Jordan Fuller from Golf Influence, tells us why he feels the French Riviera is a great place to come and play golf in the sun…
For golfers who love to travel to play the best courses in the world, luxury accommodations only enhance the experience. Whether it be exceptional dining, comfortable and spacious rooms, or a full-service spa, these creature comforts can round out a golf trip making it a memory to last a lifetime.
The Le Mas Candille resort in Mougins, just ten minutes from Cannes and thirty minutes from the Nice Cote d’Azur Airport, is such a place. Le Mas Candille offers golf travellers a decadent and relaxing stay.
What It Is Like To Stay At Le Mas Candille
The five-star rooms and suites at the Le Mas Candille have the charm and elegance of classic and traditional France. This is coupled with all the state-of-the-art amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel.
Three unique and traditional buildings house all guests at the resort. Starting with the Le Mas, a converted 18th-century farmhouse, the building holds nineteen guest rooms. Each is designed with a creative touch that blends tradition with modern living. Le Mas Candille also has a terrace for a jaw-dropping view of the hotel’s grounds, Grasse and pre-Alps.
The other two areas include the La Bastide and La Villa Candille. La Bastide has nineteen rooms: a mix of double bedrooms and one suite. La Bastide has a more contemporary feel and brings all the luxury you would expect from a five-star resort in France.
When it is time to eat, the Le Mas Candille has two gourmet restaurants that will delight any food lover. Starting with the Michelin-Star restaurant, Le Candille, guests can expect unique flavours within an intimate dining experience.
The restaurant also offers a Chef’s Table experience that allows you to dine inside the kitchen. Here you can watch while your hand-crafted cuisine is cooked to perfection.
La Pergola is the summer restaurant at Le Mas Candille. Offering fresh, light meals as you sit poolside, La Pergola offers guests the opportunity to dine in the sun. A beautiful and contemporary restaurant experience.
After you hit the course, you might be ready to work out a few of those sore muscles. There’s no better place than the Spa Candille! Open seven days a week, the spa is home to a variety of relaxing and soothing treatments. Each will leave you refreshed for a night on the town or a romantic evening with your partner.
The spa offers a host of signature treatments including facials, massages, reflexology, skin exfoliation and body scrubs. On-site Cocooning packages include lunch at Le Candille or La Pergola.
When it comes time to take a relaxing swim, the Le Mas Candille has you covered. Choose between three swimming pools, two jacuzzis, a sauna, and the world-class fitness area.
By now you may be asking yourself, “What about the golf?”
Don’t worry because Le Mas Candille is a stone throw’s away from some of the best courses in France.
3 Reasons Golfers Will Love Le Mas Candille
Reason #1: Play at the Royal Mougins Golf Club, one of Europe’s best golf courses
Travelling golfers have flocked to the Royal Mougins Golf Club, known as one of the best places to play in continental Europe. The 6,500-yard course requires that female golfers have lower than a 32 handicap with the men need under a 28 to play the 18-hole layout.
If you are a looking for a pre-round tune-up, then the Royal Mougins has a Prime Golf Academy on the grounds. The Academy offers the latest golf technology with three sophisticated machines: the Trackman, Smart2move and Sam PuttLab. These give the on-site coaches all the necessary data to help you build a better golf swing.
Once you hit the links at Royal Mougins, you’ll immediately be treated to immaculate fairways and perfectly rolled greens. Make sure you bring a complete set of clubs because you’ll need all of them as you play the difficult layout.
From the championship tees, Royal Mougins demands precision and a balancing act of risk versus reward golf. Expect the lay up to be the smart play on some of the longer holes, but be ready to grab the driver when you need to post a low score and save your round.
Reason #2: Be Challenged by Terre Blanche Golf Course, With Europe’s Most Exciting Hole
Another course in the area that is beloved by locals and tourists alike, is Terre Blanche Golf Club. Located 35 minutes west of the Le Mas Candille, Terre Blanche has two courses that are among the best France has to offer for travelling golfers.
If you are a low-handicapper, then the first course at Terre Blanche, Le Château, runs over 7,200 yards from the tips with a slope rating that sits around 150 and offers one heck of a golfing challenge. We recommend coming with solid golf shoes to make sure you’re able to leverage remain in shape throughout the slope.
With elevated tees that present drives through tight tree-lined chutes, Le Château never stops demanding accuracy and length from your shots, regardless of where you are on the course.
The best hole on Le Château is the par-5 11th, an adventurous design where the golfer has to navigate rocks and water to go for an eagle. It is one of the most exciting holes to play in all of Europe.
The second course at the club, Le Riou, may not get the accolades of Château, but the course is every bit as pristine and enjoyable as its brother. Measuring around 6,600 yards, Le Riou is a thinking golfer’s course with plenty of opportunities to attack but just as many obstacles to overcome and avoid.
Reason #3: Hit Bunker Shots at Roquebrune’s Golf Club
Finally, the Golf de Roquebrune is a little farther away than the Terre Blanche. Roughly 45 minutes by car, it offers up five-star golf that is definitely worth the trip. Known as one of the jewels of the French Riviera, the Roquebrune layout uses water and sand to craft an exciting round of golf.
Measuring around 6,300 yards, the Roquebrune isn’t very long, but what it lacks in length, it makes up with craftiness and strategy. Golfers will find a terrific challenge ahead as they navigate through the entertaining layout.
If you are looking for a hole that brings excitement, then the par-4 17th hole with the extreme right dogleg offers a gamble where the golfer can try to drive the green in one or play it safe for an easy birdie.
With outstanding amenities, the Le Mas Candille is an excellent spot for bringing the family, enjoying a wonderful romantic getaway, or experiencing some of the best golf France has to offer.