A-listers’ Guide to South of France


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.

CAP D’ANTIBES
The Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel is a short hop from Nice airport, 17 kilometres away.

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel
It has a striking modern design with lots of interesting artwork. I loved this quirky bookcase in the lobby.

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Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel
All the 22 bedrooms are individually designed by Sybille de Margerie.

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They each have a private garden or roof terrace.

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The hotel is the only one in Cap d’Antibes to have a private sandy beach.

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DINING
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.

Les Pecheurs
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We kicked off in style with duck liver foie gras, served with raw figs, Barolo vinegar and blackcurrant.

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Our next course was a very moreish ceps cooked in fig leaves with caramelized chestnuts.

Ceps
I’d highly recommend the main course, a fillet of John Dory with gnocchi potatoes in a spicy sauce.

John Dory
We finished with a light and fluffy almond and hazelnut praline souffle, with lemon sorbet.

Soufflé
There is also a relaxed beach restaurant, Le Cap, open for lunch and dinner – see the artworks by local artists below.

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SAINT TROPEZ
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.

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There are some interesting art galleries and sculptures to check out.

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Saint Tropez has many pedestrianised streets that you can wander around.

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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”.

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Tarte Tropezienne

For a small village, there are quite a few designer stores.

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If you get time, climb up to the Citadel at the top of the hill for breathtaking views over the bay and the famous church tower.

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VILLA BELROSE
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.

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 The bedrooms are a perfect blend of old and new with a fashionable soft grey colourway.

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The cuisine is also second to none.

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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 & ChateauxRead part 2 of my A Listers’ Guide to the South of France here.

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  • What a tough gig! lol Seriously though, what a fabulous way to pass the work hours. I LOVE this part of France – would love to go back and explore more of it myself one of these days. 🙂

    • It was actually tougher than it sounds, I would have loved to have spent longer in each place – but a fantastic overview and I’ll definitely be back for more!

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    Gorgeous photos, it looks like a fabulous place to visit. I love that bookcase too

    • Yes I’d recommend it, the hotel was very funky and right on the beach

  • I am a massive fan of the South of France and so naturally, am incredibly envious of your recent visit there! Lucky you! The hotel looks wonderful and of course, the street photos are lovely – ah, nostalgia!

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    x

    • Thanks Gabrielle, it was amazing. We did have a boat trip cancelled as there was a big storm in Saint Tropez but even so I had a blast

  • love&limoncello

    Great photos. I absolutely love the South of France and used to have a little apartment in Port Grimaud just outside St Tropez. Your photos bring back some great memories. The Relais & Chateau group are just fab.

    xx

    • I would definitely be tempted to get an apartment in France, the one thing that stops me is that I love visiting new places.

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  • Lucy

    The south of France is beautiful. I spent a vast amount of my childhood eating my body weight in French bread, olives, cheese and brioche. The hotels have wonderful interiors, I love hotels with a personality a little bit of quirkiness, The Tarte Tropezienne look wonderful and I would certainly go for the large cake Lucy x

    • Yes the Tarte Tropezienne is delicious – a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips 😉

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