Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Best of the Cote d'Azure; St Tropez


The French Riviera is one of the most desirable and luxurious destinations for travel in the world.

Here at Elegant Address, we’re excited to be able to offer the very best in elite villa and apartment rentals in these world-class locations.

Of course, there is more to the place than just the sparkling sea and glorious sunshine, although that is a big deal breaker...

This week, St Tropez is top of our spectacular list…



A Brief History


St Tropez is synonymous with espadrilles, bronzed tans and the 60’s French star Brigette Bardot.
Outside of the fashion and pop culture we’re all aware of today, there is so much more to know about this coastal town on the French Riviera.

It begins with the grisly legend of Saint Torpes of Pisa. Torpes was a Roman soldier in the service of the Emperor Nero also working as his bodyguard.
After refusing to denounce his Christian faith, Torpes was killed and his body was left to drift out to sea in a boat with a dog and a rooster.
The legend says his body washed ashore in modern day Saint-Tropez with the bird and the dog who had left his body untouched.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Saint-Tropez became attacked and ravaged by pirates and bandits. Lasting for a century or so, the neighbouring village of Garde Frient was established and the surrounding areas, along with Saint-Tropez became an Arabic-Muslim colony for another 100 years.




More recent history shows Saint-Tropez was one of the landing sites for the Allied assault on Southern France in August 1944.
But it was the 1960’s that really saw Saint-Tropez come out of its shell and acquire its world renowned status. Brigette Bardot not only launched her own career but also the town in the 1956 film, “And God Created Woman”. Both her characters sexuality and her own persona tied Saint-Tropez together and it became the meeting place for the new young, pretty things of the time.
Since then, Saint-Tropez has been linked to some of the world’s biggest stars with supermodels being particularly highly spotted, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. Penelope Cruz and the Hiltons are also spotted regularly on the harbour and on the beach.

Sightseeing Opportunities
Saint-Tropez really does have some fascinating things to see and to do. Make sure you give yourself time between relaxing and unwinding by taking in some of these wonderful sights.

Pampellone Beach
This massively long stretch of beautiful sand is Saint-Tropez’s main beach. It’s busy in the summertime but if you manage to stay long enough (not a hard task as it really is amazing), the sunsets are unforgettable.



This sixteenth-century fortress is perhaps Saint-Tropez’s most famous buildings and also boasts one of the town’s best views. 


A quirky little museum dedicated to butterflies, it’s definitely worth a visit even if it’s not the first thing to think of. The museum was created by Dany Lartigue, son of famous photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue. 


One of the region’s most incredible museums including works from Matisse, Rodin, Kee, Signac and others. The perfect respite from the bustle of the main town.


Our Recommended Events in Saint-Tropez
Being the centre of glitz and glamour means that Saint-Tropez is the host of some exciting and unique events that need to be seen to be believed.

April 2017 
Fetes des Mimosas 
The Route des Mimosas is a 130km route along the coast, following the towns made famous by the Belle Epoque period. The beloved mimosa was actually introduced by the British in the 1800’s to add sunnier colours to their gardens during the late winter holidays.
During this roadtrip, there’s a definite springtime feel and the area was the first to really introduce the al fresco lunch bistros along the mimosa-lined village streets. The landscape today is sunshine yellow, signalling the start of the season. 




May 2017 
11th-14th May 
Harley Davidson Euro Festival
Port Grimaud is the go to scene for the fantastic motorcycle displays along the beachfront. The roads around the entire region are rumbling when these gleaming machines cruise in the sun.



28th – 31st May
Les Voiles Latines Regatta 
This colourful fleet of wooden fishing boats arrive in the port, replacing the luxury yachts for the weekend. 



September 2017
30th Sept-8th October
Les Voiles de St Tropez Sailing Regatta 

The biggest event in Saint-Tropez’s year, the last week of September sees hundreds of incredible yachts sail into the harbour to race in one of the biggest regattas in the global yachting calendar.




October 2017
Last Weekend of October
La Braderie 2017 Designer Fashion Sales

The streets of Saint-Tropez are lined with rows of heavily discounted designer goods, making this not any ordinary flea market. Give yourself plenty of time to browse through the many racks of fashions and accessories from the biggest names in fashion, including Gucci, Prada and Chanel.


