Once a collection of sleepy fishing villages, the French Riviera quickly became a playground for aristocrats, royalty and the jet set in the 20th century. Today the Côte d’Azur is the quintessential European summer yachting destination. With an abundance of sun, fun and beautiful views a yachting holiday in the South of France is sure to surprise and delight.
Whether this will be your first time or your twentieth time visiting this part of the world, you have a wealth of choices when it comes to where to start or end your charter. Therefore, we have rounded up our favorite accommodations to book in the South of France this summer season.
We’ve arranged our list from West to East; let’s start by exploring St. Tropez.
1) St. Tropez – Pan Dei Palais
Known for its picture perfect creamsicle-colored village, lively party scene, and celebrity sightings, St. Tropez is always a smart choice for pre or post charter. For travelers looking to get away from it all, the hotel to choose is the Pan Dei Palais. A member of Airelles Hotels, the property is located in the heart of the old town close to dining, shopping and nightlife. Just steps from the harbor, this 12-room hotel feels like a private oasis in the heart of the St. Tropez—because it is! Formerly, a palace built for Princess Bannu Pan Deï, a member of the Indian royal family, the Pan Dei Palais now caters to luxury travelers from all over the world.
2) Cannes – Hotel Martinez
Moving East to Cannes, famed for the Film Festival each May, this is another bucket list destination for any Côte d’Azur lover. While you may have stayed in Cannes in the past, the city’s grand dame hotel, the Martinez, has a new trick up its sleeve. The property just launched a pair of brand-new ultra-luxurious penthouse suites, that are only bookable via the hotel’s General Manager. Architect and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon created these apartments, which are the only two penthouse apartments with a panoramic view of the Bay of Cannes, which when booked together, form one of the largest hotel suites in Europe. The hotel is also home to a Two Michelin Star restaurant overlooking the Croisette, so whether you are beginning or ending your trip to the Riviera here, it is sure to be special.
3) Antibes –Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
When you think of Antibes, there is really only one hotel that comes to mind—the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.
Forever immortalized by Slim Aarons, the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is one of those places that luxury travelers return to year after year because each time they discover another reason they love it. From the pool on the edge of the sea, to the spacious villas to the legendary service, the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is a destination all on its own—but when you pair a stay here with a yacht charter, your friends and family are in for a real treat.
4) Monaco –Hotel Metropole
Moving onto Monaco—if you are looking for some excitement this is the place to be. From the Casino to the palace, to the shopping, to the nightlife, Monaco is everything you hope it will be and more. The Hotel Metropole is in the heart of it all, but also offers guests a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle. For the discerning guest, the room to book is the Suite Carre d’Or. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the suite offers panoramic views of the “Golden Square”, Casino gardens and the Mediterranean Sea from the 110 square meter terrace. Guests staying in the suite are also given priority access to all restaurants in the hotel and the Spa Metropole by Givenchy, as well as free access to the Monte-Carlo Casino and many other perks.
5) Roquebrune-Cap-Martin—The Maybourne Riviera
Last but not least, just East of Monaco, the brand new Maybourne Riviera has opened in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and is another amazing choice for any pre or post charter stay. The Riviera sister hotel to Claridge’s in London, the Maybourne Riviera offers guests a chic, modern aesthetic, with all the comforts of the South of France. One highlight of this property is its stunning views from every vantage point. Take in the dramatic vista of the Italian coastline to the east and Monte Carlo to the west. Perfectly positioned, the Maybourne Riviera is a wonderful place to start or finish the trip of a lifetime.