Le Château d'Eza - La Vignette Haute, Auribeaus/Siagne, France

Le Château d'Eza - La Vignette Haute, Auribeaus/Siagne, France
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A medieval village that dates back to the 11th century, Auribeau-sur-Siagne is located between Cannes and Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. The thousand-year old village is perched atop a rocky spur with a height of more than a 1000 feet from sea level, overlooking the Siagne River. Two of the best places to dine and stay here is at the Le Château d'Eza, a 400-year old castle turned into a boutique hotel, and La Vignette Haute, a romantic medieval inn.

One of the most majestic hotels along the coast of the legendary Cote d’Azur, Le Château d'Eza is built on the mountain peak right along the coast, the castle which the Prince of Sweden inhabited. While the castle is magnificent, it has only limited rooms with some suites carved into the side of the ancient rock in the grand medieval tradition. Oak beams, fireplaces, and stonewalls fill the interior of the hotel. While it remains true to its medieval roots, the hotel has been redecorated and updated to suite contemporary tastes. Stylish bathrooms and lush fabrics give the rooms a luxurious ambiance. The acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant at the Eza is one of the finest in the region. It serves Mediterranean and French cuisine in an elegant and romantic setting with spectacular views of the French Riviera.

Not far is La Vignette Haute, which translates to “small vineyard on high.” The 17th century Provencal country house is a romantic place to stay and is also a gastronomic destination. The mini paradise includes a sheepfold home to different kinds of animals. In the premises is also scented gardens, outdoor swimming pool in the Roman-style, a medieval museum, and a working farm where some of the fresh ingredients are used in the restaurant-kitchen. As with the rest of the place, the restaurant is elegantly and romantically decorated with a dazzling view of the landscape. Guests can also dine at the tower for a romantic occasion.