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You may know Antibes, Cannes, Menton, Nice, Vence in the South of France but do you really know to which department and region these cities are attached? This is what you are going to discover today. We take you with us to the Alpes-Maritimes, in the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region. If you are here, it is because you are looking for a French destination where sun, sea, beaches, blue sky and Mediterranean landscapes are combined.
If you need help persuading your friends, spouse or family to discover this fabulous area, you've come to the right place. The editors of Unique Hotel Spa are never short of ideas. Follow us to get inspired!
Your decision is made, you are leaving soon for a stay or a weekend in the Alpes-Maritimes. After some hesitations about the choice of your spa hotel, your room or suite, you have finally found what suits you. To help you organize this trip, we are going to reveal you some ideas of activities to realize.
As you probably know, you are about to travel to a department in France where large-scale events take place every year. You have probably already heard of the Alpes-Maritimes for the Cannes Film Festival, the Carnival in Nice, the Lemon Festival in Menton or the Jazz Festival in Nice and Antibes. But if you come to the Alpes-Maritimes outside of these events, you will have to occupy your days. Rest assured, between the typical villages of Provence, the beaches, the luxury stores, the casinos, the museums, the gardens...you won't have time to get bored, believe us!
Organizing a romantic getaway can often be a headache. To make up for your lack of inspiration, we propose below our selection of experiences to live for two if you stay in the Alpes-Maritimes. Emotions, magic and unforgettable moments will be there!
Go swimming with dolphins and maybe realize your partner's dream. For one day, board a boat from Antibes and sail towards the Pelagos sanctuary to meet these cetaceans. A professional diver will accompany you. If you are lucky, you may even see whales and sea turtles. In any case, a wonderful show awaits you.
Having said that, the Alpes-Maritimes is the place par excellence for sea trips. You can also take a first dive in the Bay of Villefranche (between Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Villefranche-sur-Mer) to contemplate the sublime Mediterranean sea bed. Once you have put on your wetsuit, your mask, your fins and your air regulator, you will be ready to go and meet schools of barracudas, sea breams, wrasse, girelles. And we can't mention everything, we leave you the surprise to discover by yourself these beautiful fish.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, a range of activities are also available to you. For peaceful walks with breathtaking views, go to the villages of Gourdon, Vence, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Èze, Coaraze and Peillon. Beautiful walks in the cities of Cannes, Nice and Menton are also possible. By bike, segway, vespa or on foot, it's up to you to choose the way you want to discover the smallest nooks and crannies of these cities.
The Alpes-Maritimes department is full of all kinds of wellness activities. Your relaxing weekend in this beautiful area could be articulated between sports on the beach, relaxation in spa hotels, aquatic space, balneo and fitness area...
Try yoga paddle in Cannes at sunrise or sunset and enjoy a smooth sea and a calm environment. During your session, you will test several postures that will allow you to improve your breathing, concentration and meditation. You will experience a moment of absolute relaxation in a majestic setting conducive to serenity.
If you are looking for an activity that will please the whole family, we have found an outing that will delight everyone. Go on an extraordinary adventure at Vesubia Mountain Park, 1h15 from Nice. This first mountain leisure park in Europe includes an aquatic area and a balneo & fitness area. During your day in this unique place, relax in a hammam, sauna, in massaging jets, in a hydro-massaging bench, in a swan neck, on one of the outdoor beaches or let yourself be seduced by a massage.
As you know, the French Riviera is full of chic and legendary starred spa hotels. All have their own special features. Some of these hotels' spa areas are even accessible without having reserved rooms in advance. If you simply want to treat yourself to a little indulgence and push the door of a legendary and luxurious house on the French Riviera for the first time in your life, you have come to the right place. We present you our selection of spa hotels that are worth a visit. Among all those we know, we recommend the spa area of the Hotel Spa Martinez Cannes By Hyatt. Here, let yourself be enchanted by body or facial treatments, massages or relax in a hammam. Other establishments such as the Cap-Estel, the Hotel Restaurant La Vague de Saint Paul & Spa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence or the Grand-Hôtel du Cap Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat will offer you the most luxurious well-being services.
The Alpes-Maritimes and especially the Côte d'Azur are synonymous with luxury with their imposing yachts, perched villas overlooking the Mediterranean, magnificent cars and luxury boutiques and casinos.
For a shopping spree, push the doors of the luxury boutiques on the Croisettes in Cannes or in Monaco. From Dior, Yves-Saint-Laurent, Hermès, Lancel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci...you're bound to fall in love with a timeless piece.
After your dinner at the restaurant, extend your evening at the casino. Try your hand at blackjack, slot machines, English roulette, stud poker in the Barrière casino in Cannes, the casino in Monte-Carlo, Nice, Grasse, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Menton. In short, you have understood that the French Riviera has many gambling establishments. All you have to do is choose in which casino you want to try your luck.
To taste the true luxury of the Côte d'Azur, there is nothing like getting on board a Lamborghini Gallardo convertible. Passenger or driver? That's up to you! For one hour, drive along the sunny beaches, the most chic hotels of the French Riviera, the marinas with the sumptuous yachts and cross the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and the medieval village of Èze.
Finally, don't leave without a round of golf at the Royal Mougins Golf Club. With an 18-hole course in the heart of a forest, this golf course is the reference on the French Riviera, the Alpes-Maritimes and even in Europe!
Now that you know a little more about this part of France, it is time to organize your stay or weekend. And for that, nothing better than a well established and detailed program. You will leave with peace of mind and once there, you will fully enjoy your getaway.
The editors of Unique Hôtel Spa have decided to help you by proposing a two-day plan in Cannes and its surroundings.
Concerning the establishment where you will be able to sleep, we are sure that you know the famous Carlton in Cannes but it is not the only prestigious hotel of the city, far from it. We suggest you spend a few nights at the Spa Martinez Cannes By Hyatt. There you will discover a legendary place full of history and culture, enjoy access to the private beach and spa and live a spectacular gastronomic experience. Guest reviews on online platforms will confirm that the price you pay matches the services provided.
After your arrival or your first night in the hotel in the city of Cannes, your day will start with a tour of the city of Cannes by Vespa. During two hours, you will stroll along the Croisette and admire the most famous boutiques and luxury hotels, the Palais des Festivals, and cross the Suquet district. You will also be able to stop at any time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea and take your best shots. At lunchtime, have lunch at the gastronomic restaurant La Toque d'Or. You're in for a treat! Then, we suggest that you board a boat to go across from Cannes (four kilometers away) to the Îles-de-Lérins. Join the island of Sainte-Marguerite and discover a true corner of paradise between turquoise waters and greenery. At the end of the afternoon, take the boat back to Cannes. To end this first day, treat yourself to a moment of relaxation at the hotel's spa and dine at the two-starred restaurant La Palme d'Or.
Begin your second day, lounging in your hotel's spa area. Then, drive to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the jewel of the French Riviera. During your day, visit the Villa Rothschild and relax on the beach of Les Fosses. If you feel like it, go for a walk on the coastal path. Choose the Tour du Cap Ferrat, the Tour de la Pointe Saint-Hospice or the Maurice Rouvier walk to Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
The Alpes-Maritimes department has beautiful villages and towns, beaches, natural spots, islands and much more. If you have followed us so far, we hope that you have found all the necessary elements for the good preparation of your weekend in the South of France. In any case, whether you go alone, as a couple, with friends or with family, you will always find something to occupy you. Don't wait any longer to book a room or a suite in a spa hotel in this sublime department. Luxury, relaxation and an exceptional view of the Mediterranean will punctuate your stay.
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