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The Provence-Alpes-Côte-Azur region...what can we say about this territory that rhymes with vacations, sunshine all year round, festive atmosphere, beaches, idleness and so on. You can't say you've never heard of this corner of France, we won't believe you. Because it is one of the most touristic regions of the country and we don't think we are wrong in saying that you surely associate the PACA region with vacations.
But if you think that this destination is only about beaches, we are going to prove to you that the South and more particularly the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region is full of treasures and activities to discover. Whether you're more of a city breaker, hiker or sunbather, you'll always find something that suits you here.
After long hours of hesitating about the choice of your spa hotel (yes, we warn you, there are plenty of hotels in this region and we understand that the choice can be difficult) and of your room or suite, it is time to consider the activities you will be able to do during your stay. Of course, we know that you'll be lounging on the beach, having a few drinks on the terrace while watching the sunset, and strolling along the old ports at dusk... But all this won't be enough to fill your days. What more can you do in this region than fill up on vitamin D? Of course, you know Cannes for its famous red carpet, Nice for its Promenade des Anglais, Menton for its Lemon Festival, Marseille for the Cathedral La Major, Avignon for its bridge and the Palace of the Popes, but the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region is not just about that, far from it...There are many other things to see here. The editors of Unique Hôtel Spa are determined to help you discover more remote and authentic places to enjoy your escapades in this beautiful part of France. Between the charming villages, the mountain ski resorts, the calanques, the marshes of the Camargue, the lavender fields, the national parks of Mercantour, Queyras and Ecrins, the choice is vast. Welcome to the South !
The Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region has several departments between the sea and the mountains. Between the Alpes-Maritimes, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Hautes-Alpes, the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Var and the Vaucluse, there is bound to be plenty to choose from. So when it comes to finding the perfect offer to please your partner, we understand that it can immediately be scary. Don't worry, the Unique Hotel Spa team has set itself the challenge of offering original and romantic activities in each of these departments. Are you following us?
Antibes, Cannes, Èze, Grasse, Nice Menton, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Vence... here are so many places where you will be able to walk and be amazed by spectacular panoramas on the Mediterranean.
Otherwise, prepare a relaxing and rejuvenating trip by leaving for the Îles-de-Lérins. From Cannes, you will have the choice between the Saint-Marguerite island or the Saint-Honorat island. In any case, you will be dazzled by the turquoise waters and the remarkable cultural and natural heritage of these islands.
If you are visiting during the summer season, go and contemplate the seabed during a first dive. Otherwise, in winter, go down the ski slopes to the Isola 2000 resort in the Mercantour. No, you're not dreaming, you read it right, it is indeed possible to ski, snowboard or sled in the South, with the sea on the horizon.
Discover Provence in a different way by getting on board a 2CV convertible. For one day, invite your partner to drive along the most beautiful roads of the wild and authentic Provence. Several itineraries will be proposed to you. You will have the choice between "the lavender experience immersion with the farmer", "a course on the Colorado Provençal" and a "wine rally, walk in the vineyards and tastings". The cards are in your hands, all you have to do is find out which type of 2CV ride your better half will prefer.
Finally, if you are in Valensol and the season is right, take a photo session in the middle of a field of lavender or sunflowers. You will leave with beautiful pictures.
For poetic moments in an enchanting setting, we have a great idea for you. We recommend you to discover the wonders of the Camargue during a horseback ride or a carriage ride. Expect an unforgettable experience among wildlife, birds, beaches and lagoons.
Then, for a breathtaking ride, board a boat from Marseille's Old Port to admire the exceptional views at sunset. During your two-hour maritime journey, you will sail between the Frioul archipelago and the Calanque de Ratonneau, the Château d'If, Malmousque and its traditional huts and the Vallon des Auffes and its picturesque little port.
If you prefer to put your suitcase in dynamic cities, we recommend you to go to the cities of Aix-en-Provence and Arles. They are of course ideal for a romantic stay.
We warned you, the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region does not always rhyme with idleness. It is not necessarily of any rest. And here we are at the heart of the matter. If you are sporty, you will appreciate to discover this territory with its varied landscapes. Between hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, trails or ski areas, we have no doubt that you will find the ideal activity. Go hiking around the lake of Serre-Ponçon, in the Queyras or tackle the slopes of Serre Chevalier or La Grave-La Meije.
Don't worry, it is still possible to find quiet places far from the agitation and the crowd of the French Riviera. We know a few places that are still preserved: go to the Maubois cove or the Saint-Barthélémy cove, in the Estérel massif. You will discover unique landscapes on the Corniche d'Or.
If you are looking for an original experience in the Var, we recommend you to go on board a WW combi. The program includes a picnic and wine tasting. All this in a musical atmosphere of the 70s.
Don't leave this department without a stopover in the typical Provencal village of Borme-les-Mimosas, in Saint-Tropez (the favorite village of the stars), in Toulon or in Bandol.
There are a thousand and one ways to visit this French department. We advise you to escape to the heart of the Luberon. If we were to tell you in a few words what this pretty corner of the South-East of France is all about, we would first mention Gordes, a village perched on a hillside and one of the most beautiful villages in France, the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque and the Ochre massif of Rustrel and Roussillon. No matter where you choose to go, you will be immersed in postcard-like scenery.
As you probably already know, the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region is ideal for sunbathing by the sea but it is also rich in infrastructures dedicated to relaxation.
