Are you wondering how to stay in style in the South of France? Let me share some of my top picks with you, they’re the perfect base for exploring this beautiful region.
LA BASTIDE SAINT ANTOINE – GRASSE
We head first to Grasse, considered to be the world capital of perfume. La Bastide Saint Antoine is a beautiful five star Relais & Chateaux property in an 18th century manor house, set in 5 hectares of land. You can enjoy a delicious lunch on the verandah.
Some of the suites come with individual hot tubs.
LE MAS CANDILLE – MOUGINS
Next up, let’s visit Le Mas Candille, a magnificent hotel in Mougins, with the first Shiseido Spa in Europe. It has a fantastic view over the hillside and there’s 9 acres to explore.
What is different about this facial, is that they actually spend most of the time massaging your face. I’ve had so many facials where they pop a mask on you, go off and do something else for quite a long time. My face was glowing afterwards and I invested in a facial brush which is apparently ideal for gentle cleansing.
LE MAS DE PIERRE – SAINT PAUL DE VENCE
Let’s now head to Saint Paul de Vence and Le Mas de Pierre, a stunning collection of 7 country houses, nestled at the foot of Saint Paul de Vence’s fortress. The gardens are a mixture of modern design and 100 year old olive trees.
The restaurant menus have been created by Michel Rostang, a 2 Michelin star chef and Emmanuel Lehrer who was cooking for us that evening. First though, he took us on in a game of pétanque! It’s a type of bowling that is traditional in the South of France and usually accompanied with a drink of pastis, the liquorice flavoured drink. I must have had beginner’s luck!
After a tasty amuse-bouche, we started with stuffed vegetables “a la Nicoise”, a local speciality.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE
– The perfumeries in Grasse: Fragonard, Galimard, Molinard, and the International Perfume Museum
– Cap d’Antibes and St Tropez
– The Maeght Foundation contemporary art museum in Saint Paul de Vence
JACQUES CHIBOIS – La Bastide Saint Antoine, 48 avenue Henri-Dunant – 06130 Grasse
HOTEL RESTAURANT SPA LE MAS CANDILLE Boulevard Clément Rebuffel 06250 MOUGINS
HOTEL LE MAS DE PIERRE – 2320 route de Serres – 06570 SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE