Monday, April 15, 2024

Monte-Carlo Summer Festival 2024

This year's 17th annual Monte-Carlo Summer Festival, running from July 6th to August 16th, promises to be an absolute spectacle. Concerts and performances will captivate audiences at two of Monaco’s most iconic venues: the Opéra Garnier and the Salle des Étoiles.

Notable events featuring the outstanding Sam Smith, the iconic Stars 80 concert (in aid of Fight Aids Monaco), the talented Diana Krall, and Jamiroquai as the main act for the Monaco Red Cross Gala.

Duran Duran is set to make a triumphant comeback alongside Myriam Farès, Lenny Kravitz, and Il Volo. Additionally, the festival will showcase new musical talents, including Jorja Smith, who will bring her blend of hip hop and R&B to the stage.

The latest Stars 80 tour, titled "Encore," is set to grace the stage of the Salle des Étoiles on July 6th. This spectacular event will feature Sabrina, Emile & Images, Patrick Hernandez, Jean-Pierre Mader, William from Début de Soirée, Christiane from Zouk Machine, Joniece Jamison, Phil Barney, and Vivien Savage, all coming together to perform a collection of legendary hits from the 80s. The evening will be dedicated to supporting the
Fight Aids Monaco association, commemorating its twentieth anniversary this year.

Jamiroquai, renowned for their groundbreaking "future funk" sound, have captured global acclaim, solidifying their status as one of the most prosperous musical acts worldwide. Making their debut appearance at the Monaco Red Cross Gala, they are set to grace the stage of the Salle des Étoiles on July 19th.

Tickets for any of these shows can be found

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Official Selection for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival Unveiled

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection has been unveiled, showcasing a diverse blend of emerging global talents and renowned Hollywood figures.
Scheduled from Tuesday, May 14th to Saturday, May 25th, the 77th installment of the legendary Cannes Film Festival promises to uphold its reputation as one of the premier and most eagerly awaited events of the year.
The 2024 rendition will be notable for appointing the inaugural American female President of the Jury. Greta Gerwig, the 40-year-old director of "Barbie," will also be one of the youngest presidents in the esteemed event's history. It's been nearly six decades since someone as youthful as 31-year-old Sophia Loren assumed this prestigious position back in 1966.

Mega-director George Lucas, aged 79, famed for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, has been named as the recipient of an honorary Palme d’Or. The prestigious award will be bestowed upon him during the Festival's closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 25th.

This year's event will welcome back familiar faces, including actor-director Kevin Costner, presenting his latest cinematic endeavor, a western titled "Horizon: An American Saga." The ensemble cast features Costner alongside talents such as Sienna Miller, Abby Lee, and Jamie Campbell.

"I couldn't imagine a more fitting venue than the Cannes Film Festival to unveil the culmination of such a magnificent journey," Costner remarks.
The iconic Mad Max series will make its mark at Cannes, as George Miller unveils his latest film, "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga," featuring a star-studded cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

The opening film of the Festival comes from the imaginative mind of French filmmaker and DJ Quentin Dupieux: "The Second Act." While not included in the list of competition entries, it's poised to become one of the year's standout French-language comedy successes. Starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Lindon, it promises to captivate audiences with its unique charm.

Drawing considerable anticipation with its world premiere is Ali Abbasi’s "The Apprentice," a fictionalized biopic shedding light on Donald Trump’s real estate endeavors during the 1970s and 1980s. Sebastian Stan steps into the shoes of the man himself, while Jeremy Strong portrays Trump’s infamous lawyer and fixer, Roy Cohn. The film is a notable inclusion in the official In Competition selection.

