Riding up the Mont Alban


Vue sur la baie de Villefranche

Up to 220 meters above sea level, the Mont Alban hill offers a breathtaking panorama above the French Riviera from Cap d’Ail to Antibes. After a succession of steps to reach the top, your hard efforts will be awarded !

Upon arrival, you will discover the fort of Mont Alban, built in 1557 following the siege of Nice in 1543, by order of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy.
The fort is an essential element of the defense system, completing the Château de Nice and the Citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Classified “Historical Monument” in 1909, it will be occupied by Italian and German troops during WW2, and then bombed by Allied forces. From 1949 trenching operations and restoration occur. The fort became the property of the Ministry of Culture in 1964.

Besides an exceptional landscape setting, the fort strategic location is a balcony over two prestigious sites: the beautiful bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the East side, and Nice and its the famous “Baie des Anges” on the West side.

Our tip: take a break on your return on the port of Villefranche’s harbour.

Departure: Villefranche Citadel, 5 minutes drive from the hotel, 10 minutes by bus.
2 hours walk.

Circuit du Mont Alban


See you soon in 2015!


Re-opening Royal-Riviera Season’s 14 is now over, time has come for my Team to take a little break! We really look forward to seeing you at the hotel in 2015, from February 9th! Warm regards from Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat ! Christophe, Chef Concierge

Cap Ferrat walks

Aristocrats, artists, politicians, or billionaire businessmen, these famous residents have chosen St Jean Cap Ferrat for its preserved environment, between pine hood and rugged coastline.
The best way to explore Saint Jean Cap Ferrat are the walks that go through the whole peninsula.
Here below our selection of 3 tours to help you discover our beautiful destination.

L’Isthme de St Jean

Baie des Fourmis

Vue sur la baie des Fourmis

This walk will guide you to the heights of the peninsula, between the bay of Beaulieu on the East side and the Bay of Villefranche on the West side. Walking among the native pines you will catch sight of amazing palaces and villas surrounded by beautiful gardens. Unmissable stop: the villa-museum Ephrussi de Rothschild (built in 1912), authentic symbol of the Belle Epoque splendour. Read more

HANgoût restaurant : a delicious fusion of French and Japanese food

HANgoût - Nice

HANgoût Restaurant in Nice

After working together in a luxury hotel on the French Riviera, Takayuki Kamiya (Chef) and Michel Baranger (head waiter) decided to open their own restaurant: HANgoût.

The HANgoût restaurant combines traditional Japanese cuisine with French and Mediterranean gastronomy.
The mix is perfect, plenty of taste and flavors.

One year after its opening, this table has all the makings of being a great one, moreover without any pretention.

Experience even more pleasant on the terrace !

Restaurant Hangoût Nice


HANgoût Restaurant 5, rue du Moulin, 06300 Nice
picto auto At 20 minutes from the Royal-Riviera hotel

Walking in the Footsteps of Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau was a famous French writer, film maker and painter of the XXth century. After staying many times on the French Riviera, the artist completely fell in love with our destination.

Even thoughhe stayed on vcations on the Côte d’Azur, he really wanted to leave his legacyfrom his experiences.
Come and discover his artistic works through our dedicated offer from St Jean cap Ferrat to Menton.


The Santo-Sospir Villa

villa santo sospir, St-Jean-Cap-Ferratsalle à manger

The Santo Sospir villa

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New underwater trail in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Sentier sous-marin, plage des fossettes

Underwater trail, “Fossettes” Beach

Don’t forget your masks and snorkels!

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has just opened a new underwater trail located on the “Anse des Fossettes” beach.
Over 200 meters, you can now discover the Mediterranean wildlife following 5 buoys with explanatory panels: Sandy seabeds, the Posidonia seagrass, small lighted rocks, small unenlightened rocks, rock faults. …Read more

Jan restaurant: An unexpected French-South African blend

Restaurant Jan - ©Paris-Côte d'Azur, Patrick Flet

Restaurant Jan – ©Paris-Côte d’Azur, Patrick Flet

Opened in November 2013, ‘Jan’ restaurant offers a unique menu mixing traditional French cuisine and culinary delights from South Africa.

Native from South Africa, the Chef Jan Hendrix van der Westhuizen was firstly a contributing food editor of “Elle” Magazine South Africa and France. Then he worked as a Yacht Chef traveling all over the Mediterranean for 2 years.
His unusual experience, led him to open his own restaurant in Nice, combining his origins and his love for French gastronomy. His gourmet menu also reflects his passion for photography and design, offering splendid dishes presentations, but above all excellent and very audacious recipes.
The menu changes every two weeks, the opportunity to come back and discover new unique recipes. The restaurant to taste absolutely!

©Restaurant Jan

©Restaurant Jan

Christophe, Chef Concierge

Jan Restaurant
picto auto at 15 mn from the Royal-Riviera
12 rue Lascaris – 06000 – Nice

Marineland Private Visit

Private Visit - Marineland

Private Visit – Marineland

“Marine World lovers, this “Private Visit” is made for you! With family & friends or as a couple, come and discover the Marineland park in a very exclusive way and benefit from its amazing VIP services.

Your dedicated guide will lead you throughout the park for 3 hours, in the language of your choice (Russian, English, Spanish, Polish and Italian).

First, you will go to the VIP Box to enjoy the Killer whales show, with a behind the scene access. With the keepers, you will have the opportunity to get close to the whales which weight over 3 tones!

Then, direction to your reserved seats to attend the dolphin show.
You will have fun watching the dolphins jumping, but meeting and swimming with them for one hour will be the icing on the cake to a memorable & unique experience!
And finally you will have a whale of a time by also meeting the Sea Lions!

