WHAT DO TO
One of the most vibrant and beautiful part of France
There is no lack of things to do around Villa M, satisfying any requirement of the guests, whether they are looking for a culinary experience, exploring the cultural heritage or enjoying sports activities.
▶ Cities & villages
Eze Village is a beautiful and romantic medieval village, one of the most famous of the French Riviera. It offers the best views all the way from Monaco to Nice and Antibes and even further afield on clear days. Wander through its cobblestone pedestrian little streets, climb up to the botanical gardens, visit its beautiful Baroque church, visit its small shops and galleries and enjoy a drink on one of the terraces. Eze Village is also home to one of the most unique Relais et Chateaux properties,la Chevre d’or, with its unique 2 Michelin Star restaurant, its even more unique rooms housed in the many medieval houses in the village and its famous terraced gardens. A destination of its own! If this was not enough, Eze also boasts another lovely hotel called Chateau Eza – beautiful rooms in the village houses with fireplaces and antique décor as well as a breathtaking view from its restaurant terrace.
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
Famous and revered Saint Jean! Where to start?
From its Grande Dame Palace accredited hotel, the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and its famous Club Dauphin where the rich and beautiful meet for lunch and sunbathing in summer around its olympic size swimming pool. One of the most amazing locations on the planet!
To the most beautiful trail in the world – there for you for runs or walk, with a great variety of terrains and the most beautiful scenery and nature surrounding you!
To its quaint little harbour where most of the yachts from the area just cannot fit in and which therefore still manages to combine a space for local fishermen’s boats and the Rivas of its other locals. A pretty little village with some harbour front restaurants add to the charm.
Slightly outside of the center lies the famous Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a pink beauty of a palace reminiscent of an Italian Palazzo and some of the most beautiful gardens on the French Riviera. Similarly to Villa Kerylos, you can visit Ville Ephrussi by day or privatise it for a romantic wedding or a back tie Gala event of yours – experience the magic!
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is also home to many beautiful villas and properties, even if slightly more understated that Villa Ephrussi so it is worth taking a walk along the seaside Sentier du Littoral or in town just to explore its many beauties.
Finally you can enjoy at day at the beach at Plage Paloma- one of the hippest in the area.
Villefrance-sur-mer is conveniently located between Nice and Beaulieu and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
Despite it being the main port and bay where all the large cruise ships stop on their way to Monaco and Italy, Villefranche has managed to remain a charming little town.
Villefranche stretches from the seaside up to the hills and is home to many nice villas as well- namely the Villa Leopolda.
It has a number of places to host large events, such as its Citadel or the Domaine de Montleuze.
There are various markets - mainly on Wednesdays and Saturdays where you can stock up on local produce (Provencal market on Saturday mornings).
Finally, you can wander in town and around its port and enjoy one of the nice restaurants - such as l'Oursin Bleu, La Belle Etoile or les Garcons.
A little town in itself right next door to Villa M, Beaulieu offers all the conveniences, shopping, cafes and restaurants that you need. You will be able to source all the high quality supplies for the kitchen and the home – wonderful boulangeries for the bread, boucheries and poissoneries for meat and fish as well as a daily market in the season for all the best produce from the region. If you wake up early enough, you can even buy the freshly caught fish from the fishermen coming back to its harbour. Beaulieu is indeed the place where many of the luxury yachts touring the area refuel for food, wine and beautiful flower arrangements from a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (best flower artist of France) florist!
You may also visit Beaulieu to have a quick blow dry, facial or manicure without having to go far from home.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer is also home to a nice harbour full of nice yachts and its harbourfront restaurants (the African Queen just to name one) as well as to the Residence de Beaulieu with its distinct pink façade and floating pool facing the Cap Ferrat.
The main site of Beaulieu is otherwise the Villa Kerylos – an authentic Greek style palace built on the seafront that you can visit or even organise events such as a wedding or a birthday party!
Monaco and Monte Carlo
Although they don’t need an introduction to anyone, this little principauty perched on a rock always has something new and special to offer thanks to its dynamism and international population that live there all year long.
In terms of sights, there is of course the “Rocher” (the Rock) – house to the Palais Princier (the Palace) as well as other government related buildings as well as to the famous Musee Oceanographique. Walk around the gardens where Grace Kelly used to walk or through its small streets around the Palais.
Then there is Monte Carlo with its famous Casino and place du Casino, its beautiful other landmarks such as the Opera, the Hotel de Paris,Hotel Hermitage and Hotel Metropole as well as its more recent modern architectural sights such as the Yacht Club or the tour Odeon.
Monte Carlo is in the middle of some major new developments that will see the emergence of a vast area of land reclamation hosting luxury residential real estate as well as hotels, entertainment and commercial space.
Of course for the fans of the Grand Prix, you can see and drive all the twisted turns of the circuit. You can admire its harbour with some of the biggest yachts in the world. You can walk its streets for world class shopping and enter its beautiful luxury hotels to experience anything from old school American Bar, some of the most luxurious restaurant settings in the world to lagoon pools and typical, seafront Riviera style dining.
There is always something happening in Monaco and one cannot be bored! All the four seasons of the year will bring you different experiences from Art festivals, opera season, concerts, yacht shows, sporting events ….
Monte Carlo is also home to a worlds famous country club with its scenic golf course perched above the city and its numerous tennis courts where one can play on the famous courts of the Monte Carlo Open that is happening in May every year.
There is also a year round exciting nightlife – Jimmy’s being the most famous nightclub on the Riviera and probably one out of the few most famous in the world!
Please refer to visitmonaco.com for the most up to date information on the various events.
Nice is the largest nearby city to Eze. It is the capital of the French Riviera and home to the 2nd busiest airport in France (nothing to worry about in terms of noise but lots to enjoy in terms of the easy access that is guarantees to Villa M). Nice combines the charm of a truly southern French city with a cosmopolitan touch that can be noticed from the very first moments. Indeed, its key thoroughfare and seafront promenade is called the “Promenade des Anglais” (meaning the Promenade of the English).
Cap D’Ail’s appeal lies mainly in its seafront promenade that connects an area very close to the first areas of Monaco to the beach of the Mala. Come and enjoy a day at the beach at the secluded Plage de la Mala – just beware of the climb!