A week is a long time in politics they say and the same could be said for ski resorts it would seem. Since just last week when there were patches of green and brown across much of the Alps for some resorts opening weekends to now, when most of the resorts are enjoying good coverage and expecting this to continue for the rest of the week. Those arriving this week or before Christmas are advised to take care on the roads when not travelling by chartered helicopter transfer to Courchevel.
Site of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, Chamonix is one of the most famous and visited resorts in all of Europe. Dominated by the imposing edifice of Mont Blanc, Chamonix lies in the commune Haute-Savoie department in the Rhone- Alpes region of France.
Courchevel, the most prestigious resort in the 3 Vallées and arguably the whole of France has drawn ski enthusiasts to its slopes in Saint Bon since its construction in 1946. As part of the 3 Vallées resort, those staying in one of the villages in Courchevel have access to one of the largest ski resorts in Europe.
Courchevel refers to the region as well as to the towns, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 (Moriond), Courchevel 1850 as well as the villages of Saint Bon and Le Praz.
The Grand Duke Michael was banished to the south of France after an ill-matched marriage, but when he saw the stunning scenery surrounding his new home he decided to make the best of it created a golf course to satisfy his love of the game and rival any of those in Europe at the time. The result was the Cannes-Mandelieu Golf Club, which was opened in 1891 between the seashore and the River Siagne.
The town itself is everything – and more – that one would expect of the venue for the world’s most glamorous film festival. The sparkling coastline is lined with first-class hotels and restaurants, interspersed with some of the most exclusive boutiques in the world. Arange a luxury helicopter charter to the delightful Vieux Port, and explore the cobbled streets and Provencal markets which take place regularly throughout the year.
The French Mediterranean is arguably one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world, with Cannes, St Tropez, Nice and St Jean Cap Ferrat being some of the highlights of the region.
What is difficult however is choosing which stretch of coastline to call home during your stay. Charter a luxury helicopter however and this needn’t be a headache as you can travel from town to town in style and within a fraction of the commute it would take on the road.
Note to diary: organise helicopter from Cannes to Monaco for the 21st Monaco Yacht Show
Arguably the most luxurious and lucrative event on the global yachting calendar – The Monaco Yacht Show – is set to take centre stage next month when it opens at the end of September. The 21st Monaco Yacht Show will take place between September 21st and 24th in Port Hercules, which is just 20 minutes by helicopter from Cannes.
The cosmopolitan town, which comes to a halt for a fortnight every May when the Cannes Film Festival is held in its majestic Palais des Festivals, oozes sophistication and charm in the way that only a French station balnéaire can.
Just 15 minutes by helicopter from Nice to Cannes, it boasts some of the country’s finest hotels, boutiques and restaurants, as well as some first-class private beaches which sit just below the famous La Croisette, the wide avenue which runs along the seafront.
It won’t be long now until the summer sailing season in the Med is almost over, another blissful summer consigned to the box of marvellous memories. But this is no reason to stay away from the French Riviera. Dwindling crowds, sunny but cooler days and the Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show make September a wonderful month to visit the Cote d’Azur.