The Côte d’Azur, or French Riviera, has long been a top destination for a luxurious holiday. A favourite among painters of the past, including Monet, Picasso and Matisse, and now a haunt of the rich and famous, the coast is peppered with glamourous villas, sparkling harbours full of salubrious super-yachts and an array of attractive towns and resorts.
St. Tropez is the name which is synonymous with the Côte d’Azur, and while its busy streets full of luxury boutiques and high-end restaurants aren’t for everyone, there’s an endearing side to St. Tropez which makes it easy to see how it’s become such a popular resort.
The cosmopolitan city of Nice with its relaxed, Mediterranean atmosphere, Italian influence and thriving art scene make it an unmissable day trip at the very least, while the notorious tax-haven of the kingdom of Monaco draws visitors intrigued by its glamour and Grand Prix.
Cannes annual film festival has contributed to its popularity amongst celebrities and the wealthy, but it still holds an undeniable appeal for visitors on their holidays. The charming architecture of the old part of Le Suquet contrasts with the bustling seafront with sun-lounger-lined beach, while numerous restaurants offer a range of cuisines, with the menus du jour offering a slightly more affordable option for those wanting to indulge.
Tumbling down to the sparkling sea, the old town of Menton is nothing like its glitzy neighbours. Bordering Italy, it exudes a quiet charm, where citrus fruits are celebrated and the seafront is more understated; the yachts in the harbour less ‘super’. Against a backdrop of mountains, it offers stunning views, beautiful Italian architecture and wonderful food.
Lesser-visited but notable resorts include St. Raphael, La Ciotat, Fréjus and Hyères and all along the coast are secluded coves which can be accessed via a steep walk or scramble down from the laybys above.
The clear, cerulean waters of the coastal stretch known as Calanques can be accessed by boat or along the hiking trails, with scenic inlets making for an unforgettable wild swimming experience.
An unrivalled location for a group getaway, the Côte d’Azur suits all visitors, from families to party people. Our stunning large villas on the Côte d’Azur will make you feel right at home and give you a little flavour of the indulgence and luxury synonymous with the region.