Are you sick and tired of the cold weather? In need of some SUNSHINE to cheer you up? We’ve DREAMED UP the perfect MINI GETAWAY to recharge the batteries …
This month we are seeking sunshine in Cannes, or the seaside town of Mandelieu-la Napoule, to be exact, ten minutes outside the city, where the Irish-run resort of Les Mimozas provides a great, low-frills base from which to explore the Riviera for two or three nights.
We’ll be dining in gastronomic hotspot La Napoule (in whose pretty medieval château and gardens Adam Clayton married Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho in 2013), five minutes away by car. Michelin-starred restaurant L’Oasis has a leafy green garden terrace in the best South of France tradition, where we’ll plan our trip over dinner.
The following morning, into Cannes for a stroll on the Promenade des Anglais and onwards to Vaullaris and the Musée Picasso. We’ll drive up to Saint-Paul de Vence to the Fondation Maeght (don’t miss the Sean Scully in the garden), followed by lunch at the Colombe D’Or, and home via Antibes and an afternoon of people and yacht-watching in the port.
Trips to the Fragonard museum in Grasse and Île Saint-Honorat with its monastery, vineyard and chapels will have to wait for the next visit. Les Mimozas has a pool, tennis, golf, spa, a simple bar and restaurant. A one-bedroom apartment with breakfast and dinner for two on one night plus a spa treatment, costs about €370. If you have a PJ, you can land at Cannes-Mandelieu private airport, just a stone’s throw away. www.mimozascannes.com