Summer Together

Raphaële Marchal



by Raphaële Marchal 

Every year it’s the same: we tell ourselves, hey, I’ve never been there, we should rent a cabin and explore the area, before we realise we are buried in work and have no time to plan a holiday, or by the time we get round to it, it’s too late and everything’s booked solid, or we have friends inviting us to their place for the summer, or we just feel like going all out this year and end up in Bali (admittedly not the most common outcome). But no excuses this year! Money is tight (and we’re saving the planet) (and flights have all been cancelled), so forget Machu Picchu. As for Paris in August, we love it… but we need to escape it too.

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This is our favourite new lamp and we can, without a doubt, predict that it will also be yours. Bina Baitel designed this lovely surprise named Elo with the help of DesignerBox.

Elo plays with appearances by bottling up light and abolishing indoor/outdoor boundaries. Technologically innovative, made from recyclable materials, practical, elegant and friendly, it will light your way all summer long, whatever your destination.

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Sparked by recent events in the US, people in countries around the world are standing up against racism and calling for everyone to do their part in creating equality for all.

Design Can is one campaign at the forefront of the movement for inclusivity in the design world, highlighting the importance of celebrating and enabling diversity in an industry meant for “people of all backgrounds, abilities, ages and identities.” 

Their website features a resources page with regularly updated tools to support diversity.

Here are a few that stood out for us:

Making design education more diverse
See what women employed in creative industries have to say about how education could be made more diverse.

The drive to make architecture more inclusive
Built By Us champions “untapped talent” through workshops and mentoring schemes. Founder Danna Walker talks about the need for more accessible education and what diversity initiatives in corporate environments should look like.
Decolonising Architecture
Last month, Black Females in Architecture (BFA), in partnership with The 100 Day Studio, hosted an online discussion on the importance of decolonising the architecture curriculum.
Watch it here  ›

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+71% interest in 'Travelling in France'

There has been a 71% increase in the use of the search phrase "Travelling in France" - and more specifically "South of France" - in the month following lockdown.

The need for a change of scenery, to see the countryside, to discover new horizons... In this period of early summer, we all feel the need to travel, but uncertainty around current safety regulations means that we’re seeking to go on that longed-for trip without having to cross borders.

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Comparison of searches for and mentions of SEA / MOUNTAINS / COUNTRYSIDE and holidays/tourism on the entire internet, including social media, websites, forums and blogs from March 1 to June 16 in 2019 and the same period in 2020.




Towards a stronger return to travel to the heart of our regions, in search of new spaces where it is possible to breathe! Our analysis has shown a great interest in mountain and countryside holiday destinations. While the sea remains the coveted destination for many travellers, many more are now looking to destinations previously neglected during the summer months. Our analysis of the occurrences of the keywords Sea, Mountain, Countryside, associated with the holidays (Tourism, Escape, Weekend), has shown a new balance between all these destinations. 

 - 3% #Mer mentions in May 2020 vs May 2019 
+ 13% #Montagne mentions in May 2020 vs May 2019 
+ 18% of #Campagne mentions in May 2020 vs May 2019

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With the return of sunny days and a freshly found freedom, aperitifs with friends are back on the menu! With its new range of premium bottled cocktails, LE BARTELEUR offers you delicious, perfectly balanced cocktails ready to be enjoyed with just a few cubes of ice. For your pleasure, LE BARTELEUR has mixed a Negroni, a Manhattan and a Hanky ​​Panky, with the help of Maison Ferroni, a distillery based in Aubagne, Provence.

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Certainly the mood for summer trips this year is local and sustainable - where we travel, stay and what we eat too! Bike rides along the Loire in France, discovering the Abruzzo National Parc in Italy or the Broads National Park in the East of England… It is impossible not to find the perfect destination without leaving your country. In addition, green hotel designations can help you choose exactly where you will set your ‘green’ foot: follow the Green Globe, La Clef Verte, Green Key, the European Ecolabel... or go further with this sustainable adventure and clean up the French Mediterranean coast (Projet Azur).

What about tomorrow?

