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With a history rooted by sophisticated visitors from wealthy jetsetters to Hollywood icons, the Cote d’Azur was sure to have a revival. The recent addition of new hospitality projects by a young creative French set, means Antibes, Cannes, and Nice are finally back. And although it’s no longer considered passé, we feel it’s artistic thumbprint has never truly faded.
16TH CENTURY CHARM MEETS GOLDEN AGE GLAMOUR.
01/ OLD & NEW
Begin your day in the Old Town which transports you back to the 16th Century. Stop at Boulangerie Veziano for coffee and pastries before exploring the cobbled streets lined with bright bougenvilla grazing atop colorful shutters and stone ramparts. Explore the tiny shops selling artisanal goods from glassware to white linen clothing. Walk down the Promenade-Amiral-de Grasse for impeccable ocean views. Before heading home have an aperitif at Absinthe Bar, an intimate cave-like watering hole that will take you back in time.
02/ AN ARTISTS RETREAT
The Cote d'Azur, and specifically Antibes played host to an impressive list of creatives and celebrities throughout the 20th century. Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich, Claude Monet, F. Scott Fitzgerald were just a few of the famed visitors leaving an artistic stamp on Antibes and often alluding to or capturing the town through their work. Picasso was particularly fond of Antibes setting up his art studio in the 14th-century Château Grimaldi, a residence that now houses a museum dedicated to his work (much of which was donated by his wife after he passed.) Certainly worth a visit, the space also displays works by Joan Miro and Fernand Léger among others.
03/ CAP D'ANTIBES
When visiting Antibes one must always stop at the historical and beloved Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc; a unique experience in its own right. For 150 years Hotel du Cap has epitomized luxury in the Cote d’Azur offering guests a place to unwind and be seen. Guests enjoy sunbathing by the famous pool, carved directly into the basalt rock overlooking the Mediterranean. Enjoy a sunset cocktail at Hotel du Cap before heading into Cannes for dinner and dancing.