Nice Carnival (or Nice Carnaval) is the main winter event on the Riviera is one of the largest carnivals in the world, offering a programme of unforgettable entertainment. Every year the carnival’s frivolities are based around a particular theme, this year’s ‘The King of Music’ is sure to be an extravagant showstopper. Various events are taking place from 13th February to 1st March around Nice.
EAT: Jan, 12 Rue Lascaris, 06300 Nice, France
On the French Riviera you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to exclusive restaurants with fine cuisine, from Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo to le Bâoli in Cannes. The newly opened restaurant Jan, is located off the old port of Nice. Having opened only a few months ago, this restaurant already has a reputation of one of the best places to eat on the Côte d’Azur, easily beating stiff competition in the area.
From a farm in South Africa to the shores of the Mediterranean, Jan offers modern French food with a touch of South African heritage. From when he was very young, Head Chef Jan spent most of his time in the garden and kitchen. His culinary admiration has only blossomed, with his lifelong dream of opening a restaurant finally realised.
Jan prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients from the market, so its menu is heavily seasonal. A typical lunch menu provides freshly pressed juices like spicy carrot and golden beet to rhubarb and ginger with orange and apricot and rose. Dinners are a slightly more formal affair with elegant white tablecloths and soft vocal jazz in the background.
Typically Niçois dishes are given a modern twist like lobster and algae tartare with shellfish consommé, Socca sandwich with smoked mozzarella or home-made ravioli served with a scoop of creamy Époisses finished with leek ash. A stunning dessert menu follows, with the likes of a delicious pumpkin and chocolate tart with cognac and popcorn ice-cream.
Jan is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Dishes start from €18.
For more information or to reserve a table visit http://restaurantjan.com or telephone +33 (0) 497 19 32 23.
DRINK: Le Relais, Hotel Negresco, 37, Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France
With its authentic walnut woodwork from 1913 and its exceptional tapestry from 1683, Negresco’s is a place of hushed tasting. When the evening comes, the bar wakes to the rhythm of jazz chords and Latino music.
Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: discover the Bar Le Relais cocktail of the month – the perfect accompaniment to some live jazz.
Open from 7:30 pm until Midnight. Cocktails from 17€.
For more information visit http://www.hotel-negresco-nice.com or telephone + 33 (0) 493 16 64 00.
SLEEP: Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée, 13-15 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France
Walk into the vast marble, glass and polished-wood lobby of the Hyatt Regency Nice and there is no doubt that you are joining the Côte-d’Azur elite.
Moving through the impressive reception areas, the real knock-out punch comes on the third-floor, where the public areas assemble. Behind the frontage (which, from the inside, soars like a Roman temple) is a huge terrace-cum-courtyard. Here is where you while away sun-lounger hours when you should be working or visiting. An inside-outside pool is off on one side, bar and restaurant on the other. And there’s ample space for all in-between. One’s sense of privilege is amplified. Elsewhere, there are hammams and a sauna – and, downstairs, the casino, should you be tempted…
There are 188 rooms, all large and contemporary with art deco notes, their soft colours brightened considerably by patches of blue, ochre, green and orange. Evoking Mediterranean lands and seascapes, the decoration is decadent and impressive. Any international luxury traveller will find the Hyatt Regency Nice eminently agreeable.
Furniture, bedding and all-round comfort are up to the standards one might expect in a five-star establishment. Many of the rooms feature balconies – though the presence of the gigantic façade means that promised sea-views are sometimes slightly obscured. Guests may wish to choose a side-room, where “partial sea-views” may, in fact, be more satisfying.
For dining at the Hyatt Regency Nice, guests are offered the choice between the two-starred cuisine of Michelin chef Jean-Denis Rieubland at Restaurant Le Chantecler, or the more playful bistro La Rotonde Brasserie – complete with decorative carousel, perfect for the Carnival!
For rates or more details visit: http://nice.regency.hyatt.com/fr/hotel/home.html
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