Monday, February 27, 2023

French Riviera Real Estate Options Seven


To change things up this month, we thought it best to showcase for you a small selection of our luxury villa rentals in the Côte d’Azur, after all, it’s how we got our start in the real estate industry in the region.

The trick to obtaining the villa rental of your holiday dreams here is to book as far in advance as possible.

This way, you get a wider arrange of property options to choose from, and at a much better rate.

Although we have direct access to over 200 villa rental options in the French Riviera, property stock does become drastically low due to demand at peak season, which means bidding wars on a property can take place even with us negotiating on rates on behalf of our clients and keeping our commission flexible.

Booking a villa rental is done on a weekly basis, some properties require a two-week minimum stay and a few require a full month minimum stay.

We have noticed as of November 2022, a drastic increase in vacation rental bookings for summer 2023 and even 2024. This is an indication to us, now that the pandemic is over, confidence in travel is back to its usual demand for those seeking a holiday in France.

As part of your travel plans, it’s important to have a realistic budget range to stay within, along with your travel dates, location, style of property (contemporary or Provençal), number of guests and bedrooms, plus any additional requirements.

Also keep in mind, the closer to the sea, beaches, and local amenities, the higher the rates, with those properties still booking quickly due to this being a prime international travel destination. Again, we all see our dream properties on social media platforms, it’s best though to be realistic with your budget as a fully staffed, 20 million euro property will not be rented for 200 euros a night, as this is something we get asked frequently.

If by chance one of our properties is completely booked, or you are finding that nothing is available in a specific location, we do have access to other villa rental options through our long-standing partnerships and also to properties that are kept off-market to the public.

With that, here is a general idea of our villa rentals.

Eze, France

Offering a beautiful panorama over the Mediterranean Sea, yet only a short walk away from the beach of Eze is this outstanding holiday villa rental. A contemporary and modern home over 5 floors, it offers the best place to relax in this exclusive French Riviera enclave. 
At the end of a street and tall perimeter walls give you all the privacy you need, yet it also serves as a key contrast of what is to come. As the elevator brings your guests up, they are left speechless at the breathtaking sea views from every room on every floor; expansive glass windows and sliding glazed doors frame the glistening sea and invite you to take in the wonder of this unique villa that can be yours for a few weeks to months. 
Built to the highest possible standards, it offers an expanse of 400 square meters of internal space to accommodate your every need. Linger in bed or soak in a bath in the spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, enjoy the open views from the sofa, take in a movie in the TV room, have a late breakfast in the open plan kitchen area, run and lift a few weights in the fitness area before relaxing in the spa. 
The villa can accommodate very comfortably up to 10 adult guests to stay overnight in a luxurious style. All five bedrooms have been beautifully designed with gorgeous en-suite bathrooms. 2 additional beds can be conveniently added in order to accommodate children. 
An additional maid’s room conveniently placed allows guests to combine privacy with convenience. 
All just minutes away from both Monaco and the city of Nice.

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

In Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, on a private lane behind tall perimeter walls, this villa, while sequestered, also offers expansive glass windows and sliding glazed doors with uninterrupted views of the sea from every single room.

This extraordinary villa boasts four floors of interior space with an elevator.
Entertain family and friends, work out in the gym, take in a movie in the cinema room, have a late breakfast in the open plan kitchen area, or hideaway with a good book in the library.

The main house and the guest house in the gardens sleep up to twelve guests in sheer luxury. All six bedrooms have lounge areas and elegant en-suite bathrooms including an additional staff suite.

Perfect for a most memorable stay.

Saint Paul de Vence

Exceptional holiday rental estate in the heart of 10 acres of landscaped gardens with a swimming pool and tennis court in Saint Paul de Vence.

7 bedroom(s)
14 sleeping(s)
Land: 10 acres

Able to accommodate up to 14 people, this property has a total of 7 comfortable bedrooms including 2 master suites.

Built on 3 levels, this home has been completely renovated with luxurious amenities and offers its guests top-of-the-range facilities such as an incredible heated indoor swimming pool, a cinema room, etc.

The reception rooms open onto a fully landscaped garden with stairs lead to an imposing swimming pool, the pool house, its summer kitchen, and the tennis court.

A caretaker couple living in a staff cottage is at your disposal to provide you with a dedicated service to make your stay unforgettable.