"We will travel less but better, with more support and services," says Jean-Pierre Nadir, founder of the Easyvoyage platform*. When Paris-Lisbon cost  €10, travelling changed from a thoughtful act motivated by an ambition of discovery to something easy, affordable and accessible on a whim. Nadir predicts that trend will be reversed: “We are going to change from an impulsive tourism, to a reflexive tourism”.

*We Demain




JIVA HILL RESORT The Jiva Hill Resort is spread over a vast green area at the foot of the Jura. This 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel combines the joys of sport, wellbeing, gastronomy and culture in a protected landscape. The little extra? Twenty new rooms have opened recently.

BASTIDE DU CALALOU At the crossroads of vineyards and olive groves,the Bastide du Calalou has been welcoming guests for almost half a century to the magic of its historic spaces and the sparkling Provençal setting.

LE PIGONNET Paul Cézanne was a regular at this refined 18th-century hotel. A haven of peace bordered by hundred-year-old chestnut trees and a flowery rose garden in a park of more than one hectare, this hotel is a must in Aix-en-Provence.

HOTEL DE LA VILLEON Further north is the Hôtel de la Villeon, a mansion full of charm. With a perfect combination of authenticity and contemporaneity, this is a place to stop for its intimate terraced garden and enjoy a princely breakfast.

LA BENVENGUDO This hotel restaurant subtly combines the authentic charm of Provence with the comfort and modernity of a 4-star establishment.

DOMAINE DES CLOS An 18th-century stone farmhouse, Domaine des Clos is a dream environment for a wellness or gastronomic break. Something to discover, the new Objects of the Clos website featuring products created or selected by Sandrine and her daughter.

LA MAISON SUR LA SORGUE This 17th-century mansion, in the heart of Isle sur la Sorgue, combines the perfect balance between heritage, design and art.

CHÂTEAU DE LA FLOCELLIÈRE This enchanting site, surrounded by hills, forests and ponds, invites its guests to enjoy the elegance of this family residence, its table d'hôte, the swimming pool and the calm of its 15-hectare park planted with exceptional trees. 

LOIRE VALLEY LODGES Nestling in the heart of a 300-hectare private forest, nature and contemporary art are harmoniously showcased in 18 lodges built on stilts.

LES SOURCES DE CHEVERNY  *Opening in September, this revitalising destination with 45 hectares of forest offers a true bucolic break in a region steeped in history, just two hours from Paris

VILLA A Between Cognac and Angoulême, this typically Charentaise family home from 1830 is a place of discovery where each room is staged in a classic spirit with Directoire or Empire furniture.

CHÂTEAUX DE MAUMONT Maumont is a breakaway where art objects, books and musical instruments conjure reflections of the château’s history. The park planted with hundred-year-old trees makes this a peaceful, romantic and unique retreat.

CHÂTEAUX DE SAINT-PRIVAT-DES A hidden treasure of the ‘Green’ Périgord, four houses frame the main courtyard of this family property built in the 18th century., 

CHÂTEAU DE VOLLORE The terrace of the Château de Vollore is the perfect base to enjoy a unique view of the volcanoes and mountains of Auvergne. Each of the five atmospheric rooms and suites is named after a female figure of the Lafayette family.

CHÂTEAU DE SAINT TRYS The Château de Saint Trys, built in the 17th century, offers a magnificent setting with a panoramic view of the Saône. It is an ideal stopover to discover Lyon and its region. 

CHÂTEAU DE PIERRECLOS In the south of Burgundy and in the heart of the vineyard, stands the impressive medieval castle of Pierreclos. Tasting the estate's wines is an essential part of any stay.

CHÂTEAU DE COURBAN & SPA NUXE Wellbeing, romantic and gastronomic retreat in a sublime Burgundy landscape.

CHÂTEAU DE PICHENY Located at the gates of Champagne, the Château de Picheny, built in 1869 by Hyppolite Blanche, is a haven of peace surrounded by gardens.

