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The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Retreat on the Riviera

Plan sorties to the Côte d'Azur from a chic villa in a medieval village.

While the sparkle and bling of the Côte d'Azur is hard to resist, less than half an hour's drive from bustling Nice and glam Cannes is St Paul de Vence, a perfectly picturesque example of a French medieval village. Its sleepy charm has long attracted artists and a bohemian crowd (artist Marc Chagall, actor Yves Montand, poet Jacques Prévert, among others, have lived here). The village's narrow, cobbled streets and the presence of a modern-art museum, the Fondation Maeght, and landmark restaurant-hotel La Colombe d'Or draw daytrippers. It's worth lingering, however, and Villa Mandarinette is a luxe and logical choice.

The four-bedroom self-contained villa is a case study in understated design: scrubbed-back parquetry, textured linens and a palette of soothing charcoal, grey and ecru. The combination of high-design pieces and vintage patina is a welcome change from the ubiquitous French provincial style. French doors open to a generous terrace overlooking a swimming pool and the village beyond. The dining room of La Colombe d'Or is close by; otherwise the villa's sleek kitchen is well-equipped for feasting.

Thereafter, retire to a low-slung sofa for an afternoon nap or laze in the garden under the mandarin trees that give the villa its name.

Emirates flies daily from Dubai to Nice. Villa Mandarinette can be rented through Nice Pebbles, a high-end holiday-letting company with more than 100 properties in and around Nice. Villa Mandarinette costs from $995 per night, with a three-night minimum. 


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