks to the collection of its former owner, Madame Augier. The furniture, paintings and sculptures bring together 5 centuries of history, from Louis XIII style to modern art, making this palace unique in the world in more ways than one. The establishment perfectly embodies the art of living and French hospitality. Its 100 rooms and 25 suites are of remarkable nobility and refinement. As a private house, Le Negresco has been awarded the "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living Heritage Company) label and also holds the Ecolabel.
At the end of your tasty dinner, you may feel the desire to shiver at a Black Jack table or bet on your lucky star in front of a slot machine? Just a few steps away, you can visit the Casino du Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice or the Casino Ruhl Barrière. "Les Jeux sont faits"...
Nice has nothing to envy Paris with more than 6,000 shops of all kinds: fashion, artisanal boutiques, major brands and luxury stores, leather goods, perfumes, decoration, jewellery...
Start your day in the surprising antique district in the Port of Nice. You will be able to push the door of about a hundred shops: it is the third largest gathering of antique dealers in France! A mecca for vintage fans for more than 50 years.
It will then be the occasion to go up by a little used path to the Castle hill, from where you will have, from above, a panoramic view of the whole city, the port and the Baie des Anges! All that remains of the castle today is its hill, a few ruins and a copy of the Bellanda tower reproduced in the 19th century. At the time, it was a military fortification, a link in a chain of defences including Fort du Mont-Alban, the citadel at Villefranche-sur-Mer and Fort Saint Hospice at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Built in the 11th century, it was destroyed by order of Louis XIV, but the place is simply superb. A must-see!
For lunch in a chic and sophisticated setting, go to one of the four other starred restaurants in Nice:
• Flaveur (2 stars in the Michelin Guide 2020)
The Tourteaux brothers, Gaël and Mickaël, are inseparable. Same hotel school in Nice (they passed their exams in the same room!), the same training at the Negresco in Alain Llorca's time... and even the desire to work the good, the true, the tasty, by being their own boss. The result of this fraternal alliance: Flaveur, their baby, to which they have devoted all their energy to the point of earning a Michelin star in 2011, and a second one in 2018.
• Pure & V (1 star in the Michelin Guide 2020)
The owner of this small bistro for natural wines is Vanessa Massé, a young 28-year-old sommelier with a concrete career path, tirelessly unearthing good little natural wines. She has teamed up with a Danish chef, who has worked at Le Marchal in Copenhagen. The Chef treats his clients in a creative vein (dorade-navet-mint) or more classic (French-style peas, a beautiful combination of land and sea). In short, a healthy and balanced cuisine, based on products whose origine is carefully chosen, even with Danish recipes that are worth their weight in crowns...
• L'Aromate (1 star in the Michelin Guide 2020)
In the heart of Nice, near Place Masséna, nestles this beautiful address. Contemporary room in black, white and gold tones, glazed kitchens overlooking the room, raw materials, wood and granite; everything is in place to welcome the gastronomic service of a chef with a fine background (Oustau de Baumanière, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol, Louis XV etc.). He offers a modern and creative cuisine, based on excellent products, with particularly careful dressings.
• Jan (1 star in the Michelin Guide 2020)
Rewarded with a first Macaroon in 2016, chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen opened the restaurant in September 2013. He serves original cuisine, a subtle blend of French gastronomy and South African recipes dear to his childhood. The wine list also offers a selection of French and South African wines.
To digest, you won't mind taking a few steps in the Carré d'Or, and by the way, doing some shopping? This area of Nice is home to some fifty of the most prestigious brands and boutiques where creation and elegance are expressed: Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Hugo Boss, Tyffany & Co, Anne Fontaine, Zadig & Voltaire...
Bringing together more than 600 shopkeepers, artists and craftsmen, Vieux-Nice is also a vast open-air shopping area. It is always a lively area where you can find local products and typical gifts, especially around the Cours Saleya.
You can also go to Galeries Lafayette and enjoy a VIP experience with the free "Personal Shopper" service, the ideal way to save time and efficiency, or try on clothes in a private lounge!
To recover from your emotions and erase the tiredness of this busy day, head to Spa 27, on the Promenade des Anglais. Within the Westminster hotel, this 450 m2 beauty & Spa area will offer you its spacious cabins for excellent treatments signed Sothys and Thalgo based on active concentrates from the mineral, vegetal and marine world but also its swimming pool with counter-current swimming, its jacuzzi, its sauna and its herbal tea room. The ideal way to get back on your feet, don't you think?
Open until 8pm. Reservation required.
See the list of other "wellness" areas in Nice
For dinner, we suggest you reserve your table in Nice at :
Convinced (e) by our 100% Nice Côte d'Azur spirit itinerary and our beautiful addresses to enjoy the best of the region? Take the time to treat yourself... And if you don't have enough time to test everything... Come back! Whatever the season Nice Côte d'Azur has so much to offer!
Enjoy your stay in Nice Côte d'Azur!
This itinerary is brought to you by Joelle from the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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