LETTER FROM OVERSEAS EDITOR

St Tropez

Channeling F. Scott Fitzgerald, celebrate the glamourous life of the French Riviera as I take you on a journey east to west along the Cote d’Azur from St. Tropez, Cannes and Cap d’Antibes to Nice, St. Jean Cap Ferrat and Monte Carlo to the hill top Provencal villages of St.-Paul-de-Vence, Grasse and Eze. Welcome to the land of excess.

Writing this issue and recalling the St. Tropez days of my twenties, I’ve been consumed with thoughts about F. Scott Fitzgerald. As a young couple in the early 1920s, Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda set sail for the French Riviera and rented an enormous Moorish-style stone castle perched on a cliff overlooking St. Raphael, a seaside town between St. Tropez and Cannes. They gleefully lived an impetuous life of indulgence, self-destructive behavior and wasted away their days and nights in this Mediterranean state of bliss. Notably, during Fitzgerald’s years here he wrote what is considered the most important piece of American literature from this age, The Great Gatsby.

My point? Sometimes a little excess can do us all some good. Time experiencing the French Riviera may even inspire the next great chapter in your life…

Sincerely, Kimberly Rosbe

Editor at Large

St Tropez

EDITORIAL

St Tropez

Decadence

If you want to participate in the apex of decadence in St. Tropez, it always helps to befriend an Arab sheikh. Admittedly he is shaped like a rhinoceros and is always accompanied by leopard print-clad Russian escorts, but who cares when he owns one of the biggest yachts docked on the harbour and taking us to Monaco on Sunday?! I quickly discover on my first night at Les Caves du Roy (which by the way has the most intense dance energy of any club in the world) two things: 1) I actually can salsa in sky-high Jimmy Choos and 2) I can only afford one drink in this place and that’s it. Conveniently my well-connected Mexican friend Eduardo and his posse (including before mentioned sheikh) scored a VIP table which remained “ours” the rest of the week for the low cost of about 10 grand a night (a thousand of that in bribes and the rest in Cristal). However, our tabs were peanuts compared to the legendary stories here. Le Caves owners still speak of the night Crown Prince of Kuwait squared off against two Pakistani brothers sending each other more and more expensive bottles of magnum champagne. In the end the brothers won the dual spending 390,000 euros.

Boarding the sheikh’s yacht on Sunday, I see now that Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs definitely commands the most impressive yacht in the harbour. But ours isn’t too shabby. Shall we stop in Cannes on the way?

FEATURE

The French Riviera

St. Tropez

St Tropez

It’s time to strip down and sizzle on the hot sands of St. Tropez. Ever since Brigitte Bardot came to town in 1955 to film And God Created Woman, movie stars and glamizons have followed making this sleepy fishing village into a must-stop on the jet set summer circuit for partying all day at hedonistic beach clubs and all night at dance-til-dawn discotheques. Begin your morning at Senequier or other quayside cafes people-watching or yacht-gazing along the Quai Suffren and Quai Jean-Jaures. Wander the Old Town and do a bit of shopping (bring many credit cards with high limits), then pop into the Musee de l’Annonciade (14th-century chapel decorated with Impressionist art) and 16th-century Citadelle. Book a table in advance and head to lunch at chic Club 55, then set off for an afternoon of revelry or relaxation on the idyllic beaches and uber-cool clubs along the Plage de Pampelonne. The most notable and fashionable beach clubs are Club 55 and La Voile Rouge; however Nikki Beach, Nioulargo and Tahiti rock as well. There are also beautiful vineyard estates just inland on the peninsula including Domaine de Bertaud-Belieu and Domaine de la Rouillere or in Gassin try Chateau Minuty or Chateau Barbeyrolles. Best St. Tropez ambience for dinner? The VIP Room Supper Club with DJs spinning the background music, usually a show at dinner and celebs in the corners.

HOTELS

Le Byblos– Sprawling hotel village, Le Byblos is the renowned address in St. Tropez but does have a price tag to match. The notorious night club Les Caves du Roy disco is located below the grounds of Le Byblos.

Hotel La Ponche – My personal favourite in town with old-school style. I stayed in the Romy Schneider room (#8) on the top floor with its roof top terrace and views of the Citadelle. (see photo)

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La Maison Blanche – Central but serene modern retreat remodeled with clean interior design of opaque glass mixed with chrome, silver and lots and lots of white. This white mini-mansion with just 9 rooms and suites sits back from the pavement across from Place des Lices. Breakfast is served on its pine-shaded garden terrace that doubles as a champagne bar in the evening.

