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Côte d'Azur: unusual locations for your meetings

Events pale in the ordinary and everyday. You need to surprise, amaze, get off the beaten track and find new playgrounds. The Côte d’Azur ticks all these boxes; here are a few routes to try.

Behind the scenes of History

Protecting Villefranche harbour, the St-Elme citadel has swapped its defensive vocation for the organization of festivities and professional meetings.

On Cap Ferrat, the dream that became a reality for Baroness Béatrice, gave us the villa Éphrussi de Rothschild.

Good news, this exceptional site with its nine themed gardens and its musical water features can be privatized.

Further west, in La Napoule, why not try life in the Château, on the water’s edge.

Artists have always been welcome in this résidence restaurée, at the beginning of the 19th century by Henry and Mary Clews.

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An unimpeded view as an invitation to travel

They saw its high white frontage overlooking a green background of terraced gardens. This is how the famous hosts at Villa Serena in Menton discovered this jewel nestled in “little Africa” with its unique collection of palm trees and cycads. Another change of scenery and step back in time with Villa Kerylos. Perched on the rocky peak of the Bay of Fourmis in Beaulieu, it offers a faithful reconstruction of a home from Ancient Greece. Palm Beach on Pointe Croisette in Cannes is reborn. The terraces of the famous palace of a thousand and one nights reveal a magical perspective: Cap d’Antibes, the Bay of Cannes, The Lérins island and the Estérel mountain range.

For technology and science geeks

Charles Garnier and Gustave Eiffel combined their talents to create this temple to astronomy that is the Nice Observatory. Perched on Mont Gros, it opens a unique window to the heavens. Just as fascinating, the seabeds retain a partial mystique that the Monaco Oceanographic Museum is working to unravel.

Its founder, Prince Albert I, wanted to reconcile people and the sea; the museum is continuing his crusade.

Will artificial intelligence make its invaluable contribution in the future? The better understanding of both its extraordinary potential and its limits is the task of the Maison de l’IA [House of AI], open in Sophia Antipolis to all interested.

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Immerse yourself into a cultural melting pot

Three museums for three creative worlds. Its brightly-coloured monumental mosaic makes the Fernand Léger Museum stand out from afar, nestled in the lush green hills of Biot where the “colourful painter” used to live. The meeting of land and sky is symbolized by an architecture along refined geometric lines; the backdrop given by Kenzo Tange to the Museum of Asian Art in Nice plunges the visitor into the beginning of civilisations with marked spirituality. A privileged resident of the exceptional architectural complex designed by Josep Lluis Sert, modern and contemporary art is revealed in all its forms at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence.

Famous hotels: the Art Deco Côte d’Azur

Each one displays a strong identity, yet all three share a Provencal heritage and a character with a Mediterranean touch.

The Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse, the Mas Candille in Mougins and the Château Saint-Martin in Vence still cultivate this sense of hospitality nourished by authenticity, a gentle way of life and gastronomy with a regional flavour.

The Art Deco architecture evokes a Côte d’Azur where elegance rhymed with frivolity in the Roaring Twenties.

Three jewels on the coast recall this joyful era, the Majestic and the Martinez on La Croisette in Cannes, and more imposing, the Palais de la Méditerranée on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

Famous hotels: a rendezvous with History

The Hotel de Paris in Monaco, the Grand Hotel in Cap-Ferrat, and the Negresco in Nice: the legend of these luxury hotels remains inseparable from a Côte d’Azur favoured by the crowned heads in winter because of its mild climate.

Today, it welcomes the rich and famous from all five continents, all year round.

In Juan-les-Pins, the American youth, devastated by the Great War, sought to distract themselves during endless nights and lazing under the burning sun.

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were their idols. Their home became the Belles Rives hotel, in which the owners maintain the memory of the “Great Gatsby”.

Spaces to discover within the Conference Centres

A 360° panoramic view over the Bay of Cannes with balconies overlooking the sea and a modular space of 2,150 m², the Lérins Rotunda on the 1st floor of the Riviera Space in the Palais des Festivals has no competition.

In Monaco, the demolished Sporting d’Hiver has given way to One Monte-Carlo.

With its Art Deco architecture, the 301 m² meeting room in the new conference centre wants to appear as a link to the famous Salles des Arts that no longer exists today.

In Nice, the Palais des Expositions stands out with an impressive vault.

A span of 69 m over a length of 150 m, it is supported by a structure of concrete arches and lit by 4,000 Plexiglas panels.

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