AUBERGE DU JEU DE PAUME The Auberge du Jeu de Paume is the ideal destination for a getaway less than an hour from Paris. In addition to its idyllic setting, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume offers a full stay, with one goal: wellbeing and detox.

MAISONS DE CAMPAGNE This summer, the Maisons de Campagne (Countryside Houses) are the ideal place to put down your bags and hide away until the start of the new school year! The EVASION code offers you a 15% discount!



After a confined spring, the flip flops are wriggling and we’re all eager to fully experience the summer, settling into a deckchair or savouring the long-awaited pleasure of the apéritif terrasse. This is a time to rest and reflect on the last few months. In France, two out of three people turn to “responsible” products (i.e. local, organic, fair trade and minimal waste). Twenty percent of them have discovered new services to source food locally, such as Pourdebon, La Ruche qui dit oui (The Food Assembly) or Poiscaille.*

On the restaurant side, we value restaurants that are doing their part to uphold eco-friendly values,  like Ventrus, a nomadic gourmet restaurant founded by Guillaume Chupeau. The restaurant's wooden structure can be dismantled and reinstalled each season in a unique place. Its menu will feature seasonal products, and Ventrus will even consume 90% less water than a typical restaurant. Opening is scheduled for August in Marseille.

*Survey: Max Havelaar, 04/05/20

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“This is an emergency, the Earth is out of order.”

In her recent book, 75 designers pour un monde durable, Geneviève Gallot brings together the work of 75 designers from across the world who are committed to meeting the crucial challenge of climate change and promoting lifestyle changes to fight it.

These designers do not hesitate to explore their range of possibilities and push the boundaries of design to promote sustainable design.

Gallot's book explores objects and projects that combine beauty with responsibility, puts design at the heart of it, and touches upon concepts such as zero waste and united ecosystems. It highlights great promise for the future and draws attention to the importance of creating in a sustainable and responsible way.

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Back in 2014, Boffi Paris presented "Taken at the F(l)ood", a short film of a friendly band of contemporary Robinsons gathered on a beach in northern France to prepare and share a meal together. 

This is a film (and a meal) to be savoured, at once in nature and part of it, as the tide gently advances and ultimately washes in. Joyful, simple and ephemeral - what more could we hope for as we leave the city behind this summer?

Taken at the F(l)ood was created from an original idea by Marc Bretillot and Laurent Denize d'Estrées, with the collaboration of chef Alexandre Gauthier and photographer Louis Teran.

Production 14 Septembre


Combining conviviality and social distancing, PBM Studio’s  table divider prototype, supports social distancing principles in restaurant spaces without compromising fun times with friends and family. 

The divider consists of a plexiglass screen and a wooden base that integrates a sanitizing solution dispenser, napkin holder and salt & pepper set. Crucially, the module is very easy to clean.


With social distancing still in place as the holiday season fast approaches, minivans seem like a perfect option to enjoy the summer. Here’s a selection of Instagram accounts worth checking out for inspiration, or simply to fuel your daydreams!!

WORKS IN PROGRESS | Customising is half the fun of owning a minivan. To get a feel for what that’s like, have a look at these accounts.

COLOURFUL CAMPERS | There’s no rulebook that says your minivan has to be white. These campers definitely got that message!

ZERO WASTE TRAVEL | To travel by minivan is to connect with nature, so it’s only natural to want to protect the world around us by going zero waste.

FAMILY STYLE | These campers have chosen to bring their kids along on their trips to create a memorable family experience for all.

PHOTOGRAPHERS IN MOTION | Photographing something is the best way to preserve the essence of a moment, and these campers capture their travels beautifully.

DESTINATION TRAVELLERS | Travelling in a minivan is like building a little home away from home, and there’s no limit to where you can settle down for a little while.

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LA GRENOUILLÈRE Nature, tradition and modernity are the key words describing La Grenouillère but the highlight is of course Chef Alexandre Gauthier’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

PIEUX Pieux is La Grenouillère’s sister Bed & Breakfast, just 30 minutes from the beach. 

