Authentic French Riviera luxury stay at Le Mas Candille Hotel

For our final stay in the Cote d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, we had a true authentic luxury experience at a beautiful 5 star hotel in Mougins to close off our European trip in style! To read all about our road trip and see more French Riviera pictures you can check my previous blog post: Beauty of the Cote d’Azur but not before reading this one.

Imagine a hotel in the middle of the French Riviera situated in a quaint medieval village just 10 minutes from classy Cannes and only a 30 minutes drive from Nice airport. A hotel where you are welcomed by an impressive olive tree lined entrance way, where artworks are spread out over the extensive hotel grounds of more than 4 acres. And where gastronomy is perfected in 2 Michelin star restaurants surrounded by scented jasmine flowers, lavender fields and cypress trees, completed with perfect valley views looking out over ancient French villages.

Le Mas Candille hotel entrance FranceLe Mas Candille hotel Grasse night views

This special piece of French Riviera heaven is called: Le Mas Candille.

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel situated in cultural surroundings, near the classiest area of the French Riviera, but still with an authentic vibe, unique architectural heritage, lots of space and privacy on beautiful nature grounds, with a big offering of facilities and services, then this is the hotel for you!

But these are just some of the unique features which made our stay at this hotel feel like a dream. This place has such a special history and so much character, which makes it a true gem in my opinion. I will show them to you through many of my own pictures as always, and a few of the hotel’s as well.

Le Mas Candille Hotel France restaurant terrace

Pic credits Le Mas Candille

Now you can stay here for FREE as well, because I’m happy to announce that I can give away a fabulous package for your stay at this hotel!

When you enter the competition this week you are able to win the same ultimate experience I had of the perfect French Riviera luxury stay at Le Mas Candille Hotel including the following:

  • 2 FREE night stays for 2 persons in a beautiful authentic Le Mas room
  • Including breakfast, 1 lunch AND 1 dinner at the hotel’s restaurants,
  • And to top it off also a 30 minutes spa treatment of your choosing at the hotel’s award winning spa.

To win this all you have to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Sign up here Registration French Riviera Contest to confirm you want to win this FREE ultimate luxury package,
  2. Like the page of AuthenticChica and Le Mas Candille on Facebook and/or follow both accounts AuthenticChica and LeMasCandile on Instagram,
  3. Comment under this blog post or on social media that you followed all steps and tag/mention at least 2 persons in your comment that would be interested in this competition as well.

For bonus points you can also share this blog on Facebook and name 1 good reason on social media or in the comments of this blog why you should win this to convince us.

The winner will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on the 31st of July, good luck!

Now back to the hotel…

Let me show you what exactly makes Le Mas Candille so unique and why I can certainly recommend it to you as well.

This hotel is a 18th century farmhouse owned by a British family which lovingly transformed it into the 38 room and 7 suite hotel it currently is. This can be recognized in its authentic vibe, rustic architectural elements, natural surroundings and French façade! The hotel is a member of the Relais & Chateux group, which represent a unique and chic selection of luxury hotels and high quality restaurants.

Le Mas Candille hotel grounds France (2)

Nature surrounding the authentic French farmhouse at sundown

Although it’s a small scale boutique hotel Le Mas Candille offers a multitude of facilities, while the amount of rooms is kept small by choice. Next to exclusivity, luxury and service the owners want to offer their guests the space and privacy they deserve, and this is recognized by celebrities and people of note from all around the world.

The hotel is divided in 3 living spaces which each have something different to offer.

We stayed in a traditional room at ‘’Le Mas’’, part of the main building and the original farmhouse. I really loved this cozy Provencal styled bedroom with our French balcony with valley view, as this represents the perfect combination of authentic chicness to me!

Le Mas traditional hotel room

Pic credits Le Mas Candille

Le Mas hotel room France

Le Mas Bathroom

Pic credits Le Mas Candille

Next to the accommodation and architecture I really loved the lavender fields, scented jasmine flowers, olive trees and different flowers all around the hotel, combined with tall cypress- and palm trees, which are so typical for the French Riviera and Provence region. At Le Mas Candille we were able to enjoy this without even having to leave.

