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LE MAS CANDILLE – A Magical French Escape
by Bonnie Carroll

Le Mas Candille is a sophisticated yet informal retreat on the French Riviera, just 20 minutes from the Nice airport, and is an ideal location for leisure or business visits. The luxurious Relais Chateaux hotel is nestled in the beautiful grounds near the edge of the enchanting medieval village of Mougins, which was a mecca for artists like Picasso, who lived there 15 years. Located only 7 miles from cosmopolitan Cannes, it has become the ultimate venue for the rich and famous to fully enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Cote d’Azur.

The renovation of the property has included the implementation of design improvements, addition of fine antiques and exquisite fabrics, adding style to the original 18 th century ‘mas,’ or farmhouse, bringing 20 th century technology to their 40 spacious en-suite bedrooms. Mimosa, olive trees and lavender are abundant, and enhance a breathtaking experience viewing Grasse and the pre-Alps.

Fine wine and dining are the ultimate here, along with swimming and sun bathing, surrounded by mountain views. Restaurant Candille is a gastronomic adventure, and is under the direction of Serge Gouloumes; rated in the prestigious guide Gault et Millau. La Bergola offers poolside dining and a terrace bar. The outdoor fitness area/gym is the home of the only Shiseido Spa in Europe, offering ‘Zen’ inspired accoutrements and treatments.

The fabulous food on the Cote d’Azur is renowned, and savoring the flavors of Provence is an experience to be aspired to. The Candille restaurant is considered one of the most exciting places to dine, and the menu is as enticing as the region itself. Executive Chef Serge Gouloumes, Patrick Pomares, pastry chef and Jean-Pascale Behra, head waiter are an unbeatable team when it comes to the ultimate dining experience in France. Guests also have the option of delightful picnic specialties to enjoy under a tree overlooking the beauty of the south of France, or by one of the two pools, or following an invigorating workout. Other amenities for celebrations include limousines, with or without a chauffeur, flowers, photography, gifts, private plane and helicopter rental; even a live band can be arranged.

This site, where dazzling blue sea meets olive tree clad slopes and the glamorous life of Cannes glistens, is an attractive venue for business gathering. The hotel offers a selection of rooms designed for business meetings that are equipped with all the latest communication technology, and a tour of the cobblestone streets with charming galleries to watch the artists at work provides a relaxing break from serious business decisions. This is also a remarkable destination if you are attending the Cannes Festival International du Film held March 9-12 or the Monaco Grand Prix May 12-23. For reservation information see www.lemascandille.com

Le Mas Candille, member of Relais & Chateaux
Le Mas Candille Boulevard
Clement Rebuffel
06250 Mougins, France
+33(0)492 28 43 43
email: info@lemascandille.com

Single Wine Lovers will Enjoy a Weekend Getaway in Wine Country
by Rose Frances

On November 3-6, singles with discriminating taste will converge on the California Wine Country for a Napa Valley Weekend Getaway trip. The weekend will provide an elegant escape for wine, food and travel aficionados alike.

Along with outstanding Jordan wines, guests will visit richly appointed boutique hotels, enjoy complimentary breakfasts, enjoy in-room spa treatments, and take morning hikes in beautiful wine country. There will also be a visit to Copia-American Center for Wine, Food & Arts, and a three-course dinner at the Cuvaison, with wine pairing, of course! For single travel rates and information go call (877) Solo-Trip


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