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The Best Place for R&R on the Côte D’Azur

Lucky enough to be visiting the French Riviera this summer? Make the Metropole Hotel your go-to destination for rest and recovery.
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The Location

A discreet respite from the opulence of Monte Carlo, the timeless Metropole Hotel and Casino is not to be missed. Enter into a slightly sloping driveway lined with lush vegetation and, immediately, you will feel irresistibly welcome. Admire the palatial architecture as you make your way to the end of the path to the front doors. It is here that you will discover that luxury is not always synonymous with ‘bling.’ From the setting to the staff, down to the smallest detail, everything about this hotel is exceptional.

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The Spa

It is no wonder that the Metropole’s own Givenchy Spa epitomizes all the best of French aesthetics. It is in this elegantly minimalist space with notes of white, gold and black that you will be invited to slip on a Givenchy-emblazoned bathrobe minimalist space. Don’t worry, everyone is tempted to take one home as a souvenir. To ensure that everything is tailored to your needs, you will fill out a form determining your skin type, lifestyle, stress levels, needs and even your mood for the day (the latter of which will impact the sound and smell of services chosen for you). Le Soin Noir, L’Intemporel, and Hydra Sparkling are among the signature services that Givenchy Spa has to offer—all exceptional rituals based on the latest cosmetic innovations. This is a tailor-made Haute Couture experience that benefits both the body and the mind. We can assure you, you will emerge transformed: features relaxed, skin supple and your mood brighter.

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The Care

It would be a crime to leave the Metropole without getting a manicure-pedicure from guru Bastien Gonzalez. After working at a medical pedicure practice in Place des Vosges in Paris, the former skier—whose passion for podiatry came after a bad fall—travels among the world’s largest hotels and palaces to provide this unique experience to a demanding luxury clientele. Gonzalez approaches each consultation with an extraordinarily educated and tailored eye, ensuring that his clients receive the exact services and products that they need. Our favorite picks from his exclusive line of products? The ‘First Steps’ scrub made from black diamond, mother of pearl and black quartz volcanic sands combined with extracts from sage, thyme, and zinc to promote blood circulation and minimize scarring. This should be everyone’s go-to to treat feet that have been roughened by an excellent summer outdoors.

The Table

“To propose the exceptional in all its simplicity is undoubtedly the most difficult exercise,” affirmed the late great chef Joël Robuchon. Yet, this is the challenge that the hotelier has accepted alongside Japanese chef Takéo Yamazaki who, together, have opened a Japanese restaurant at the Metropole Hotel. One of the best restaurants in the world, Yoshi’s cuisine is resolutely modern and combines the Japanese tradition with the latest in Eastern culinary techniques. The result? A Michelin star in 2010. Translating into “goodness” in Japanese, Yoshi is characterized by the efficiency of its menu, the freshness of its products and the quality of its setting. Dining here is an invaluable experience for foodies.

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