You can’t have failed to notice that it’s Cannes Film Festival at the moment – the stunning gowns, incredible beauty looks and sun kissed celebrities are all over the media. If like me, it’s got you lusting after a trip to La Riviera then you need to read all about Rock My Style Editor Miranda’s stay at Le Mas Candille, on the outskirts of Cannes. A stunning 5* hotel, perfect for a honeymoon or a destination wedding.
Tomorrow, over on Rock My Style, we’ll be posting a feature on things to do in the area so do check it out if you’re a lover of all things South of France. But in the meantime, I’ll pass you over to Miranda to tell you more about THE place to stay in the region…
Miranda – Rock My Style Editor & Travel Queen: Aside from a couple of long weekend trips to Paris, France to me meant family holidays under canvas and school skiing trips with Hot Tub Time Machine era styling: fun, but not terribly glamorous. That is until I was lucky enough to be invited on a whirlwind two day trip to fabulous five star hotel Le Mas Candille earlier this year.
Just 20 minutes drive from Nice airport, Le Mas Candille is perched on a hilltop with views of snow-capped mountains just outside the pretty, artsy Provençal village of Mougins. The bustle of Cannes, famous for the celeb-magnet film festival, and the more sedate Grasse, capital of the perfume world, are both a short drive away. It’s the perfect place for a super-luxe honeymoon, a spoiling first night of a moon-on-the-move, or a must-stop for dinner if you’re in the area.
Set in several acres of lush gardens, there are three living spaces to choose from, all with a totally different vibe. Go for Le Mas, the 18th century converted farmhouse if charming, cosy rooms decorated in a traditional French style with romantic touches such as four-poster beds is your thing. The rooms in La Bastide feature more modern styling and seriously cool furniture that had me wondering if they’d miss the odd piece before I remembered that I was on a hand-luggage only ticket. For blow-the-budget celeb-worthy swankinesss there are six ultra-modern suites, with lounges bigger than my London flat, private terraces and all manner of high tech gadgets including flat screen TVs (yes, TVs, plural), an iPod docking station and a Nespresso coffee machine, so you don’t even have to leave your suite for your first caffeine hit of the day. Sweet.
Foodie honeymooners will love the elegant Michelin-starred restaurant Le Candille. Head chef David Chauvac whips up creative, modern Mediterranean dishes, with an Asian twist, using the very best local, seasonal ingredients, perfectly paired with French wines. During our short stay we ate ridiculously well, dishes included roast asparagus and melted savarin cheese, topped with truffle slivers and haddock, stuffed baby cabbage leaves with perugina sausages. The cheese trolley, with more than 15 cheeses to choose from, is the stuff of a cheese-lover’s dreams.
One of the highlights of our trip was a cooking demonstration with David. After a buffet breakfast (choose from baked goods, yoghurt, fruit, cereals and nuts, as well as eggs and a selection of meat and fish), we jumped in the car and hit the market at Cannes, following David as he went from stall to stall, selecting the best ingredients the market had to offer and chatting to the stallholders along the way to find out the backstory of each ingredient.
Back at the hotel we watched (with a glass of fizz in hand, despite the fact it wasn’t even 11am) as David whipped up an epic tasting menu style lunch that included langoustines cooked simply with tomatoes, garlic, basil and a lemon that was approaching the size of a small melon, pan fried haddock, courgette carpaccio, duck cooked in citrus fruits and tuna prepared Japanese-style with shoyu.
In between Michelin-starred deliciousness and exploring the surrounding area, do squeeze in a treatment at the hotel’s Shiseido Spa, which was the first Shiseido outpost in Europe. I opted for a facial, and the combination of the lovely Shiseido products and my facialist’s deft hands left my dull winter skin with a healthy glow that lasted for several days. A post-treatment tea under the pergola in the spa garden soothed away any lingering stress. Gym bunnies will love that the spa is also home to a semi-outdoors fitness studio where you can run, cycle and lift to your heart’s content.
If a gentle swim, or posing poolside is more your pace on holiday, La Pergola, the stunning infinity pool, is open from May to September, as is the poolside restaurant, offering salads and light snacks, as well as lunch and dinner in July and August.
If you’re considering getting married in France, Le Mas Candille have partnered with the nearby Golf Country Club Cannes Mougins, to host weddings for up to 250 people. Le Mas Candille will look after every detail of the day from start to finish, taking their team to the club to host the event, including chef David Chauvac to look after the food.
- Hotel Le Mas Candille