Best Places to Stay in French Riviera: Top Hotels, Beach Clubs and Restaurants

We got back from France a few weeks ago. While my mind is still fresh from this trip, I thought I should share some of the best places to stay in French Riviera.

Matt and I planned this trip so last minute (30 days before our wedding anniversary). In my opinion, one month is considered “last minute” when you have two little kids!! LOL!

This post is about the best places to stay in French Riviera.

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo 

I’m so glad that we were able to make this trip happen with my family and babysitters help! We needed a little bit of “us time” and made so many fun memories together! I wish we could have stayed all summer long! LOL!

In this post, I’m going to take you on a journey through the French Riviera, sharing the best hotels, the best restaurants, and the coolest beach clubs. I also like to share, the best time of year to travel to the French Riviera for an unforgettable trip! 

From the iconic cities of Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice, and Saint-Tropez to the hidden gems of Antibes, Eze, and Villefranche-sur-Mer, I will take you through every corner of the beautiful French Riviera! 

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This was our first time to the French Riviera together! I was 2 months pregnant with Valentina!

Matt and I traveled to French Riviera back in 2014. At the time, I was 2 months pregnant with Valentina and felt very sick throughout our trip! I missed so much exploring each corner of this breathtaking paradise during that trip! This is why I couldn’t wait to go back and visit again! 

Best places to stay in French Riviera

Why the French Riviera? 

French Riviera is so charming and glamorous at the same time! Its stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes, and delicious cuisine take your breath away!!

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is located on the southeastern coast of France. It stretches along the Mediterranean Sea, starting from the Italian border in the east and extending westward to the city of Toulon.

The major cities and popular destinations on the French Riviera include Nice, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Monaco, Antibes, and Menton. It is renowned for its stunning coastline, glamorous resorts, picturesque towns, and incredibly mild Mediterranean climate.

As you plan your visit to this beautiful paradise, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the perfect place to stay. Whether you’re looking for a lovely beachfront resort, a charming boutique hotel, or a villa with breathtaking views, the French Riviera offers so many wonderful options for every taste!

If you are looking for a more intimate and unique experience, I will also share the hidden gems and boutique hotels that you will love!!! (I love the cute and charming European boutique hotels).

 Best Time to Visit the French Riviera

Best places to stay in French Riviera

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is a beautiful coastal region in the southeastern part of France. The region is known for its stunning beaches, glamorous resorts, and charming towns.

The best time to visit the French Riviera depends on your preferences and what you plan to do during your trip. Here are a few things to consider before booking your trip:

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Summer

The French Riviera has mild winters and hot summers. The peak tourist season is during the summer months (June to August) when the weather is warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 90°F). However, it can also be crowded during this time, especially in popular destinations like Nice, Monte Carlo, and Cannes.

Spring & Autumn

If you prefer milder weather and fewer crowds, consider visiting during the spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October). During these months, the temperatures are very pleasant, ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), making it a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and exploring the coastal towns.

Winter

While the winter months (December to February) are considered the low season, the French Riviera still has a lot to offer. The weather remains relatively mild, with temperatures averaging around 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F).

The region has a more relaxed atmosphere during this time, and you can enjoy lower prices and fewer crowds. Some towns and resorts may have reduced services or limited activities during the off-peak season, so it is worth checking ahead.

Events and Festivals

The French Riviera hosts several incredible events and festivals throughout the year. The Cannes Film Festival takes place in May, attracting celebrities and film enthusiasts from around the world.

Nice Carnival, one of the largest carnivals in the world, is held in February. Monaco Grand Prix, a prestigious Formula 1 race, takes place in May. If you’re interested in attending these events, plan your visit ahead of time!

Best places to stay in French Riviera

Best Luxury Hotels in Monte Carlo

Since we started off our French Riviera trip in Monte Carlo, I’m going to start with Monte Carlo hotels! There are several stunning hotels and resorts in Monte Carlo!  

We booked ours at Hotel Hermitage Monte CarloWhen we traveled to French Riviera in 2014, we did not get a chance to stay in Monte Carlo (we stayed in Nice for about 5-6 nights). 

We got transportation and traveled through Monte Carlo, Cannes, and Eze Village! We both fell in love with Monte Carlo and Cannes. 

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I distinctly remember that we both LOVED Hotel Hermitage and Hotel de Paris SO much!!! Not only they were STUNNING, but also, both hotels were so close to the famous Monte Carlo Casino! Hotel de Paris is right outside of the Casino!

