Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Sunshine and sheer luxury… Must‐see sights, perfect places for two – plus love bites and love potions, for the most romantic wining and dining.
Sunshine and sheer luxury
The French Riviera has long been a byword for glamour, and there’s still plenty of sparkle along this stretch of casino‐ed coastline with its high concentration of Ferraris and Maseratis. Antibes has been “a summer resort of notable and fashionable people” since F Scott Fitzgerald stayed at the Hotel du Cap in its 1920s heyday. Today the area draws the likes of Tom Cruise, George Michael, Elton John and Geri Halliwell. Couples can drive down hairpin bends to the coast with the finesse of Stirling Moss in the Monte Carlo Grand Prix.
Head to Le Relais American bar at the Hotel Negresco in Nice, and relax to the sound of the piano in an intimate setting. For a real splurge go to the Pavillion Eden Roc at the Hotel du Cap, set at the end of a garden on a cliff overlooking the sea. In St Paul de Vence, eat at the 16th‐century La Colombe d’Or and admire the Miro and Picassos on the wall. Caves du Roy at the Le Byblos hotel is one of the most famous nightclubs in France and is frequented by models and celebs. Don’t even think about the cost of the drinks!
The height of Riviera glam is captured in F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. And for Cote d’Azur chic on film, look no further than the elegant style of Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief.
Joyeux anniversaire = Happy anniversary
Je t’aime = I love you
Felicitations! = Congratulations!
Veux tu me marier? = Will you marry me?