Among the array of titles vying for recognition in the competition are Magnus von Horn’s "The Girl with the Needle"; Karim Aïnouz’s "Motel Destino"; Jia Zhang-Ke’s "Caught by the Tides"; "Bird" by Andrea Arnold; "Emilia Perez" by Jacques Audiard; Sean Baker’s "Anora"; Francis Ford Coppola’s "Megalopolis"; "The Shrouds" by David Cronenberg; "The Substance" by Coralie Fargeat; Miguel Gomes’ "Grand Tour"; Christophe Honoré's "Marcello Mio"; "All We Imagine as Light" by Payal Kapadia; Yórgos Lánthimos’s "Kinds of Kindness"; "L’Amour Ouf" by Gilles Lellouche; Agathe Riedinger’s "Wild Diamond"; Paul Schrader’s "Oh Canada"; Kirill Serebrennikov’s "Limonov – The Ballad"; and "Parthenope" from Paolo Sorrentino.

The Un Certain Regard category has narrowed down its selection to 15 films, with six of them marking the directors' debut feature-length productions. These include Julien Colonna’s "Le Royaume"; Louise Courvoisier’s "Vingt Deux !"; Laetitia Dosch’s "Dog on Trial"; "The Village Next to Paradise" by Mo Harawe; Ariane Labed’s "September Says"; and "Armand" by Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel.

For more details about the films both in and out of competition, click here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Rencontres In&Out - Festival du Film Queer 2024

It's once again that time of the year for the 16th edition of the Festival du Film Queer de Nice, scheduled to run from April 18th to the 29th.
Since 2009, the In&Out Film Festival has been a staple in Nice, expanding to Cannes in 2012 and Toulon in 2020.

At the heart of the Nice association, two main lines of force in permanent interaction at the heart of its activist commitments: the prevention of sexist and LGBTphobic violence, and the defense of queer cultures
on the other.

The association intervenes in schools, offers training for adults and organizes film festivals.

Les Ouvreurs operates with the idea of ​​collective work and are members of several associative networks from different backgrounds: the Collective for the fight against AIDS of the Alpes-Maritimes; COREVIH PACA-Est, and the LGBT PACA Coordination.

They have also participated in the creation of the Collectif Fierté Toulon, which has organized the Toulon Pride March since 2020 and are at the origin of the creation of the Educational Network against LGBTphobia of the Nice Academy alongside CRIPS SUD.

The mission of the association is in accordance with their statutes, the aim of Les Ouvreurs is:

  • to implement the different editions of the In&Out Cinematographic Meetings, Queer Film Festivals in Nice, Cannes and Toulon, which present well-known or rarer films exploring themes linked to sexualities,

  • to lead School Interventions (IMS) in Nice academy establishments, around issues of gender and sexual orientation, which are still little or poorly addressed,

  • to offer training for adults around the themes of “Sexualities and discrimination”, in order to better understand and know how to act in all circumstances,

  • to organize and participate in cultural events relating to the dissemination of Queer culture, the fight against AIDS/STIs or raising awareness of discrimination linked to sexualities

  • to promote, cultivate and enhance LGBT experience and contribute to history, particularly for those from the Riviera.

What is on offer during the Rencontres In&Out - Festival du Film Queer?

★ 10 days of festivities (screenings, exhibitions, live shows, readings & evenings, etc.)
★ around 40 films screened each year (feature films, documentaries and short films).
★ a community of +4,000 movie fans that continues to grow every year.

For more information and tickets contact Les Ouvreurs.

Friday, April 5, 2024

The Olympic Torch is coming to the Cote d’Azur

The Olympic Flame is scheduled to reach France in early May after a voyage by boat from Greece. Marseille will mark the inaugural stop on the journey, with numerous towns and cities along the French Riviera also extending a warm welcome to the torch as it progresses north toward Paris.

Beyond the Games, the eternal flame remains safeguarded in Olympia, situated near the Temple of Hera. Following its arrival in the southern city of Marseille on May 8th, the Olympic flame will proceed towards the island of Corsica for a short sojourn before returning to the mainland and embarking on a route through the western regions of France.

On June 7th, the flame will embark on another maritime journey, this time bound for France's overseas territories, which include La Réunion, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.

After concluding its visits to other locations, Nice will take its turn to welcome the flame along the Promenade des Anglais and Quai des Etats Unis before the torch commences its month-long trek to the French capital.

