Suite Improvements Along the Riviera
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The South of France occupies a special piece of real estate in that special place we call the good life. The perfectly tinted sea, the sunny palatial hotels and the beautiful people stretched out on the sand, sunning on the decks of the distant yachts, dining in the restaurants or shopping in those boutiques all come together to give the Cote d’ Azur its own splendor. A couple of signature Riviera hotels have improved their offering recently to make that splendor glitter even more glamorously.
Being the closest hotel to the Palais de Festival, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière always finds itself in the center of the action when the Cannes Film Festival rolls out the red carpets every May. Between the celebrity guests that stay there, the cocktail parties, dinners and exhibitions it hosts for the festival, it’s a film fan’s fantasy. Jake Gyllenhaal, Guillermo Del Toro, Isabella Rosellini and Catherine Deneuve were among the hotel’s celebrity guests last May.
The hotel’s new cinema-inspired Presidential suite, The Mélodie Suite, is perhaps the most glamorous element in the hotel’s recently completed renovations. The design of the new suite pays homage to the 1963 film Mélodie en Sous-sol, which was filmed at the hotel, starring two of the largest actors in the history of French cinema, Alain Delon and Jean Gabin. Scenes from the movie are on display throughout the suite, mounted on blue tinted mirrors.
The Mélodie Suite looks out over of the Bay of Cannes, the Lerin Isles and the Esteral massif from the seventh floor of the hotel’s east wing. The 1,070-square-foot suite is topped by a rotunda and crescent shaped floor-to-ceiling bay windows that flood the room with light to create an open and inviting space. A main lounge, two side lounges and two bedrooms with pink marble bathrooms contribute to a sense of space.
To accentuate the seaside location, the designers used various blue accents throughout the suite’s color palate. The Mélodie Suite is the third suite added to the Majestic Hotel collection, along with the Dior Suite and the Majestic Suite. Nathalie Ryan, the director of architecture at Dior for over a decade, designed the Melodie Suite. She began working with the Barrière group in 2010, when she created the Dior suite at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière.
New Suites at the Byblos
The Palace designated Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez opened in 1967 in the South of France. The hotel just unveiled five interconnecting new Luxury Junior Suites in the so-called Hameau, a part of the hotel that has a garden with a fountain and olive tree, creating the feel of a village within the walls of Byblos. Each of the suites has custom-made coffee tables, plush sofas covered with Sahco fabrics, lamps by Porta Romana and textiles by the likes of Canovas, Pierre Frey-Braquenie, Osborne and Jane Churchill. The bathrooms have large bathtubs, sable-colored stone walls and floors, and modern friezes coordinated with the color themes of the suites, which encompass sunny yellow and grey, sky blue and beige, fuchsia, bleu canard, sand, tangerine and wheat.
The Byblos has assembled several thee-night packages including the Jetaway Package, which includes a helicopter transfer from Nice. The packages is priced from €3,990 for two guests sharing a double room, a VIP amenity in the room (bottle of wine plus Byni’z selection), buffet breakfast, a dinner at Rivea by Alain Ducasse and a Sisley Spa treatment for two.
The Epicurean Package Experience, priced from €1,856 for two, includes a cooking class with Chef Vincent Maillard including lunch at Rivea by Alain Ducasse, a VIP amenity, buffet breakfast, a cocktail at the “B” bar, by the pool and a gourmet dinner at Rivea by Alain Ducasse. The French Riviera Romantic Rendezvous, priced from €2,495€ for two in a double room, a 20-minute private panoramic helicopter flight, a Duo Spa treatment , a bottle of Champagne with strawberries, buffet breakfast, a cocktail at the “B” bar and a gourmet candlelight dinner at Rivea by Alain Ducasse.
The Moorings has crewed yacht charters on the 4800 Sail Catamaran in Nice. The catamaran comes with an onboard captain and gourmet chef and a crewed charter to explore Nice and the French Riviera by sea. The layout of the Moorings 4800 has three spacious cabins with en-suite baths, a saloon with plush seating alongside a full entertainment center, and an aft cockpit for dining and cocktails. Before departure, the yacht’s chef interviews the passengers so he can craft a variety of meals, snacks and drinks that appeal to the particular cruisers.
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