I have been fortunate to experience some of the most luxurious destinations in the world. Recently, I embarked on a journey through Provence, The French Riviera, and Corsica, where I indulged in some of the finest wine, cuisine, and spa experiences and witnessed stunning views from a helicopter ride. Here is a detailed account of my five-night stay in the area!
Its warm Mediterranean climate makes it an ideal destination for travelers who love outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and swimming. The region is famous for its delicious cuisine, wine, and local markets. From the lavender fields of Valensole to the stunning coastal towns of Marseille and Cassis, there's something for everyone in Provence.
Located in the heart of Provence, France, I started my journey in the quaint village of Saint Remy de Provence, where we had a traditional French lunch and walked the streets shopping. The town is home to many historic landmarks, including the Château des Baux, a well-preserved medieval fortress, and the Church of Saint Vincent, a beautiful Romanesque church dating back to the 12th century. I highly recommend exploring the Carrières de Lumières, an underground art exhibition featuring spectacular light and sound shows. While there, I experienced the Vincent Van Gough exhibit. I stayed at Baumaiere, where I experienced a 3 Michelin star lunch at l'Oustau de Baumanière from chef Glenn Viel. The next day I headed off to Le Castellet, France.
Le Castellet is a picturesque medieval village in France's heart of the Provence region. The town features beautiful stone houses, narrow streets, and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. I had the privilege of staying at the Hotel & Spa du Castellet. The Hotel Le Castellet is near their airport and is perfect for anyone wanting to experience the famous F1 race trace circuit, Le Castellet Circuit Paul Ricard. During my stay, I enjoyed a massage at their award-winning spa and spent the following afternoon on a wine safari. The wine safari was a unique experience that took me through the vineyards and wineries of Provence, where I learned about the winemaking process and tasted various wines. I tasted some of the best wines in the region. From Provence, I traveled by private car to Monaco.
Monaco is a small but glamorous city-state located on the French Riviera. Known for its luxurious lifestyle and stunning waterfront views, it's the perfect destination for travelers looking to taste the high life. Monaco is famous for its beautiful casinos, world-class restaurants, and designer boutiques. I had lunch at La Môme, which has a 1920's vibe overlooking the harbor. The food, wine, and service exceed every expectation, and I highly recommend making reservations for lunch or dinner in Monte-Carlo.
Next stop on my whirlwind tour of southern France, I hopped aboard a helicopter from Monaco over Eze, my next village. The helicopter tour offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the French Riviera.
I decided to stay in the heart of the city at Chateau Eza, a luxurious hotel in the medieval village of Eze. I went on a walking tour of Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, known for its stunning botanical gardens and panoramic views of the Cote d'Azur. Perched high on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the village features stunning views that will take your breath away. When traveling to Eze, I recommend enjoying its narrow winding streets, lined with beautiful stone houses, art galleries, and local shops. My final stop was in Corsica!
I saved the best for last! Corsica is a stunning island located in the Mediterranean Sea. Known for its rugged coastline, crystal-clear waters, and unique culture, it's a favorite destination for travelers like me seeking adventure, relaxation, and authentic experiences.
Corsica is home to beautiful beaches like Santa Giulia and Palombaggia and breathtaking mountain ranges like the Aiguilles de Bavella. Visitors can also explore historic cities like Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Bonifacio, a stunning clifftop town with a rich history. I stayed at Hôtel La Villa, a luxurious hotel on Calvi's cliffs. The hotel offered spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, and I spent my two days exploring the island, visiting the beaches, and trying the local cuisine.
If you're looking for an unforgettable experience from wine tasting to fine dining, helicopter rides to luxury spa experiences, and exploring the stunning landscapes of the French Riviera, this trip has it all. My journey through Provence, the French Riveria, and Corsica was short, but I managed to experience all luxury and beauty while there. I forged relationships with many tour operators and hoteliers for my clients.
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