Saint Tropez

This is St Tropez’s stunning new property with sea views on Canoubiers Bay, nestled in the prestigious secured private domain of Les Parcs. This is a stylish 400 sqm villa on a 4000 sqm plot of land.

The villa has been designed for guests who love being accommodated in an authentic stylish Provençal Bastide in the heart of a luxuriant Caribbean/oriental style magnificent garden with half-century-old “Washington and Phoenix” palm trees.

The holiday property features a master suite with a private terrace and an incredible sea view plus 5 themed en-suite bedrooms, staff/security crew rooms, a laundry room, TV room, and study, high-speed internet connection, indoor and covered outdoor dining room, indoor lounge with fireplace, several outdoor lounges, the high terrace, outdoor kitchen, and pizza oven, WEBER BBQ, fitness and technology equipment, smart TV, SONOS sound system, air conditioning throughout.

And a 14m heated infinity swimming pool with jet swim motion, jacuzzi, breath-taking views from the pool deck, tropical garden, kitchen garden, covered carport, remote automatic entrance gate, state-of-the-art security system (new fully fenced property, infra-Red Cameras and anti-intrusion-detectors-connected with Les Parcs security squad) and 5 min access to the sea.

Let's start planning your holidays today!

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Charity Cup Game Raises Funds for Fight AIDS Monaco


A few days ago, Louis Ducruet, President of the Barbagiuans, presented a cheque for 180,000 euros to his mother, H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie, President of Fight AIDS Monaco, and Hervé Aeschbach, Coordinator.

The money was raised thanks to the Fight Aids Cup, in which the Barbagiuans played against the Cirque FC in a football match of legends at the Stade Louis II.

The match played on January 23rd, included legends of the game such as Claude Puel, Didier Deschamps, and Clarence Seedorf, as well as other sports celebrities from outside of the game, like Charles Leclerc and Louis Ducruet, and it was won by the Barbaguians this year. This victory follows two consecutive victories by Princess Stéphanie’s Cirque FC.

While the game itself puts on a spectators show for the fans in attendance, the main goal is to raise funds for Fight Aids Monaco, chaired by Princess Stéphanie.
This generous donation is the result of the Fight AIDS Cup 2023 organized by the Barbagiuans.

Fight Aids Monaco is an association that since the early 2000s, has helped people living with Aids, while also working towards increased awareness, screening, and prevention.

The money raised from the Fight Aids Cup will allow the organization to fund its activities throughout the year, both in Monaco and at Maison de Vie in France.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

New Expansion of Flight Routes to the Cote d'Azur


With last summer breaking tourism records throughout the French Riviera, it was recently announced by the Nice Airport Cote d’Azur a number of new and more frequent flight routes worldwide but more specifically to and from the USA.

The number of long-haul routes has reached a record 10. With 21 new routes, including 16 new launches and 3 annualizations, the airport is an active part of the region's strategy to promote quality tourism throughout the year.


Nice Côte d'Azur is gradually rebuilding and expanding its network, offering a range of coherent destinations to meet the expectations of both local residents and visitors from around the world.
Although the program may evolve, it includes 111 destinations in 42 countries. And a record number of 10 long-haul destinations, including 6 to North America, with 2 routes to Canada and now 4 to the United States, thanks to the takeover of the route to and from Atlanta operated by Delta Airlines.

The latest new destinations are Atlanta (USA) with Delta Airlines, Bari (Italy) with Easyjet, Birmingham (UK) with Jet2, Brussels (Belgium) with Volotea, Constantine (Algeria) with Air Algeria, Valette (Malta) with Air Malta, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) with Air Saudi, Tampere (Finland) with Air Baltic, and Paris-Bauvais which is actually 70km away from Paris by Easyjet, a little further than their "London" Luton airport is from London.

From May to October, Nice will be linked to Montreal, with Air Canada and Air Transat, with 5 to 7 rotations per week. From April to October, New York will be accessible with up to 3 flights per day, operated by United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and La Compagnie.

Finally, Delta Airlines will once again connect us with a direct flight to its Atlanta hub, on a daily
basis, from May to September, offering the territory an exceptional gateway to the whole of North America and Latin America.

"The continued growth of our network to and from North America is excellent news for the people of the Côte d'Azur and for our region, as these routes offer so many opportunities for leisure and business travel and exchanges between our two countries. This renewed, and even increased, confidence on the part of the airlines is a perfect illustration of our strategy, which is focused on providing the most direct connectivity possible for the people of the Côte d'Azur and air links that support the quality tourism that our region is looking for" explained Franck Goldnadel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Côte d'Azur airports.