In an interview with the French press, Mayor Christian Estrosi of Nice stated, "The presence of the Olympic flame in Nice on June 18th will hold profound significance. Serving as the inaugural stop in the final leg toward Paris, Nice marks the conclusion of the Ocean Relay before assuming the role of global capital during the United Nations Ocean Summit in June 2025."

The flame will also be welcomed by six other municipalities in the region: Villefranche-sur-Mer, Grasse, Cannes, Valberg, Antibes Juan les Pins, and Valdeblore-La Colmiane.

Dates for the arrival of the Olympic Flame to the other local locations will be announced shortly.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco Welcomes The Public

The Grand Apartments of the Prince's Palace have reopened to the public for the bustling tourist season. Visitors can now explore the lavish lifestyle of the Grimaldi family over the centuries and learn about the remarkable restoration of the Palace frescoes.
The Grand Apartments of Monaco's Palace stand as a testament to the opulence and refinement of the Principality's rulers over the centuries. Adorned with intricate details and magnificent halls, each room narrates Monaco's rich heritage and regal legacy.

In contrast to numerous royal residences globally, often closed or open only on rare occasions, the Palace of Monaco warmly welcomes visitors daily until October 13th, granting them firsthand access to its majestic interiors.

Guests can admire the magnificent decor and fine furnishings that have adorned these halls for generations. Enhanced with ornate chandeliers, gilded mirrors, and priceless artworks, these rooms emanate an aura of grandeur and refinement.

Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to witness the remarkable Italian Renaissance frescoes spanning over 600 sqm of the Palace.

Concealed for nearly five centuries, the frescoes were unexpectedly revealed during restoration efforts in 2015.

With the support of Prince Albert II, the monumental endeavor to restore the 16th-century frescoes found in the Galerie d'Hercule and the Grand Apartments has elevated the Palace of Monaco to prominence in the annals of world art history.

This achievement is not only due to the importance of the discoveries but also to the pioneering and innovative approach to sustainable restoration. This methodology prioritizes the preservation of artworks while conserving resources.

Admission fees to visit the Grand Apartments are €10 per adult, and €5 per child.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Impact of Art on Filmmaker Pasolini Explored in New Exhibition in Monaco


The new exhibition titled 'Pasolini en Clair-Obscur' (or 'Pasolini in Chiaroscuro' in English) at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco's Villa Sauber will delve into the intersection of art and film.

Scheduled to open to the public on March 29th, it promises an exploration of this captivating relationship.

The exhibition will explore the impact of both contemporary and classical painting on Pier Paolo Pasolini's cinematic body of work. Additionally, it will examine how his filmmaking endeavors were deeply intertwined with his admiration for painting.

While Pasolini is chiefly remembered as a writer and a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ community today, his global recognition stemmed from his distinctive contributions to cinema.

Drawing from influences spanning from the Baroque to the contemporary era, his filmmaking style was marked by a unique individuality rich in artistic allusions. Pasolini also had a penchant for adorning sets with artwork, further showcasing his appreciation for the visual arts.

The title 'Pasolini en Clair-Obscur' exhibition draws inspiration from the chiaroscuro technique, reminiscent of Baroque art, which played a significant role in Pasolini's black and white films. It highlights his innovative incorporation of renowned artworks, such as those by Caravaggio, as dynamic elements within his movies. These artworks were either transformed into "living paintings" or seamlessly integrated to encapsulate their essence in cinematic moments.

Illustrating Pasolini's profound connections to the art realm, the exhibition will also unveil insights into his encounters with Francis Bacon and his partnerships with Fabio Mauri. Offering a comprehensive examination of Pasolini's multifaceted works, the exhibition encompasses his films, poetry, and essays.

The exhibition will be open until September 29th. Admission to the Villa Sauber on 17 Avenue Princesse Grace is €6, and the venue is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. During the summer, the opening hours are adjusted to 11 am to 7 pm.

Click here for more details.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Stars 80 Encore! Concert to Fundraise for Fight Aids Monaco Charity


During the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival and Fight Aids Monaco's 20th anniversary, Stars 80 will bring an evening of pure 80s nostalgia to the Principality in July.

