Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez is a quiet coastal town on the French Riviera, known for its exclusive beaches and vibrant nightlife. When I imagined Saint Tropez before our trip, the two things that came to mind first were celebrities and luxury.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez (pronounced San Troh-pay, rhymes with San Jose) was very different from anywhere else we went during our French Riviera girls week. It was quiet, private, secluded. It had a supremely laid-back vibe. Saint Tropez is a small village, unlike the cities and towns where we’d been previously.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

When we first arrived in Saint Tropez, we checked into our home for the night at the Hotel Benkiraï. It was then I knew we were somewhere different. Paradise. We were in for an unimaginable treat.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The Hotel Benkiraï is tucked away in the secluded hills of Saint Tropez. When you’re there, it feels like you’re at your own quiet, private resort, light years away from the hustle and bustle of life. But really you’re just a short 5 minute drive from the charming village on the port or the iconic beaches with turquoise waters, renowned for attracting celebrities from all over the world.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Transportation is no problem, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that will take you to the village or beaches anytime you want to go. The friendly staff (and 24-hour concierge) of the Hotel Benkiraï is fully at your service to take care of your every need.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Our suite was its own separate villa, elevated above the resort, with a huge terrace overlooking the pool, exotic gardens, and cozy porch swing. It was a haven of peace and tranquility.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Our room was spacious, airy, and bright, decorated in an harmony of blue and white.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Upon arrival, each guest is welcomed with a gift. We received a large bottle of water, sparkling water, and a beautiful fruit plate.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

No need to worry about carrying towels around — pool and beach towels are located directly on the lounge chairs surrounding the pool.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

How about an outdoor massage in a tent?

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Later that evening we made use of the free shuttle into town. We wandered the narrow, cobblestone streets as we made our way down to the yacht-lined port.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The town was small, tranquil, charming, with narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

As the sun set over the turquoise waters, the sky turned golden and reflected off everything it touched — boats, buildings, the harbor.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

We strolled along the port, gawking at all the extravagant yachts — some as big as cruise ships — and imagining what it would be like to live on one.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez. Photo via Sommer

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

We stayed until the last drop of sun dipped below the horizon, turning the sky into a fiery burst of orange.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

That evening our hotel had made us reservations at Le Dit Vin, a small restaurant owned by a husband and wife serving gourmet meals using only the freshest ingredients. They take pride in that there is no freezer in the restaurant. Everything served is 100% fresh and in season.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The French Riviera is very close to Italy. When we were in Monaco, we were only 3 miles from the Italian border. So it makes since that the cuisine would overlap. We started with the dreamiest burrata and freshest marinated tomatoes I have ever had. Next was a pancetta flatbread with mozzarella di bufala and hazelnuts. For dessert, we finished with a decadent homemade Nutella tiramisu in a mason jar.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The next morning we had a relaxing breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast buffet at the Hotel Benkiraï had a wide variety of fresh produce, breads pastries, cereals, and yogurt. We were offered a fresh detox juice shot to start the day as soon as we sat down. I like yogurt as much as the next person, but if you are ever in France you HAVE to try the yogurt. Even if it’s just Yoplait. It is totally different and completely amazing.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

But my life will be forever changed by what I saw next. Right there, on the breakfast buffet, was two slices of Brioche French Toast. I immediately dove for them, but girl said, “Oh no, these are just for display, we make them fresh for you.” Fresh, hot, buttery French Toast. In France. On a breakfast buffet. I eagerly (and impatiently) awaited my toast.

And from the moment it arrived, my life will never be the same. It was the best French Toast I’ve ever had. It was perfectly crisp on the outside, lightly sweet, and impossibly soft on the inside. It didn’t even need syrup. I will never, ever forget this French Toast, and I will forever dream of our stay at the Hotel Benkiraï.

Until next time, friends… Xoxo.


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Nice, France

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Nice, France is the capital of the French Riviera, the 5th largest city in France, and home to the third largest airport in France (after the two in Paris). So when Sommer and I were planning our French Riviera trip, I knew we wanted to spend some time here.

If you missed our first post about Nice, you can find it here.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

However, I was not expecting to completely fall in love with Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

It was absolutely beautiful.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Nice perfectly intertwines old-world charm and history with modern luxury and energy.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Add in gorgeous weather and world-class beaches? I fell completely in love.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Not to mention the food! Nice is home to vibrant markets, award-winning restaurants, and is renowned for its culinary scene. I had one of the BEST things I have ever eaten right here in Nice. Scroll down for more info.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Our first day in Nice, we made our way up to La Tour Bellanda to get the panoramic overlooks of Nice you see above. It’s free, and you can take stairs or the elevator.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

We opted for the stairs. The gorgeous views of Nice and its beaches were definitely worth the hike! :)

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Once we were at the top, we walked over to Castle Hill for an overlook of the port.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Later that morning we made our way back down and wandered through the markets.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Flowers, artists, organic fruits and vegetables, local spices, handmade soaps and perfumes lined the streets.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

There were colorful outdoor cafes perfect for people watching.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

This is also where we found the famous Fennochio ice cream!

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

As we made our way to the port, we stopped for lunch at La Vigna. It’s right on the port and has a lovely view of the boats and the water. I had the homemade lobster ravioli and it was amazing. I am still dreaming about this meal!! If you are ever in Nice I highly recommend the lobster ravioli here!!