Residence de la Pinede – Waterfront property with cosmopolitan clientele who prefer to be 5 minutes away from town. 19th-century pastel villa with 39 suites each boasting terraces over the bay and a heated swimming pool overlooking its private beach.

Cannes

Cannes

The pace of life is slower in Cannes – that is, until the International Film Festival comes to town courting fame and welcoming the world’s most recognizable faces for la montee des marches up the red carpet. (Angelina Jolie does admittedly look smashing in understated black Armani against that red carpet.) Since 1946 during this annual spring rite mobs of fans and paparazzi flock to Cannes to watch the Hollywood elite walk the steps of the Palais des Festivals and screen their latest film for the world press. But even without being a cinephile, it’s easy to still catch Cannes fever in this palm-studded resort town. People-watch or shop designer brands along the Croisette (don’t forget the chic boutiques in the little streets off the main boulevard like rue des Etas-Unis and rue Commandant-Andre) or stroll the yacht-lined harbour. Tour the 14th-century Musee de la Castre in the Old Quarter (Le Suquet) and catch a classical concert on the Notre-Dame-de-l’Esperance’s square, or check out the morning Forville Market to remind you of Provence. I recommend buying some fabulous cheese at Ceneri (supplies all the lux hotels on 22 rue Meynadier) and find a sunny spot on the private sandy Plage du Galion with its palm trees and Moroccan black-and-white lounge to read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels. Drift back to the romance of the 1920s, the town’s most effervescent era…

HOTELSCannes

The big three luxury palaces for megastars facing the sea are the Carlton, the Majestic and the Martinez. Even if you aren’t staying here, these three hotel’s bars are ideal for star-spotting. For more reasonable prices opt for the Splendid facing the Old Port, the Moliere overlooking nice gardens or recently renovated Palais Stephanie on the Croisette.

Cap d’Antibes

Cap d'Antibes

If there was ever a time to drink Dom Perignon with your morning croissant….Escape the paparazzi to Cannes’ exclusive neighbor Cap d’Antibes and hide out at the legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc, paradise playground for A-list nouveaux riche clientele. This hotel is THE rendezvous point for the stars come May. Eden Roc’s establishment defines the Cap and remains one of the Riviera’s most historic landmarks. Located at the southern tip of Cap d’Antibes, the secluded beauty began attracting wealthy foreigners and members of royalty dating back to the 1870s. Without leaving the Cap, visit the subtropical garden grounds of Villa Thuret’s Jardin created by famed botanist Gustave Thuret in 1856. Hike or drive around the lovely coastline of Cap d’Antibes to the Phare de la Garoupe lighthouse at its crest with panoramic views. Also, the Jazz Festival held in Juan-les-Pins is wonderful and running 40 years strong. Before leaving this area be sure to visit Antibes to wander its port but most importantly pay homage to Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artists of the 20th-century who called many Riviera towns home including Antibes. The small Musee Picasso in Chateau Grimaldi houses vast masterpieces mounted in the very rooms they were created in view of the very scenes that inspired them.

RESTAURANTS

Cap d'AntibesIf you can’t afford to stay on the Cap, don’t despair, simply dine here on a day trip passing through to other French Riviera destinations. Les Belles Rives has an Art Deco romantic dining room and terrace serving up Mediterranean cuisine in the evenings featuring crayfish, lobster, risotto, foie gras, rack of lamb, etc. The Hotel Juana’s La Terrasse prepares an elegant lunch and dinner a la Chef Christian Morisset – cannelloni with crab and asparagus my personal rec. On the beach, Imperial Garoupe, a Florentine-style hotel with 30 rooms, has a lovely restaurant on the beach called La Garoupe. For more casual lunch fare of grilled fish and salads, try popular beach restaurant Plage Keller.

HOTELS

Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc – An institution bursting with history, an exquisite park, infinity pool cut out of the rocks, tennis courts, private beach and legendary restaurant open April through mid-October. Rooms in the main house are more architecturally traditional but rooms in Eden Roc are on the waterfront with sheer-horizon sea views. Bring boatloads of money.

