Inundated with culture and refined elegance, Nice is an abode for the world’s aristocracy and combines immaculate taste with luxurious living. Nice remains a picture perfect French town.
A favourite of French and English aristocrats, the Côte d’Azur has played home to many grand winter residences, and Nice is no exception. Influenced by these noblemen, the people of Nice built La Promenade des Anglais along the pristine Nizzart coastline, and it remains the focus of beachfront activity in Nice today.
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Nice came to prominence as a flourishing trading port around the time of the Greeks, who named it after the Greek Goddess of Victory (in Greek Νίκη, spelled as Niki). This affluence has continued to this day and is reflected in the beautiful residences that have been built in and around Nice for centuries, and continue to be built today. A favourite of French and English aristocrats, the Côte d’Azur has played home to many grand winter residences, and Nice is no exception. Influenced by these noblemen, the people of Nice built La Promenade des Anglais along the pristine Nizzart coastline, and it remains the focus of beachfront activity in Nice today.
The stand out activity on La Promenade des Anglais is the Palais Masséna. Its imposing architecture lends it a grandiose air and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens one will come across in the region, desgined by renowned 19th century landscaper Edouard Andre. Inside the Palais Masséna you will find an eclectic collection of the fine arts including paintings by some of the old masters as well as antique furniture and decorations that retrace the illustrious history of Nice.
Occupying an alluring spot on the Côte d’Azur, Nice is the destination to enjoy the finest things in life whilst maintaining privacy and distinction. The Musée Matisse located in the Villa des Arènes holds one of the greatest collections of the brilliant artist Henri Matisse’s works. One of the founders of the artistic style Fauvism, along with André Derain, Matisse was a stalwart of the European artistic scene during this golden age of painting. If you are a connoisseur of the arts this is a must do.
Another astounding name on the stellar list of cultural pursuits in Nice is the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall. The late great painter donated seventeen paintings portraying the book of Genesis and the Song of Songs to the French government and was heavily involved in the planning of the museum that was to house them. The masterful collection has grown in size since then and has become an unrivalled tribute to Chagall’s work. If you have internalized all the masterpieces on show in Nice you should make a trip to Fragonard, the world-renowned perfumery. In this perfume factory dating back to the late 19th century you will be informed as to the technical processes involved in the making and packaging of delicate perfumes.
Although inundated with your traditional cultural venues, the magnificence of the residential properties, both new and old, and the alluring areas they reside in, has made them attractions in themselves. Mont Boron is the most prestigious area in Nice and is brimming with luxurious, opulent villas playing host to homes owned by privacy seeking elite individuals and celebrities. Joining Mont Boron in exclusivity and prestige are Villefranche and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, luxurious communes and retreats of the wealthy elite located in the surrounding area of Nice. Nearby these glamorous locations is Èze. Èze is known throughout the world as having the most spectacular and dazzling view of the sea from its hilltop.
The nightlife in Nice takes a distinctly relaxed tone and will delight those seeking a professionally mixed cocktail and great music. If you would prefer wine to champagne,Cave de la Tour is the place to go. Relax on their terrace in the summer months next to one of their barrel tables, whilst imbibing one of their exclusively French vintage wines. If it’s a special occasion you can order a Magnum or Methuselah of champagne.
L’Effervescence is a refined champagne bar illuminated by great service and an endless choice of fine wines and champagnes. You can sample from their list of 34 types of champagne whilst enjoying tapas style dishes before a meal or late into the night.
Le Staccato, as the name would suggest, is an exciting, lively jazz bar found in the beautiful backstreets of the old town. Here you will be able to enjoy funk and soul music in a 1950’s style atmosphere, transporting you back in time.
Nice is renowned in the region for its delectable cuisine and the range of choices available, as you would expect from a city of its size and reputation. You will not come across a restaurant in Nice with more charm than La Merenda. An extremely intimate atmosphere is combined with food that concentrates on the history of the local cuisine, creating one of the most unique dining experiences in the region. Chef Dominique Le Stanc gave up his two stars in a famous restaurant to come to Le Merenda and focus on the core of the cooking profession, the food.
Le Chantecler is Nice’s finest restaurant. Jean-Denis Rieubland, who has achieved widespread recognition, defines his cuisine and his style as “inspired by Provence, with the respect of its products and traditions”. He likes transmitting his taste of “the true” and offers a masterly menu served in the great tradition of French gastronomy. Le Chantecler is also renowned for its wine cellar that contains 15 000 bottles and its woodwork that dates back to 1751.
Located on the rooftop of Le Méridien Nice, discover La Terrasse, one of the highest restaurants on the famous La Promenade des Anglais. Explore the modern and casual atmosphere of La Terrasse facing the Mediterranean or relax in the Lounge Corner and savour their original cocktails whilst reclining on the elegant sofas. This innovative Mediterranean cuisine will stimulate your palate.
Luxury Hotels for Discerning Individuals
Renowned for exceptional luxury, Nice offers a number of top-end hotels.The Negresco Hôtel has overlooked one of the French Riviera’s most beautiful bays for a century. This expansive white retreat is found at the Baie des Anges and has become a living legend in the area. Unique and timeless, the Negresco is a stunning hotel where everything and anything is possible, it is flamboyance served on a tray. The unique rooms are equipped with exceptional authentic furniture and works of art from the Louis XIII period to today. Facing the Mediterranean Sea the hotel is located on the famous Promenade des Anglais.
Located in the divine surroundings of Èze, Le Château de la Chèvre d'Or occupies an almost unbelievably scenic position. With one of the most stunning views that you can find anywhere, this luxurious hotel guarantees old world luxury in an elegant, antiquated town.
Towering over the Bay of Angels and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the charming Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée is ideally located on the prestigious Promenade des Anglais. Not only does this striking luxury hotel enjoy seafront views, it is also located within a short walk of the key attractions of Nice. Sink into complete tranquility on the terrace with a refreshing cocktail whilst enjoying one of the finest views in the area of the Bay of Angels.