On July 6th, at the prestigious Salle des Étoiles, the cast of Stars 80's newest tour, Encore!, will take the spotlight as the main act for a 1980s-themed dinner show, supporting Fight Aids Monaco

The dynamic group draws inspiration from the iconic French film with the same title. The movie depicts the journey of two devoted fans of 1980s music who manage a struggling impersonation company. Just as they're on the brink of bankruptcy, they stumble upon a box of tapes showcasing forgotten stars of the era, sparking a mission to revive their careers on stage.

The stage adaptation of the film has garnered immense popularity among fans throughout France, attracting over 4.5 million theater attendees. Now, the production is making its way to Monaco.

Tickets are available starting from €260, with proceeds going towards Princess Stéphanie’s Fight Aids Monaco charity, marking its 20th anniversary in 2024.

Doors will open at 8 pm, followed by the concert at 10:30 pm. Valet parking will be provided, and the event is suitable for ages seven and above.

Tickets can be purchased through Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Bal de la Rose Monaco 2024


The eagerly awaited Bal de la Rose, organized in support of the Princess Grace Foundation, will adopt a "Disco" theme this year. Held at the prestigious Salle des Étoiles in Sporting Monte-Carlo, the event promises a glamorous and unforgettable evening.
For nearly seven decades, the esteemed charity gala known as the Bal de la Rose has graced Monaco's social calendar with its presence.
Regarded as one of Monaco's most opulent charity gatherings, the Rose Ball serves as a nexus for distinguished figures from both local and global spheres. Foremost among them are members of the Monegasque princely family, whose presence and contributions help shape and support the charitable cause.

Established in 1954 by Princess Grace, the event is now overseen by her daughter, HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover. It is Princess Caroline who traditionally inaugurates the ball, accompanied by her brother, HSH Prince Albert II. Alongside them, the attendance of Grimaldi family members and luminaries from film, music, sports, and entertainment imbues the evening with a distinctive allure.
Attendees can anticipate a spectacular display set within a magnificent venue. Embracing both tradition and contemporary flair, the Rose Ball annually unveils a new theme, creatively interpreted by artists to deliver an evening of captivating entertainment.

It's important to recognize that the Bal de la Rose transcends its status as an exclusive social event, extending far beyond mere revelry. Primarily, it serves as a philanthropic endeavor with global impact, channeling proceeds from raffles and coveted prizes such as sculptures and paintings to the Princess Grace Foundation since 1964.

The primary mission of the foundation is to assist individuals facing hardship, particularly disadvantaged children, by spearheading humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives.
Tickets for the Bal de la Rose this Saturday, March 23rd, are currently sold out but there is a waiting list available for those that are still interested.

Monday, March 11, 2024

French Riviera Villa Rental Tips


Renting a villa on the French Riviera can be an exciting experience, offering luxury, stunning views, and a taste of the glamorous lifestyle of the region.

The optimal approach to achieving your desires is through thoughtful planning and maintaining a realistic outlook.

 Here are some tips to ensure a smooth villa rental journey:

  1. Start Early: It cannot be expressed enough to begin your search for a villa well in advance, especially if you are planning to visit during peak seasons like summer.

    This allows you to have a wider selection and better chances of securing your desired property, at a possibly better rate.

    Typically, anything on the lower end of the price scale and closest to the beaches is booked up first.

    Also, when properties start booking up completely in an area, bidding wars begin so when you find something suitable, don’t hesitate to book.

  2. Define Your Needs: Dates for your arrival and departure are very important as villas are booked weekly only (Sunday to Sunday).

    In recent years, there has been a notable trend towards longer bookings, with guests using the property as a hub for exploring other areas within the region or even venturing into Europe.

    Whether you plan to stay for a week or a couple of months, informing the agent will assist in refining the search within the database to better suit your needs.

    Establish a boundary for yourself regarding how many property options are suitable. Through our experience, we've observed that the more properties individuals consider, the more they tend to anticipate finding a perfect one. Consequently, they delay booking until it's often too late.