Villa Panko – A Karen Brown favourite and antithesis of Hotel du Cap. Intimate B&B with modest rates serving a delicious French breakfast in its colourful gardens.

Nice

Nice

No longer a destination for package tourists and pensioners, Nice has been reinvented in recent years as the Miami Beach of the Riviera – tres chic with hip hotels and a resurgent restaurant scene notably absent of salade nicoise on the menu. Still, steadfast tradition, old-fashioned manners and haute French style prevail here. When you see the sweeping curve of the Bay of Angels’ rocky beach along the world-famous Promenade des Anglais, you know you’ve arrived in Nice. The town remains justifiably proud of its rich artistic heritage made famous by artists like Matisse and Picasso, so museums are still a significant draw. Matisse and Chagall both bequeathed amazing collections to the Musee Matisse in Cimiez and the Musee du Message Biblique Marc-Chagall. On the place Garibaldi, the Musee d’Art Moderne features a vast collection of contemporary sculpture and paintings. For a taste of the Nice of the 17th-century, explore Old Town reminiscent of traditional Italy and Provence with its winding alleys which stretch from the sea to Boulevard Jean Jaures. Collect fish, cheese and olives in the markets along the narrow streets of Old Town and stop to savour your tapas lunch outdoors by the Place Rosetti fountain beneath the St. Reparate Cathedral. Mardi Gras and the summertime Battle of the Flowers is a carnival to behold in Old Town Nice. The International Jazz Festival in July is the best time to visit.

Nice

RESTAURANTS

Young chefs are flocking to Nice and the dining options have improved enormously. The local power crowd heads to Albert’s Bar in the town centre for Mediterranean cuisine. Le Chantecler at Hotel Negresco is still a classic. Fleur de Sel, L’Univers Christian Plumail and Les Viviers will all make your mouth water.

HOTELS

The city is an ideal base from which to begin a Riviera sojourn without renting a car since comprehensive local trains regularly and quickly get you to Antibes, Cannes and Monte Carlo. If you do opt to stay in Nice overnight, the traditional choice is the Hotel Negresco – a legend in its time and still an institution playing host to celebrities from all over the world. An alternative to Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais is the Palais de la Mediterranee – the first casino on the Riviera. And although it became run down and abandoned after WWII when the local mafia took over, the new owners of Taittinger Champagne have restored it to its original Art Deco splendor. In addition to the classics, a number of newer, more modern hip boutique hotels are on the market today including Hi Hotel, Hotel Windsor and Boscolo Exedra Nice. For a relaxed, 1930s vintage feel that’s sunny, stylish and less expensive, try Le Grimaldi.

St. Jean Cap Ferrat

St Jean Cap Ferrat

Baroness de Rothschild wisely chose the perfect sheltered haven for her beloved pink Italianate Villa Ephrussi and today we all can enjoy its extensive gardens and superlative artwork collections on a visit to the peninsula neck of Cap Ferrat. Day passes to the Villa include freedom to explore the interior’s Gobelin tapestries, Sevres porcelain and Renaissance grotesques as well as the exterior’s seven theme gardens from Japanese to rustic Florentine. To witness the natural beauty of Cap Ferrat, take the shoreline path which follows the old customs officer’s trail all around the Cap, wild and unspoilt stretching out into the sea.

RESTAURANTS

Simply put, the best places to dine are Le Provencal for dinner and Le Sloop in the yacht harbour for lunch – expect fresh pasta, veal cutlets, lobster and sea bass.

HOTELS

At night retreat to your own private villa, modest or grand. If you choose grand, the obvious choice is Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, one of the Riviera’s most sumptuous hotels. A palatial Belle Epoque residence in total seclusion at the tip of Cap Ferrat complete with all the bells and whistles – a 17-acre park with funicular ride down to the Olympic-size swimming pool, spa, water sports, banquet rooms, tennis courts, etc. The 4-star choice would be La Voile d’Or, a charming French Provencal-style hotel perched at the edge of a quaint seaside village. However, I would opt for the most modest option of the bunch. Hotel Brise Marine whose spectacular Mediterranean views from each room high above the harbour are just as blue despite the small price tag.

