First things first, the Tiara Yaktsa is worth a visit for the view alone. Tucked on a hillside just down the coast from Cannes, it looks out along the Cote d’Azur and beyond to the Mediterranean. If, perched on the terrace with a glass of champagne in hand it looks pretty good, it looks that much better from the infinity pool.
After such a fabulous introduction it would be easy for the rest of the hotel to come as something of an anticlimax. Luckily that’s far from the case. The terracotta-coloured house has a hint-of-Morocco décor, with flagstone floors, richly coloured furnishings, fretwork screens and carved, dark wood furniture, and the exotic vibe sits perfectly with the summer sunshine.
There are 21 rooms, 8 of which are suites – and it’s worth trying to bag one of the rooms with its own balcony so that you can enjoy the views in private. Airy and light, you’ll find a king-sized canopy bed to cosy up in and, in the bigger rooms, a sofa or armchairs to kick back in too. The flagstone bathrooms come with dual sinks and showers (no arguments needed), while fashion fans are sure to be impressed by the Hermes toiletries.
Downstairs the in-house restaurant, L’Or Bleu, is the scene for the buffet breakfast in the mornings, and also serves up an impressive spread for lunch and dinner. There’s no separate bar but if you’re in need of a night cap then you can grab a late-night drink from the restaurant and head down to one of the four-poster day beds for a spot of star gazing. And if lounging by the pool tires you out then head for the Valmont spa – they’ve even got men’s treatments on the menu so your boyfriend can enjoy a spot of pampering too.
- The incredible view
- The infinity pool – you’ll be unable to draw yourself away from it
- The restaurant lacks a bit of buzz – you're unlikely to want to eat there more than one night
Need to Know: Tiara Yaktsa
Number of rooms: 21 (8 are suites)
Check-in/check-out times: 3pm and 12noon
Room service: Yes
Swimming pool: Yes. There’s an incredible infinity pool
Spa: Yes. As well as hot tubs and Jacuzzis
Dogs welcome: Yes. Pets are allowed on request
Eating and drinking: There’s no bar as such, but dining out at sunset on the terrace of in-house restaurant L’Or Bleu offers some of the best views of any hotel restaurant anywhere.
Near to? The village surrounding the hotel is pretty but not terribly interesting. A short drive away, however, lie the beaches and glamour of Cannes.
Getting there: The nearest airport is Nice, at roughly 30 minutes’ drive away. There’ll be plenty of taxis and hire car cars available when you get to the airport.