A food and beverage package is included in this offer (excluding alcoholic beverages), with a parking space reserved.

If you are interested by the Marineland Private visit, don’t hesitate to contact us. Deadline for reservation: 48 hours.”

Guided Tours in Saint jean Cap Ferrat

Presqu'île de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Presqu’île de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Did you know that Charlie Chaplin was a Royal-Riviera’s neighbor, or that the villa “Les Cedres” (King of Belgium former property) was transformed into a hospital during the First World War ?

To discover all the secrets of history and heritage of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat’s History and Heritage, the Tourism Office organizes guided tours, on both sides of the peninsula : …Read more

Mougins Museum of Classical Art

Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins

Mougins Museum of Classical Art

Little known to the general public than the famous museums of the Côte d’ Azur (Matisse, Chagall or Picasso), the Mougins Museum of Classical Art (MACM) also deserves your attention.

Located at the heart of the old village of Mougins, near Cannes, the MACM will delight lovers of Ancient Art. Sculptures, vases, jewelry, coins… these collections will see you travel from Egypt to Ancient Greece, not to mention the Roman era.

The main asset of this museum is …Read more

Cap Martin walking path

Sentier du Corbusier

View from the Cap Martin footpath

From Beaulieu-sur-mer station, take the train and stop in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Starting from Roquebrune Tourism Office, let’s discover the walking path aroud the Cap Martin, which strolls by the sea, past Belle Époque villas and lush Mediterranean coastal vegetation. …Read more

Summer Live Music Festivals

Jazz, Rock , pop, R&B, Soul music… the season for Live Music Festivals is coming soon ! You’ll find here below our short list of the main Summer festivals.

Don’t wait too long to book your tickets, some shows will be sold out soon ! Dont’t hesitate to contact us +33 (0)4 93 76 31 00 – concierge@royal-riviera.com


Nice Jazz Festival 2014

This Jazz Festival was the first one organized in France in 1948, with Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhard as headliners. Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald or Miles Davis have appeared regularly in the festival. For 20 years now, Jazz music has been mixed with world and pop music to reach a wider audience.
All Stars, Melting Pot, Rock it, Deep & Soul, et Fire party are the 5 themes of this year’s festival with Keziah Jones, Deep Purple, Metronomy, Joshua Redman quartet, De La Soul band, and many others. Full program. Read more

Children mosaic workshops at the Kérylos Villa

Atelier mosaique Villa Kérylos

© Villa Kérylos

The Kérylos Villa, located opposite the Royal-Riviera in Beaulieu-sur-mer, offers children to discover the Ancient Greece Art with mosaic workshops.
Workshops are open every first Sunday of the month (starting from February 2nd) and during school holidays from 2pm to 6pm.

February holidays program

Children will discover how to make a stool decorated with mosaic on a special 4-afternoon workshop (from Monday to Fryday -except wednesday- from 2pm to 5pm).

From 10 years old, 180 euros per child.

To book a worskhop during your stay at the Royal-Riviera, don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Kérylos villa is just 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel.

Sharks: a thrilling experience in Monaco

Requins - l'expo sensation

© Musée Océanographique de Monaco

Did you know that jellyfishes or mosquitoes are much more deadly than sharks? The mission of the exhibition is to raise awareness about the importance of protecting this threatened species, essential for the health of oceans ecosystems.

The most surprising attraction is of course the “bassin-caresse”, which is an open basin where you can dip your hands to touch the sharks. This basin is a unique experience that will appeal to many children and parents! … Read more

Winter festivals 2015

During February holidays, the French Riviera celebrates winter with colored Festivals and Carnivals from Nice to Menton.

Nice Carnival – February 13th to March 1st 2015 The Carnival “King of Music” will show his fans that he has more than one string to his bow and to his guitar!

Carnaval de Nice 2015  

In a unique setting, on the Promenade des Anglais, the elegant “flower battles” are part of the carnival not to be missed. Read more

Unusual visits at the Rothschild & Kérylos villas

Ready to travel back in time? The Rothschild and Kérylos villas invite you to a unique experience discovering the daily life of the villas at the Belle Epoque Time. Actors, dancers, musicians, villas come alive for unusual and unique visits to enjoy in family the last two weekends of October.

October 18th and 19th, 2014

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Over the course of a day, discover the daily life of the villa and its Belle Epoque gardens, with three unique visits for adults and children. Read more

Beaulieu Classic Festival

beaulieu classic festival 2014

From September 9th to 20th, a new festival is taking place: The Beaulieu Classic festival.

6 nights, everyday in a different historical place, played by the international virtuosos.

With a unique atmosphere at each concert, the Beaulieu Classic Festival is much more than an ordinary classical music event, its a real experience to live. To combine music and gastronomy, each concert will be followed by a dinner with the artists, two of them at La Pergola at the Royal Riviera on September 9th and 12th. Read more

Our not to missed summer exhibition: “Art Lovers”

Our not to be missed summer Exhibition: Art Lovers, Stories of Art in the Pinault Collection’ at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
From Juy 12th to September 7th.

Exposition Art Lovers - Grimaldi forum Monaco

ArtLovers presents a selection of forty major art works from the Pinault collection. Every work illustrate the links and relationship, visible or secret, with anterior works.

The idea of the intertextuality of art “in the second degree” will thus be the recurrent theme in the choice of works presented at Monaco, bringing together some of the most famous pieces of art of the collection along with rarerworks, including fifteen never before shown in earlier exhibitions. Lire la suite

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