Le Mas hotel room France (4)

All of this is complemented with unique sculptures and artworks of local artists from the surrounding village Mougins. For an architecture and culture lover like me the perfect setting.

Le Mas Candille hotel grounds France

Lavender fields and beautiful sculptures in front of our room

To show you what exactly made our stay here so careless and complete I summarized the unique features of the hotel for you:

  • Le Mas Candille is a small-scale 5 star hotel with many amenities in the room: free WIFI, flat-screen TV, safe, mini bar and air-conditioning,

Le Mas hotel room France (5)

  •  The hotel is centrally located near Nice and Cannes, in the middle of the authentic and quiet village Mougins, 
Mougins France view from above

Pic credits Le Mas Candille

  • Extensive nature grounds surround the hotel which provide many seating- and relaxing options spread out over the premises,

 Le Mas Candille hotel smaller swimmingpool France (1)  Chilling at Le Mas Candille hotel France (2)

  • The hotel has 3 swimming pools and 2 Jacuzzi’s,
Le Mas Candille main swimmingpool France (1)

Main swimming pool at sundown with panoramic views

  • It even has an award winning spa with 5 treatment rooms, Jacuzzi, sauna, hydrotherapy pool and an outdoor fitness room,
Le Mas Candille Spa Jacuzzi France

Pic credits Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille SPA France (1)

Le Mas Candille hotel fitness

Pic credits Le Mas Candille

  • This was the first SHISEIDO spa in the French Riviera and they recently added the pure and natural products of ESPA to complete the spa’s product range. From the wide choice of treatments I really enjoyed the facial treatment with ESPA’s wonderfully scented products, and fell in love with the hammock and relaxation area,
Le Mas Candille spa treatment room

Pic credits Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille spa ESPA products  Le Mas Candille hotel hydrotherapy Pool

Chilling at Le Mas Candille hotel France

Hammock relaxation time at Le Mas Candille spa

  • The service in both the spa and hotel reception is perfect. The staff is welcoming and always willing to help with directions, book day tours or give sightseeing tips,
Le Mas Candille hotel swimmingpool view France

Perfect views over the French countryside and the pre-Alps

  • An excellent breakfast is served at Le Candille restaurant with unique views over Grasse, but it is also possible to have it served at your room,

 Le Candille breakfast with a view  Le Mas Candille hotel room breakfast France

  • Lunch and dinner I have to mention more extensively, as the 2 hotel restaurants are definitely something to be highlighted!

About the restaurants

Stunning views can be enjoyed during breakfast, lunch and dinner, each of them different but all equally beautiful from both restaurants. At ‘’La Pergola’’ summer restaurant next to the stunning main pool lunch is served all afternoon with panoramic views over the valley. We loved our 3 course lunch here as they offer such an extensive Mediterranean menu and the signature macaron dessert was just to die for! See for yourself:

Le Mas Candille main pooland La Pergola restaurantLa Pergola lunch view at French Riviera Hotel Le Mas Candille  La Pergola lunch at French Riviera Hotel Le Mas CandilleLa Pergola ,acaron dessert at French Riviera Hotel Le Mas Candille

Dinner in Michelin star restaurant ‘’Le Candille’’ is truly unique and something that should be experienced! Chef David Chauvac serves lunch and dinner here with flair and creativity in a classic setting of romantic round tables spread out over the wide terrace. This restaurant is situated in front of the traditional facade, lined with trees, and also offers wide views over the French Riviera country side.

Le Candille restaurant ambiance (1)

The food itself, the wines, the presentation of each dish and the service were all wonderful. Completed with tasteful lighting, views over Grasse lighting up during sundown while being surrounded by scented jasmine flowers, I couldn’t help but wonder if a dinner could get more romantic and perfect than this. But you can be the judge of that as well:

Le Candille dinner (2)  Le Candille dinner with a viewLe Candille dinner (5)Le Candille dinner (3)  Le Candille dinner (4)

Both restaurants are also open to non-residents. And lunch, but especially the 4 course chef’s dinner menu is highly recommended, even if you’re not staying at the hotel!

