Le Mas Candille
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... than the previous one as we know exactly what to expect. One of the main things I would advise on is always packing light! Don't take things you don't need. A budget trip is exactly what this trip is, the bad news is how little we have left. Counting this morning, between us we only have €190 left. This is actually crazy when you take into account that we have to get all the way back to Calais! €65 each to get back up and we still needed ...
... French. C'est la vie! In addition to getting our introduction to the school, Frankie took us on a walking- tour of Nice. Frankie is also energetic and charismatic; his role is activities coordinator. We could choose to join him to watch the futball game tonight, we can go bowling on Thursday, and we can go to a wildlife park this Saturday. He took us to the main highlights of Nice, and while he is very fun, given the many EF guides and tours I ...
Monaco is a tiny country. Tiny but extremely rich. I heard the per capita income is $167,000! We went to see the casino of Monte Carlo and it seems they are all about appearances because they love to park the fanciest and most expensive cars at the front door. Everything was very nice and well cared ...
Cote d'Azur was gorgeous! We thought we were going to have bad weather with rain and cold temperatures but everything worked out perfectly for us. We booked with the traveling agency for study abroad students, Bus2Alps, and they arranged a 6.5 hour bus ride for us departing Thursday night. With our maxi dresses and mimosas packed and ready to go, we drove all night, reaching our hostel in Nice, France around 3am.
Friday we woke up early ...
Sounds a little more interesting when you say it in French - but it's just cleaning.
We did a major laundry with sheets, towels, etc and our clothing then, after I'd spent the afternoon watching the last day of the Scottish Open, we cleaned the bathrooms, the kitchen and all the floors.
Not the most interesting day on the calendar, but that's life.
The weather was still very warm so the washing dried in a couple ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Le Mas Candille Mougins
If you have spare cash, are stressed out and want to get away from it all for a few days this is absolutely the place to go. Fly into Nice, get the hotel to arrange the taxi and wander no further than the delightful village of Mougins and its galleries and restaurants which are 5 minutes walk away.
They really get you with the extras at this mountainside spa retreat. Internet access was 30 euros for 24 hours!! Room service is exorbitant. There are two options under 20 euros and every other dish is 30-40+ euros. The food was mostly delicious, although my husband did get quite ill from a lunch there. Decor was fine but somewhat institutional. The fitness area and outdoor jacuzzis are very nice. I didn't try the spa, because of all the extra expenses. Staff was not very helpful about helping us organize a local excursion.
we stayed there 5 days from the 2 till the 6th of Jan. it has charming effect as it's +10-12 during day and 0-3 during night and everything is much slower than in any other season. rooms are very spacious for france. at the same time the chef was absent in the restaurant so it was run by sub-chef....and the quality of service during the first dinner was so that we decided to dine outside. i did ike the bar that you have to go though to get to the restaurant - the fireplace there and the rest creates a very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. have to also admit the view from the room was incredible. the hotel is a walking distance to Mougins so there is plenty of places there to have food. the nearest golf club is 10 minutes drive and not easy to find while the quality is good enough. can recommend royal mougins especially hole number 2.
We stayed for a week and loved it. Room and bed especially good, pools superb and breakfast out of this world. The orange drink-making machine gets you off to a good start and then there's a fine selection of fresh fruit, rolls and scrambled egg/bacon if you wish.
we stayed here at the beginning of september and having spent the summer entertaining four children it was absolute bliss. the room we stayed in was in the bastide and our balcony looked out to grasse in the distance. each morning it was awonderful sight and with absolute clear blue skies. the spa was idyllic for an afternoons pampering and when i came out after having the exfoliating body scrub i felt as if i had been reborn. the walk into thevillage was just a nice distance and the restaurants there were all wonderful. the receptionist booked us into a different one each night and they were all wonderful. this is my favourite part of the world and perhaps i am biased but we stayed in the chevere d'or in eze last year and i loved it as well. only disadvantage is that you need a car and we prefer not to hire but to use the train to get round when we dont have the children with us. although the bus stop is only a short walk down to the village and it goes to cannes every 30 minutes.
