Monday, 28 July 2014

Why Visit St Tropez

On your first impression you may think that ST Tropez resembles a glamorous film set, on occasion it has been for the likes of Bridget Bardot in ‘And God created Woman’ but it was attracting famous artists, actors, models and the World’s most prestigious and exciting people for decades. 

Such as Pablo Picasso who spent many years on the Cote d’Azur

St Tropez is the most famous resort in Europe and quite rightly so. With an average temperature of between 24-27 degrees, during the summertime alone this beautiful, sun drench peninsula welcomes up to 100,000 visitors. So why should you visit? Elegant Address are proud to offer a list of reasons why everyone should experience a life of luxury in St Tropez at least once in their lifetime.

The Vieux Port

The ‘Old Port’ is the most popular attraction amongst international tourists, here people come to admire and take a stroll along side the magnificent super yachts, moored in the beautiful blue waters, to sit in the glorious Cote D’Azur sunshine and people watch at one of the many delicious cafes or restaurants lining the port; enjoying the picture perfect views of the pastel coloured houses. This is the location some people come to be seen, with multi millionaires sitting on their magnificent yachts to celebrities having a bite to eat with friends; St Tropez is generally reckoned to have more famous faces per square foot than anywhere else on the planet.

Pamepelonne Beach

This beach has been soaring St Tropez to fame since 1955. A 5km stretch of beautiful golden sands lined with an array of private beaches offering wonderful beach dining and exciting nightlife with renowned club and bars such as Nikki Beach. In the summer time this is the prime place to sail your yacht, come ashore and soak up the glorious climate, enjoy delicious fresh seafood and try your hand at the spectacular water sports there are on offer. 

Place Des Lices

At the heart of the beautiful bustling village lies the Place Des Lices. This is where the fantastic local market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday where you can pick up delicious local produce and handcrafted gifts. At the core is a chic, truly French style square lined with cafes and restaurants offering an idyllic Provencal view. 

Club 55

Starting life off as a canteen for film crew for Bridget Bardot, Club 55 transformed into a famous, luxury, discreet choice for high-end visitors to St Tropez. Spend a relaxing luxurious afternoon reclining on the stylish white sofas on this beautiful private beach.  Club 55 is also famous for its incredibly professional and friendly service providing magnificent lunchtime delights and exotic cocktails at your wish on the beach and also in the world famous beach bar. On arrival you will be welcomed to with sandy floors, inviting you to dine on the incredible fresh seafood beneath sails strung between trees and magnificent views across the golden beach and emerald blue waters. This is a highly sought after private beach with business men, celebrities and politicians all wanting to enjoy this magnificent views and atmosphere so make sure you book in advance.

Elegant Address offer a bespoke property finding service addressing any of our client’s requirements to find them the most suitable property available on the Cote d’Azur. We have a vast selection of properties in the glamorous St Tropez only a small amount of which are featured on our website, if you would like more information regarding our private portfolio we would be delighted for you to contact us + (0) 1244 62 99 63 or + (0) 1203 757 6609

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Famous Cote d’Azur: Lights, Camera Cote d’Azur

The stunning landscape of the South of France has been a popular backdrop for many iconic movies, due to its unique natural formation where the snow-capped Alpine mountains overlook the dazzling sun, sand and sea of the French Riviera creating its breath taking scenery. 

It is not just the magnificent views that have made the big screen but also the Luxurious properties that line the Golden Coast such as Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes and the Carlton in Cannes, as well as some of the world’s most prestigious villas.

One of the most popular and iconic movies to be filmed on the Cote d’Azur was ‘And God Created Woman’ staring Brigitte Bardot this movie put St Tropez on the map as a glamourous youthful beach destination. People still travel to St Tropez in search of this amazing experience where one can view the rich and famous relaxing and sipping champagne on the fabulous yachts.

Of course one cannot discuss films within the South of France without touching on Cannes; home of the Film Festival this destination is used to being in the spotlight. Perhaps one of the most memorable films set in Cannes is ‘To Catch a Thief’ showcasing some of the most beautiful towns and villages across the Riviera the movie encouraged glamour and sophistication in the Cote d’Azur.

‘An Affair to Remember’ filmed in Villefranche-sur-mer displayed the area beautifully with the array of pastel shades and colourful floras, the picturesque setting truly was unforgettable. From Villefranche breath-taking views of Nice and Cap Ferrat can be admired.

In 1971 Antibes and Juan Les Pins were the chosen destinations for the famous James Bond film Diamonds are forever. The famous Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and its amazing views were what attracted the film makers to Antibes. The French Riviera presents the perfect location for a James Bond production with the Old Riviera style, sophistication, yachts, sun and dazzling Caribbean Sea at your fingertips it is the picture-perfect destination for James Bond. 