December 2017
Christmas/New Year
There’s a huge calendar of events in Saint-Tropez during the festive period, ranging from ice hockey games, petting zoos and festive films shown at the cinema. Don’t forget to see Pere Noel (Santa Claus) arrive by boat in the old port on Christmas Eve and enjoy the fireworks set the sky alight on New Year’s Eve. 



Best Time to Visit
If you’re looking to be in amidst all the glitz and glamour that Saint-Tropez brings, July and August are the best times to visit. The restaurants are humming, the streets are brimming and the bars and clubs gather the gorgeous and the wannabes. Everyone is here from billionaires to movie stars and it’s definitely the place to see the celebrities.

However, Saint-Tropez is beautiful all year round with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities and unforgettable experiences. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Falling In Love With The French Riviera


Part 1 


If you've never been to the French Riviera, you've definitely heard of it!
With the famous festivals including Lions & Film, giving it a celebrity status, it's no wonder its a such a desired location, of course its certainly our favourite, but why?
On our latest visit to the South of France (February 2017) we explore our favourite reasons.....

Arriving 
As you descend, you can see through the windows of the plane the stunning coastline, Mediterranean waters, and the snow capped mountains of the French Alps (depending on when you travel!) and its clear you're in a place of true beauty. 


Stepping off the plane, the weather is much milder than the UK, even in February!
Driving to our destination of Cap d'Antibes, is a pleasant drive, along the A8 taking just over half an hour. 

Cap d'Antibes 

Being one of the most sought after addresses along the Riviera, the charm of Cap d'Antibes is evident from the offset, with quaint cobbled streets and beautiful scenery. 
Once we had dropped off our luggage at the our villa, we went for a stroll.... 


The old town is beautiful, with pretty houses, designer shops and a wonderful market in the centre, with a vast variety of produce ranging from fresh vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses and spices. We didn't have much time as we had a jam packed schedule, however we did have chance to wander through the market and we were enticed by the array of colour! 




Cannes 

We continued to walk into Cannes, where our first stop was one of our our favourite chocolatiers - Juan Luc Pele. The display is so inviting you can't help but be drawn in.The smell of the sweet chocolate has your taste buds doing summer salts from the moment you walk through the door, and there is an entire wall made of chocolate which adds to the tantalization. Our treats of choice are the macarons, they are so delicious! Whatever you purchase from here, you won't be disappointed! 




After a long walk, it was time for a well deserved drink! We stopped off at 72 Croisette for a refreshing gin & tonic. It was a great location opposite the beach with a great sea view, and it turned out to be a prime spot for the sunset! 



Saint Jean Cap Ferrat 

It was a fly in visit for Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, but this is such a charming town, located on a peninsula between Nice and Monaco, & is nestled in greenery. 
It is one of the most popular locations on the French Riviera, with exclusive homes and a large yacht harbour, The village itself is quite small, but there are plenty of terrace cafes and restaurants along the port. 





One of the regions most popular attractions is the Ephrussi de Rothschild, which is a museum with extensive grounds & beautiful gardens. It is definitely worth spending a couple of hours here!   


The beaches in Cap Ferrat are ideal for relaxation, with a range of panoramic views across the bay of Beaulieu-sur-mer, Villefrance harbour and the cliffs in Eze.  


Monaco 

Monaco is well known for the Grand prix, as well as the famous Monte Carlo casino. 
It's a haven for the wealthy, and a playground for tourists! It is known to be the second smallest country in the world (Vatican City being the smallest) 


Whether or not we visited on a quiet day, but it was very peaceful, there were numerous groups of people, but it seemed calming. The buildings are all so beautiful and pristine. 


The palace is protected by guards and chains, but you have a perfect, unobscured view of the building. 


Monaco Cathedral is particularly striking, entrance is free and there are no photographs to be taken inside. It is truly stunning and so tranquil, you find yourself silently gazing upon the architecture and incredible details - a definite must visit! 


Eze

A beautiful medieval village situated in the hills, with absolutely stunning views of the coast!  
In my personal opinion, it is my absolute favourite location, and needs to be seen! 
The village is pedestrianized, so there is a car park located below it where there is also the tourist office. There are a number of paved streets to explore with plenty of picturesque buildings to be photographed! 