    There is a diverse range of architectural styles available in the region. Decide whether you prefer to stay in a contemporary property or something with a more Provencal charm.

    Determine your requirements in terms of the number of bedrooms, amenities (pool, garden, proximity to the beach, etc.), and location preferences before you start searching.

  3. Consider Location: The French Riviera offers various locations, each with its charm and attractions. Research different towns and villages to find the one that suits your preferences in terms of ambiance, accessibility, and activities.

    Properties located closer to the beaches and sea command higher prices.

    Thankfully, transportation options, whether by car or public transit, are excellent in the area. As a result, many visitors indulge in extensive exploration to make the most of their holiday time.

    Keep in mind that popular locations and their surrounding areas such as Saint Tropez, Cannes, and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat are in high demand so they tend to book out first.

  4. Budget Wisely: So that there are no surprises, set a realistic budget for your villa rental, taking into account additional costs such as cleaning fees, security deposits, and any extra services you may require during your stay.

    Don’t fall for the social media dream post of a property. A villa rental posted on social media represents a lifestyle not all of us can afford and tends to be posted aiming toward that agency’s clientele base.

    For instance, a property featuring a vast pool on sprawling private grounds with eight bedrooms and parking for ten cars near a beach with breathtaking sea views will come with a hefty price tag. Consider whether it realistically fits into your budget.

    Agents have heard everything so you are not judged on what you want to spend, you will be more respected for indicating your budget and they can provide results sooner knowing your limit. Even the most wealthy of individuals have a budget they want to stay within.

    For more than 13 years, Experience The French Riviera has established itself in the region. Throughout this period, we've earned a reputation for prioritizing our clients' needs over commissions. We're committed to ensuring our clients find rental properties within their budget, even if it means accepting a lower commission ourselves to make it happen.

  5. Check Rental Terms: Carefully review the rental agreement, including cancellation policies, payment schedules, and any additional fees or charges. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions before making a reservation.

    The amount of guests is always very specific for a property. Keep in mind that inviting another group of family or friends for the same stay can breach your contract and you may be asked to leave immediately.

  6. Verify Amenities and Services: Confirm that the villa offers all the amenities and services you need for a comfortable stay. This may include air conditioning, internet access, housekeeping, chef services, and transportation arrangements.

  7. Secure Transportation: Plan your transportation arrangements in advance, especially if you're arriving by air. Consider renting a car or arranging for private transfers to explore the region conveniently.

  8. Communicate with the Host or Agency: Maintain open communication with the villa rental agency throughout the booking process. Clarify any doubts or special requests you may have to ensure everything is arranged to your satisfaction. Ask as many questions as you want, an agency should have nothing to hide.

  9. Prepare for Your Stay: Pack accordingly based on the weather and activities you plan to enjoy during your time on the French Riviera. Don't forget to bring any necessary travel documents, medications, and personal items.

    Most anything you can get in your home country is also available here in case there is something you have forgotten.

    We maintain enduring business alliances with leading agencies in the area. Therefore, if there's anything you require that isn't currently within our database, we can promptly connect you with one of our trusted partners without delay.

    By following these tips, you can enhance your villa rental experience on the French Riviera and create unforgettable memories in this beautiful destination. Please let us know if you have any questions at Experience The French Riviera.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

French Riviera Real Estate Options Twenty

For March we are focusing on Mougins when it comes to real estate as it offers a combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, security, and investment potential making it an ideal location for buying real estate, whether as a primary residence, vacation home, or investment property.

While Mougins is undoubtedly a desirable location, its real estate market can offer a variety of options to suit different budgets and preferences. From luxurious villas with expansive grounds to charming apartments in the village center, there is a diverse range of properties available for purchase.

Mougins is considered a safe and secure area, making it an attractive option for buyers seeking a peaceful and secure living environment. Additionally, the village's surrounding layout, characterized by winding streets and secluded properties, offers residents a sense of privacy and exclusivity.

