We always believe that part of the magic of owning a luxury yacht is that you never have to leave: the boat can be considered as a floating five star hotel which travels around some of the most beautiful coastlines imaginable.
All activities can be done from the yacht, such as water-skiing, snorkelling and some serious R&R – and with a top class chef on board, there is not even the need to leave the deck to find excellent food.
That is, unless you are sailing dangerously close to some of the best seaside restaurants in France which it would simply be rude not to visit.
Below are five seaside restaurants that will make anyone want to eat onshore during a yachting holidays in the South of France:
- La Réserve de Mala
If you anchor off Plage Mala, a picturesque pebble beach between Monaco and Nice, you will be close enough to reach the restaurant of the exclusive La Réserve Hotel by tender. Set in beautiful verdant grounds, La Réserve has been open to guests since the 1880s. The beach restaurant is called Vent Debout after a boat which used to connect Nice and Beaulieu towards the end of the 19th century. www.reservebeaulieu.com
- The Africa Queen
A slightly more relaxed restaurant with a menu to rival any seaside eatery can be found just along the coast in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. The African Queen is a legendary restaurant filled with pictures of the stars it has welcomed over the years such as Jack Nicholson, Robert Wagner and Diana Ross. www.africanqueen.fr
- Le Park 45
In Cannes we suggest you seek out Park 45, in the extremely grandiose Grand Hotel Cannes on the famous Croissette. Anchor of the beach and get a tender to take you to this excellent restaurant overseen by chef Sebastien Broda. Here you can expect to eat first class seafood in a stunning setting. www.grand-hotel-cannes.com
- Club 55
No list of recommended beach restaurants would be complete without Club 55, Brigitte Bardot’s favourite beach club on Pampleonne Beach, near the town of Saint Tropez. This restaurant, which opened as its name suggests in 1955, has a world-famous reputation and welcomes a steady flow of the rich and famous each summer. www.club55.fr
- Belles Rives
A particular favourite of ours is La Passagere, the seaside restaurant at the five star Belles Rives hotel in Juan les Pins. Dine overlooking the Iles de Lerins and you will feel like a character out of one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books. The American author used to stay in the very building in the 1930s when Juan les Pins was making a name for itself as an international hotbed of jazz. www.bellesrives.com
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