The Hotel Hermitage is also a very close distance to the Casino (a short walk of less than 5 minutes). We loved the interior and exterior of both hotels!!

We were open to booking at any of these gorgeous hotels, however, since our anniversary was around the same time as the Monaco Grand Prix (A Formula One motor racing event), we had such a hard time booking at any of these hotels! 

Luckily, throughout our research, we were able to find a beautiful room at one of our favorite hotels and booked it right away!!!

I’m so glad we were able to stay there and experience the beautiful Monte Carlo, while having the most incredible dining experience, lounging around the pool, and enjoying the best drinks at the hotel’s loveliest restaurants and bars!

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo 

Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is an exceptional destination if you are looking for an unforgettable stay on French Riviera.

Located in the heart of Monte-Carlo, Monaco, this prestigious hotel offers a great combination of breathtaking surroundings, a gorgeous lobby, and great service!

In my opinion, from its lavish interiors to its world-class amenities, the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo stands as a symbol of true elegance and timeless beauty.

The hotel itself is a true gem!! A blend of classic and modern designs, and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

One of the most beautiful features of Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is its stunning architecture. The hotel showcases a Belle Époque style, characterized by ornate décor, elegant furnishings, and incredible attention to detail.

As soon as you walk inside, you will be greeted by kind, polite, and attentive staff!  The beautifully designed lobby with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and beautiful moldings, is breathtaking! 

One of the best things about this hotel’s location is its proximity to the iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo. From our hotel, only took us less than 5 minutes to walk to this world-famous casino!

 It’s also located near the Place du Casino, where you can find high-end shopping, and delicious cuisine at exquisite French restaurants. 

Rooms and Suites

The rooms and suites at Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo are gorgeous! Each room is designed in a unique way and has a different style/color of wallpaper (I thought it was so cool)!!

From the finest linens to the tastefully designed French-style furniture, every element is carefully selected to create an incredible and welcoming room.

The rooms offer stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea or a beautiful cityscape, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of Monte-Carlo from each corner of this lovely hotel! I highly recommend booking a “Mediterranean Sea view room“. It will take your breath away!

Don’t forget to experience the In-door pool! This isn’t your average hotel pool! It’s so much more. It’s like a little slice of paradise right in the heart of Monte Carlo. You can also experience the outdoor-pool and beach which I will talk about it shortly!

The vibe at the Hermitage is all about relaxation. There’s a poolside bar too, where they serve these ridiculously good cocktails and wines!

One thing I absolutely love about this place is the service. The staff at the Hermitage are pros at making you feel like a VIP. They’re always on hand with a fresh towel, a cool drink, or a tasty snack.

Oh, and did I mention the view? Ah! The view is to die for. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and Monaco’s harbor, it’s the kind of view that makes you feel like you’re in a movie or something (LOL)!!!

Plus, the hotel’s located in the heart of Monte Carlo, so when you get tired of lounging by the pool (if that’s even possible), you’re just a short walk away from all the shops, restaurants, and casinos the city has to offer.

I think this hotel is one of the best places to stay in French Riviera. We absolutely LOVED this hotel and highly recommend it!! 

Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

I think the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo in Monaco has one of the most prime locations, among other luxury hotels in Monte Carlo! As I mentioned above, these two hotels (Hotel de Paris and the Hermitage Hotel) both are located within walking distance of the famous Monte Carlo Casino! 

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This hotel is in the heart of Monte Carlo, and only a few steps away from the iconic Casino Square. It’s incredible location offers easy access to the most amazing nightlife, luxury boutiques, and incredible restaurants!  

History

The building itself is an architectural and historical gem. Since its opening in 1864, the Hotel de Paris has been a symbol of glamour and sophistication, attracting celebrities and royalty from around the world. I fell in love with the interiors of this hotel, and the most beautiful and manicured gardens! It looks absolutely gorgeous!!! 

Each of the rooms and suites is truly a masterpiece of luxury! From the smaller rooms to the hotel’s Diamond Suites and private terraces, each room offers beautiful design, the finest linens, and beautiful furnishings. Also, with Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse at the helm, a restaurant that has been awarded three Michelin stars, you can enjoy an exceptional culinary experience.

The hotel also hosts the Le Grill, which offers panoramic views over the city and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Equally impressive is the hotel’s Wine Cellar. It’s one of the largest in the world, with the most incredible collection of over 350,000 bottles. If you are a wine lover like me (LOL), you have to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine here! 

