FRIENDS & FAMILY | FRENCH RIVIERA
La Bastide Saint Antoine Savor fine dining and stunning views in a refined setting, surrounded by lime and chestnut trees and overlooking the bay of Cannes. Celebrated French chef Jacques Chibois presents a thoughtful menu highlighting bold flavors and aromas. 48 Av. Henri Dunant, Grasse $$$$ Le Restaurant at La Colombe d’or The intimate world-famous hotel set on the edge of the medieval town of Saint-paulde-vence has presented an exquisite menu for decades, from fresh produce to Provençal classics. Choose from seating indoors, a private dining room and the picturesque garden terrace. La Colombe d’or Hotel, Place du Général de Gaulle, Saintpaul-de-vence $$$–$$$$ Restaurant La Passagère The Michelin-starred restaurant focuses on local seafood in an airy setting designed with Art Deco flair. Its dishes are just as stunning as the plateware and design, while its signature “pearl in a blownsugar shell” dessert is a must. Hôtel Belles Rives, 33 Blvd. Edouard Baudoin, Antibes $$$$ famous Promenade des Anglais before heading to Promenade du Paillon to romp around the wonderful waterfall fountains. By all means, soak up some sun on the beach, but bring along water shoes or sandals to protect everyone’s feet from the pebbles — large, flat, gray stones called galets. To reward the kids for a fun-filled day, a visit to Confiserie Florian sweet shop and factory will put them in candy heaven. Presenting an old-town vision of Mediterranean beauty, Antibes offers a stunning spot to watch luxury yachts coming and going from the marina. Find a prime viewpoint — and also a cool spot for kids — at Fort Carré overlooking the sea. Don’t miss a visit to Marineland, the largest marine animal park in Europe, known for its abundance of sea life and dolphin shows. To introduce a little culture to your kids while on vacation, stop at Grimaldi Castle and Museum. Along with its beautiful outdoor terraces and turrets, it displays art in an approachable and non-stuffy manner. Like nearly all other stops on the French Riviera, the beaches in Antibes feature easy access from the city. If your kids enjoy being on the water, book a daytrip sail to explore the surrounding coastal area. Now to more fun activities to fill up any kid’s French Riviera bucket list. Azur Park, located in Gassin, just outside of Saint-tropez, will amuse the whole family with attractions, rides, games and shows. From two 18-hole miniature golf courses to trampolines, bumper boats and high-adrenaline rides like Sky Rider and Ejection Seat, this place has something for every age. And after an adventure-filled day, on-site La Rôtisserie offers a pleasant and festive setting to unwind and enjoy homemade delicacies. Another day, another amusement park: Head to Le Village des Fous (The Village of Fools), a two-acre leisure park just 30 minutes west of Nice, where kids can play like crazy in bouncing areas, slides and water games, treetop adventure courses and more. Adventurous kids who want to do more than play at the beach will have a blast caving at Vallée du Loup, just 50 minutes from Nice, Cannes or Antibes and open to ages 6 and up. A guide leads visitors on an expedition of a cave system to see huge limestone plateaus. Or head to Le Bois des Lutins, perfect for a half-day of fun for your active kids. Taking center stage, the tree village presents a suspended adventure course with bridges, slides and more. For kids who like to bounce, Ludiparc outdoor jump and trampoline park also features a spacious green area for a lovely picnic in the country. Enjoyable for toddlers and older kids alike, this spot offers a break from the sea and the sun. Immerse the family in nature at La Réserve Biologique des Monts d’azur, where guides lead you through the unspoiled countryside to view wildlife (deer, wild boar and bison). It even has a park for picnicking plus overnight accommodations in ecolodges and a little mansion. Spend the day at Base Nature Frejus, an ex-naval base transformed into an outdoor playground along the beach … great for biking and roller skating and featuring one of the best sandy beaches of the Côte d’azur for kids. Last but certainly not least, if you want your kids to broaden their horizons, Éco’parc Mougins offers science exhibitions, workshops and interactive touch and learn areas, with free access for kids to learn and explore.