I’m extremely excited to finally begin my South of France blog series. Shailin & I road tripped around this absolutely breathtaking region with the help of ‘A Travel Duet‘ (a boutique travel company specialising in couple travels) and we genuinely had the time of our lives.
We kickstarted our trip with an exquisite French experience at the Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, located in Vence and just a 30min drive from Nice. By the time we checked in it was already 9:30pm and thanks to flight delays, we were exhausted. From the minute we entered the gates of this hotel, we knew this was going to be an exciting 3 days. I’ve travelled quite a bit around Europe in the last 10 years and I haven’t come across European service of this par. Our car and luggage was taken care of and we were escorted to a vanity to freshen up and then guided to our 8 course meal their gourmet restaurant Le Saint-Martin.
I had expectations, ofcourse, but I definitely underestimated the beauty of the restaurant and the impeccable view. As soon as we sat down, the manager came to us that he was already aware that we were vegetarian and that we didn’t prefer egg (Why, thank you Team ATD). When you’re exhausted and then saved the trouble of having to explain your gastronomical limitations – oh it’s such a blessing!
We spent the next day basking in our rooms balcony, taking in the stunning views of the rocky French hills and olive groves and spending time strolling around the property. We swam in the infinity pool and ate an scrumptious pizzas fresh from the wood-fire oven at the hotel’s summer restaurant L’Oliveraie, surrounded by century olive trees.
We finished our day with cocktails at the hotel’s terrace bar followed by just another outstanding meal at the 1 Michelin star restaurant “Le Saint-Martin”. I’ll allow my photos below to take you through the experience we had 🙂