Mougins is known for its rich culinary heritage, with several Michelin-starred restaurants within its borders. The village hosts the annual International Gastronomy Festival, attracting food enthusiasts from around the world. Its cultural scene is also vibrant, with numerous art galleries and museums showcasing contemporary and classical works, plus, the popularity of the local International school makes it a perfect place to raise a family.

The area is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, nestled in the hills overlooking Cannes, with views of the Mediterranean Sea. Its natural beauty makes it an attractive destination for buyers seeking a tranquil and visually appealing environment.

With that, here are some local options:

4,990,000 EUR

Living Area: 301 m2
Bedrooms: 5
Plot: 5114 m2

Nestled amidst the hills of Mougins, lies this captivating Californian villa boasting awe-inspiring panoramic vistas stretching from the hillsides to the Mediterranean Sea.

Bathed in sunlight from its Southwest orientation and spanning approximately 300 square meters, this residence has been meticulously refurbished and upheld, offering a sumptuous and inviting living space.

Every facet of this home has been refined with meticulous attention to detail. The luminous reception areas seamlessly flow onto an expansive terrace overlooking a splendid swimming pool, creating an enchanting ambiance for both entertainment and leisure.

With 5 bedrooms, each accompanied by its en-suite bathroom or shower, absolute comfort awaits its inhabitants.

Complimenting the main residence, there is an independent 2-room apartment, along with amenities such as a gym, sauna, laundry room, wine cellar, and a garage accommodating 4 cars, ensuring unparalleled convenience.

Moreover, this property boasts a resplendent landscaped garden spanning over 5,000 square meters, where tranquil waterfalls cascade and koi carp glide gracefully in the ponds.

Well-tended foliage imbues a sense of serenity, while the exceptional pool area, complete with a pool house featuring a summer kitchen, beckons relaxation and conviviality amidst the al fresco surroundings.

5,500,000 EUR

Living Area: 460 m2
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Plot: 3850 m2

Beautiful property on the market close to all amenities, with huge potential. Villa of 460m2 on 3850m2 of land with a swimming pool.

Ground floor: Entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, and 1 en-suite bedroom.

Top floor: 1 master bedroom and 3 bedrooms with bathroom.

Basement: playroom and cellar.

Caretaker’s house, pool house, carport, and parking spaces. Modernization and expansion project available.

7,300,000 EUR

Living Area: 784 m2
Bedrooms: 6
Plot: 3.2 hectares

In one of the most sought-after areas of Mougins, this magnificent villa of 784 m² on 3.2 hectares of land with a swimming pool is on the market.

Facing southwest, the villa is made up of 6 en suite bedrooms, an office, and an expansive living room with an open-plan kitchen, all opening onto a 400 m2 terrace.

The garden has numerous terraces, a heated swimming pool, a cinema, an independent apartment, and a five-car garage.

8,900,000 EUR

Living Area: 700 m2
Bedrooms: 5
Plot: 2700 m2

Situated in the most sought-after gated domain, this magnificent new contemporary villa of 700m on 2700 m2 of flat land with a swimming pool.

Ground floor: entrance, guest WC, living-dining room with 6m high ceilings, kitchen, utility room, master bedrooms, and an en-suite bedroom.

Floor: office, 2nd master bedroom with terrace, two en-suite bedrooms.

Complete with an elevator, home automation, home cinema, fitness, wine cellar, laundry room, games room/bar, sauna, and garage for 4 cars.

Price On Application

Sumptuous ultra-contemporary property of approximately 1000 m² on a flat plot of approximately 13,000 m², only 10 minutes from Cannes, in the most sought-after area of ​​Mougins in a quiet residential area.

Ground floor: Entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen, TV room, back kitchen with cold room, guest toilet, master bedroom en suite, two bedrooms en suite.

1st floor: Second master bedroom en suite, two bedrooms en suite.

Ground floor: Fitness room, shower, wc, cinema room, sauna, wellness room, wine cellar, laundry room, bedroom, shower, wc, and staff kitchen with independent access.

The villa is built with high-quality materials and perfect finishes. and full home automation.