It really is a wonderful place that we just can't get enough of! 
To be continued....

Stay tuned for Part 2! 
  

If you're looking to visit the South of France, contact our experts who will locate your perfect villa based on your every requirement. 

+44 (0) 1244 629963 
enquiries@elegant-address.com 











Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The History Of Film!

Part 1.

Cannes is the host of many famous festivals, including Lions, MIPIM, MIPTV, The International Luxury Travel Market & of course the Film Festival - making it a hot spot for celebrities! 
This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Film Festival!



Philippe Erlanger (a French writer) wanted to rival the Venice Film Festival and suggested an International film festival in France. He gained support from both the British and American film industries and organised for the first one to take place in Septermber 1939,  however it actually began in 1946 due to the end of the war. 


The event was across 15 days showcasing over 40 feature length films, and more than 50 short films.
Initially there was a jury of 18 people, including representatives all with different nationalities from each country that had entered films, this changed in 1947 when the jury was entirely French, this remained that way until 1953 when they included members from other European countries. 


The festival rapidly gained reputation in the 50's and an increase in media coverage due to the appearance of many stars, including: Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. Due to economic reasons the festival didn't take place in 1948 and 1950, but it returned successfully, in the purpose built Palais des Festivals et des Congres. It was then moved to take place in Spring (avoiding clashing with the festival in Venice!)


In 1952, the Palais des Festivals was made the permanent home for the event.
The event remained much the same until 1955 where the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award for best film of the festival was introduced, replacing the Grand Prix du Festival, which was used in early years. It is regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the world, with an attendance of more than 30,000!



If you are looking for luxury accommodation during the Film Festival contact our award winning specialists

Email:  enquiries@elegant-address.com 
Phone: +44 (0) 1244 629 963 





Monday, 5 December 2016

Elegant Address South of France - Terre Blanche Exclusive Offer!

La Bergerie -A villa that epitomizes style and elegance. 

Elegant Address South of France are delighted to announce the completion of ''La Petite Bergerie'' 

This guest house is set directly in La Bergerie's gardens, this much anticipated addition means the the property now offers accommodation in eight luxurious ensuite bedrooms.


To celebrate this completion to the villa, we are exclusively offering luxury airport transfers and champagne and canapes on arrival for any bookings made by the 31st of December* 


La Bergerie is set within the exclusive Terre Blanche estate and offers guests the chance to relax in beautiful and peaceful surroundings, taking full advantage of the countryside and the warm sun of the Mediterranean. 

With a large triple aspect living room, family room, cinema room, outside summer kitchen, chef and daily housekeeping, the list of amenities that this house offers is endless. 


Contact our Queen's Award winning specialists to discuss this stunning property and offer in more detail. we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. 


Call our experts on - +44 (0) 1244 629963
or email enquiries@elegant-address.com



* when booking a two week minimum stay 





Monday, 31 October 2016

Cannes Best Restaurant Guide

Cannes is one of the best culinary cities in France with a wide range of international influences, Michelin stars and individual restaurants; you can dine in a new restaurant every night of the week!

Below, we have created a guide to our favourite restaurants to try in Cannes for the very best food, ambiance and service on offer.

Le Park 45, Grand Hotel Cannes

One Michelin star restaurant Le Park 45 is situated on the famous la Croisette and boasts one of the best, sun-drenched terraces in Cannes! With beautiful views out to sea and their gardens, Le Park 45 is the Grand Hotel in Cannes' Michelin started restaurant that serves light and creative culinary delights with Mediterranean style.

Palme d’Or, Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez, Cannes

Everyone has to experience the most famous restaurant in Cannes at least once in a lifetime. Holding 2 Michelin stars since 1991, the restaurant La Palme d’Or has an international reputation for its passion for food and offers a unique sensory and culinary experience. Enjoy fabulous views overlook the Croisette from the elegant white table-tops surrounded by pictures of movie stars that have visited the Palme d’Or.

A taste of the menu begins with asparagus on a bed of cucumber gazpacho, Dublin Bay prawns with beetroot or sweetbreads with a duck foie gras stuffing. Second course options like risotto with mullet roe are best left for heartier mains like Mediterranean Bass with green pea ravioli.