CHÂTEAU D’URTUBIE We continue west towards a hotel chateau renowned for its charm, rich with six centuries of history. The Basque words engraved above the fireplace speak eloquently: "I gather, I warm up and I rejoice".

MAISON ALBAR L'IMPERATOR This urban resort with an array of spaces to relax and meet, promises you the most legendary stay in the South of France.


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Following two months of quarantine, the new House of Veronese is reopening and welcoming its guests back, while taking all the necessary measures to ensure the health of its team and visitors.

Recently inaugurated, Veronese envisioned the House as a place to bring its collections to life in a homely environment, inspiring creativity, new collaborations and lasting impressions within Paris’s blossoming Arts et Métiers neighbourhood.

Twice a year in this cosy loft-like space, Veronese’s creative director curates a new vision of living, drawing on the brand’s newest products and its nine decades of collections. Each exhibition is curated in partnership with international furniture designers, brands, galleries and artists who complement Veronese's lifestyle vision and deliver something new and interesting to the design market.

Visit the new showroom and explore the ongoing exhibition: Current Notions of Home Part II

Visits by appointment, from Monday to Friday (9am–6pm)
327 rue St Martin, 75003 Paris

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In a time of disruption, reinventions and global social responsibility, SIAL Paris – a business generator, catalyst for innovation and the biggest agri-food trade fair in the world – is launching a new podcast series featuring innovators and agents of change in the global food industry. 

#OwnTheChange will present the vision and perspectives of emerging entrepreneurs and established industry leaders in a conversational format. The series will highlight themes and topics which will be further explored during the SIAL 2020 fair in Paris, 18-22 October.

Podcast 1

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Our summer soundtrack this year will certainly feature that Yves Montand classic, A bicyclette... The breeze in our hair, winding down lanes, with friends or alone, we'll rediscover our love of the countryside on two wheels. Our nostalgia won’t extend to our most trusted travelling companion however: instead we’ll take to the roads on one of these latest eco-friendly bikes:
This battery-powered bike is small, easily rechargeable, and only weighs 14kg. After just two hours charging time you can be ready to embark on a 70km journey. The bike also features headlights and turn signals, three riding modes and an integrated touch screen.
RE: CYCLE by Velosophy x Nespresso
Nespresso has teamed up with Swedish brand Vélosophy to create a bike using recycled aluminium coffee capsules. The bike features a purple aluminium frame, made from 300 used coffee capsules, and a stylish basket created from steam-bent oak.

Hugbike is a new kind of tandem designed to enable people with Autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, blindness or other disabilities to ride a bike. This is made possible by the bike’s long handlebars, which let a driver sit behind their disabled passenger who can enjoy the ride in total safety.
FIIDO D11 is the world’s first folding electric bike with a range of 100km, according to its manufacturer. The bike is built from an ultra-light (12.9kg) frame that can be folded up in just five seconds. 
Before you pack...

Café du Cycliste is a French brand that creates cycling apparel inspired by the roads of the Côte d'Azur. Its products blend technical innovation, cutting-edge fabrics and French inspiration, and are guaranteed to help you travel comfortably and fashionably as you set off on your summer cycling adventure!


Anne Etorre got hooked on cooking at a young age and since then her life has revolved around her passion for food, spending all of her free time cooking when she’s not eating out at a restaurant or organising an event - food-related of course!  
After "Le pâté, dix façons de le préparer" (Pâté, Ten Ways to Prepare It) and the incredible success of "Le poulpe, dix façons de le préparer" (Octopus, Ten Ways to Prepare It), she is releasing a brand new book for the summer: "Des recettes qui tranchent. Le Carpaccio" (Carpaccio. Recipes on a Knife Edge), published by Éditions de l'épure. A must-have for your holidays! 
Hello Anne! You are passionate about cooking. Where did this come from?
From my childhood and from my father who passed on this passion that has never left me.
Your world is studded with stars 一 not only Michelin stars. What kind of relationship do you have with renowned chefs in the industry?
I admire them! I have worked with many of them and it is always a pleasure to be able to have conversations with them and discover their way of cooking as well as their techniques.
After the success of Octopus, Ten Ways to Prepare It you are publishing Carpaccio. Recipes on a Knife Edge. What is this new fascination?

