Where are you planning to visit next year?  Are you joining us on the beautiful Cote d’Azur?  Here you will find the most glamorous and beautiful places to stay in the world.  From the tiny, jetset Principality of Monaco to the super chic St Tropez there is something to suit everyone.  The best restaurants, most beautiful beaches and action packed with adventures, or just laze on a sun lounger gazing at the beautiful sea views.

I have found some of the best villas for you to rent in the most perfect locations.  Just take a look at these fabulous villas and tell me you would not love to stay here!

picture-595432-23Villa Cap d’Antibes

This amazing state of the art villa dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and was entirely renovated by award winning designers.

This 420sq m property is ideally located on the West side of Cap d’Antibes within walking distance to the beach and Port Gallice.
It is comprised of 4 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom including a large 100sq m Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, lounge area and dressing room and offers a separate staff quarters.
It also consists of a TV lounge, a fully equipped modern designer kitchen, an office, a lounge as well as a dining area.

The property is set in a beautiful garden with a 15m heated infinity swimming pool with a fountain and air-jet spa. This villa combines charm, sophistication, modernity and style; it is one of a kind!

Cost: 28,000 euros a week

picture-960531-3Villa in Cannes

GUESTS SLEEPING: 12 pax
LIVING AREA: 500 sq m  Price on Application

picture-1066426-1Luxurious Contemporary Villa, Vaullauris 

6 Bedrooms
Swimming Pool
GUESTS SLEEPING: 16 pax
VIEW: Panoramic Sea
This spectacular 660m2 property is one of the most stunning contemporary villas in Cannes. The magnificently designed, open-plan, living space captures the beauty of the landscaped gardens and panoramic sea views and really ‘draws the outdoors in’. Boasting an impressive master suite with two bathrooms and two dressing rooms, a jacuzzi, gym, hammam and infinity pool, this villa ensures a wonderful holiday experience.

Layout –
Floor 1:
Entrance with cloak room, guest toilet, living room with TV, sitting room, dining room x6, kitchen with separate staff access
Bedroom 1: King bed (200), TV, dressing room x2, bathroom x2, lounge room, fireplace, safe, terrace access, panoramic sea views
Bedroom 2: Queen bed (160), TV, closet, ensuite, outdoor access, garden view
Terrace: dining x14, outdoor living room, panoramic sea views

Ground floor:
Kitchenette, living room, outdoor terrace with dining x 12, pool access, laundry, enclosed garage x2, large storage area
Bedroom 3: Queen bed (180), TV, dressing room, ensuite, seating, outdoor access, panoramic sea views
Bedroom 4: King bed (200), TV, dressing room, bathroom, seating, desk, outdoor access, panoramic sea views
Staff apartment: Separate access, 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4), kitchenette, living room, dining x4, TV

Floor 2:
Bedroom 5: Double bed (140), ensuite, large terrace, dressing room, outdoor seating, garden views-terrace has panoramic sea views
Bedroom 6: Queen bed (160), bathroom, seating, terrace, panoramic sea views

Extras:
Gym room: outdoor access, shower room, hammam
Bose music system, TV in dining and kitchen, large outdoor parking space, landscaped gardens, grass area
Infinity pool, jacuzzi, BBQ, outdoor lighting

Price on Application

 

picture-1077663-1-1Villa in Mougins

GUESTS SLEEPING: 10 pax
LIVING AREA: 450 sq m
VIEW: Panoramic Sea, Hills
ORIENTATION: South
Main level:
Entrance – Guests toilets & dressing – Office –
Living room, TV with flat screen, international channels, wifi
Dining room
Kitchen fully equipped + cellar (with staff private entrance) – laundry
Outdoor dining room on covered terrasse with fireplace & bbq
Master bedroom: double dressing for Mr & Mrs, bathroom with separate toilets, double sink, office room
King size bed, A/C, private outdoor area

First floor:
Bedroom 1: attic bedroom, queen size bed with shower room, A/C
Bedroom 2: king size bedroom with terrace access, shower room, A/C, safe box, panoramic sea view
Bedroom 3:king size bedroom with terrace access, shower room, A/C, safe box, panoramic sea view
Bedroom 4: double bed (convertible with 2 twin beds), shower room, A/C

Pool level:
Panic room
Cinema room – huge range of DVD’s A/C
Gym room – modern fitness equipment, sauna cedar wood, steam room, shower room, toilets

Outdoor:
Small equipped outdoor kitchen, dining room table
Overflowing swimming pool with teck terrace
Petanque court, outdoor music system & ligthening
Entirely secured property with 2 gates. Parking up to 9 cars, private gardener access.

Price on application

picture-1241205-1Villa Cannes Californie

500 sqm  6 Bedroom Villa

Garden level:

Modern apartment with high quality finishings comprised of a dining room, a living room with flat screen TV, fully equipped kitchen, large terrace with diner area and lounge area.