Monte Carlo

Monte CarloMen don a tuxedo and women it’s glass-slipper time to be Cinderella for a moment. Monte Carlo epitomizes James Bond-era royalty, high-rolling casino glamour and Belle Epoque opulence complete with white-gloved doormen and purring Ferraris. (Yes, that’s Princess Caroline who just arrived elegant in Chanel for the evening gala.) Unabashedly in the clutch of luxury fever, Monaco is the world’s tiniest state after the Vatican but claims the most prosperous 500 acres in all of Europe and a must-stop for the world’s richest rich. Here it’s all about flaunting your wealth – tanker-size yachts docked at Port Hercule, mega-carat jewels, designer gowns, million dollar Rolls and hundred thousand dollar hands of baccarat.

Begin to soak in the scene by renting a cabana at the Monte Carlo Beach Club – you’ll need a Hermes beach towel, Pucci cover-ups and Vuitton totes. I recommend lunch poolside at La Potiniere for everything from insalata caprese to lobster. During the day, witness the Changing of the Guard at 11:55am at the Palais Princier then explore the Institut Oceanographique with its rare marine life and equipment used by Jacques Cousteau. And, of course, a stay in Monte Carlo would not be complete without a visit to the Casino Royale, the most splendid place to gamble in the world boasting marble flooring, onyx pillars, sculptures, chandeliers and allegorical paintings.

St Jean Cap Ferrat

Monte Carlo comes to life when the sun goes down. The ‘high-season’ begins the first week in August with the Red Cross Ball, just as it did during the days when Grace Kelly and the Rat Pack came to town. International events continue year-round including the Formula One Grand Prix in May, the Bal de la Rose in March and the Rolex Masters Tennis Open in April. In the highly ornate Salle Garnier, be sure to experience the Monte-Carlo Opera and Ballet which has hosted the world’s most venerated performers from Caruso to Serge Diaghilev. For clubbing and the hottest night spots after midnight (vacant before that hour) join Prince Albert and friends, Russian nouveaux riches, European A-listers and Hollywood heavyweights at Jimmy’Z or Bar Americain.

RESTAURANTS

The ultimate fine dining experience in Monte Carlo remains Louis XV where prestigious Chef Alain Ducasse earned the coveted maximum Michelin 3-star rating for his masterpiece restaurant of magical Italo-Provencal cuisine – think lobster, caviar, white Alba truffles, venison and the finest wine cellar. Another chic Ducasse alternative, the trendy sleek Philippe Starck-designed Bar & Boeuf serves up sea bass and beef in summer at the club-like waterfront Sporting d’Ete. Other delectable options in town include Zebra Square, Sass Cafe (a popular choice of the Hollywood celebrities), Quai des Artistes or cliffside dining at L’Hirondelle where Onassis wooed Callas.

HOTELS

Hotel de Paris – Mere mortals can at least gape in awe at this legendary hotel’s crystal chandelier entrance.

Hotel Hermitage – A haven for cosmopolitan guests with a regal atmosphere and authentic Belle Epoque architecture, the Hermitage shares the Thermes Marins Spa and famous wine cellar of the Hotel de Paris.

Les Deux Freres – If you can’t afford to stay in Monte Carlo, opt instead for the quaint medieval hill town of Roquebrune just 5 km up the hill with charming rooms and a good terrace restaurant with panoramic views over Monaco.

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Provencal Hill Top Villages: Grasse, St.-Paul-de-Vence & Eze

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The cliff-perched medieval villages of old Provence rear high over the French Rivera where perfume literally fills the air. Grasse’s lavender-covered hills are home to France’s perfume industry. In fact, 18th-century artist Jean-Honore Fragonard was born in Grasse. Its tourable perfume factories include Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard.

For art and history lovers, St.-Paul-de-Vence, 18 km west of Nice, is Picasso haven. And his spirit unquestionably lingers here. La Colombe d’Or is where Pablo himself lived and paid with paintings. His works and signed photographs line the walls of this landmark hotel with a famous fig-shaded terrace restaurant for lunch alfresco and 26 rooms to stay the night. During the day St.-Paul’s quaint cobblestone streets will lead you to Fondation Maeght, one of Europe’s finest modern art museums showcasing works by Bonnard, Braque, Kandinsky and Chagall. Chagall, in fact, asked to be buried in this town. Another hotel option here is Le Saint Paul, a 4-star property and elegant yet intimate warm address. Five minutes from St.-Paul-de-Vence, the charming 3-star Hotel Floreal has great views and lovely gardens.

