This opulent stone structure is nestled in the "Triangle d'Or," just south of the city of perfumes, Grasse. Inside, the 18th-century building reveals itself as a charming and luxurious hideaway. The sense of a discreet private property prevails and intentionally so, offering guests of the Bastide Saint Mathieu a respite from the buzz of the Croisette in Cannes and tumult of Nice.
Bastide Saint Mathieu has become a treasured venue for weddings and private parties, as one of the few Riviera hotels or villas that is not only a fine historic building but also has the capacity to host dinners and dancing in the Provençal olive groves, lavender beds and green hills of the country behind Cannes. Tenants have included many famous names that are drawn to the Riviera and some of the great fashion houses of France.
The five suites, all with air-conditioning, are individually and tastefully decorated with little luxuries like Ralph Lauren robes, Cashmere blankets, silver and fine glassware. Guests can also relax by the pool or in the shade of cypress and fruit trees. There is no restaurant on the premises for two reasons. One is so that guests don't have to mingle with the public; the other that there are plenty of fine establishments nearby, from Mougins to Valbonne. The hotel does serve a grand "petit dejeuner" with homemade delicacies on the terrace or inside its gorgeous dining room.
Tastes of Grasse
(Updated: 04/07/11 CT)