In addition to all this, guests have access to the renowned Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, one of Europe’s most beautiful spas. Here, they can enjoy a wealth of wellness services, including rejuvenating treatments, a heated seawater pool, and cutting-edge fitness facilities.

From the dedicated concierge service, who can arrange anything from private yacht charters to tickets for high-profile events, to the high-quality personalized service offered by every staff member, the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo exudes a level of luxury that is truly unparalleled. It considers as one of the best places to stay in French Riviera.

Fairmont Monte Carlo 

Location

We walked by this lovely hotel. It is not that far from Casino Square, in fact, the hotel is located between Casino Square and the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, making it a convenient base for exploring the city’s most iconic sites.

The Fairmont Monte Carlo sits in a prestigious location right on the coast of the French Riviera, with stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

This includes the Casino de Monte Carlo, the Opera, and the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa. The location also provides easy access to Monte Carlo Beach. Which is perfect if you are looking for sun, sand, and sea.

The Fairmont Monte Carlo offers 602 guest rooms, residences, and suites, each designed with elegance and comfort in mind.

For fans of Formula 1, the Fairmont Monte Carlo offers a unique opportunity. The hotel overlooks the famous Fairmont Hairpin curve, the slowest and hardest turn in the Formula 1 Grand Prix. 

Best Hotel During the Formula 1 Grand Prix

We were told that this hotel during race times, becomes one of the best spots to witness the event. Overall, the Fairmont Monte Carlo on the French Riviera provides a blend of luxury, comfort, fine dining, and breathtaking views, combined with excellent service.

Whether you’re in Monte Carlo for relaxation, sightseeing, or to experience the thrill of the Grand Prix, you will love this beautiful hotel and will have an unforgettable stay.

Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo 

Hotel Metropole is another luxury hotel that is located in the heart of Monte Carlo. The incredible location gives you easy access to the city’s most iconic attractions.

Whether you want to go to the glamorous casinos, explore the charming streets of Monte Carlo, or soak up the sun on the stunning beaches, everything is so accessible when you stay at this hotel! 

One of the standout features of Hotel Metropole is its stunning architecture and design. From the grand entrance to the most beautifully designed rooms and suites, every aspect of the hotel showcases attention to detail.

Rooms and Modren Comfort

The rooms and suites are furnished with the most elegant furniture, combining modern comforts. You can enjoy stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, the city, or the hotel’s serene gardens from their private balconies. This is another hotel that is considered as one the best places to stay in French Riviera.

Hotel Metropole also wants you to experience the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. Indulge in luxurious treatments, unwind in the sauna, or take a dip in the stunning swimming pool.

It’s the perfect way to pamper yourself and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The overall atmosphere of Hotel Metropole is just so inviting and comfortable. It feels like a home away from home.

Spa Métropole by Givenchy at Metropole Hotel is an absolute gem. If you’re looking for a great place to pamper yourself, there’s no better choice. The spa offers a range of great treatments and services that will leave you feeling AMAZING!!!

Spa Métropole by Givenchy is not just a spa, it’s an experience. The attention to detail is remarkable, and the design of the spa itself is simply exquisite. This is another lovely hotel that is considered as one of the best places to stay in French Riviera.

Monte-Carlo Beach 

Matt and I wanted to enjoy and experience a bit of a Monte Carlo beach before leaving charming Monaco! Our hotel offered their out-door pool and beach transportation for us and a few other guests! Monte Carlo Beach was less than a 10-minute drive from Hermitage Hotel. 

Most beaches on French Riviera (between Menton and Cannes) are mostly pebble. Monte Carlo Beach is not an exception. This beach is not soft and sandy (I personally prefer soft sandy beaches over pebbled beaches).

However, I still recommend visiting this beautiful beach! This iconic beach offers a unique blend of glamour, luxury, and natural beauty that sets it apart from other beach destinations.

With its crystal-clear turquoise water and stunning coastal views, it’s no wonder that Monte Carlo Beach attracts so many travelers from around the world.

So, whether you’re a beach lover, a nature lover, or simply someone who wants to experience the glitz and glamour of Monaco, Monte-Carlo Beach is definitely a must-visit destination. 

Best Beach Hotels on the French Riviera

Best places to stay in French Riviera

From chic boutique stays to grand resorts, the French Riviera has it all. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a fun-filled family vacation, I’m going to share some of the best beach hotels on the French Riviera.

