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Elodie and Camilla

Earlier this month the lovely Elodie and Camilla from the Pierre & Vacances UK team were lucky enough to spend a week in the South of France discovering the Pierre et Vacances residences along the Cote d’Azur.  For one week they went from residence to residence meeting the resort managers, their teams and checking out the holiday apartments, pools and local areas. We know, it’s a tough job but someone had to do it!

Here Elodie shares some of their photos and tips for holidays to Nice, Cannes and St Tropez:

Premium Residence Port Prestige 

Only 30 minutes from Nice airport, our first night was spent at the Premium Residence Port Prestige in Antibes.

The residence is a five minute walk to the Port with views of Fort Carre and 10 minutes walk to the beautiful beach of “ Plage de la Gravette”.

This was the view from the balcony of our apartment….

…and what an amazing roof with a Jacuzzi!

The first day of our tour started with a visit to some of the most beautiful self-catering residences in Cannes.

Cannes Mandelieu Holiday Village

Cannes Mandelieu is located just 800 metres from the beach and close to the much celebrated Boulevard de la Croisette where the Cannes film festival is held.


Residence Cannes Beach

Cannes Beach is only five minutes from the beach, close to the centre of Cannes. The apartments are spread out over seven floors, and for those wanting to keep their bikini figures while on holiday there is a fitness room also available on-site.


Residence Cannes Villa Francia

Cannes Villa Francia residence has been recently renovated, and the infinity pool is pretty special.

After a long day of visiting the holiday apartments and residences (whilst also enjoying the 30°C sun!), we were off to the holiday village of Cap Esterel for two nights.

Cap Esterel Holiday Village


Cap Esterel feels like a little village, everything is on-site: mini supermarket, restaurants, shops, doctor, six swimming pools all over 200 hectares. Plus lots of activities for all ages available, such as tennis, a circus school, zumba lessons, horse riding, Nordic walking, paintball, diving…. to name a few!

The residence also has its own lake, with bookable activities like the Tree Top Adventure course with the interestingly named ‘devilish’ zipline.

Every week a program is released with all the different activities and events available at the holiday village, we were lucky to see a Provencal market where local farmers came to sell their products on the main street called “Place de la Bravade”.  We met local olive producers, wine suppliers, farm produce and also local artists and designers selling jewelry, glass, scarves… Of course it was the food which captivated us the most:

The “Navette”, it’s a biscuit from Marseille, it can be plain or flavoured, generally with an orange or lemon taste.

We also enjoyed, the “Fougasse” which is a type of flat bread made with olives, cheese, anchovies… typically from Provence but with regional variations.

To finish our tasting tour, the Saucisson. They were really good – actually I tasted all of them but I controlled myself and only bought three!

But it wasn’t all work for us, during our stay in the Cap Esterel holiday village we took a little train to the beach to treat ourselves to some rest and a nice tan for our return to the UK!

Les Issambres

Thursday was the day for viewing the St Tropez area and the residences in Les Issambres:  Les Rivages, Les Calanques,  Le Hameau and Les Issambres Holiday Village. Les Issambres is a really peaceful and a pretty part of the Cote d’Azur, perfect for a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the main towns in the South of France but close enough to visit them for the day.

The resort manager, Murielle Oger, showed us various accommodation types, some of which have been upgraded in 2007 and to meet our Premium residence standard.

After visiting Les Rivages des IssambresLe Hameau des Issambres and Les Calanques des Issambres, we went to see the Les Issambres Holiday Village managed by Sourya Grégoire.

The holiday village sits on the hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean with fantastic views, although we had a short drive to the coast we were pleasantly surprised to find there is a Pierre et Vacances private beach where you can rent sunbeds.

Pierre et Vacances Les Restanques Holiday Village

Les Restanques Holiday Village is situated at only 8km from beautiful St Tropez bay.

The holiday village has two swimming pools, including a heated pool and a wave pool, and two restaurants on-site with a buffet or  à la Carte menu. The accommodation varies  from studio to a Bastide for eight people. So there really is something for everyone!

Pierre & Vacances Residence Parc des Grimaud

Residence Parc des Grimaud’s nearby beach is walking distance away, only 400 metres via a private and secure path. As well as the 300 apartments being fully renovated in 2011, the residence has been awarded the “Green Key” in 2010.


The building “Marianne” is the only building in the Residence Parc des Grimaud to have self-catering apartments with air conditioning and separated toilets.

To find out more about our accommodation in the South of France, and grab a late-sun deal, see our website!