The birthplace of the modern resort, the French Riviera – or Cote d’Azur – has long been a magnet for the jet set thanks to its pleasant Mediterranean climate and coastline. But these days it’s not just reserved for the rich and famous, you can experience its glitz and glamor on your own luxury vacation without breaking the bank (too much).
So, gather together your girlfriends, pack your cocktail dresses and prepare to indulge yourselves in two of the French Riviera’s most exclusive spots, with recommendations courtesy of the fabulous Alexandra Johnson:
Grab your best bikini and soak up the rays to get that famous St. Tropez tan. Here are a few things every St. Tropez goddess should do when not on the beach:
- Try a tarte Tropezienne, a delicious pastry named by the woman who put St. Tropez on the map – Brigitte Bardot. You’ll find it in any of the town’s many bakeries.
- Head along the coast to Cannes for some red carpet glamor and the chance to spot your favorite film stars.
- By night, see and be seen at Le Caves du Roy – Europe’s most prestigious nightclub. The long queue and expensive drinks are worth it.
If you really want to live the high life, you can’t do much better than Monaco – the billionaires’ playground. You don’t have to be super-rich to get a taste of Monaco’s glamorous luxuries, but having a bit of money to splash definitely helps. Here’s where you should be seen:
- Grand Casino – step into the opulent world of Casino Royale and become a Bond girl for the evening. You’ll need your passport to get in and there’s a strict dress code, so don a glamorous evening gown. For a budget option, try one of Monte Carlo’s other casinos, which don’t have entry fees and have a less strict dress code.
- Café de Paris – perfect for a refined breakfast the morning after the night before, this elegant 1900s café is open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and a reservation is recommended.
- Golden Circle – indulge your inner Carrie Bradshaw and head here for some retail therapy at the likes of Dior, Gucci and Prada. If you don’t have the budget, window shopping is interesting enough!
- Le Louis XV – this grand three-Michelin starred restaurant is located at the Hotel du Paris in the Place du Casino and has the world’s largest wine cellar (250,000 bottles – imagine that!). Unsurprisingly, it’s pricey and reservations are essential, but worth it if you can afford it. Try the sumptuous sea bass with Italian artichokes.
- Zelos – sip cocktails and rub shoulders with supermodels in this fabulous restaurant and lounge bar, located at 10 Avenue Princesse Grace and boasting panoramic views of Monaco’s luxury yachts.
Special thanks to Alexandra Johnson with Trafalgar.com for the tips!
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