Le Candille restaurant ambiance (2)

About the surroundings

While nearby Cannes and Antibes are more well known and definitely worth a visit, we preferred the small medieval town Mougins directly surrounding the hotel!

This typical French village with ancient stone houses, Provencal restaurants and winding streets is something that should not be missed if you want to experience the true French Riviera spirit.

Mougins France (1)

The village is renowned for its gastronomy and culture and hosts several gastronomic events throughout the year, which we were happy to witness during our stay. Mougins is also known for its many resident artists and unique cultural events. Pablo Picasso even worked and lived here the last 15 years of his life!

In this quaint village I recommend to roam the medieval streets with unique facades and flowers all around, to admire the art in the various art galleries, marvel over the views of the bay of Cannes, visit the Classic Art Museum if you are a true culture lover, or just enjoy the many restaurants all around the village.

You can watch this slide show to get a good impression of wonderful Mougins already:

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And find out more about the most beautiful spots in the Cote d’Azur in my previous blog post. If you need more French Riviera tips or want to ask me anything travel related feel free to contact me by mail at:

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What do you think of this hotel? Can’t wait to stay here and have the same unique experience I did? Then go to the hotel’s website to book directly for the best price: website of Le Mas Candille

But don’t forget to enter the competition for a chance to win a free stay incl.many extra’s in this French Riviera luxury hotel as well, by signing up with this link: Registration French Riviera Contest

Good luck and leave your comment, and a reason why you really want to stay here, in the comments below!

About Authentic Chica

Traveler, wanderer and explorer from the Netherlands, with a special love for authenticity, while keeping it chic. With a passion for traveling, lust for exploring, heart for holidays and an eye for beautiful things. Find out about my tips on how to find the perfect traveling combination of authentic chicness.
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49 Responses to Authentic French Riviera luxury stay at Le Mas Candille Hotel

  1. I would love love to be part of this and be considered! I will also make sure to highlight beautiful Le Mas Candille in the best light on my Instagram ✨✨✨


    • I know for sure you will Arianne, so glad that you like the hotel, my blog and that you’re joining the competition! I’m sure you will love it there! Fingers crossed…xxx


  2. rovingjo says:

    Not sure how I will get myself here but I will figure that out once I win it. Oh and I completed all steps 🙂 Happy Roving!!!


    • Hahaha so funny Joella, but would be perfect to go there next year with your girls! Great that you’re joining the competition! I know for sure you will love it there! O yeah and btw you can also share my blog on Facebook for bonus points if you like:) Fingers crossed…xxx


  3. wannderful says:

    Wow! Seems marvellous to me! Love the sights!


  4. Andrea says:

    Wauw Naomi wat een su-per gaaf dit! I LOVE the French Rivièra!!! En wat een mooi hotel: dat zwembad, en die gerechten! En die hangmat bij de Spa ook zo cool! Wat een leven heb jij toch 😉 Mijn vriend en ik zouden in Augustus naar Vichy in Frankrijk gaan (Iron-man vind daar plaats) maar door (gezondheids)omstandigheden kon dat helaas niet door gaan. Super leuk als we op deze manier toch nog samen weg kunnen gaan! Liefs Andrea


    • Ahhh wat een bijzondere en lieve reden Andrea! Ik ga zeker voor je duimen, super leuk dat je mee doet! En fijn om te horen dat je de blog mooi vond, dit hotel is idd heel bijzonder en heb m’n best gedaan het zo goed mogelijk over te brengen, dus leuk om te horen!! Thanx, xxx


      • buttoudin muriel says:

        It would be so fantastic to be in This marvelous Hotel. i play and i shared this competition with my 2 friends Remy lgr et Christophe buttoudin on Facebook. (muriel btn on Facebook) muriel buttoudin


  5. Matteo says:

    It would be so fantastic to be in This Wonderful 5 ⭐️!!! I will can share lot of pics in Instagram!😉😍. French Riviera i never seen… I’d like so much… And it is Not so far…👋👋


  6. DARGO Lilla says:

    Hi! This is a wonderful place I always wanted to visit! Maybe we will be the lucky ones 🙂
    I completed all the steps; tagged 2 people under your facebook post. Thanks!