Large heated swimming pool, pool house with shower, wc, and Hammam, lift for all levels, reversible air conditioning, underfloor heating, automatic watering, water softener, independent caretaker’s house, three-car garage, and six-car parking.

Connect with us for more listings at Experience The French Riviera.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

More Glitz & Glam for Cannes

The city of Cannes is about to garner even more glitz and glam.

Palm Beach Cannes, a renowned hotspot on the French Riviera since the 1920s, is poised to unveil its doors once again during the Cannes Film Festival following an extensive four-year restoration.

The revitalized venue will introduce the Riviera's inaugural waterfront saltwater pool, boasting breathtaking vistas of the Bay of Cannes. Alongside this, guests can indulge in amenities such as upscale boutiques, a serene wellness sanctuary, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an expansive ballroom.

Restored with meticulous attention to detail, the waterfront resort draws inspiration from the opulent Palace of a Thousand and One Nights, maintaining the captivating allure of its cinematic heyday. Commanding spectacular views of the Bay of Cannes, it has hosted a myriad of esteemed guests, including the likes of Grace Kelly, JFK and his extended family, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and politicians such as Winston Churchill. 

This revitalized resort promises to fuse timeless elegance with modern sophistication, making it a coveted destination for the discerning elite of the Côte d'Azur.
Per the designer's specifications, the complete renovation employs noble and sustainable materials to achieve a harmonious synthesis of modernity and tradition.

Palm Beach Cannes will feature a new casino and a selection of acclaimed restaurants. Among these are the culinary delights from Chef Yiannis Kioroglou at La Petite Maison, alongside the unique ambiance of the cabaret lounge and restaurant, Medusa. Tamarin, a South American-inspired restaurant hailing from St. Barths, and making its debut venture beyond the Caribbean. And the renowned Nammos Beach Club and Restaurant and Zuma, an upscale Japanese Izakaya establishment.

Nestled within Palm Beach lies the Members' Club, an enclave exclusively reserved for a meticulously curated list of members, fostering an international community of epicurean aficionados. Members enjoy privileged access to distinctive venues, including the Members' Bar, the renowned Palm Beach pool and its accompanying restaurant, and the Health Club facilities.

Constructed in 1929, the property has undergone numerous transformations, completely revamping its original architectural style.

Today, it stands as one of Europe's most notable developments in 2024. Renowned architects Caprini & Pellerin, headquartered in Cannes, have skillfully preserved the essence of the original Hispano-Moresque and Art Deco design while modernizing the resort for the 21st century.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Monaco Grand Prix Unveils Luxurious Floating Grandstand


Monaco is elevating its offerings for the 2024 Grand Prix by introducing a state-of-the-art floating grandstand, offering affluent spectators unparalleled views of the renowned circuit.
Monaco Ports has recently unveiled the specifics of its latest attraction, the Monaco Ports Lounge, a floating grandstand positioned strategically at Port Hercule. This exclusive spot offers a direct vantage point of the deceleration zone following the tunnel exit and the Chicane.
The grandstand is strictly allocated for guests aboard yachts docking at the Cala del Forte port in Ventimiglia and Port Hercule throughout the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. This adds a touch of luxury service during the pinnacle of F1 racing events worldwide and is a welcomed addition by other events companies.

“Monaco is such an iconic event, not only for Formula 1 but also for the city itself. Any opportunities to diversify and increase viewing opportunities at different price points, and to accommodate different interests, will be great for the event, for guests, and Monaco,” says Julie Hunter, Owner and Operations Director of Ultimate Driving Tours, a company that has been chartering yachts in Port Hercule for the Monaco Grand Prix since 2013.

The Monaco Ports Lounge represents a significant upgrade from typical grandstands. Spanning 600 m2 across three levels, it can accommodate up to 400 guests. VIP attendees will have access to beverages, snacks, and amenities such as restroom facilities and Wi-Fi. Additionally, guests can opt for lunch at the Société Nautique restaurant, conveniently situated just 200 meters away adjacent to the Yacht Club de Monaco.

