Spend 10 days discovering the Côte d'Azur
May and September
Bonjour! Je m'appelle Louise.
I host 10-day retreats in the heart of my beautiful Villefranche sûr Mer
Meet me on the Côte d'Azur...
Fly into Nice International Airport, or arrive at Nice Ville en train. You will be met and driven along the French Riviera
Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive the Boulevard Princesse Grace de Monaco, with sweeping views of St Jean Cap Ferrat and Villefranche Harbour, before arriving deep into the old village itself.
Stay in beautiful, quiet, and well-appointed apartment accommodation with several other ladies. Unpack, relax, create and share meals, and discover this fabulous region together with our group of 7 women (including moi! X).
Stellar restaurants are a feature of this small, private, shopping precinct which lines the shores of this breathtaking harbour.
10 days. Here. In *paradise*
The itinerary includes five days of 'out and about' and five days of 'relaxation-mode' in Villefranche, with day-trips to *spectacular* local highlights.
Breakfast at the celebrated 5-star Welcome Hotel and watch a few sportscars cruise past on the harbourside.
Arrive early to beautiful Eze and get it all to ourselves. Climb up to the ancient château footings and wonder at the Jardin Exotique d’Eze. Meander along the paths and delight at the extensive collection of desert and Mediterranean plants and sculpture. Enjoy coffee and croissants at the Chateau Eza with panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Travel along the Moyenne Corniche, enjoy unparalleled views of the Mediterranean (feeling like a movie star, sister…) and delight in the little-known village of La Turbie. See its ancient Roman ruins.
Experience Monaco. See the Royal Palace and the Casino Monte Carlo. Have afternoon tea at the Hotel de Paris (daahling!). Shop till you drop, or come for a quiet walk around the harbourside and see the majestic facades of these great buildings – something few people seem to know about...
Visit Menton on the Italian border and enjoy an exclusive tour with a passionate local, and head over to Italy for a relaxed lunch at a stunning restaurant. Cook dinner at home or choose from any of the numerous local and *fabulous* restaurants.
See icons like the Villas Rothschild and Kerylos, visit elegant Beaulieu sûr Mer for lunch and a swim. Challenge yourself and climb up to Fort du Mont Alban for panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Hmmm … to drink wine at the funky bar with cool music, eat at the go-to Vietnamese, or dine luxuriously on the harbour amongst the spellbinding lights and luxury yachts?
Drive westward along La Provençal to the market town of Antibes. Shop in the undercover markets and local boutiques, stroll deliciously quiet, prettily-paved rues, visit the Picasso museum, or meander along the harbour. Walk across the peninsula to rocking Juan les Pins. The shops don’t open here until midday and stay open until midnight. It’s an entirely different scene. Beachy. Cool.
Discover St Paul de Vence in the morning, and my particular favourite, Tourrettes sûr Loupe. Get upbeat in Cannes then come home to a glass of wine at the iconic Chez Betty.
Meander through Villefranche's small but delightful food and brocante markets, feel the history in the Rue Obscure, or tour the Citadel Saint-Elme.
Relax on the beach, maybe cook some food, or dine at your leisure in any of the superb and numerous harbourside restaurants.
Hang out amongst the rich and famous for a while. The real estate here is amongst the most valuable in the world. Yet Villefranche has an old soul … and there are still quiet places
The trip includes...
- Comfortable, private transport from Nice Airport or Nice Ville Station to our apartments.
- Single rooms in beautiful, shared, 3-bedroom apartments with excellent facilities. There will be 2 apartments.
- All rooms are gorgeous, but there are the Master (with own bathroom), second and third bedrooms (shared bathroom) in each of our apartments and they will be priced accordingly.
- Price is single, per person, per room
- All breakfasts. 5 at local restaurants and provisions for breakfast at home on the other 5 days.
- Lunch or dinner most days. TBA.
- Morning tea at Chateau Eza in Eze.
- Afternoon tea at the iconic American Bar at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco.
- All organised tours and transportation.
- Entrance to all organised venues.
What's not included
- Transport to Nice - airfares or train.
- Wine or any alcohol
Stay in the *heart* of Villefranche sûr Mer. Discover the Côte d'Azur: the hilltop village of Èze, over-the-top Monaco, gentle Antibes and rocking Juan les pins, vieux Nice, and more. Swim at Beaulieu sur Mer, visit Villas Rothschild and Kerylos.
Oh, and the restaurants, and shopping..!