There are several movies filmed and set in the South of France perhaps the most recent being the Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman. The natural beauty of the Cote d’Azur cannot be beaten and we are confident that the South of France will continue to appear on our screens for years to come. Elegant Address visit the picturesque French Riviera regularly to admire its beauty and visit our luxury properties ensuring that all areas and all of our luxurious villas we present to our clients are of the highest of standards.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sailing in the South of France

The Cote d’Azur is known for its iconic architecture, breathe taking views and glitz glamour although this Golden Coast is just as attractive off shore as it is on shore. Many of our properties offer mooring docks due to the demand of sailing facilities across the Riviera, with the perfect summer breeze travelling from the south east sailing conditions in the South of France are impeccable. The French Riviera hosts many Regatta Sailing events each year from yacht racing to festivals promoting the maritime developments.

Sailing along this stunning coast one can enjoy the scenic highlights presented by the French Riviera whilst relaxing and escaping the crowds. There are several sailing clubs throughout the Riviera offering fantastic opportunities for visitors.

Villefranche harbour is in a primary location on the French Riviera only 45 minutes from the enchanting town of Monaco and an hours sail to the renowned town of Cannes. The Trophee Pasqui Regatta is held annually at Villefranche bay this sees many of the most spectacular yachts harboured and led to the traditional boat club in Villefranche Sur Mer. The traditional boat club hold many prestigious events to promote sailing and yachting within the Riviera and display the development of the maritime discoveries.

Further down the coast is Cap d’Antibes known as the yachting capital, sailing around the peninsula allows you to view the area from a different perspective providing a tranquil atmosphere one can enjoy the beauty and culture of the Cap.  Juan Les Pins is just a stone’s throw away from Cap d’Antibes and shares much of the Mediterranean view with its neighbour. It is said that Juan Les Pins invented water-skiing at the fabulous Belle Rives Hotel. The bay of Juan Les Pins is extremely calm and for more rigorous sailing one would have to travel further down the coast, but for a relaxing experience Juan Les Pins is the place to sail.  There are many sailing schools throughout Capd’Antibes and Juan Les Pins of which are easily accessible from many of our Luxurious Villas.

The Cannes yacht club is the oldest association in existence in Cannes celebrating 151 years it is iconic amongst boating enthusiasts. The yachts and boats moored at Cannes harbour astonish passers-by due to the spectacular vessels lining the bay. Many events celebrating sailing are held in Cannes such as the Cannes boat show which presents some 500 of the finest boats to adoring potential clients.

During the first week of October each year the Voiles de StTropez, Sailing yacht regatta is held at the Port of St Tropez. This is a spectacular event with over 300 sailing yachts competing from across the world and attracting thousands of visitors to the shores of St Tropez.  The event is classed as one of the most important sailing events of the year with the main trophy being the La Grande Class which can only won by invitees of the race.

The amazing sail boats, yachts and beautiful harbours can be viewed from several of our luxurious waterfront or sea view properties located throughout the prestigious Cote d’Azur region. Our South of France expert consultants only work on the French Riviera so as not to dilute their product knowledge and can therefore ensure that they find you the property you desire.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Happy 100th Birthday hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Opening its doors in 1914 hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc situated in Cap d’Antibes embarked on an iconic adventure that was sure to last decades. The timeless energy of this stunning hotel has played host to some of the world’s most affluent residence such as Charlie Chaplin, Leonardo DiCaprio and John Travolta to name a few. Many celebrities gather at the hotel to help raise money for charity at events such as the Met Gala.

The iconic hotel started life as the tea room of the Grand Hotel du Cap mainly inhabited by kings, businessmen and artists living in Cap d’Antibes. In 1922 the hotel played host to many American visitors who mainly stayed within the property during the winter months.

1933 was a key year for Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc with the enlargement of the pool and pavilion the yacht club was born. 

During 1955 Pablo Picasso a regular visitor to the hotel agreed to design a new menu for the exquisite restaurant, it is said that he only asked for paper, ink and a quiet table in return.

In 1970 Roberto Menghio redesigned The bar Eden-Roc, his inspiration being a boat which is exactly what inspires the Eden Roc Pavilion today.

Poette Arnaud was appointed head chef in 1992 creating gourmet cuisine in the renowned Hotel du Eden-Cap-Roc restaurant. Throughout the years the hotel has been home to award winning chefs such as Lilian Bonnefoi who won the title of Best Pastry Chef Riviera.

Over 5 years from 2007-2013 key areas of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc were renovated so as to modernise the property whilst at the same time preserving its history.

Located in the picturesque town of Antibes the famous property boasts spectacular views and a waterfront location where one can relax in the sun whilst enjoying a swim.

The active town of Cap d’Antibes boasts stunning views and a lively lifestyle, being perhaps the most ideal place for families on the Riviera there is plenty to do. The market of Cap d’Antibes is simply fantastic offering many local goods it is a very popular and lively place. The West coast of Cap d’Antibes is the most popular area as it is within walking distance to Juan Les Pins.

Cap d’Antibes is in a primary location with easy access to other areas of the French Riviera, such as Cannes where many festivals are held annually. Elegant Address offer an extensive private portfolio of luxury properties in Cap d’Antibes some of which are located close to Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Each one of our properties has been hand-picked by Elegant Address to ensure they are of the highest standard.