Customers berthed at Cala del Forte can purchase three-day packages for €4,800, while those in Monaco can acquire them for €5,400.

Monaco's latest introduction of the floating grandstand is part of its ongoing efforts to boost revenue from the Grand Prix. It's anticipated that this standalone addition could generate over €2 million this year alone.

To request tickets contact Monaco Ports Lounge

Photos courtesy of Ports de Monaco Communication

Friday, February 23, 2024

Two New Train Lines Between Italy and the South of France

Two forthcoming railway connections between Italy and southern France are currently underway: one linking Milan to Nice via Monaco, and another traversing the Mercantour mountains to Turin. Here are the preliminary details available:

The once-popular Thello train route, connecting southern France to Milan, met an unfortunate demise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are plans to revive this service, with Trenitalia showing eagerness to collaborate with France’s SNCF network.

By summer, it is anticipated that daily journeys between Milan and Marseille will resume. While specific stops along the route have yet to be finalized, both Nice and Monaco will probably be included, along with Ventimiglia.

Additionally, a picturesque route from Nice to Turin via Breil-sur-Roya is in development and could commence operations by the summer of 2025. This service aims to emulate the Ferroviaire del Bernina express line, renowned for its panoramic carriages offering breathtaking views of the Alps, running from St. Moritz in Switzerland to Tirano in Northern Italy.

The reopening of the Milan connection and the introduction of the new mountain route are endeavors that Italy, Monaco, and France are eager to support. Recognizing the mutual benefits of cross-border tourism, a meeting was convened in the Ligurian town of Imperia earlier this month to establish an alliance.

"Individually, we may not possess the necessary resources to sustain these rail lines," remarked Christian Estrosi, longstanding Mayor of Nice, during a press briefing. "However, by pooling our resources, we can better finance these projects and adhere to precise timelines."

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Big Win for Monaco!


Monaco maintains its esteemed reputation as an extraordinary destination, securing the second position for the best place to visit in Europe in 2024, as per Best Destinations in Europe.

Over one million individuals from 172 nations participated in the voting for their preferred destinations on Best Destinations in Europe, an independent travel platform renowned for tracking travel trends since 2009.

As stated on the website, "Monaco offers a truly unique experience, unparalleled elsewhere. The Principality of Monaco stands out as an incomparable destination." This echoes the current slogan of the
Monaco Tourism Board.

Marbella, Spain, clinched the top spot, leaving Monaco in second place. Following closely is Malta in third, Geneva, Switzerland, and Batumi, Adjara Region, Georgia, completing the top five.

These selections are based on criteria such as quality of life, sustainable development, year-round cultural offerings, increasing popularity on social media platforms, and international recognition for initiatives like smart tourism and the European Union Green Capital.

The top 20 destinations will receive promotion throughout the year and have earned the prestigious title of 'European Best Destination 2024'.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Provenciaga in Nice


Provenciaga, situated at 10 Avenue Félix Faure, stands as a culinary gem in Nice, beckoning both locals and visitors to indulge in its gastronomic delights. Just steps away from the captivating Mediterranean Sea and the historic Place Masséna, this charming establishment harmoniously blends the region's rich flavors with contemporary twists, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Provenciaga, patrons can anticipate a tantalizing array of dishes that honor the culinary traditions of the Côte d'Azur. However, the owners' adventurous spirit extends beyond tradition, as they fearlessly experiment with innovative cuisine and cocktail concoctions, offering a diverse selection to cater to every palate.


Adding a unique twist, Provenciaga hosts a variety of entertainment events. From lively karaoke sessions to spirited games of gay bingo and captivating cabaret-style drag shows, there's never a dull moment at this vibrant eatery.

With its inclusive atmosphere, Provenciaga proudly embraces its LGBTQ-friendly status, welcoming guests for business lunches, post-work cocktails, intimate dinners, and lively gatherings with friends and family. 

Whether seeking a culinary adventure or an evening of entertainment, Provenciaga promises an experience filled with warmth, flavor, and camaraderie.

Photos courtesy of Provenciaga