It’s not so new actually - I was already cooking carpaccio when Octopus was published! I'm pretty obsessive: after the octopus there were the pâtés, then the sausages, and then it's true that I focused for a time on the carpaccio... but writing the book had long been in the back of my mind -  I just had to convince my editor and find the right artistic direction.
What’s next? 
A book about Brussels sprouts, but most probably in 2021.
What would be your ideal summer menu?
A carpaccio, homemade barbecued sausages, a tian of vegetables, and verbena peaches to finish.

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  • Le Rock Noir - Serre Chevalier Le Rock Noir - Serre Chevalier



LA FOLIE DOUCE HÔTELS CHAMONIX - Ingredients? Music, artists, culinary delicacies, sports, a kids club and exceptional panoramic views.

HÔTEL LE MONÊTIER - People come here to make a stopover, discover local dishes at the Stabatio restaurant and contemplate the panoramic view of the glacier! On foot or by mountain bike, the watchword is delight!

LE ROCK NOIR - Spa, food and sport. Le Rock Noir is a 4-star, 32-room boutique-hotel. A warm, authentic and stylish atmosphere in the centre of the white haven of Serre Chevalier with unbeatable views of the summits


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On show at the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival

Lockdown confirmed the French taste for gardening: magazines, blogs and Instagram accounts are overflowing with plants of all styles, with such intensity that they seem almost to exude the scent of chlorophyll. Many of us have found ourselves in the grip of green madness or succulent syndrome.
Patrick Nadeau is a being apart from this frenzy however. An architect by profession, he took root slowly but surely in the landscape of French and international design to create a unique métier of which he is the master: plant designer.
What better moment to shed light on the talents of this modest designer than with his beautiful Rainforest installation currently on show at the unique and surprising Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival, a must-see for your summer holidays.


Patrick, when we think of plant design, we immediately think of you - you are a true pioneer in the field. Tell us about your work.
My work is a bit complicated to define because it takes several aspects. Plants are at the heart of all my projects, but these are very varied. In fact, to summarize the production of the studio, we can say that it consists of two main parts. A more "artistic" part, with installations for cultural places such as the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire and a more "design" part which concerns interior architecture, scenography or urban space, but always inspired by the plant.

I find it particularly interesting to work on contemporary living spaces such as office spaces, shops or complex projects such as stations. What I appreciate in this type of project is that they are never done alone but in collaboration with architects, landscapers.

Plants, in a development project are therefore part of a whole. In the same way that in a natural environment they are in permanent interaction with their environment, they must, in order to function in projects, find a dynamic balance with the other components of the place such as light, materials or colours. I also like to remind people that to be relevant and effective, plant design must be thought out from the very outset of a project.
Where does your passion for plants come from?
I must admit that I love plants first because they are beautiful! I like their colors, their textures, their fragility… In a project they bring freshness, fragrances or shades... So many invisible qualities to which we are instinctively sensitive in a space. Beyond their qualities, they can introduce something like strangeness into our artificial and often abstract universes. By their silence, their immobility, their organicity, their sensuality, they have the power to send us back to an original and mysterious world...

More realistically, as a designer, I am very attentive to their shape and architecture, to the way they optimize their vital functions with very sophisticated shapes. Their plasticity and in particular their ability to adapt to their environment by changing their own shape is very interesting to observe if we consider, as I do, that the challenge of design lies above all in finding the best adaptation of man to its environment, natural or artificial.
Tell us about your installation, Rainforest, at the Chaumont-sur-Loire festival.
A shower of Tillandsia usneoides sweeps above a tropical forest to fall on large turquoise pools cut from a carpet of Monstera… The installation is designed as a collage of landscapes. Tillandsia usneoides  (also known as Spanish Moss) are very common in the south of the United States and in Central America. They are epiphytes or air plants that live on trees and feed exclusively on air humidity and light.  They are often found in areas of lakes or marshes. In the installation, the tillandsias, which are arranged on large wire domes, hang nonchalantly over coloured spots composed of ceramic cups.

