Tamara, our Mediterranean Concierge, recently spent a long weekend getting to know the Scott Dunn villa experience in the south of France. Read on to discover her ideas and top tips on making the most of this spoiling vacation…
On your first morning as a Scott Dunn villa guest, start your vacation on the right track with a lie-in, or a cup of tea and a good book in bed. Listen to the birdsong for a while, or consider starting your day off with a swim in your villa’s private heated pool. To energise your day; why not go for a sunrise run to explore the beautiful surrounding landscapes and take in the breath-taking views. Mornings no longer need to be a frantic rush!
Then, savour the aroma of homemade pastries and bread downstairs. Here your host will welcome you to your beautifully prepared breakfast, which you can enjoy alfresco in your villa’s luscious garden or terrace. You will be spoiled for choice, with an array of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, fresh yogurt parfaits, homemade pastries, skilfully prepared eggs or French toast.
Following breakfast, make the most of your villa’s optimum location and take a leisurely stroll around one of the nearby Provençal towns; with St Paul de Vence, Tourrettes-Sur-Loup and Vence all on your doorstep. Renowned for the violet flower, the nearby medieval town of Tourrettes-Sur-Loup is a true authentic fortified town, which is backed by a range of hills, from the Puy de Tourrette to the landscape surrounding Col de Vence. Truly stunning! St Paul De Vence, France’s third most famous attraction, is also just a short walk away. Bursting with French history, art and culture, the town is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-lunch aperitif.
After exploring the local area, why not head back to your villa for a spot of lunch with your family. Your personal chef will have prepared a wonderful light lunch, with plenty of delicious meat and fish cooked to perfection, accompanied by a vast choice of salads prepared with the freshest local produce.
Following lunch, should you not wish to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool, why not leave the children having fun with the Nanny and take a scenic drive down to the coast and explore the beach-side town of Antibes? With its ‘laissez-faire’ attitude and romantic atmosphere, it’s impossible not to feel relaxed in this beautiful quaint town. With museums, markets, marinas, art galleries and plenty of shops and boutiques, there is plenty to see and do…
As dusk falls, head back home to your villa, put your feet up and enjoy a refreshing glass of French Champagne or chilled rosé with some elegantly prepared canapes. Then, enjoy a carefully thought-out and delicious dinner, paired with wine of your choice from your villa’s wine starter-pack.
Following dinner, enjoy a calming candlelit bath to truly wind-down before bed, or curl up with the kids for a spot of late night Netflix.
Whatever you choose, relax; knowing that when you do eventually climb into your bed, you can rest peacefully knowing the magic will all begin again tomorrow!