Vive la Cote d`Azur

The French Riviera is known all over the world for its glamour and beauty. On our recent trip to the French Riviera we stopped at a few places, which are a must-see spots.

Along the way, we dined in some of the best gourmet restaurant that French Riviera offers. In order to really leave an impact I have divided all the places we visited in their own posts. In that way, I can really describe every trip and experiences we had at some excellent fine dining restaurants. So keep tune!

GRACE OF MONACO

So, our trip began in Monaco. To be exact we landed in Nice and from there drove to Monte Carlo in a rented cabriolet. It was exciting driving along side the beautiful beaches and spotting some new destinations on the way. Monte Carlo is the perfect mix of the excitement of city life with quiet old town charm. The main street are filled with all luxury fashion brands boutiques where they sell the newest collection. They are also surrounded with some of the best restaurants. We stayed at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel which embodies the classic glamour and timeless chic of the French Riviera. The Hotel offers some exquisite dining experiences, so we have decided to try some French Mediterranean food in their Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant, called Le Cap.

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After a delicious meal, we stopped for a drink at the most famous and touristic Casino Square, where you can admire all the luxury fast cars parked in front the casino or either the Hotel. Close by is the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the current and official residence of the Prince of Monaco.


Most of the time when people travel to this kind of places forget about the charm of beautiful historic villages outside the cities. Eze village is one of the most picturesque spots in the region.

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Another place worth seeing while in Monaco is the Oceanographic Museum. It offers a unique opportunity to know, love and protect the oceans. The museum itself is one of the finest in Monaco, holds some of the best exhibits, which some were very interesting and educational for kids. My son absolutely adored it! I would also suggest to check out the rooftop and admire the beautiful view of the whole city.

Our journey on the French Riviera continued in Cannes, so stay tuned for the next blog post to find out more about luxury spots and gourmet dining.

In Cannes you will feel like a movie star

Upon arrival at Nice airport (with a great approach over the water), a very comfortable limousine was waiting for us to take us to Cannes – it took just 25 min to arrive to our beautiful, full of history Martinez hotel.

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Accommodation

The Grand Hyatt Martinez hotel (https://cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com) is so full of history and you can see it immediately from the multitude of photographs of some of the celebrities that have stayed there over the years. In a way, the pictures are constantly reminding and showing you the movie history which Cannes itself, and the Martinez, are so very much a part of.

I also love that the hotel very successfully combines the beautiful old building with some modern twist. The service was excellent throughout our stay and we have to point out Phillipe the concierge who was very helpful and full of great ideas on how to make our stay in Cannes even more interesting and unforgettable.

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The location of The Martinez is perfect for long evening walks. Surprisingly, the hotel beach is so nicely organized and private that you can enjoy in peace the crystal blue sea, listen to the soft music and relax – although pretty much in the middle of the Cannes promenade. The food and the drinks at the Z Plage restaurant on the beach (https://cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/restaurant-zplage.html) were also greatly complementing the whole Martinez hotel experience. We tried the King Prawn Skewers from Tandoori oven and the New York Salad. They were both to die for. And their Straw basil and Passion fruit mojitos were wonderfully accompanying the food. Just a perfect combination for relaxing and enjoying food at the beach.

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We spent the rest of the day just swimming and reading at the beach. In the late afternoon we took a walk along the promenade and could just not help ourselves not to do some shopping since along the promenade you will find all the main brands with their very own clothing and shoe shops.

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Food in Cannes – an amazing experience in the Indonesian stile

img_6888-2We had heard a lot about the Bâoli restaurant and club so we just had to try it. Located in the Cannes marina, it is a wonderful exotic restaurant, bar and club decorated in Indonesian style. You can hear the music beat both in and outside. The music is velvety and relaxed in the restaurant while pretty haywire on the dance floor later on in the night.

The food menu includes some of their signature dishes. We love trying and sharing different dishes and we have to say that single dish we tried was a unique combination of amazing flavours. To give you a taste: amongst others, we tried the duck foie gras with muscat as well as whole lobster, avocado and mango tatar. They were delicious and very fresh. The pan-seared scallops on a truffle potato puree and some wild rocket leaves is something that you must not miss out on.

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All in all, Le Baoli is one of the Côte d’Azur’s key spots, worth every minute you spend there.

Unfortunately, our stay in Cannes was very short and was more of a couple escape. On the second day we has an afternoon flight which meant we could still use the morning for some more beach time. Again we swam, relaxed and enjoyed the music in the sun.

I would definitely recommend to go to Cannes in September, as the weather is absolutely prefect for swimming and relaxing on the beach, but you will avoid the fuss and craziness of the overcrowded high season. And the prices of the very best hotels are much more affordable. What is more: you can get to Cannes from most places in Europe quite easily which makes it a perfect escape even for a day or two both in or out of the main season. We are most certainly coming back!