Le Mas Candille
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... here. with the glorious weather, you want to sit outside, but with so many smokers, including cigar smokers, you feel compelled to go inside to escape. The fact people are eating is apparently irrelevant, its so socially accepted. and still vast numbers of young people smoking. We duck into a patisserie to buy a few drinks, and cant leave without some treats. Their payment system is a first - the person serves you and processes the transaction, like ...
... to enjoy it with. After dinner, we decided to explore the city a little. We walked down the crowded Main Street to the water front to get gelato. Since I tease Dmitriy about getting the chocolate all the time, he tried the mixed fruit and I got the lemon gelato. Mine was tart and refreshing and I thought Dmitriy's was good, but he said the cranberry flavor was overwhelming and confirmed his desire to only get chocolate. We ...
... finally get our car, a six speed station wagon which I only have mastered after over a week of driving. I have never driven a car that will shut off when you take your foot of the clutch. So you can imagine how many times I have stalled this thing. We hit the gorcery store and then head home for dinner. Hamburgers. We are so adventurous! The next day we pack up our stuff, enter our destination in the GPS, and head for Italy.
... in a long courtyard lined with cafes and restaurants. We chose one that had both chicken Caesar salad and pizza and that’s what we ordered. Our waiter was very friendly and we dined rather fast by European standards.
We walked around the markets for a couple hours doing some more shopping. We bought some sweets to take with us and some other little knick knacks. Kyle needed one last crepe before we left France, so ...
Ry and me decided that it would not be worth going with the bus to go and visit a perfumery so we decided to find out own way in the Mitch and Georgina who I had re named nan and pop even though they were the youngest people on our tour. Nan was always sleeping and seemed to be the only one to be able to sleep for the whole bus rides we would do. We went into nice to see the town and do a little bit of shopping on our way to the beach and palace ...
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Cash Rich and Time Poor?
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.
Make no mistake, this is not for travellers on a budget. But if peace, quiet, warm sun and luxury are what you are looking for this is definitely the answer.
The hotel itself is across two buildings. The reception, restaurant and some of the rooms are in the older Mas. The more recently renovated Bastide is where the premium rooms are especially those with the mountain view (the other rooms in the Bastide look out over a car park). Most of the Bastide rooms have a good sized balcony too. There are 2 pools although the larger one doesn't open until May; the smaller one is heated though.
The restaurant is a very serious French affair so instead we went for the restaurants at Mougins which were great. A la table d'Edouard was full of locals, had great food and at about 200 euros for three people (including a bottle of wine) probably represents good value for this pat of France.
The staff were hugely professional. Everyone had a smile and a friendly "bonjour". And there's a lot of them too for a hotel with only 40 rooms (and enormous grounds to maintain).
We didn't try the spa but that looked just like the rest of the place - absolutely top drawer.
Over 3 nights it was the perfect stress reliever.
Nice, but overpriced
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.
I would also mention for those who may not have visited the Riviera recently that there has been an enormous amount of development over the last 10-20 years, and the resulting truck and other traffic on the major highways (lined with strip malls), which intersect in Mougins,` created a big bowl of view-obscuring smog in the valley while we were there. A local bookseller nodded grudgingly when we mentioned this, and murmured something about temperature inversion effects.
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.
my wife went to the spa there - i can not recall the name but it seemed to be very good while quite small.
One of the best
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.
Staff very friendly with the odd exception though did find you had to ask the right question of reception - not a lot of help volunteered.
Nothing's perfect and here it's the keys to building and room. They frequently failed. Surely an expensive hotel like this should allow you to get in and out without fuss. Reception did admit they were having big problems with the keys so presumably they'll sort that out before long. meanwhile you need to ask for a few keys to each of the building and the room. That way you'll find one that works each time - but it will not necessarily be the same one!
We dined in the wonderful restaurant once (on grounds of cost - nothing is cheap at the Mas Candille) and loved the food and service. The hotel has only 40 rooms and probably the same number of staff to care for your every need so you never feel swamped/disturbed by other guests. Overall a great place for a relaxing holiday
It was a wonderful retreat to recharge batteries
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.
but i have to say we thoroughly enjoyed our break here. definitely recommend it.
Best room ever, but we couldn't wait to leave
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!
Great location and Beautiful grounds!
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!
This hotel is really relaxing and luxurious!
We had our honeymoon there and we had only a very short stay (4 nights), so we did not have enough time to really enjoy all the facilities of the hotel.The driveway down to the hotel is very impressing and the rooms are very charming. We had a room in the bastide which was quite big with a lot of complimentary services, flowers, chocolate, diverse cookies and so on. I have heard that the rooms in the mas were smaller, but they looked even more romantic as the mas is a very old original building. The gardens are very well maintained and it is a nice little discovery tour through the hotel. The staff is very friendly. However, I think that the hotel is still a little bit overpriced but also a very unique opportunity to stay close to Mougins, whereas the other hotels like Manoir l'Etang or the Hotel de Mougins, which are very cosy resorts, too, but you have to take the car to get to Mougins.
Next time I go there I will make a reservation at the Shiseido Spa which was already fullly booked for the time of our stay the day we arrived.
We had breakfast at the pool with a view to Grasse, which was really beautiful, and after breakfast, we had a very short walk to the "city center" of Mougins which is very well known for the delicious (and expensive) gourmet food.
Thus, the hotel is a fantastic resort with the opportunity to reach some nice shops and restaurants nearby. You can also reach the medieval villages of Grasse, Saint Paul de Vence and Vence easily within a few minutes.
In summary, this hotel is one of the best choices we ever had for our vacations!
Ready to return
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.
Charming flair with a touch of snobism
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.