We selected the Mas Candille from a list of Relais & Chateaux properties, and TripAdvisor reports and had planned to use it as a base to explore the Cote D'Azur by car before departing from Nice. Once you approach Mougins, the route is well marked with the hotel signs. It was about 38C (98F) when we arrived. The lobby was blissfully cold. After several trips back and forth to the desk, while we waited in the non-cooled hallway, our bellman finally secured a working set of keys - two are needed, one for the hall, and another for your room door. Our room (405) had a limited view of the parking lot, but was huge, and beautifully appointed, but with a bit of pool noise. The bed was the best of our trip, a real king-no split in the middle. The tub/shower/sinks in the bath were unbelievably luxurious. The airconditioner was great, despite the heat outside, and the controls were easy to comprehend. Internet through the room TV was 12€ a day. Room service breakfast was wonderful. Here are the downsides: It is a spa destination- one checks in and stays for meals, swimming and treatments. There is nothing near the hotel, and no matter what the desk says about a short walk to town, if it's hot, it is horrible, and uphill. It is hard to retrieve your car from the valet - the driveway is busy, and has only one lane in - no turnaround. The road to and from the hotel is a narrow, one lane bidirectional maze and close encounters and back ups happened each drive, producing much stress. The desk person is way too busy to provide any detailed help - we never did find a concierge. The room keys were repeatedly troublesome. We left after breakfast and relocated. 487€, but a great nights sleep and a terrific shower/bath!
We stayed at the Bastide so had a large room with a large terrace (w/table & chairs) for 395 Euros. Next time, I would try to get the rooms facing the gorgeous scenery rather than the parking lot, but the room was very nice. The bathroom was one of the best I'd seen, with side jets in the shower, bath salts, a fresh rose, TV and towel warmers. They had Madelaine cookies w/jam waiting upon arrival and the check-in person was waiting at the front of the building with our keys in hand upon arrival (I didn't even see the front desk until the next day). The 1/2 bottles of Evian and sparking water were free, which was a nice treat. The DVD player w/free rentals was really nice to have and was close to Mougins city center (a short walk to the top of the hill where all the great restaurants are). The restaurant at the hotel was superb with gorgeous views! The bar is also on this terrace where they have someone playing the harp and piano for the ultimate in relaxing atmosphere. The pool is lovely with views of Grasse. One can easily get around the Riviera from here (to Cannes or Nice). I liked being away from the crowds in the beach cities and having gorgeous grounds surrounding us. It was not as casual as I had hoped (considering you are in the Riviera) but it was a very nice resort!
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A recent visit to the South of France and a stay at Le Mas Candille was one of the most pleasant travel experiences I've had in years. From the moment of arrival through the gates, everything about Le Mas Candille was first rate. From the cheerful gate attendant, to the very efficient reception staff who made "check in" a breeze. The grounds of the hotel are immaculately maintained, just the sort of surroundings one would hope for in the South of France. The cuisine was sublime, the rooms well equipped with a pleasingly subtle decor. This is one place that I look forward to returning to soon.
Nestled in a quaint artists' & gastronomic village and within a large park, 10 minutes away from Cannes, the hotel building and grounds were beautiful. The room in the renovated Mas building was a little on the small side but charming, individually decorated with antiques, and clean. The service, however, was inconsistent with certain staff being disdainfully responsive, while others were suffocating in their attentions (i.e. waitresses & housekeeping). Valet parking was interesting - our car (a BMW) changed locations several times a day, depending on where it stood in the car pecking order either cordoned off and parked in front of reception, to then be relegated to the masses, when the Porsche arrived. In terms of other perks, however, I would definitely recommend the Shiseido Spa for R&R and ambiance, but suggest you book your appointments in advance as it is also open to non-hotel guests.