When love is in the air and a get-away in on the cards, it’s only natural that you want a hideaway in which to immerse totally in the joys that such amour may bring. And so head for Tiara Yaktsa boutique hotel.
The ride from Nice Airport is a pleasant tootle along the twisty N8 coastal road to the the tiny town of Théoule-sur-Mer, an area with lovely red rock inlets and where they say, the water quality around its cliffs is the best in Europe.
This stone, terracotta-hued property is accessed via a tiny road and is easy to miss. But if you do, it won’t matter, as the iconic views over the yacht-dotted seas and hilly Côte d’Azur backdrop make the detour well worth while.
Part of the charm is that it’s built into the hillside and that it overlooks the azure waters of the Mediterranean sea. The website says it has the accolade of being the most romantic in Europe – and those views certainly help.
There are just 21 rooms over three levels and the décor throughout has more than a dab of eastern promise – tiled floors, richly coloured walls, exotic artworks, opulent dark wood furniture, and enrobed beds – all add to a sense of romantic occasion.
Our room had en suite with a bath, all the mod cons, a set of music cds and a cd player. Its small balcony with a table that looks out onto the Mediterranean was a great space for an early evening aperitif.
Couples looking for a hide-away, romance or simply a place to revive.
On arrival guests are escorted to the terrace to enjoy a welcome drink to spend a moment to enjoy those views over the Cote d’Azur. But there are several terraces, hidden by vegetation which are beautiful spaces to enjoy a drink and some canapes or a meal at any time.
The hotel’s heated infinity pool, hot tub, and luxurious day beds set in the hotel gardens is a restful way to while away the time. Their sister hotel down the road, the Miramar, has a beach for guest use. A car is essential but happily there is a free car park.
There is fine dining at their L’Or Bleu restaurant and a final night-cap overlooking the Mediterranean on their terrace.
Not much goes on in the area other than a sprinkling of shops and bars and there are no major monuments or sights to visit except for the surrounding landscape where a hike into the hills and forests behind the town would no doubt, be great way to feel at one with nature.
For a little action the pull of St Tropez may be compelling. If so catch the ferry at Saint-Raphael (around 20 minutes drive away) for a day out in this chic Riviera town.
Wi Fi Available
Yes, it’s free.
From 200 euros plus 29 euros for breakfast.
How to get there?
Get a flight to Nice, then rent a car at Nice Airport. Tiara Yaktsa is about 40 minutes drive from the airport.