Mantel, Cannes

The legendary chef Noel Mantel began his career at the famous Negresco in Nice before co-running the Louis XV restaurant in Monaco and Residence de la Pinede in St Tropez. In 2002 Noel set up his own restaurant ‘Mantel’ just a few steps away from La Croisette and the Palais des festivals.
Noël Mantel creates sophisticated Mediterranean meals such as an Italian style risotto, perfectly roasted rabbit with thyme or traditional Fried zuchinni flowers, all made with passion and refinement.

Bistrot Gourmand


Bustling, friendly and simply great food. The Bistrot Gourmand is a classic Provencal bistro with bright French windows, modern art dotted on the walls and well-presented dishes of local favourites with a modern twist. The menu changes several times a week so each dining experience here will be delightfully different! We recommend the likes of the fillet of turbot in a lemon sauce with veg from the nearby Forville market which looks and tastes terrific. As do cod in fig leaves or lamb chops in a mustard sauce.

La Tonnelle

Take a gentle, picturesque cruise by boat from Cannes to visit this fantastic on the beach of Iles Saint Horant. La Tonnelle offers a unique dining experience of a relaxed and serene atmosphere whilst enjoying the local homemade wines produced by the islands monks. Serving seasonal produce, gourmet salads, fresh fish, grilled meats and other delectable Mediterranean inspired dishes.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

How to choose your perfect rental property

Finding your perfect villa rental for a holiday can be daunting, especially for a group of people. The array of locations and companies to choose from can get confusing and hard to sort through when trying to find the best choice. What do I need to ask? How do I decide where is best? We have created a helpful checklist to ensure a smooth and simple booking process before arriving at your dream villa. 

Pip-point what most important to you

Beautiful modern villa VF-VB terrace at night
Have a clear vision in your mind of what you want from your holiday experience. Would you prefer a quiet, private hideaway or a villa that is seafront? Are you looking for something with modern interiors and design or traditional features and charm?
If you need staff, drivers or private security it is best to let us know in advance so that they can be easily organised in good time before your holiday. It is important to communicate your needs as clearly as you can to a specialist rental company such as Elegant Address South of France, so that our experts can efficiently match you with your ideal rental property for the perfect holiday experience.

Location, Location, Location

ST-001 is a stunning beachfront villa in St Tropez
You may prefer to be ‘close to a beach’ but there are a few to choose from along the French Riviera coastline so you’ll need to be sure where you would prefer to be. People enjoy visiting particular areas for different reasons, for instance if you want to see the Grand Prix you need to be in, or near Monaco, and if you want to be close to beaches, shopping and glamour you would choose Cannes or St Tropez. Even if you prefer a more quiet and cultural trip there are beautiful medieval towns that will charm you and invite you back each year. There really is a place for every taste on the Cote d’Azur, just try to narrow it down to your top 3 to help rental specialists find your perfect villa.

Have a budget in mind

It can be difficult to create and set a specific budget, especially if this is your first time visiting this region. You don’t have to divulge this information straight away, but it is always a helpful indicator for the specialists to know the limits of what you are willing to spend for the level of villa and lifestyle that you are looking for. A price range will really help narrow down our search, helping us to give you a clear overview of the market and what we can offer.

Pick up the phone

The team viewing properties in May 2016
Browsing villas on an agent’s website can give you a good idea of the property with images and description, but to find out the finer details and inside knowledge it’s best to talk to a specialists – That’s what they are there for! We know the regions inside out. We pride ourselves in our unrivaled level of knowledge of each region on the French Riviera and can recommend villas first-hand and answer questions you might not have thought of such as “Where is the nearest grocery store? What is the best local restaurant? How long is it to drive to the nearest beach?” Our specialist consultants also has access to more rentals that are in our private portfolio or that are new to market that they can offer to you after your ideal property.

Take advantage of extras

Villa ST-VS has its own helicopter
There are many of our rental properties that offer additional services and luxurious extras such as private chef, helicopter transfer, personal driver or even sometimes a boat with the villa. When enquiring about a property it’s always useful to see whether there are any of these services included in the rental price or if the rental has any trusted companies they regularly use or could recommend at a fair price. We have a great team of trusted contacts on the ground, allowing us to organise concierge services or any special requests with ease and discretion, allowing you to sit back and relax, with the arrangements in place to allow you to focus on enjoying the very best of the French Riviera.