The Secret French Riviera, Our Must-See Spots


The Secret French Riviera, Our Must-See Spots

La Côte d’Azur - Behind the scenes, from Menton to Porquerolles.

Sebastian Schoellgen
Jan 31, 2022

84 Rooms Founder Sebastian Schoellgen shares his secret address book of favourite places to eat, sleep and discover. Most people only travel to Cannes, Monte-Carlo & St Tropez, but the real beauty can be found somewhere else.

First stop:


The best-kept secret on the Riviera - positioned on the Franco-Italian border with beautiful beaches - you can get both French & Italian cuisine. Visit in February for the Lemon Festival.

Saint-Paul de Vence

Where to stay:

Toile Blance - A contemporary Boutique Guest House with wonderful pool, cuisine and hosts.

Where to dine:

La Colombe D’Or - A Riviera Institution, it attracted Europe’s creative elite since the 1930s. Make sure to reserve a table outside far in advance. It’s also a hotel with 25 rooms and probably the finest collections of art in the world.

Les Remparts - The best hilltop restaurant in the village - small menu but excellent local fresh fish cuisine. Sit at the counter and ask for Romain.


Chez Andréas


Every year in June, the village of Mougins organises an international festival entirely dedicated to Gastronomy. For 3 days, the streets and squares of the old village welcome French and foreign chefs who come to share their skills and passion with the public.

Where to dine:

Resto des Arts in the vieux village.

Where to stay:

Le Mas Candille - features one of the best SPA’s at the Riviera.


The world’s perfume capital.

Easy located between Cannes and Nice, a quick stop is so worth it to pick up a few bottles of perfume and stop to smell the lavender.

Don’t miss:

The International Perfume Museum.


The market (Marche Provencal) is the place to come for locally grown produce of all shapes & sizes. Takes place every morning (6am to 1pm). No Antibes visit is complete without a visit to the Picasso Museum, around the corner from the market.

Favourite Beach Clubs

St Jean Cap Ferrat: Paloma Beach

Cap d’Ail (just outside of Monaco): Eden Plage Mala

Antibes: Plage Keller

Porquerolles Island

Fondation Carmignac

A museum and sculpture park on the island of Porquerolles. The island is a 15 minutes boat ride from Hyeres.


A 15 min drive south of Saint Tropez, you’ll find the beautiful village of Ramatuelle.

Epi 1959 Not the typical hotel, only 10 rooms, feels more like beach house of friends. The cabanas are intimate, even imperfect, but reflect a 1960s elegance just as when Hubert de Givenchy rented a cabana in Pampelonne.The Epi 1959 was refurbished and opened last summer.

The American garden designer also worked on the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech (he is the widower of Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent’s former partner) Arch Digest

Latest Hotel Opening:

Lily of the Valley, La Croix Valmer Opened in 2019, the hotel is a charming pied-a-terre composed of 44 rooms and sites, a superb SPA, and organic restaurants, only a few steps away from the beaches in La Croix Valmer.

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