  1. Hotel Negresco
  2. InterContinental Carlton Cannes
  3. Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes
  4. Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
  5. JW Marriott Cannes
  6. Château de la Chèvre d’Or
  7. Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
  8. Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
  9. Hôtel Belles Rives
  10. Royal-Riviera
  11. Hotel Juana
  12. Hotel de Paris Saint-Tropez
  13. Hotel Cap Eden Roc
  14. Hotel Martinez
  15. Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa
  16. Le Méridien Nice
  17. Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel
  18. Five Seas Hotel Cannes
  19. Mondrian Cannes
  20. La Réserve Ramatuelle Hotel, Spa, and Villas

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Located in Antibes, this legendary hotel offers unparalleled luxury and breathtaking views of the French Riviera. With its private beach, stunning gardens, and elegant rooms, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc provides a truly indulgent experience for travelers seeking ultimate relaxation and sophistication.

Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes

One of the major highlights of Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes is its prime location. Situated in the heart of Cannes, guests have easy access to the city’s vibrant attractions. This lovely hotel is considered as one of the best places to stay in French Riviera and in Cannes.

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The hotel is just a short stroll away from the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the famous Cannes Film Festival takes place annually. The hotel’s proximity to the beach allows you to enjoy walks along the Promenade de la Croisette. 

Overall, Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes offers a luxurious retreat in an iconic destination. With its exceptional accommodations, fine dining options, spa facilities, and prime location, it provides an unforgettable experience, if you are looking for elegance, relaxation, and a taste of the glamorous French Riviera lifestyle.

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Situated in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, this prestigious hotel offers a perfect blend of timeless elegance and modern comforts. Its prime location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Michelin-starred restaurant, luxurious spa, and impeccable service make it a top choice for discerning travelers looking for a refined and memorable stay.

La Réserve Ramatuelle Hotel, Spa, and Villas

Nestled in the charming village of Ramatuelle, this hotel provides a serene retreat away from the bustling crowds. The property boasts a contemporary design, spacious rooms with private terraces, an exceptional spa, and an infinity pool with stunning sea views.

La Réserve Ramatuelle offers a sense of tranquility and well-being, making it an excellent choice for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation.

Château de la Chèvre d’Or

Perched on a hilltop in the medieval village of Èze, this exquisite hotel offers panoramic views of the French Riviera coastline. Its charming rooms, Michelin-starred restaurant, and terraced gardens create a romantic and enchanting atmosphere.

With its rich history and luxurious amenities, Château de la Chèvre d’Or is a unique choice for travelers seeking a blend of heritage, beauty, and exceptional service.

Hotel Negresco

Located in the vibrant city of Nice, Hotel Negresco is a landmark establishment known for its Belle Époque architecture and incredible interiors. The hotel showcases an extensive art collection, featuring pieces from different periods, and offers rooms adorned with unique decor and modern amenities.

Its beachfront location and proximity to the Promenade des Anglais make it as one of the best places to stay in French Riviera. It is an ideal choice for travelers looking to explore the vibrant city while enjoying luxurious accommodations.

Hôtel Byblos Saint-Tropez

Situated in the heart of Saint-Tropez, this iconic hotel captures the essence of the glamorous French Riviera lifestyle. It offers a blend of Provençal charm and contemporary design, with spacious rooms, lush gardens, a renowned nightclub, and a luxurious spa.

Hôtel Byblos Saint-Tropez is an excellent choice for those looking for a vibrant and lively atmosphere, combined with high-end amenities and exceptional service.

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

The hotel boasts a range of amenities and services designed to cater to the needs and preferences of its guests. With 187 stylishly appointed rooms and suites, the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée offers a sophisticated and relaxing atmosphere.

One of the highlights of the hotel is its stunning rooftop terrace, which offers panoramic views of the sea and the cityscape.

You can enjoy a refreshing swim in the rooftop pool or simply unwind on the comfortable sun loungers while enjoying the Mediterranean breeze.

Culinary enthusiasts will be delighted by the hotel’s dining options. Le 3e restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a focus on Mediterranean flavors, while the Bar Le 3e serves a variety of creative cocktails and beverages in a chic and vibrant setting.

Le Meridien Nice

This is a renowned luxury hotel located in the heart of the vibrant city of Nice, France. Located along the Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the beautiful Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), this hotel offers an exceptional experience for both leisure and business travelers.