Bedroom 1: double bed, flat screen TV, bathroom, separated Japanese toilets, terrace view
Bedroom 2: double bed (convertible twin), flat screen TV, double sink, bathroom, separated toilets
Bedroom 3: double bed with ensuite living room, flat screen TV, terrace / garden view, bathroom, separated toilets
Bedroom 4: double bed, flat screen TV, bathroom, separated japanese toilets
Bedroom 5: double bed (convertible twin), flat screen TV, bathroom, double sink, separated toilets (perfect for children or staff)

First floor:
Floor dedicated to the Master bedroom with dressing room for her/him, screen flat TV, bathroom with double sink, double rain shower, bath tub, enjoying sea views.
Private terrace with fitness equipment
Living room with screen flat TV, dining room (8 guests), fully equipped kitchen, utility room with staff entrance (with direct access to the parking area)

Numerous outdoor spaces, large dining table (12 guests), Weber BBQ, sea view, access to swimming pool n°1

Second floor:
Roof top, large space ideal for events, summer bar boasting panoramic sea views

Swimming Pool number 2  Price on application

All of the villas are available through:

Beauchamp Estates, 19 Rue des Etats Unis, Cannes   Contact  Tel. +330493944545

 

Gillon Hunter of Beauchamp Estates shares some of his tips for living life to the full on the Cote d’Azur:

Q. What are your favourite things about the Cote d’Azur

What’s not to like? The climate has to be one of the best in the world. I love that you go from beaches to big mountains in only a few kilometres. The landscape has everything.

Food wise, oh la la! There are more Michelin stars along this coastline than stars in the sky I think.

Being so central in Europe means it’s super easy to get to the Cote d’Azur and be in your villa within 4 hours of leaving London or wherever else in Europe.

If you’re coming from the US, there are plenty of direct flights into Nice too.

So in a nutshell, I love it all.

Q. What do you enjoy doing here?

It’s all about the Beach clubs in summer and eating out in all the amazing restos.

Sports wise, the French Riviera is ideal for road and mountain biking. There’s a lot of good golf courses too if you like a good walk spoiled!

I like heading to rocky coves to go snorkelling or paddle boarding out to the Cannes islands. Bliss.

Q. Which is your favourite area?

Tricky question. There are so many! I’d have to say the areas around St-Tropez and Pampelonne beach are up there.

Cannes is special there’s no doubt about that. I also like to get away from it all and head into the hills in the French Riviera hinterland. Places like St Paul de Vence have to be on your tick list when you visit.

Q. Packing recommendations for a visit.

Bring a camera! This area is more photographic than George Clooney and Julia Roberts on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

If you’re staying in one of these villas, you won’t need much other than your clothes and essentials. The villas are so well equipped with everything you could possibly need.

From April to October is warm. July and August being incredibly hot. So you won’t need to pack your woollies.

Unless of course, you decide to come in the winter. We have several good ski resorts within 2 hours drive of Cannes.

 

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Hire e-bikes and Segways to get around town

Fun things to do as a tourist for a day in Menton.  Menton is a sweet little town on the Cote d’Azur sitting right on the Italian border. Set in a perfect little micro climate with the beautiful blue Meditterannean and gorgeous beach with the stunning backdrop of the hills behind.

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The Old Town Menton

The Old town is picture perfect with a wonderful array of little shops to explore, enough to keep this shopaholic happy anyway!  I do believe there are so many restaurants here that you could choose a different one every day for an entire summer.  I’ll tell you my recommendations later in the blog.

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Shops in Menton Old Town

There also a brilliant Food Market right on the sea front

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Menton Market

Buy all your provencal goodies and don’t forget to try the Limoncello!

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Menton Old Town

The beach front stretches for miles right to Cap Martin and is never too crowded.  This beach picture was taken in August. Top Tip:  The Ice cream is fabulous in Menton, thanks to the large Italian population.

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Menton Beach

There are dog friendly areas of the beach.  The beaches are supervised by Lifeguards and are very safe and clean.  Little cafes and restaurants are to be found all along the Promenade facing the beach.  Also visit the Jean Cocteau Museum

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Jean Cocteau Museum

http://www.museecocteaumenton.fr

2 Quai de Minion, 06500 Menton  The Museum is dedicated to French artist Jean Cocteau and includes the collection of Severin Wunderman.

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View of Menton from Cap Martin

Menton does not attract many foreign tourists and it is mainly French tourists who stay here and, of course, this is where french pensioners like to retire.  This means that it has a feel of a french town, which is lovely and so different from tourist hotspots such as Nice.

Hire a bike or Segway from Frank at http://www.greenlines.fr  He speaks english and is a very patient teacher for newbie Segway riders.  It is easy and a fun way to explore the seafront and only costs a few euros.

Hire a bicycle or Segway in Menton

The Segway was fun but I loved the e-bike so much I’m going to buy one!

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We loved the Segway!

Despite all of these delights, I must admit that I generally just drive through Menton on our way to Italy and tend to visit Monaco, Beaulieu and towns further East. instead of driving 10 minutes to Menton! The reason for this is Menton is the town in where many french pensioners decide to retire.  The average age of the population must be 75 at a guess! However I must visit more often, we enjoyed a fun day!

Definitely take a Trip to Menton if you are visiting the Cote d’Azur.  You can even drive a few minutes further and visit Italy while you are there.

Information

Tourist info:  http://www.tourisme-menton.fr

Restaurants: Splurge – Menton has 1 of the top 50 in the world restaurants.  I’ve never tried it so can’t personally recommend.  Let me know if you like it! http://www.mirazur.fr

Good value: Cote Sud http://www.cotesudmenton.com  This restaurant is always packed which is a good guide to whether a place is any good or not!  Stephen and I eat her from time to time and always enjoy delicious food with the most delightful staff.

Bike hire:  http://www.greenlines.fr

Casino: http://www.lucienbarriere.com  There is even a Casino in Menton.  I don’t like gambling but if you do, take a look at the website.  Don’t go mad though!

Market:  Open daily

Lemon Festival: http://www.fete-du-citron.com 11 February to 1st March 2017

Fly to Nice, the nearest airport to Menton