Juan les Pins: A Stunning Getaway
I have been going to Juan Les Pins for many years. It started in 1997 when I was the showbiz reporter for the Big Breakfast and was sent out to cover the Cannes film festival. TV budgets being what they are meant the crew and I couldn’t stay right in the the thick of the action but were put up in a hotel down the road.
To be honest I found Cannes a little posey for my liking and was much happier being in gorgeous and low key Juan les Pins. Its more laid back and much more chilled. So much so that I have holidayed with my children there in more recent years.
There are fantastic restaurants, great shopping which isn’t all designer as you would expect, but some good old fashioned almost market type shops where you pick up fantastic bargains, you just have to rifle through and you are never far from the sea. There are many private beach bars and sunbathing hangouts for everyone and its extremely family friendly too.
This time I was travelling with my good friend Mo and we stayed at the gorgeous Parc du Cap apartments.
Where to eat ?
We dined at Le Perroquet on our first night. It was more a formal dining type place but not too strict on dress code but you’ll want to chuck a frock on for it! It is elegant without being stuffy and has an extensive menu. I had the calamari and the salmon which they were happy to tweak to my requirements i.e. not too much butter which I am sure is a sacrilege but the waiter took it with grace!
We ate at Provencal Beach restaurant twice for lunch as the location is stunning, right on the sea and the food is light and delicious. Their gazpacho is to die for and I can be a harsh critic as its my favourite soup!
On our last night we dined at Plage Keller restaurant in Cap d’Antibes a short taxi ride away from Parc du Cap. It has breathtaking views of the bay and the most stunning menu of fresh fish and shellfish dishes. The seafood sharing platter was a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!
Where to stay?
In the past I have stayed at the beautiful, private and small boutique hotel The Villa. It is a peaceful haven yet is a short walk down to the beach and all that is happening, So has the best of both worlds.
This time I stayed at the beautiful and luxurious Parc du Cap apartments by Caudwell Collection at a penthouse with its own pool, but have all kinds of wonderful amenities likes 24 hour concierge, indoor and outdoor pool, gym and spa and tennis courts all of which I enjoyed to the max. Again, conveniently a very short stroll down to the many fabulous beach bars, restaurants and wonderful local shops.
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