One of the standout features of Le Méridien Nice is its prime location. Guests are just steps away from the iconic pebble beaches of Nice, where they can soak up the Mediterranean sun or take a refreshing dip in the azure waters.

The hotel is also conveniently close to several popular attractions, including the historic Old Town (Vieux Nice), with its charming narrow streets, colorful buildings, and lively markets. The famous Colline du Château (Castle Hill) is within walking distance, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the coastline.

Le Méridien Nice boasts elegant and well-appointed rooms and suites, offering a blend of contemporary design and sophisticated comfort.

Rooms and Amenities

The rooms are spacious and thoughtfully designed, providing a relaxing retreat for guests. Many of them feature private balconies with sweeping views of the sea, allowing guests to savor the beauty of the French Riviera.

The hotel offers a range of excellent amenities to ensure a memorable stay. Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor rooftop pool, surrounded by sun loungers and panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

The fitness center is well-equipped for those who wish to maintain their workout routines while traveling. The hotel’s on-site spa provides a tranquil sanctuary where guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments and therapies.

French Riviera for Foodies: Hotels with Michelin-Starred Restaurants

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is not only famous for its azure seas, glittering celebrities, and picturesque locales but also for its outstanding gastronomic scene.

This stunning Mediterranean coastline is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants, some of which are part of luxurious hotels, offering the ultimate gourmet vacation experience.

Here are a few exceptional “Michelin Star” ones to consider:

  1. Hotel Hermitage (Monte Carlo) –Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, by Yannick Alléno
  2. Hotel Negresco (Nice) – Le Chantecler
  3. Hotel Martinez (Cannes) – La Palme d’Or
  4. Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) – Le Cap
  5. Château de la Chèvre d’Or (Èze) La Chèvre d’Or
  6. Hotel Royal Riviera (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) – La Table du Royal
  7. Hotel Métropole (Monte Carlo) – Joël Robuchon Monte Carlo
  8. La Réserve de Beaulieu & Spa (Beaulieu-sur-Mer) – Le Restaurant des Rois
  9. La Bastide Saint-Antoine (Grasse) – Le Saint-Antoine
  10. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Cap d’Antibes) – Eden-Roc Restaurant

Best places to stay in French Riviera

Must-Visit Towns on the French Riviera: Unveiling the Gems

The French Riviera, or the Côte d’Azur, is a stunning stretch of Mediterranean coastline in southeastern France. Known for its vibrant culture, beautiful landscapes, and glamorous lifestyle, it boasts some of the most charming towns and villages in France. Here are a few gems that you should add to your itinerary:

1- Nice

I absolutely LOVE Nice!!! It is located at the heart of the French Riviera, Nice is a vibrant city with a rich history, beautiful architecture, and a picturesque promenade. It offers a perfect blend of a cosmopolitan atmosphere, stunning beaches, art galleries, and a delightful Old Town (Vieux Nice) with narrow streets and colorful facades. Nice considered as one of the best places to stay in French Riviera among the travelers!

2- Cannes

Famous for its annual international film festival, Cannes is synonymous with luxury and glamour. It boasts pristine sandy beaches, high-end boutiques along the Boulevard de la Croisette, and the iconic Palais des Festivals. Stroll along the promenade, visit the charming Old Town (Le Suquet), and explore the beautiful islands just off the coast.

3- Saint-Tropez

A glamorous and exclusive town, Saint-Tropez has been a playground for the rich and famous for decades. Alongside luxurious yachts, you’ll find charming streets, designer boutiques, trendy clubs, and excellent restaurants. Saint Tropez is one of best places to stay in French Riviera if you are looking for fun, luxurious and exciting trip.

4- Antibes

With its ancient ramparts, Antibes exudes a historic charm. Explore the well-preserved Old Town, wander through the lively Provençal market, and visit the Musée Picasso, housed in the former Château Grimaldi. Antibes also offers beautiful sandy beaches and a vibrant nightlife scene.

5- Eze

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean, Eze is a medieval village with breathtaking views. Its narrow cobblestone streets wind through charming shops, art galleries, and boutiques. Make sure to visit the stunning Jardin Exotique, a botanical garden perched on a cliffside.

6- Menton

Located near the Italian border, Menton is known for its exceptional microclimate and stunning gardens. The town’s pastel-colored buildings, picturesque harbor, and delightful old town create a charming atmosphere. Explore the romantic gardens of the Villa Maria Serena and enjoy the annual Lemon Festival.

7- Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer offers a tranquil retreat with its scenic waterfront and colorful facades. Take a stroll along the Quai de l’Amiral Courbet, visit the 16th-century Saint-Elme Citadel, and relax on the inviting sandy beach.

8- Saint-Paul-de-Vence

A haven for artists and art lovers, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a medieval hilltop village filled with galleries, studios, and charming cafés. Lose yourself in the narrow streets, admire the stone architecture, and visit the Fondation Maeght, a renowned modern art museum.

9- Monte Carlo

While technically not a town itself but a district of the city-state of Monaco, Monte Carlo is synonymous with luxury and glamour.

It is famous for its iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo, opulent hotels, high-end shopping, and the prestigious Formula One Grand Prix. Experience the grandeur and indulge in the sophisticated ambiance of this renowned destination.

These towns on the French Riviera captivate visitors with their unique character, stunning landscapes, cultural heritage, and a touch of elegance. Each offers its own amazing experiences, for an unforgettable journey along this glamorous coastline.

Romantic Escapes: Honeymooning on the French Riviera

As I mentioned above, the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is an incredible destination and a fantastic choice for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

With its picturesque coastline, glamorous resorts, and enchanting ambiance, the French Riviera is an ideal choice for honeymooners looking to create lasting memories. 

The French Riviera is synonymous with romance. I mean, seriously, just saying “French Riviera” sounds incredibly romantic and dreamy (LOL)!! It’s the kind of place that sets the mood for love and all those heart-fluttering moments.

If you are looking for a chic, elegant, and yet fun honeymoon destination, I highly recommend French Riviera! 

Here are several reasons why the French Riviera is a great choice for a romantic escape and honeymoon destination:

1- Beaches

I love the crystal-clear turquoise waters in French Riviera. The French Riviera offers some of the most stunning beaches in the world, like Nice, Cannes, and Saint-Tropez. You and your partner can relax, soak up the sun, and take romantic strolls along the shoreline. 

2- Sipping wine and champagne all day

The French Riviera is known for its sophisticated wine culture, and there’s no shortage of exquisite bubbly to celebrate your love.

3- Glamorous vibes for days

If you’re up for a touch of glamour, the French Riviera is perfect for you! From breathtaking resorts and luxury villas to high-end shopping and amazing restaurants, you’ll love every minute of it! 

4- Exploring charming coastal towns

The French Riviera is dotted with charming coastal towns that are perfect for romantic adventures. You can enjoy walking around the narrow cobblestone streets of Eze, a breathtaking sunset dinner in Antibes, or taking a boat ride to the enchanting island of Porquerolles. 

5- Art and culture at every corner

One of the most famous cities on the French Riviera is Nice, which boasts a vibrant arts scene. The city is home to so many art galleries, museums, and exhibition spaces that showcase works from both local and international artists.

The Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) is a must-visit for contemporary art lovers, featuring an impressive collection of modern art and hosting exciting temporary exhibitions.

6- Delicious culinary adventures

Now, let’s talk about culinary adventures!!! This is what Matt and I love the most about the French Riviera! The culinary adventures! I think this place is a food lover’s paradise! (LOL)!!! The French take their cuisine seriously, and the Riviera is no exception.

Freshly caught fish, succulent oysters, plump shrimp, and delicate scallops are just a few of the delights you’ll find. Imagine sitting at a charming seaside restaurant, sipping on a glass of chilled rosé, while enjoying in a plate of grilled fish drizzled with lemon butter sauce. A true culinary heaven! LOL 

From the stunning beaches to the glamorous ambiance, this slice of paradise has everything you need for an unforgettable escape with your partner!! 

Best Beach Clubs on the French Riviera

The Ultimate Beach Experience

The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is renowned for its stunning coastline, azure waters, and glamorous lifestyle. It’s a destination that embodies luxury and sophistication, offering visitors a plethora of options for a memorable beach experience.

One of the highlights of the French Riviera is undoubtedly its exceptional beach clubs, where you can indulge in a perfect blend of relaxation, entertainment, and culinary delights. This list offers the ultimate beach clubs on the French Riviera, where you can truly immerse yourself in the epitome of beachside luxury.

Restaurants & Beach Clubs

1- Nikki Beach, Saint-Tropez: Located in Saint-Tropez, Nikki Beach is one of the most iconic beach clubs on the French Riviera. With its luxurious white decor, trendy atmosphere, and lively parties, it offers the ultimate beach experience.

