My brief was simple, to visit 10 of the renowned Relais & Chateaux properties in the South of France, over the course of 4 days. A tough life but someone has to do it! Today I travel from the stunning Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel, via the coastal route on to Saint Tropez and the equally impressive Villa Belrose. Read more about my French escapade and recommendations below.
The Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel is a short hop from Nice airport, 17 kilometres away.
There is a lovely 1 Michelin star restaurant, Les Pêcheurs. Nicolas Navarro, the executive chef trained with Alain Ducasse. A little tip, if you ask nicely he or one of his staff may sign the menu for you as a souvenir.
Make sure to take the scenic coastal route from Cap d’Antibes to Saint Tropez, it takes about an hour and a half and the views are breathtaking. Saint Tropez hasn’t changed much since I was last there many years ago. The harbour is very picturesque and you can stop for a coffee at the famous Sénéquier café on quai Jean Jaurès.
There are some interesting art galleries and sculptures to check out.
Saint Tropez has many pedestrianised streets that you can wander around.
The Tarte Tropezienne is a must-taste cream brioche delicacy, made to a secret recipe. Created in 1955 by Alexandre Micka, it was a favourite of Brigitte Bardot during the filming of “And God Created Woman”.
For a small village, there are quite a few designer stores.
Just ten minutes drive from Saint Tropez, Villa Belrose is a beautiful property set in 7000 square metres of landscaped grounds with an uninterrupted view over the bay.
The cuisine is also second to none.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE
– Picasso Museum, Grimaldi Castle, Old Antibes
– Shopping in the designer stores of nearby Juan les Pins
– Walk along the “Sentier du Littoral” for impressive coastal views
I stayed as a guest of Relais & Chateaux. Read part 2 of my A Listers’ Guide to the South of France here.