After a busy week, take a break and refocus on yourself. Remember that taking care of yourself is also important. To relax, in the fresh air and in idyllic surroundings, we have a few activities to suggest. We suggest you try yoga or pilates on the beach, a muscular awakening session, sophrology, stretching or longe coat. All these activities will plunge you into a state of deep well-being.
Even if the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region is not an expert in thermalism, it still has four thermal spas: Berthemont-les-Bains, Camoins-les-Bains, Digne-les-Bains and Gréoux-les-Bain. Go and recharge your batteries in one of these resorts and let yourself be tempted by a mini-cure, a thermal stay or simply by a relaxing moment in a spa.
If you simply want to relax in a hammam, jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool or let yourself be pampered for a treatment or a massage in a sumptuous spa hotel, we have a few addresses to recommend. Among the hotels we know and have tested, we can recommend the Hotel & Spa du Castellet, the Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa, the Intercontinental Marseille - Hôtel Dieu in Marseille, the Château de Massillan in Uchaux or the Résidence des Domaines de Saint-Endréol in La Motte.
Other hotels also have real temples of wellness. We suggest the Villa La Coste spa, the Domaine de Manville, the Splendid Hôtel & Spa Nice, Baumanière, the Martinez hotel in Cannes. Once again, depending on the one you choose, you will find pools, treatment rooms, massages, hammam, fitness room, floatation bath and yoga and meditation classes for example.
The French Riviera is synonymous with luxury.
Let's start with the famous Croisette in Cannes with its high-end boutiques. You will find haute couture houses (Chanel, Dior...), luxury ready-to-wear boutiques (Armani, Céline...), prestigious jewelry stores (Cartier, Ferret, Rolex) or luxury leather goods stores (Lancel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès). In Monaco, you will also find all the haute couture houses as well as the Monte-Carlo casino, a true symbol of luxury and art of living on the Riviera. Don't miss the chance to play blackjack, English roulette, slot machines or Ultimate Texas Hold'em Poker.
If you have always dreamed of making your own perfume, push the doors of the Galimard perfumery in Grasse and become in a few minutes your own creator of fragrance by composing a perfume to your image. After having found a name for your creation, you will leave with a beautiful personalized bottle.
Continue your discovery of the French Riviera in an original way by embarking on board a Ferrari F430 F1 Spider. For one hour, drive along the panoramic roads of Èze, the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and the road overlooking Monte-Carlo.
Finally, if you are looking for a sublime and luxurious place, we recommend you to go to the Villa Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. This extraordinary villa and its nine themed gardens are truly incredible. End your visit with a break in the tea room-restaurant with its breathtaking view of the Bay of Villefranche and the Mediterranean.
Of course, during your stay or weekend, the question "where to eat?" will come up several times. We advise you to have lunch or dinner at least once during your stay in a gastronomic restaurant. There will be no shortage of offers, on the contrary you will not know where to turn. The Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region has 7 restaurants with 3 Michelin stars, 6 restaurants with 2 stars and 64 restaurants with 1 star. Among the restaurants with 7 stars, we recommend the Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence, the establishment La Vague d'Or - Cheval Blanc in Saint-Tropez or the restaurant Le Petit Nice in Marseille.
Now that you know a little bit more about this beautiful French region, it should certainly be easier for you to organize your getaway in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur.
Unique Hôtel Spa has put together a two-day program for you on the French Riviera.
Concerning the establishment where you can stay, we suggest you the Hotel Spa Martinez Cannes By Hyatt. When you book one of the 409 rooms or suites in this 90 year old place, you will have access to a private beach, a remarkable spa area and a two star restaurant La Palme d'Or.
The reviews and the note left by customers on Booking or Tripadvisor will confirm that this spa hotel is a must and that the price corresponds perfectly to the services offered.
After your arrival in Cannes by car, plane or TGV or your first night in your spa hotel, we suggest you go to discover the city. In the morning, explore the Suquet district, the Meynadier street, stroll along the Croisette, the seaside or the old port. For lunch, succumb to the exceptional dishes of chef Christian Sinicropi at the two-star Michelin restaurant La Palme d'Or. Then, for the afternoon, we recommend a boat trip to the Îles-de-Lérins and more specifically to the island of Sainte-Marguerite, a true corner of paradise. A total immersion in the heart of a green setting awaits you. After having strolled along the 22 kilometers of paths, in the village of Saint Marguerite or lazing on a creek, it is time to take the boat back to the hotel. When you return, relax in your hotel spa.
For this second day under the sun of the French Riviera, we advise you to take the road towards Èze, a charming village perched in Provence. It is surely there that you will enjoy a breathtaking panorama on the French Riviera. Don't hesitate to stroll in the exotic garden, to get lost in the old town of Èze, to visit the Fragonard perfume factory or the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church. At noon, exalt your taste buds by pushing open the doors of the gastronomic restaurant with two Michelin stars, La Chèvre d'Or.
The Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region is full of treasures of all kinds. If you have followed us so far, you now know that this territory of France is not only about the beach and that a multitude of activities can be done with your family, alone, with friends or as a couple. Indeed, you will have the choice between mountains, cities, lakes, villages of Provence, perfume factories, islands, creeks, national parks and much more. After these few lines, we hope we have succeeded in convincing you to pack your suitcase for a southern getaway. Don't wait any longer to book a room or suite in a spa hotel in this beautiful region.
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