2- La Guérite in Cannes: Eating and partying at this restaurant, was by far the most fun and memorable experience of our trip throughout the French Riviera!

Matt and I absolutely LOVED the amazing party vibes at this restaurant! First and foremost, the location itself is a major draw. Being located on Île Sainte-Marguerite allows you to escape the mainland and enjoy a serene and idyllic setting.

The island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. The journey to the restaurant is an adventure in itself!!

All guests were transported to the island by boat.  The cool sea wind blowing on our faces and the occasional mist off of the Mediterranean added to the anticipation and excitement.  

The boat ride was my FAVORITE part!  Once we arrived at La Guérite, we were greeted by the hostess, the sounds of music, and people having a great time.  The food and drinks were great.  

The guests were a diverse group of good-looking, fun, and energetic people from all over the world.  About an hour after we got seated the music was cranked up with familiar 80’s to modern-day hit songs that really primed the party.  

The drinks were flowing and soon people were dancing on their chairs and tables.  Everyone had an absolute blast!!

3- Club 55: Situated on Pampelonne Beach in Ramatuelle, Club 55 is a legendary beach club known for its relaxed ambiance and celebrity clientele. Enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, sun loungers, and vibrant beachside scene.

4- Bagatelle Sait-Tropez: Found in the heart of Saint-Tropez, Bagatelle Beach offers a chic and glamorous beach club experience. With its stylish decor, gourmet dining, and lively DJ sets, it is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

5- La Plage Belle Rives – Located in Juan-les-Pins, La Plage Belle Rives is a charming beach club with a rich history. It was a favorite destination of F. Scott Fitzgerald and continues to enchant visitors with its elegant atmosphere, beachside dining, and stunning views.

6- Les Caves du Roy: While not a traditional beach club, Les Caves du Roy is an iconic nightclub situated in the heart of Saint-Tropez. It attracts a glamorous crowd and hosts unforgettable parties with renowned DJs, making it an essential stop for a complete French Riviera experience.

7- La Voile Rouge: Situated on Pampelonne Beach, La Voile Rouge is known for its vibrant party scene and lively atmosphere. Dance to the tunes of resident DJs, sip refreshing cocktails and enjoy the beautiful beach setting.

8- Plage de Passable: Located in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Plage de Passable offers a more tranquil and secluded beach club experience. Relax on sunbeds, indulge in delicious cuisine at the beachfront restaurant, and take in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

9- La Plage Keller: Nestled in Antibes, Plage Keller is a hidden gem that combines a pristine beach with a charming beachside restaurant. Escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful day in this picturesque setting.

10- Eden Plage Mala: Situated in Cap d’Ail, Eden Plage Mala is a beautiful beach club nestled in a rocky cove. With its crystal-clear waters, lush greenery, and relaxed atmosphere, it provides a serene and idyllic beach experience.

11- Anjuna Beach: Located in Eze-sur-Mer, Anjuna Beach is a trendy and contemporary beach club known for its stylish decor, comfortable loungers, and vibrant beachfront restaurant. Enjoy the modern ambiance and stunning sea views.

The French Riviera’s beach clubs are the epitome of coastal indulgence, offering a combination of natural beauty, upscale amenities, and a vibrant social scene.

Bottom Line 

Best places to stay in French Riviera

If you’re looking to plan a great vacation, the French Riviera should be at the top of your list. This place is a true paradise for travelers looking for the perfect blend of history, luxury, and natural beauty.

It is renowned for its beautiful coastline, with crystal-clear turquoise waters. While the French Riviera is known for its beautiful beaches, it also serves as an ideal base for day trips to explore the South of France. 

As I mentioned above, I love French cuisine!! If you are anything like me, you will find the best French foods and desserts in French Riviera! From fresh seafood to mouthwatering pastries, to a traditional fish stew…, they have so much to offer! 

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Whether you are looking for a luxurious getaway or a cultural exploration, the French Riviera offers the perfect blend of experiences. From ancient cities to major towns, every corner exudes beauty and charm.

Another thing to keep in mind is, with excellent transportation, (including the nearby Nice Airport and convenient train stations), reaching the French Riviera’s most beautiful places and major cities is a breeze. 

I honestly think, French Riviera is a place where dreams come true!! LOL! Your journey to the French Riviera will be filled with great views, excellent restaurants, and unforgettable memories.

Happy travels! 

Love,

Sherry 

Sherry, xoxo

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