Luxury in the French Riviera

Luxury in the French Riviera

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

The Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) is a stunningly beautiful stretch of land along the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. Glamorous beach towns like Saint Tropez, Cannes and Nice grace the coastline and are remarkable locations to live a life of luxury, even if it’s only for a few days. With around 300 days of sunshine, there is no shortage of opportunities to soak up the rays while touring this area. 

Unforgettable Views

Start your vacation by flying into Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur. You simply cannot tour the area in anything other than a convertible. Rent the fastest one and get ready to cruise the coast while the sun gently kisses your skin and the wind caresses your hair! Start your luxurious journey in Monaco. This little country is known for its glitz and glamour, and of course, the Monte Carlo Casino. Try your hand at a sophisticated game of French roulette, baccarat or poker in a beautiful Belle Époque building. The interior glows with the light of Bohemian crystal chandeliers and you can enjoy dressing to the nines while being a high roller.  

The view from the botanical garden in Eze sur Mer. 

Next up is the medieval village of Eze. Like something out of a movie scene, the village is perched on a cliff high above the Mediterranean and full of winding cobblestone streets. Have lunch at La Chèvre d’Or for a fine-dining experience. Think cheese trolleys and panoramic windows enhancing the breathtaking view. See if you can spot a celebrity on a yacht in the bay! After, stop for a glass of wine at the Château Eza, a 400-year-old establishment with a restaurant that is built into the village’s ancient walls. 

Nothing screams luxury like an extravagant pink mansion. Stop in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat at the Villa and Gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild. This villa was constructed from 1905 - 1912 and is home to antique furniture, paintings, sculptures and rare porcelain. On your audio tour, you’ll learn about Baroness Béatrice and her lavish decorating style and excessive amounts of exotic pets. Outside you will experience nine beautiful themed gardens. The best part? This villa is rose-colored, making it an absolutely dazzling place to take pictures.

Just down the road is perhaps one of the most famous cities along the coast, Nice. Take a leisurely stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. The water glistens the most stunning color of turquoise and the architecture across the street is nothing short of amazing. Take special note of the famous Le Negresco Hotel, a staple of the city. This hotel’s story began in 1913 and has been a destination for high society, and even royals, ever since. The inside boasts famous French artwork, sculptures and period furniture ranging from the 17th century to today. 

Sensational Cuisine

After you’ve taken in the sights, it’s time for some local cuisine. The French Riviera has over 50 Michelin stars, and one of the newest restaurants on this coveted list is Jan. The swanky restaurant holds 24 seats and serves up local cuisine in a cave-like setting. Opt for a tasting menu and let your palate dance with joy from all the delectable flavors. 

A gorgeous aerial panoramic view of Antibes' port.

A trip to France isn’t complete without stopping in Antibes. Think mega-yachts and beautiful white, sandy beaches with bottle service. The old town is surrounded by 16th century ramparts and is best explored on foot. Wind through the narrow, cobblestoned streets and stop for a glass or two of rosé. Art aficionados will love Musée Picasso, which is housed in a 14th century castle. Here you’ll find 245 of Picasso’s paintings and sculptures, as well as work by other contemporary artists.

Cannes, land of luxury and haute couture, is the next city down the coast and the perfect place to shop until you drop. Hit up the iconic Boulevard de la Croisette. It stretches for almost two miles along the bay and the promenade is full of designer boutiques. Think Céline, Chanel, Valentino, Armani and more. If you feel like hitting the open water, take a ferry to the Lérins Islands. In just 15 minutes, you’ll reach Sainte-Marguerite, where you can stop for a waterfront lunch at restaurant La Guérite. Their Mediterranean cuisine is simply fantastic! 

Rosé, All Day

A colorful harbor in Saint Tropez. 

Last, but not least, is Saint Tropez. A tourism hot spot, this location is known for excessive extravagance. The rosés here are particularly wonderful, so plan a wine tasting. Head to Château Barbeyrolles for a truly unique experience. This vineyard is completely organic and the family that owns the winery can trace their ancestry back to the 13th century in the same region. Though operating on only about 30 acres, the family’s business is a labor of love. They use copper and sulphur treatments to avoid chemicals and harvest the grapes by hand, creating a delightful product. 

Are you daydream about spending a significant amount of time chasing the sun, tasting delicious Mediterranean cuisine and sipping on some seriously fabulous wines? Experience all the luxury the French Riviera has to offer in these amazing coastal towns. Let the azure waters calm your soul and the sun soak over your skin while you satisfy your appetite with some of France’s finest fare.

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