This summer head down south on the French Riviera. A long time favourite of the European elites, the French Riviera isn’t to be overlooked as a summer destination. With now an absolute abundance of luxury experiences, it’s difficult for travellers to find the finest spots. We have curated here the ultimate list of the top 5 experiences to have on the French Riviera this summer.
Boat Day from Monaco
Monaco is the pearl of the Mediterranean, the hidden city of the rich and famous. With only 40,000 residents, the country is one of the smallest in the world and spreads over barely 2km², making it the second smallest country in the world, after only the Vatican. While the city offers some of the gastronomy in the world, with one of the highest densities of starred restaurants per inhabitant, the real action is around the harbour. Home to some of the world’s most iconic superyachts, the Port Hercules is the perfect spot to embark on a luxury cruise. Find a Monaco boat rental and board a luxury day boat to head cruising in the bay of St Jean Cap Ferrat & Eze. You can drop the anchor near Plage Mala, where the hundreds of meters high cliffs drop in the water straight, creating a stunning marine environment for the snorkelling enthusiast. A quick tender ride and you’ll get to the Plage Mala, one of the finest beach clubs in the South of France with a vibrant atmosphere.
Beach Clubs in Cannes
Famed for the Cannes Film Festival, the city is home to one of the most iconic beaches in the world on La Croisette. The old British elite made Cannes the city that it is today, with some of the world’s finest hotels, such as the Martinez or the Carlton. The Croisette is paved with private beach clubs, all with a different atmosphere, from oriental lounges to cabarets. Among the favourites, you will have La Mome, which is one of the most vibrant ones, featuring live music. La Mandala will be a more relaxed option, with some of the best quality food, for a more private experience. In the evening you can head to Baoli or Medusa for a party, experiencing the most vibrant entertainment in the South of France, before returning to one of the luxury villas in Cannes.
Eze Sur Mer
There is no way of perfectly describing Eze. The medieval city perched high on the rocks overlooks the entire bay of St Jean, with plenty of superyachts cruising the warm waters of the Mediterranean. After enjoying a refined breakfast in La Chevre d’or, you’ll head down to the coastline, for a vibrant afternoon in Anjuna “Probably, Definitely, the most expensive beach club in the world” after a review on Trip Advisor. But don’t let the mass-market tourist fool you, no South of France trip is complete without a pass by Anjuna. The parties in this iconic beach club are legendary on the Riviera. The Monaco elite gathers there to let loose and it shows!
Iles de Lérins
The Iles de Lérins are possibly some of the best cruising grounds in the world. With crystal clear waters & pristine beaches, the islands off the bay of Cannes are only accessible by boat. In the morning you can explore the old Monastery of the Abbey de Lérins, and its traditional lavender fields, typical of the Provence region. In the afternoon, heading to La Guérite is a must-do. One of the iconic beach clubs of Cannes sees its quotas of celebrities yearly. In 2021 Elton John was one of the guests and took the microphone from the live band offering a stellar performance to the enthusiastic crowd. There is simply no equivalent to a day spent on these Islands.
Of course, St Tropez needs no introduction. One of the hot spots of the Jet Set for the last 60 years, the traditional fishing village transforms into a vibrant Mediterranean port, without ever losing its charm of old. While some will enjoy the atmosphere at Opera, one of the famous restaurants/clubs of the port, others will enjoy the laid back cafés and traditional markets of the Place des Lices. On Pampelonne, you will enjoy one of the longest sand beaches of the South of France, paved with some of the most iconic beach clubs, like Club 55, Bagatelle or Nikki Beach.
The South of France isn’t the destination of choice of a vast share of yachts for nothing! The Riviera has some of the world’s finest experiences to offer and the luxury traveller will surely enjoy the utmost privacy staying in some of the best hotels, villas or superyachts.