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All about the Apero Chic on the French Riviera

The apero on the French Riviera is a must.  This is what its all about.

The azure blue med, chilled wine and cocktails, loungey chilled music and understated elegant wear, and fashionable outside lounges is the essence of the French Riviera.  All designed for your maximum enjoyment.

The apero scene has been booming in the last few years, and if you are not in the late night party scene, its a great way to enjoy your evening and feel great without the late hours, in the most scenic of places.

This week’s Chic Apero’s not to be missed are:

Every Wednesday at Plage Beau Rivage LOUNGE AFTER BEACH & BEFORE

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Tonight Friday June 26th, from 7pm-midnight at Plage Beau Rivage

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New Sky Beach at the Casino of Beaulieu in partnership with soiree specialist Jeremy from Le Consulat in Nice open Tuesday to Sundays 7pm-1:30am, elegant summer attire required.

Official inauguration Thursday, July 2nd at 7pm.

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Blissful beachside dining

One of the most delightful rights of passage on the French Riviera is nonetheless than beachside dining next to the celestial blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Fashionably accessorizing the seaside coastlines from Menton to Saint Tropez, you will find many delightful private beach clubs that offer enchanting dining ambiances and delicious cuisine. Under the different colored parasols, you will have ultimate Mediterranean experience filled with fresh salads, plat du jours, fish of the day, and other regional specialties to go along with a cool crisp glass of rose.

Here are a few of Nice Properties favorite spots to lunch or dine whether you are on vacation, entertaining some friends, or even on your lunch break!

The magical Mala

Niched in a small cove under the limestone cliffs, lays the magical Plage de la Mala. Chic, hip and offering a great vibe that parallels the amazing food they serve, La Reserve de la Mala is one of the Riviera’s hotspots frequented by many celebrities. While a bit pricey, if you were going to spend a day at Mala beach, then just go all the way and spend it here. The deep blue crystalline water, the natural scenery and the sounds of the DJ, all make this an unforgettable experience. One word of caution, be ready for a workout! There are many steps leading down to the beach, but of course the hard part is going back up when the day is over!

Zelo’s in Beaulieu sur Mer

Situated adjacent to the port of Beaulieu on the beach known as la Petite Afrique, Zelo’s is a chic lounge and beach club. Offering a menu of gourmet cuisine including a Japanese sushi menu from their Japanese chef, Zelo’s is a vibrant posh lounge where you can enjoy a fabulous dinner in pure elegance on the beach.

Peaceful in Plage Passable

Situated in an alcove on Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, the Plage Passable private beach club is a lovely place to lunch or dine under the shade of the pine and palm trees. Boasting a panoramic view of the bay of Villefranche and a more private ambiance, the Italian inspired menu by chef Rafaelle Vanacore.

Beau Rivage

Known as the largest private beach club on the Riviera, the Plage Beau Rivage is all about comfort and zen in an sublime ambiance that consists of an upscale beachside restaurant, zen lounge, VIP beds, and sun loungers.

They offer a seasonal menu that takes full advantage of the locally grown produce and daily caught fresh fish as well as Sunday brunches and themed parties throughout the summer. Day or night, the Plage Beau Rivage is one of the most popular beach clubs in Nice.

Juan les Pins

La Reve Plage in Juan les Pins, dubbed as Cannes hipper less pretentious sister by one of its raters on Trip Advisor, is a heavenly private beach club dressed in white decor. They offer a truly Mediterranean menu with a chic yet casual dining ambiance.

The Marco Polo in Theoule sur Mer

Just three train stops from Cannes, situated in a secluded cove in Theoule sur Mer, is one of the Riviera’s hidden secrets in the beautiful scenery of the rust colored cliffs of the Esterel Massif. Since 1949, the Marco Polo is a true landmark offering some of the most delicious seaside fare and is a delightful place that is off-the-beaten path with a tranquil Mediterranean ambiance.

Welcome to Saint Tropez at Plage l’Orangerie

One of Saint Tropez’s most well known beach clubs on Pampelonne beach, Plage l’Orangerie is an in vogue private beach club and restaurant where you can enjoy the beach with your family or friends. Their delicious Mediterranean menu and elegantly casual dining area with views of all the mega-yachts parked in the gulf is sheer delight. A family friendly place that carries the spirit of Saint Tropez. Just be sure to book your table in advance in the summertime.

France’s best kept secret : Bellet Wine

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[rev_slider vineyard]When people think of wine, they usually think of France. With its global reputation as the leading wine producer, its a given that when you are in France, you can find very good and inexpensive wines in every area of the country.  However, wines such as Bordeauxs and Saint Emillions heralding super star status, smaller appellations tend to get overlooked or missed. Hence, one of France’s best kept secret’s can be found right here on the French Riviera, in Nice no less.

Covering 125 hectares of terraced hillsides overlooking the Mediterranean sea is the small boutique sized appellation of Bellet wines.  Well known by locals who have penchant for rosé wines, Bellet produces some very nice strong reds and fresh rosé from 2 main varieties, Braquet and Folle Noire, while whites are predominantly the Rolle variety among others.

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Because of the natural topography of Bellet that only permits the land to be worked by hand, rather than machinery, wine production is estimated at only 100,000 bottles a year.  This is also one of the reasons believed to be the attributing factor to the very good quality of Bellet wines. as Carine Dalmasso, winemaker for Domaine de la Source explains, “For these unique and endemic varieties, the soil (pudding stone) sand and rounded pebbles, the sun and the wind from sea and the mountains are the elements that make a quality wine, expressive and very atypical.  Small yields, organic farming and a manual harvest brings to this exceptional wine incomparable aromas.”

Typically harvest season begins around mid-September to mid-October, and is a very jovial time for the vineyards as they invite family and friends to harvest the grapes and of course celebrate with wine!

As you drive through this hillside wine making region, 15 minutes inland from the beach, you can visit the vineyards and taste the wines currently in production. Vineyards such as Chateau de Bellet, Domain de la Source, Chateau de Cremat, Les Coteaux de Bellet,  and Clos St. Vincent are the most well known vineyards in this regions, some of which are still family run such as Domaine de la Source from the Dalmasso family.

A labor of love for the vineyard of Bellet  reveals itself in the quality of the wines produced and is treasured among the Nicois community where Pissalediere  (a pizza like Nicois speciality) or Socca (a chickpea pancake another Nicois specialty) go hand in hand with a glass of Bellet rosé.

 

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The Carre d’Or….Where the Heart Is

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Hallmarked by its famous black and white checkered square in the heart of Nice, the Carré d’Or still remains the most popular tourist destination in Nice as well as the most highly sought out neighborhood in the center of Nice.

Why? Because everything is here. The beach, boutiques, restaurants and cafes abound, it’s all here. You don’t even need a car, since there is a tram, and yes it’s silent.

The pedestrian zone is one of the most popular places for lunch or dinner, pizza, and just about everything else you can imagine.

An underlying sentiment that fills the air in this beautiful and colorful “quartier”, is the elegance from its past. Colorful and ornate facades of the “Niçois” style buildings ornately pristine with flowing flowers from the small balconies while the hum of tinkering wine glasses and wafting Mediterranean aromas play on your senses like a dream. It is this unforgettable ambiance that keeps drawing tourists and residents alike, and is also giving properties in this prized area positive property values and a very secure return for rental investments.

The fact that President Hollande is easing up on the capital gains tax system for exemption from 30 to 22 years, as well as all time low interest rates and very attractive mortgages, just makes this area even sweeter.