The French Riviera has always been a popular playground for the rich and famous, and so it comes as no surprise that a plethora of Michelin quality restaurants is to be found in the world’s most popular luxury yacht charter grounds. These award-winning restaurants are an excellent addition to a honeymoon charter, birthday or to make a simple family holiday even more memorable.
Mirazur – Menton***
As you cruise along the Cote d’Azur past the sensational parties of Cannes and the glittering lights of Monaco, Menton is the last stop before entering the Italian Riviera. This often overlooked destination has everything to complement the fast-paced lifestyle of Monaco: High-end shopping, a top-quality selection of museums, a 17th Century basilica and a fort all right beside the main marina.
Menton is also well known for its various botanical gardens home to rare flora, and it is beside one of these verdant terraces that visitors can find Mirazur, the restaurant which took the top spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list.
Mirazur has an impressive three Michelin stars to its name and Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco takes his produce fresh from the restaurant’s gardens. Even if you are only mooring in Menton for an evening, dining here will be a memorable addition to your Mediterranean luxury yacht charter as you take in the French Riviera beneath starry night skies.
Cheval Blanc – St. Tropez***
This three Michelin star establishment has a collection of curated menus designed with complementary flavours to suit all tastes, from the timeless classics to contemporary fusions made from ingredients pulled fresh from the ground or the sea.
The restaurant is right along the seafront, so you can walk from Le musée de l’Annonciade or step off the beach to the perfect fine dining experience.
Example menu items have five to seven courses and include Young Rabbit with Absinthe and Country Bacon, and Langoustines with Chestnut Honey and Rosemary from the Massif des Maures. The a la carte menu and desserts will be just as tempting – and well deserved after all the hours of watersports along the Cote d’Azur.
Mareyeur – Port Grimaud
Seafood is a speciality at Mareyeur along the Port Grimaud seafront near the star-studded Saint-Tropez. The chic contemporary restaurant beside the water has received rave reviews for its consistently high standards, and its location amongst the fine sand beaches in the Gulf of St. Tropez makes it great for sunbathers and young families looking for a sheltered place to swim.
Pampelonne Beach is just a short cruise away if you wish to join the stars at Nikki Beach after sundown, however you will have a hard time moving away from the delectable menu, which has items such as ‘Tuna tataki, sesame, sake and yuzu infused soya sauce, julienne of vegetables‘ that will satisfy and still suit most budgets.
Bruno Oger – Cannes
Deep in the heart of Cannes is the two Michelin star restaurant Bruno Oger, a contemporary setting boasting Provençal cuisine that provides eight starters and eight seasonal dishes. Chef to the Cannes Film Festival, Bruno Oger has produced the dinners for events celebrating the 50th, 60th, 65th, 66th, 70th anniversaries.
The restaurant is the perfect stop during your tour of the city, whether you have come to see landmarks such as Le Suquet, Le Monastere Fortifie and Iles de Lerins or for events such as the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Yachting Festival, Dance festival or one of the many corporate gatherings.
Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit – Antibes
Michelin-star restaurant Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit is within walking distance of the marina in Antibes, the Picasso Museum, cathedral and a variety of bars and clubs for continuing a celebration long into the early hours.
The atmospheric restaurant has carefully preserved the original building features and the outside terrace is ambient day or night with winding vines creating a canopy overhead.
Savour each mouthful of lamb from the Alpilles, cooked in Vallauris clay, accompanied by gnocchi with Tuber Melanosporum truffles. Charter guests with a sweet tooth will delight at desserts like the Sierra Leone organic chocolate, and there is a wide selection of wine to accompany each choice.
Le Petit Nice – Passedat – Marseille
At the opposite end of the French Riviera, luxury yacht charter groups will find Marseille encompassed in stunning natural scenery such as the Calanques National Park, where high white cliffs create secluded anchorages ending in pale sand beaches. Le Petit Nice – Passedat in Marseille is the name of the restaurant attached to the Relais & Châteaux hotel, which is close to the beautiful Villa Valmer as well as the breathtaking Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.
Dine on fresh seafood accompanied by top-quality local wine from Château Guilhem Tournier, part of the Passedat brand. If you find a favourite amongst the selection takes it with you on your charter to savour by candlelight with a loved one on a deserted stretch of sandy coast.
Arpège – Paris
Many visitors who live far from the Mediterranean choose to begin or end their holiday in Paris, taking in the French capital’s sights before catching a flight from the international airport to the next destination. Galleries, museums, and endless shopping and dining opportunities can be found along the winding streets, one of the most prestigious being Arpège, a three Michelin-starred restaurant that has been the training grounds for many of France’s most distinguished chefs.
Only a short walk away from a selection of museums detailing France’s military past, Arpège is a treat for the senses and offers up an array of dishes to suit vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, even when red meat has been removed from the menu by Chef and Owner Alain Passard. The Chausey Lobster Aiguillettes with Côtes du Jura wine impressed critics and diners alike at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, securing the 8th place amongst all the competitors.