In addition to the return of the Emirates A380, which operates daily between Nice and Dubai, three other long-haul flights to the Gulf countries are on the agenda for this summer: Bahrain, with Gulf Air (2 weekly rotations between June and September), Kuwait, with Kuwait Airways (2 weekly rotations between June and September) and Riyadh, with Saudia (3 weekly rotations from June 16 to September 30).

These four destinations, attract a particularly sought-after clientele for Côte d'Azur tourism professionals, Nice Côte d'Azur is now able to offer a full range of destinations to the Gulf States.

As a reminder, the Summer 2022 program included 107 destinations in 40 countries and 9 long-haul destinations.

Reflecting its territory and mirroring its attractiveness, Nice Côte d'Azur unveils a Summer 2023 program resolutely focused on continuously improving the territory's connectivity with international cities.

Monday, February 20, 2023

A Successful Return for Lou Queernaval

It’s been three years since Lou Queernaval made its last appearance as part of the
world-renowned Nice Carnival and not only is the carnival celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, but it can now add the successful return of celebrating diversity with just over 9000 people
in attendance this past Friday, February 17th.

One could feel a buzz of excitement in the air as the crowds gathered at Place Massena in the
heart of Nice where people of every age, ethnic background, and sexuality attended this most spectacular event.


In past years, everyone tended to meet on the street to mingle around, dance and enjoy the
entertainment from the stage set up at the Apollo statue, but this year with so many people in attendance, everyone was directed to find a seat on the grandstands to watch the show about to commence.

With that, an amazing light show, and a DJ playing a number of dance hits set the tone for the
party atmosphere as the show was underway with Erwann le Hô, from the Nice LGBT Center as the master of ceremonies encouraging everyone to enjoy the display of colorful floats, drag queens and go-go dancers who were all part of the 350 artists and volunteers putting on a most extraordinary show for two plus entertaining hours making what typically could be just a regular parade feel more like you were in a massive nightclub.


Near the end of the event, everyone was invited to gather back down on the street from the
grandstands to dance and enjoy the floats and entertainers up close with their friends and family for an even stronger feeling of the LGBTQ community spirit.


Putting on an event of this size is no easy task and it was definitely the talk of the town the rest
of this past weekend as it genuinely showcased a sense of love and acceptance.

A grand MERCI to all of the hardworking individuals, associations, and the city for such a remarkable and memorable event.
Photo/Video credits: Tony Tenicela

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lou Queernaval 2023

The wait is over everyone!

Finally, after a 3-year absence, Lou Queernaval, the first gay carnival in France is back.

As part of the now 150-year tradition of the Carnival in Nice, Lou Queernaval makes its comeback as part of the official program of Carnival 2023. For those that may not know, "Lou" translates to "the" in Nissart, the regional dialect of Nice and Queernaval is self-explanatory.

Nice Carnival is one of the most important events in the country and it attracts visitors from all over France and worldwide. The city of Nice has one of the biggest gay scenes outside of Paris and is considered a central hub for almost everything encompassing the LGBTQ community in the region.

Since 2015, Lou Queernaval has been a part of the regular Nice Carnival with live bands, dancers, and traditional carnival floats, including the King and Queen of Carnival so it’s wonderful to have the event back after the pandemic.

Local and national LGBTQI organizations join the party as the streets are covered in glitter and
confetti across Place Masséna. The event is lively, colorful, and fun, and is a friendly way to get to know the city of Nice and its local gay community.

This year the main Lou Queernaval event will be held at 20h on Friday, February 17 at Place
Massena, with the event being open to everyone, both young and old, no matter your sexuality.

There will be a main stage and elaborate opening show with lots of music, followed by the parade with drag queens, hot shirtless men, various dancers, and elaborate costumes. Think of it as a gay pride parade, just with a carnival twist.

And every night of the whole carnival, the LGBTQ establishments are filled with locals mingling
with international visitors with many of the establishments on the weekend of February 17th holding various themed events.

This unique event is free of charge and is proposed by the Nice LGBTQIA+ community in close collaboration with the City of Nice and the Nice Côte d'Azur Region. The event is committed to promoting the values of sharing, and inclusion while living in harmony together.

See you there!