With the Cannes Yachting Festival just concluded on 13th September, what remains, beyond all the professional and business reasons, is the memory of having spent a good stay in the heart of the French Riviera.
The shining Croisette
The Croisette, one of the most well-known boulevards in the world and inseparable from the identity of Cannes – it is even listed in the cultural heritage of France -, is a long promenade lined with palm trees and pines, representing almost a natural link and sophistication between the beach and the city. Known for the Palais des Festivals and the Cannes Film Festival, it is the place where major hotels, casinos, luxury shops, but also palaces and sumptuous residences, are concentraded, making it a prestigious hot-spot 24 hours a day.
For 38 years in September, the Cannes Yachting Festival has welcomed at the Palais des Festivals the main players in the world of yachting. Exhibitors, visitors, owners and future buyers come together to explore the 2 ports of the French Riviera: “Le Vieux Port” and “The Port Pierre Canto”. With nearly 550 boats on display in water and on land, among them one hundred world premieres, it is a unique opportunity to take the helm of a luxury yacht and feel the pleasure of sailing through sea trials.
The week of this International Boat Show, was also the occasion to continue our trip inside the enchanting world of Châteaux and Hotels Collection, to explore and appreciate the refined tastes and genuine style of its unique locations.
Founded by Alain Ducasse 40 years ago, all locations are characterized and selected according to the following requirements: unique places with a gentle soul, delicate environments, genuine tastes, and above all an original personality, which is the main feature able to create for all guests an unforgettable emotional experience.
It is so that after an intense business day spent surrounded by luxury, or even hyper-luxury products, in case you are in the yachting business, you might feel the need of recovering your personal sense of things and repositioning yourself in a more human dimension.
In the heart of Cannes, just a few steps from the Croisette, there is a magical place inspired by “gentle France”; subtle and elegant, it is ideal both for a business or leisure trip. It is the Sun Riviera Hôtel, just a few minutes away from La Croisette and the luxury boutiques. Luxury and good taste combine harmoniously here. Sophistication is conveyed by the harmony of the colours and the materials, the elegance of the furniture and the antiques, a delightful garden next to the swimming pool, everything is targeted at fully satisfying all expectations concerning intimacy, peace and quiet.
The pictoresque village of Le Suquet
If the Croisette is the heart of Cannes, Le Suquet is its soul. The picturesque old quarter of Cannes, whose name means “mound” in Provençal, is located to the west of the bay.
Authentic village built on a hill and ideal point of view to admire the bay and the famous Croisette. It is not coincidence that Châteaux and Hotels Collection has found in this charming spot of Cannes the perfect Restaurant to add to its collection of food destinations.
Noël Mantel‘s restaurant plays on contrasts, just a stone’s throw from the Croisette on the doorstep of Suquet. The restaurant’s unpretentious Mediterranean atmosphere gives pride of place to courtesy and discretion against a backdrop of minimalist, contemporary décor.
The Provençal cuisine, a treasure trove of gourmet delights adopted and adored by food enthusiasts, pays tribute to the produce of the kitchen garden. Aromatic herbs infuse the fine meat and fish with a delicate scent. But the absolute must here is the Italian risotto with ceps and veal jus or with white truffles or ham or green asparagus…
Not simply a restaurant, but a food experience to discover and enjoy the Mediterranean coloured gourmet cuisine, made of seasonal products, in the intimate atmosphere that Noël Mantel and his team can create and make your lunch or dinner a real moment of pleasure and tranquillity.
All made with passion and refinement
Noël Mantel began his career at the Negresco in Nice. He then worked for Alain Ducasse at the Louis XV restaurant in Monaco in 1990 and continued to work with him at the Résidence de la Pinède in Saint Tropez, where Alain Ducasse worked as a consultant. In 1993, he became the manager of the restaurant hotel the Muscadins in Mougins where he was the Chef as well. This adventure lasted ten years before he decided to open his own restaurant, the Restaurant Mantel in 2002.
Now, after a full and recent renovation of his restaurant in a more contemporary and intimate style, Noël Mantel concocts sophisticated Mediterranean meals such as an Italian style risotto, a roasted young rabbit with thyme or traditional Fried zuchinni flowers. Other Chef’s Specialities: Saint-Pierre rôti à la citronnelle, jus de cuisson émulsionné, jeunes légumes de saison; Ravioli de homard et poireaux fondants, jus de crustacés émulsionné; Bourride de poulpe de roche de la baie de Cannes, zestes d’oranges confits.
Our experience at Mantel Restaurant
“It’s always a deep experience spending some time at the locations of the Châteaux and Hotels Collection. Sublime and sexy are the two simple adjectives I would use, to describe the dinner we have had this evening. A Journey of the senses for an absolute total pleasure. In every dish, the soul of their Chef. Another time, unforgettable Châteaux!”
Rissoles de foie gras (fried duck liver raviolis)
Green Salad broccoli and spring onions
Italian risotto with summer truffles and veal juice
Lobster Ravioli with leeks and shellfish sauce
Grilled Sea bream – New potatoes and sun-dired tomatoes – Socca from Nice
Roasted fig with honey and porto with vanilla ice cream