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The French Riviera is well known for its distinctive blue waters and energetic nightlife, but there are many hidden gems along the coastline that provide further cultural and spiritual enlightenment, not to mention the culinary delights that await! Our charter team put together some suggested options for a fantastic charter…

ANTIBES > ST TROPEZ
Boarding the yacht at Antibes, just half an hour from Nice’s international airport, start off your trip with a short hop over to St Tropez. This quaint historical town with cobbled alleyways and a world-famous dock is brimming with charming restaurants and lively nightlife.

RELAX: Enjoy some pampering at the naturally beautiful surroundings of La Réserve Spa Ramatuelle, whether to indulge in Crème de la Mer facial and body treatments or with a deeper focus on renewal through the Nescens Better-Aging programmes and treatments.

EAT & BASK: Try the relaxed and eclectic atmosphere of beach dining with modern French cuisine at the Cabane Bambou, the flip side of its hedonistic neighbours along Pampelonne Beach. Don’t miss the boutique for some retail therapy or come later in the day for evening cocktails as the sun sets.

ST TROPEZ > PORQUEROLLES
In stark contrast to the lively coast of the mainland, this picturesque and mostly undeveloped islet is famous for its national park and conservation area. Bought by François Fournier in 1912 as a wedding present for his wife, so legend has it, the small colonial town of Porquerolles is an idyllic stop to explore the island’s stunning beaches and clifftop trails.

RELAX: Visit the spa at Relais & Chateau hotel Le Club de Cavalière & Spa, which specialises in Thai, Balinese and Hawaiian massage as well as a full suite of treatments from Swiss skin care specialists Valmont.

PORQUEROLLES > CANNES
Most famous for its international film festival and grand hotels, Cannes is a fantastic starting point for exploration inland, whether for hiking, dining or tasting at the many local vineyards.

DRINK: Experience a private tasting hosted by the 21 self-sufficient winemaking monks of the Abbey on Île Saint Honorat, about a mile offshore from Cannes. The monks have lived on the island since the Seventh century and also produce liqueurs, honey and soap that are sold to visitors.

CANNES > CAP D’ANTIBES
The legendary Cap D’Antibes has been destination for glamorous international travellers for over a century. Vast villas are hidden away among the trees while a number of world-class hotels offer visitors a spot to bask and soak up the historical Riviera experience.

TASTE: The Eden-Roc Restaurant at renovated Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc offers a “Cuisine Haut Couture” experience from the kitchen of executive chef Arnaud Poëtte. The unique view from the terrace spans across to the Lérins Islands, with the waves lapping at the shore below. For an unforgettable experience, try the five-course Eden-Roc signature menu with wine pairing for the whole table.

TEE OFF: Set in a breathtaking hilly landscape 30km inland from Cap D’Antibes, Le Chateau Terre Blanche golf course has been named one of the best in Continental Europe. Designed by Dave Thomas, the 6.6km course will give keen golfers a challenging day of play. Shorten the time to get to the course by taking a helicopter rather than the road.

CAP D’ANTIBES > VILLEFRANCHE
The sheltered bay in Villefranche is one of the must-see signature anchorages for a Riviera tour.

RACE: Over the summer, the Hippodrome at Cagnes Sur Mer has evening horse races and dinner, giving race-goers a chance to enjoy the sun on their yachts before the evening’s entertainment. It is also one of the few places to see “trotting”, with jockeys in carriages.

CAP D’ANTIBES > VILLEFRANCHE
The sheltered bay in Villefranche is one of the must-see signature anchorages for a Riviera tour.

RACE: Over the summer, the Hippodrome at Cagnes Sur Mer has evening horse races and dinner, giving race-goers a chance to enjoy the sun on their yachts before the evening’s entertainment. It is also one of the few places to see “trotting”, with jockeys in carriages.

VILLEFRANCHE > ST-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT
This historical peninsula in the heart of the old Riviera is home to a number of world famous villas that are open to visitors.

TAKE TEA: The archetypal grand house of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferrat is the perfect place to take high tea, set among the immaculately kept gardens and sugar-pink house, which is steeped in history and splendidly maintained in all its classical elegance.

ST-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT > MONTE CARLO
Home to casinos, superyachts and the Grand Prix, Monaco is a fantastic place to round off a superyacht charter. World class shopping, dining and nightlife will be sure to provide a charter finale to remember.

UPSCALE DINING: As recommended by our CEO Jonathan Beckett in the FT’s How To Spend It, Hôtel de Paris’ three-Michelin-star Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse is a superb restaurant with a fantastic wine cellar in an upscale 18th Century setting.

RELAXED DINING: For a more low-key dining experience, there are some wonderful options Jonathan recommends, including a couple that are just out of town in the hills adjacent to Monaco:

Le Café de la Fontaine at La Turbie overlooks Monaco and serves truly authentic bistro food.

In the quaint hilltop village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Les Deux Freres’ owner Willem Bonestroo produces delicious food with fantastic views out over the coastline to the Mediterranean below.

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