September in Monaco can be a hectic and hot time of the year for the Principality. Here are five of the most luxurious hideaways within 45 minutes’ drive or a short helicopter ride from Monaco for those looking to escape the crowds after the world’s most prestigious yacht show.
Le Saint-Paul is a haven of peace and tranquility nestled within the medieval ramparts of Saint-Paul-de-Vence about an hours’ drive from Monaco. Wander along the cobbled streets and alleyways of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, tracing the footsteps of the many artists and celebrated figures that have succumbed to the seduction of the village. Admire the original Chagalls hanging from the wallpaper and linger over the delicious regional dishes made with the freshest seasonal produce on the hotel’s sunny bougainvillea-bedecked terrace.
Le Mas Candille Mougins
Just 35 miles from where the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show is due to be in full swing, Le Mas Candille Mougins is a respite for the senses. The hotel is an original farmhouse dating back to the 18th century that is home to a large garden of cypresses, oaks and hundred-year-old olive trees. Offering one of the most decadent spa and dining experiences in the Mediterranean, The Candille Spa is an oasis of serenity for guests to unwind from the stresses of modern living, while one-Michelin-star Restaurant Le Candille overlooks the tranquil Riviera countryside. To switch off completely, opt for a total “digital detox” and drop off your mobile phone at the reception on arrival.
Château Saint-Martin & Spa
Near Vence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Hidden in the hills of the charming town of Vence lies the Château Saint-Martin & Spa, a five-star luxury sanctuary steeped in rustic Provencal charm. The 12th century building has since been restyled to suit a sophisticated contemporary lifestyle. Offering breathtaking panoramic views of both the Mediterranean and the Southern Alps, the hotel also houses one-Michelin-star restaurant Le Saint-Martin by Chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois, considered to be one of the best dining establishments along the Côte d’Azur. A romantic getaway would not be complete without a spa treatment in the hotel’s gardens beneath a flower-strewn gazebo.
Mougins, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
An hours’ drive from Monaco culminates in the pebble-strewn driveway of Les Rosées, a cosy haven perfect for a retreat with family and loved ones. The 400-year-old property has been renovated using authentic restoration techniques that is the perfect blend of rustic and chic. Entering the luxury guest house, the tastefully curated antique furniture and grand piano catches the eye immediately. Take a stroll through the Mediterranean rose garden and olive grove to be transported back in time. Staying at Les Rosées may feel like one is tucked away deep in Provence, but the hidden gem is perched on the Mougins hills above Cannes, just a 30-mile ride from Monaco.
Menton, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Recently crowned third in the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Mirazur is just a short 8-mile drive from Monaco, an idyllic spot to enjoy the creations of Argentine-Italian chef Mauro Colagreco. The restaurant boasts sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea and is a stone’s throw away from Genoa, Italy, where locals often pop to for an espresso after dinner. Featuring plenty of fresh local fish and seafood as well as just-picked heirloom vegetables, the menu is centred around seasonality, including ingredients such as monkfish with topinambur puree, anchovy and juice from Menton’s famous lemons.