The latter are inspired by cenotes, a kind of very deep blue water hole found in the Yucatán jungle of Mexico. Ceramicist Ulrike Weiss, who made the cups, achieved their aquatic effect by melting glass inside.
What are your upcoming projects?
We are currently working on a new large installation for an art centre. It is about a mythical character from Christian culture with Romanesque architecture and dried flowers... I am also working on garden furniture and objects with design editors such as Laorus and Depot4Design, previously Authentics. We have also spent a lot of time in recent weeks on my new website designed by Travaux-Pratiques.
Finally, what is your motto?
Do what you like for others!
See more of Patrick Nadeau's work:  › 

Learn more about the Chaumont-sur-Loire festival:  ›

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THIBAUT, draw me summer!

This month ?KIOSK! asked Thibaut Guittet to create five illustrations of a very special summer, of course with his trademark touch of humour. Enjoy!

Thibaut Guittet is an illustrator based in Paris. He collaborates with the city of Pantin, the Cité Fertile and the Cueillette of Plessis. Nature and greenery are major themes in his work. He is a graduate of ESAD de Reims and ENSCI-les-Ateliers.  › 

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Who are you?
Raphaële: 29 years old, big eater forever, cookbook writer, TV columnist, food festivals animator, journalist at Fou de Cuisine and Elle, and most recently, podcast presenter!

Can you tell us more about your book? 
It's funny because I never imagined writing a book on this theme. Having a picnic has always been my parents' favourite form of dining, whether at ski resorts or in the mountains in summer, on a boat or on the train, in the forest or in the garden; we always had a picnic. Sometimes we even stayed at home and they’d say: "Tonight is picnic night", meaning: "We are too lazy to cook a real dish, so everyone, help yourselves from the fridge!".

Picnicking was ever-present, so much so that I wasn't even conscious of it until my editor said to me: “Your outdoor Instagram posts look great; we’re going to make a book out of them!”

So there are 25 recipes by Chicken Bacon Lettuce, a catering company that I love, with beautiful photos by Emilie Franzo; there are also the stories of seven crazy picnickers: Emmanuelle Marie, Fleur Godart, Céline Maguet, Jill Cousin, Déborah Pham, Guillaume Muller and Jean-Antoine Ottavi, as well as tips and tricks for all picnic "contexts", with real-life anecdotes. 

What makes a successful picnic ?
I believe it varies a lot from one person to another. The ideal picnic is very laid-back in the middle of a great physical effort: hiking, mountain biking, swimming, skiing... that's the moment when we are exhausted, when our legs hurt, we're hot, we're starving, and we find an incredible spot, with a beautiful view, fragrant smells, wild ponies... and here we go - bums on the ground, eating too much...  Nothing makes me happier!

According to you, what are the essential ingredients for successful holidays?
The mountains for hiking, otherwise it's not a holiday; a region with a rich food culture, so that feasts are abundant, local and seasonal; friends, of course; good wine; and from time to time, the beach or a swimming pool.

Where are you going this summer? Has the situation changed your plans?
To Noirmoutier with my boyfriend, including a trip to Alexandre Couillon's restaurant - my little paradise. Then Garance farm, enjoying Guillaume, the farm and the vegetable patch; and finally to stay with my parents in the Basque country. Not at all what was initially planned but I think it will be great! 

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HOTEL DE LA PONCHE - Located in the heart of the Old Town of Saint-Tropez, the incomparable atmosphere of this mythical destination offers the sea on the horizon from its rooms and suites.

LES ROCHES BLANCHES - Swimming pools with panoramic views of Cap Canaille, Mediterranean menu, jazzy atmosphere at the Loup Bar, exceptional treatments at the Sisley Spa and direct access to the sea.

AIX&TERRA NICE GARE DU SUD - Enjoy lunch on the go in this large contemporary hall with a unique atmosphere.

LA VILLA D’EAUX - Slow tourism between land and sea