  7. Isabelle says:

    Wow This is my favorite hotel! Thanks Naomi for the competition! Fingers crossed!


  8. This place looks amazing!! I really hope I’ll be able to win it, that’ll totally make my trip to South of France next year. Thanks for sharing!


  9. karlstefano says:

    What time can i check in ?


  10. Eleanor Witt says:

    Oooo please please can I win! Ruth and Michael Elborn are two people who I would love to enjoy this with!


  11. Sigrid Hoek says:

    Dit hotel ziet er echt uit als een droom!! Natuurlijk doe ik mee 😉 Zou echt te gek zijn als ik dit zou winnen xxx


  12. Sandor DARGO says:

    Hello! Since I moved to the region and started to learn about the most gourmet places, I want to visit this wonderful place! Maybe the time is coming!


  13. World Travel Bug says:

    I’m in! I’m in! This is my first contest!! I don’t usually participate in these but the pics and the post really convinced me that this hotel is worth it. You did a damn fine job girl! So yay! Fingers crossed now! xxx


  14. Lugnier says:

    What a great review! I had a fantastic time during an amazing event at La Pergola (with synchronised swimming show. But never stayed in one of these beautiful rooms😉 If I win I will join the aqua gym in the morning. Two people I would happily recommend are Clotilde Dore and Romain D’Aigremont. Thank you for organising this competition🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


    • Dear Lugnier,

      Thanx for your nice comment and a stay and dinner here is def a unique experience you want to win! Happy that you’re joining the competition, just make sure to follow all 3 steps in the blog to compete. fingers crossed!


  15. renateriepma says:

    Dear travel wanderer, vrije geest, levensgenieter. Ik heb zo zo zo genoten van deze blogpost, het plaatje is gewoon een sprookje. De foto’s en verhalen maken die tot leven. Ik doe mee! En neem graag mon twee amours Stephanie & Zoie mee!


    • Hi Renate,
      Wat leuk om te horen dat je genoten hebt van de blog, daar doen we het natuurlijk voor! Maar dit hotel is idd echt een pareltje en leuk dat je mee doet met de win actie! Kan het kloppen dat ik nog wel jouw inschrijving of het registratie formulier mis? En stap 2 op Facebook of Instagram? Laat je me even weten als je alle 3 stappen hebt volbracht zodat ik je op het lijstje kan bijschrijven? Succes! xx Naomi


  16. Wow this is stunning! I spent 1 day a couple years ago in Toulon and fell
    In love with the area. I’ve never had the chance to really immerse myself more. This would be a fantastic opportunity ❤️ Thanks for the opportunity.


    • Hey Nicki, so great that you read my blog and are joining in the competition!!! Fingers crossed, o yeah and don’t forget to complete step 3 on Instagram as well to complete all steps for your full submission for this competition:) Good luck!
      x Naomi


  17. Rosanne says:

    Jeee, wat leuk!!! Net je blog ontdekt via je berichtje in de Backpackers NL-groep, zo fijn om mensen te ontdekken die de liefde voor de Côte d’Azur delen! En oh, how I love French farmhouses. Dank voor je fijne inspiratie en foto’s. En mocht ik dan toevallig winnen, neem ik vriendlief Coen of beste vriendin (en medefrancofiel) Linda mee. Bonne nuit!


