A French Riviera Hideaway Overlooking The Superyacht Circuit
At home in spectacular Villa Med
A modern five-storey, five-bedroom villa set on one of the most picturesque and conveniently located stretches of the Cote d’Azur, Villa Med lays on the periphery of Nice and Monaco, yet off the tourist circuit. Vast, multifaceted and finished throughout in pristine whites, it offers spectacular ocean views, a sun-soaked rooftop pool and recreational areas throughout.
Clean-living types might choose it for the gym, sauna, steam room and surrounding tangle of hikes and coastal walks, but with a powerful integrated Sonos sound system and such reliable good weather - the area receives 300 days of sunshine a year - the property also makes a wonderful setting for a special anniversary, family get-together or party.
Embedded in the foothills that fringe the French Riviera, the property is a steep, strenuous 10-minute walk from Eze sur Mer station. From there, it’s about 15 minutes by train to Nice and 10 to Monaco, but frequent visitors to the fabled stretch of coastline will find the property also provides easy access to less obvious attractions.
In addition to visiting the major cities, a week-long stay would provide ample time to explore the palatial Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Cap Ferrat, a belle epoque marvel abundant with tapestries and antique furniture, as well as the quaint mountaintop, medieval village of Eze, accessed either by hiking the Nietzsche Path or driving a tight, dizzying roadway that clings precipitously to cliff edges.
We also found time to venture across the border by train to the Italian city of Ventimiglia and frequently considered venturing down to the pebble beach at Eze Sur Mer on the many sunny days of our visit - but the allure of our own private pool proved more attractive.
What to expect
Laden with luggage and groceries after disembarking at Eze sur Mer station, our ascent to the elevated property by foot proved an ungainly, sweaty start to our stay - infirm guests would do well to hire a car for the duration of their visit or to arrange taxis for trips from the train station.
Once in situ, however, that incline is indisputably worth it. With every bedroom and every level of the property providing a view of the ocean, Villa Med’s remarkable panorama is rarely out of sight.
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