Provencal Hill Top Villages

Eze, the highest of Provence’s villages at 1,300 feet above the Mediterranean Sea, rises sharply in the air from the coast east of Beaulieu. This 11th-century town is an extraordinary visit. From Eze’s eagle nest perch, views extend all the way to Corsica. Think the French Riviera’s version of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. A mere 15 minutes from Monaco but a world away, the village’s maze of narrow serpentine laneways twist and turn beneath windows of dripping geraniums and galleries of local artists. At the peak of the village have a rest and wander through the Jardin Exotique boasting an exquisite collection of cacti amongst the ruins of an ancient citadel. The 14th-century White Penitents’ Chapel is also a charming stop. And everywhere stupendous views to die for. Friedrich Nietzsche was so inspired by Eze’s enchanting vistas that he wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra while staying here. In his honour a mule path winding down to the sea is now known as Sentier Nietzsche meaning Nietzsche’s Path.

TIP: Be warned, to reach Eze there is a steep climb as cars must be left in the car park – wear comfortable shoes.

Eze Hotels

EZE HOTELS

Chateau de la Chevre D’or – A luxurious Relais & Chateaux property of wide renown commanding perhaps the best panoramic hotel views in the French Riviera from its umbrella-laden terrace and pools. The hotel is so intertwined with the village that its open corridors are the narrow laneways of Eze itself. Many of the rooms are actually ancient residences adapted for the use of guests. Book an ocean view room and in the evening watch the twinkling lights of St. Jean Cap Ferrat across the bay as you indulge in their 2-star Michelin restaurant.

Chateau Eza – Incredibly in a village this small, there are two luxury properties. Chateau Eza is a medieval castle once owned by Prince William of Sweden in the 1920s which now offers ten rooms and suites and the ultimate outdoor dining terrace whose views are so astounding it will make you forget the gastronomic feast.

TIP: Can’t decide which hotel to stay at in Eze? I suggest stay at Chateau de la Chevre D’Or and eat lunch at Chateau Eza after a morning of exploring the village. If you prefer a 4-star hotel, Le Terasse d’Eze is just outside of the village with 81 sea view rooms.

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Club Med Sahoro Travel Diary

by Linda Burstin

Sahoro

At first I was hesitant to take the trip to Club Med Sahoro Japan as it has been 16 years since I skied last. But being a huge Club Med fan, how could I refuse? I’m so relieved I made the trek to Japan as I had an absolutely amazing time. I had forgotten how exhilarating it is to feel powder under your skis, fresh snowflakes on your face (the ones you see on those winter Christmas cards do exist!) and the adrenaline rush from skiing down a mountain (and not falling of course).

Sahoro is a small quiet mountain with few day visitors and only two hotels – Club Med (177 rooms) and one other resort (165 rooms). There is an appropriate ski trail for all levels from beginner slopes to fast groomed runs to deep powder tree paths. Currently there are 8 ski lifts operating 5 black runs, 4 red runs, and 8 green runs. There are also 2 miles of cross-country trails. Two more chair lifts are coming soon as well as 5 additional runs being created by next season. The beauty of Club Med Sahoro’s property is their ski-in/ski-out element as well as their very experienced ski instructors (who make it look sooo easy). Ski lessons are included and you can do half day, all day and even some nighttime skiing. The group lessons are an average class size of 8 to 10 students and a great way of meeting people from all around the world. The number of instructors assigned to each level is based on the nightly sign-up process held between 6pm and 7:15pm outside the restaurant. They have 4 types of lessons: adults ski, adults snowboard, kids ski and private lessons catering to all levels.

Club Med Sahoro still has the usual inclusions that Club Med is famous for such as all your meals, snacks, drinks and activities to enjoy. I recommend the Canadian hot tub which certainly relieves the aches and pains of a tired body. And if you didn’t quite get enough exercise there is still a gym, aerobic classes, table tennis and snooker. Other activities you can enjoy at Club Med are the indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, treatments at the wellness centre or traditional Japanese baths. After dinner there is also nightly entertainment, and if you haven’t fallen asleep yet, you can hang out at the bar and enjoy a drink with other guests and the GOs. There are also additional non-inclusive excursions you can book through the concierge such as horse riding in the snow or visiting the waterfall and hot springs. There certainly is something for everyone. Sayonara!