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Haven’t you heard? Micro trips are the biggest travel trend of 2019, just take a look at our rundown to see why. These one or two-day getaways are the perfect way to rejuvenate in new surroundings without using much, if any, annual leave, while ticking off a destination from your rapidly expanding bucket list. But where is the ideal place for jet-setting when you’re rushed for time? Any ideal destination needs enough options to cater to all, from adventurers and relaxers to plain and simple pool-siders. We think hopping across the channel to the story book that is France makes for an inspirational selection of perfect micro trip locations. Forget Paris though, this beautiful country has much more to offer, all a picture-perfect backdrop to your next travel scene. 

Nice

Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de le Mediterranee
Luxury in the French Riviera is right at home in the sun-splashed city of Nice, where the deep sapphire waters seamlessly melt into the shallow emerald ribbon of the Med that lines the shore. Kick the getaway into gear as you indulge in some retail therapy – an absolute must on any Nice itinerary. The city offers a wealth of exclusive boutique outlets however you cannot miss the renowned flower market at Cours Saleya. Let the infusion of freshly trimmed stems and blooming petals fill your nose while a blanket of colour fills your sight. Bags of stylish goods in tow, rejuvenate back at your five-star hotel and head off out into the night, where the twinkling lights of Vieux Nice (Old Town) invite you to paint the town red. Whether you choose a sophisticated bar by the water’s edge to watch the sun go down or decide to go a bit heavier at one of the high-end nightclubs at the Promenade des Anglais, we can guarantee your evening, and perhaps early morning, will be one to remember. Round up the trip by exploring the wealth of museums and cultural hotspots around the city, where there’s enough exhibition options to fill your day from sunrise to sunset. We recommend the MAMAC, with work by Andy Warhol in its walls, and the Musée Matisse, once home to the iconic French painter Henri Matisse, housing many of his most desirable work. 


Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Meditérranee

Located in a prime position on the exclusive strip of properties lining the Promenade des Anglais, the Hyatt Regency gives you ease when it comes to your itinerary and effortless style when it comes to the hotel vibe. If you get a chance, you simply must squeeze in some vital tan time as you dip your toes into the chilled pool water while overlooking the sea and soaking up the rays. 

Cannes

Christian Dior suite
If you’re looking to escape the clockwork of life in exchange for a few days of sun, sea and sand, Cannes is the perfect pick. Boastful in its clientele of A-list stars, and spoilt with uber-luxurious properties, restaurants and shops, living the high life for a short while is no precarious task here. Strike off an expedition through the busy streets of the town – Cannes is a destination for those seeking relaxation in chic surroundings with its vast selection of five-star hotels. Put aside your watch and forget counting hours as you lay by the pool of a private beach club planning your outfit for the evening’s festivities. Head to the neighbourhood of Suquet where the local fishing village heritage shines through in the delectable fish dishes on the menu. Weave in and out of the famous palm trees lining La Croisette, Cannes answer to the Promenade des Anglais, choosing your favourite bar, or head back to the hotel for an indulgent night cap before you rest your head. We couldn’t blame you if you rinsed and repeated the following day, but if you fancy something a little more adventurous, any of the 11 exquisite golf courses make for the most pleasurable outing from your sun lounger, which will be patiently waiting to welcome you back.

Where to stay: Hôtel Barriére Le Majestic

True opulence and Parisian elegance are at home in the Hôtel Barriére Le Majestic, encasing unlimited options for the lovers of the finer things in life, along with a signature suite designed by Christian Dior housing coveted furnishings, décor and artwork. With three restaurants, two bars, a spa, an on-site cinema and a private beach, many would see no reason to leave the sophisticated walls of this Cannes staple. 
 

Saint-Tropez

La Bastide de Saint-Tropez
A once sleepy fishing village, Saint-Tropez transformed overnight into a haven for the most glamourous of jet-setters after pouting sexpot Brigitte Bardot visited in the fifties. Ever since, it’s been a top destination for the rich and famous, while retaining its more authentic feel - the sight of patchwork coloured houses with sailing boats docked outside make for the ultimate fusion of luxury and tradition. Spend your time pounding the pavements, always on guard to catch a famous face, and make sure to stroll down to Pampelonne beach where you can find the legendary Club 55 where the in-crowd takes up residence for the summer months. The intimate feel of this port town stops you from feeling overwhelmed when you arrive, instead presenting you with luxurious designer shops including one of only two places where you can browse the Robert Cavalli collection. Saint-Tropez strikes the perfect balance between those who love to explore and those more suited to a sunbed and cocktail in hand. Plenty of winding paths to wander thread through the old fishing quarter of La Ponche, as you reluctantly choose between the delightful local cuisine, while heading towards one of the lesser-known beaches where emerald water laps the edge. 

Where to stay: La Bastide de Saint-Tropez

This is the haven of elegance to fulfil your short stay to the maximum and leave you wanting to return. Stay in the apartments to surround yourself with chic furnishings and lavish décor, then retreat to The SPA by Carita to find an abundance of facials, massages and body treatments – you have to make the most of the short amount of time, right? If you fancy yourself facing up towards the rays while on a private yacht, guests of the hotel can rent a luxury boat for the day, with the chance to be wined and dined by a private chef on board. 
 

Monaco

Nobu at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo
Exhilaration runs through Monaco whether it’s fast sportscars flashing past or the bright lights of opulent casinos luring you in for some hard-earned playtime after a long week at work. As soon as you land for your whirlwind Monaco experience, revel in the lavish amenities guaranteed at all luxury hotels, while taking in the bustling city streets fading into the peaceful Mediterranean Sea. Being one of the most affluent spots in the world, and the backdrop to endless James Bond scenes, a visit to the Monte-Carlo Casino is an absolute must, so put your finest cocktail dress or suit and tie on and head out into the dazzling night. Indulge in an evening of royal standards with a show at the Opera de Monte Carlo afterwards, where regal red and gold décor and ornate carvings are smothered inside. Re-energised the next morning, you won’t be stuck on how to fill your day. For those who prefer to roam the streets, there are plenty of sights well worth making the trip in the midday sun. The extravagance of bobbing yachts on the cerulean waters at the harbour or the stunning architecture of the Musée Oceanographique perched on the cliff edge are sights to behold. Of course, you can’t forget about the Monaco Grand Prix, held between Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th May this year, making even one day at the race a micro trip to brag about. Contact one of our personal travel managers to arrange tickets to one of the most iconic scenes of this style hotspot.

Where to stay: Fairmont Monte-Carlo

Only a five-minute walk from your essential evening residence of the Monte-Carlo casino, the Fairmont will tick all the boxes for a short stint of sophistication. Squeeze in an afternoon tea on the glass lined terrace facing the sea if you can and forget about wasting time finding a dinner option when you have the internationally-acclaimed Nobu in the hotel.

Don’t waste your weekends doing the food shop or chained to your laptop. Instead spoil yourself with warmth on your skin and wondrous sights to discover. All destinations are on the French Riviera, which is accessible by various airports, the furthest one being only a four hour flight. To find out more about our bespoke itineraries in France and around the globe, get in touch with our team of personal travel managers by calling 0203 816 0985 or enquiring here. Your next few days off will not be wasted!
Ellena Rowlin

Ellena Rowlin is a Content Writer

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