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

We spent the afternoon wandering around the port looking at all the colorful boats and buildings.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Scroll down for a peek through our lens.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice. Photo via Sommer

That afternoon we checked into the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Méditerranée. The Palais de la Méditerranée is a luxury resort located on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The Art Deco facade, built in 1928, is original and has been classified as a historic monument.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

The rooms of this seafront hotel enjoy striking overlooks of the Promenade des Anglais and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Our room was airy and spacious, filled with natural light.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

The hotel is in a prime, central location in Nice — just a short walk to the city’s key attractions — like the markets, beaches, and Castle Hill.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Each room offers balconies or terraces with spectacular views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or the city of Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

They offer multiple dining options: fine dining at their gourmet restaurant, Le 3e, a relaxing bar lounge, a beautiful terrace for breakfast and casual eats overlooking the beach, as well as room service.

The staff was amazingly helpful and friendly during our visit. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay in Nice!

Stay tuned for our next adventure… in Saint Tropez! :)


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Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

After two fun-filled days in Monte Carlo, Sommer and I got up bright and early to make our way to the next stop on our French Riviera tour.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

We took a half-day tour with Friend in France. They picked us up at our hotel in Monte Carlo, and dropped us off at our hotel in Nice. Our guide was Cyril, and he was amazing. He knew all the best places to take photos! As we were leaving Monte Carlo, he took us to this amazing overlook of Monaco.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

My gorgeous travel buddy for the week!

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Cyril then took us to the hilltop town of Èze. We spent a quiet Sunday morning exploring this picturesque medieval village.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Èze sits high on a cliff with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea all around. Cyril told us all about the city and took us to all the hidden spots. He pointed out fun things we would’ve never noticed on our own. Èze was such a lovely village to explore. If you are looking for fun tours and day trips from the French Riviera, be sure to check out Friend in France. And if you want to get the best photos, be sure to ask for Cyril!

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

After Cyril dropped us off in Nice, we made our way to the iconic Le Negresco for lunch. For over 100 years the Negresco’s signature pink dome has been a highlight of the Nice skyline overlooking the beautiful beaches of the French Riviera’s capital city.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

The Negresco Hotel is almost like a museum. It’s home to a large art collection with over 6,000 unique pieces.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

The Negresco offers 117 unique rooms — each one is decorated differently. The styles of the rooms range from the period of Louis XIII to modern day. I fell in love with this pink princess room! This room is an example of Louis XVI style. Even if you don’t stay at the Negresco, it’s fun to pop in and take a peek at all the art. I recommend taking the vintage elevator (walk past the reception area and it’s on the left) up to the top floor, then taking the stairs down. Each floor is different. Also definitely be sure to check out the bathrooms while you are there! Go past the reception area, and when you get to the big art area, take a right and turn down the hallway to the right. Take a peek in the men’s room too if it’s open. Hah!

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

After checking out the hotel, we made our way to La Rotonde for lunch.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

How amazing is this restaurant! We were in heaven!

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

How cute is this pink booth?? Since we were in Nice, I of course had to get the classic Salad Nicoise. It was incredible. And you guys will NEVER guess what I got for dessert. Check it out in the bottom right picture. Go ahead and guess.

That is a swiss chard pie with orange blossom ice cream. Yes, swiss chard. Like the vegetable. I had to get it because I just had to know what it would be like. It was actually very delicious and it did not taste like a vegetable at all! It tasted like pie. You have to trust me on this. I would totally order it again.

If you are ever in Nice, I highly recommend lunch at La Rotonde!

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

We spent the afternoon exploring the markets and cobblestone streets of Nice. Cyril and a few of our awesome readers had recommended Fenocchio for ice cream, so when we stumbled across it, we knew we had to try it.

It was at this moment that my life forever changed. That scoop you see on top is lavender ice cream.

The summer is peak season for lavender in Provence, very close to where we were in the French Riviera. Everywhere we turned in Nice there was fresh lavender. Heavenly-scented lavender satchels, culinary lavender, lavender oil, lavender soap. So when we saw lavender ice cream, I had to try.

It was honestly one of the best things I have ever had in my entire life, and I am basically obsessed with lavender ice cream now. I dream about it. Day and night.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

After a PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE AMOUNT OF TIME (and NOT 5 minutes later, I don’t care what Sommer says!!) we stumbled across another Fennochio. We looked at each other and knew we needed more. I had to get lavender again, because I basically want to marry it now, and on bottom was orange blossom. SO good. If you are ever in Nice, be SURE to go to Fennochio and get lavender and orange blossom ice cream!!

And if you aren’t going to be Nice anytime soon, I HIGHLY recommend you make Sommer’s Lavender Ice Cream Recipe. I made it as SOON as I got home from France. Literally the day I got back. Her recipe is SO easy. It doesn’t even call for eggs. But it is the smoothest, creamiest ice cream ever. I bought culinary lavender while I was in France, but you can also get it on Amazon. And guys. I may even like Sommer’s better than what I had in France. (I did leave out the chocolate because I just wanted the pure taste of lavender, like what I had there.) It is phenomenal. I ate the entire quart over the course of 2 days and did not share a single bite. I hoarded that thing. It’s literally amazing. Make some as soon as you possibly can!!

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

That night we took a sunset walk on the beach. The “beach” here is all rocks — no sand like I’m use to on the Gulf Coast. People bring mattresses instead of beach towels to lay out on the beach.

The rocks are polished smooth like sea glass, and the most amazing sound in the world is when the waves crash against the shore, and the water recedes back into the sea, dragging some of pebbles back with it. If you’d like to hear, turn on your volume and press play above.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

I could sit here and listen all night.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Such an amazing sunset view in Nice.

Ultimate French Riviera Travel Guide. Where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

That night we were treated to another fireworks show over the water as we sat on the beach. The French Riviera knows how to do its fireworks, that is for sure. Another amazing show!

Stay tuned for our second day in Nice… :)

Until next time!! xoxo


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