    • Hi Rosanne,
      Wat leuk dat je zo enthousiast bent en mijn blog gevonden hebt via die groep. Tot op heden wist ik niet dat Frankrijk zo mooi en vriendelijk kon zijn dus ben zeker ook een beetje Francofiel geworden door Zuid Frankrijk:) En met name door dit hotel en het hotel waar we verbleven bij Saint-Tropez (zie vorige blogs). Wellicht vind je mijn Beauty of Cote d’Azur blog ook leuk om te lezen met veel foto’s en mijn top 10 in dit gebied, ben benieuwd of je het er mee eens bent!
      Iig leuk dat je mee doet..Nog een paar daagjes duimen..Succes!
      X Naomi


  18. Emma Stokes says:

    Hello lovely, what another wonderful post 🙂 Thank you for giving your readers this opportunity.
    I would absolutely love to win this prize. As you know, I’m a lifestyle and travel blogger with a craving for experiencing new places. My boyfriend and I have just bought a house and are always busy on weekends with different things, so would absolutely love this opportunity to take a break away with him to relax, eat food and just be a couple. FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!! xxxxx


    • Hi Emma,

      So great that you are joining in he comp and that you like the blog. This place really is amazing and I am sure you will love it….5 more days waiting to go now…fingers crossed! xxx Naomi


  19. What a stunning hotel! Your blog has completely won me over! I actually tried to book this hotel but it was completely booked out. It would be amazing to explore this beautiful region more and of course share it with everyone. Dreaming of long summer evenings with a glass of wine and delicious French cuisine.


    • So happy to hear my blog won u over Natalie, this hotel is def a dream, and routing for you to win! You will love it…fingers crossed, only a few more days!! Btw did you leave yr e-mail address in the registration form…didn’t see that confirmed yet?
      Hear from you soon! xxx Naomi


  20. Rita Dawod says:

    This sounds amazing!! I am new to the travel blogging world, and I’m loving what I see on your blog so far. I liked both pages on Facebook and Instagram and tagged two people in the posts! I studied abroad for 5 months during my junior year of college, and I fell in love with traveling. I’ve been working, saving, and planning each trip I’ve taken from then until now which has been rough, but it has always been worth it. My boyfriend is a musician so he is always running around and going in and out of the studio while I waitress before starting my grad/PhD program. This would be an amazing get away for the two of us to enjoy before my next five years of buckling down and devoting life to school! Thank you for the opportunity. Hopefully one day my blog will be big/successful enough to return the favor! 🙂 also, please feel free to follow my new blog: onegirl.oneworld I’d appreciate it!


    • Thanx so much for participating and for your nice response Rita! Really happy to be able to offer this prize on the hotel’s behalf and fingers crossed! Welcome to the bloggers world:) Will check out yr blog soon as well. I have only been on it little over a year, so quite new myself as well, but always happy to connect with other bloggers! Nice to hear you liked mine and keep in touch, xx


  21. Looks like paradise!! Like many out there, I quit my corporate world after 11 years to follow my heart. I’m a foodie and love Barcelona so I’ve launched a walking food tour in Barcelona to highlight Spain’s history through its food. Passion always shines through and I’m loving it. Definitely difficult but I truly believe in it. A little break in this gem of a hotel would be superb!
    I’ve followed the instructions above so fingers and toes crossed!
    Thanks for the opportunity!


    • Hi Marwa,

      Your story sounds so great and love the initiative. I will def reach out to you when I come to Barcelona again, would be so great to be able to experience your tour! Thanx for joining in the competition…only 2 more days…fingers crossed!

      xx Naomi


  22. Melanie says:

    This place looks like heaven. I followed all the steps and would love to be considered. I would also make sure that I would take the best pictures for my Instagram feed 😉 Fingers crossed I could definitely need a break. 😉


    • Thanx Melanie, so hapy you like the blog and great that you’re still joining in on the last day! I am sure you will love it here and take beautiful pics of it for your wonderful account!! Fingers crossed, xxx Naomi


  23. Kirsten says:

    This place looks absolutely amazing 😍I love to stay in boutique hotels when I can, because they have their own unique style and personality, which makes them that bit extra special. ❤️

    I don’t often treat myself to a luxurious hotel stay, so this would be a real treat and for me. The location is perfect too, because the hotel is surrounded by nature – my kind of bliss. I really hope my friends enter this, because I’m hoping if one of them wins, they’ll take me with them! 😄 Beautiful photos, as always xo


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