The Show Must Go On: Club Vivanova Luxury Lifestyle Gala

Club Vivanova’s Luxury Lifestyle Gala will be held on Saturday 12th December from 1pm to 7pm.

The Club Vivanova Luxury Lifestyle Gala has updated their event timing to Saturday 12th December from 1pm to 7pm.

To ensure a positive, successful, well-attended and elegant gala and in consideration to local restrictions, they have opted for an early start at 1pm.

The agenda will not change, they will host their full event with a Champagne aperitif, four-course gourmet menu, premium wines, Aston Martin DBX launch, live entertainment, fashion show and their charity auction.
It’s going to be an exceptional day out!

Bradley Mitton and Club Vivanova are committed with the Fairmont Monte Carlo to make this one of the most memorable events of the year!
Their gala will be showcased with a personal welcome from Xavier Rugeroni, Regional Vice President and General Manager Fairmont Monte Carlo.

For the benefit of Chances for Children and The Animal Fund

1pm Champagne Aperitif

7pm Carriages

More agenda information at

Monaco’s new port in Ventimiglia

Spectacular scenery, luxe amenities, legendary casinos and a lavish lifestyle have long been Monaco’s drawing cards. In addition, the prestigious principality on the Mediterranean Sea is also known as a premier destination for the world’s most luxurious superyachts. The city-state is home to the legendary port of Monaco, Port Hercules, Port Fontvieille, as well as a new port in Ventimiglia and the soon-to-be-completed Mareterra. Read on to learn more about the ports of Monaco.

A guide to the ports of Monaco

Port Hercules

Thousands of international yacht owners and industry executives make it a point to attend the annual Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s premier superyacht exhibition at Port Hercules, the largest port of Monaco. More than 100 superyachts are featured, along with some 600 vendors throughout 42,000 square metres of exhibition space.

For those arriving by yacht, whether for the show or as part of a luxury Mediterranean yacht charter, sailing into this famed Monaco port is an event in itself.

The port, just west of the new Mareterra (formerly Portier Cove) marina is one of the few deepwater ports on the French Riviera and serves as the gateway for yachts to the principality. The natural bay is at the foot of the majestic Rock of Monaco, which towers 62-metres above the sea and is the ancestral monolith of the princes of Monaco. Improvements to the port in recent years include a new sea wall, offering protection from eastern swells and providing the perfect berthing location for large pleasure craft.

Further south is the modern harbour of Port Fontvieille, which was built from reclaimed land in 1966. The Monaco port has berthing space for some 160 vessels up to 30-metres in length and with a maximum draft of three-meters

Port Fontvieille

Port Fontvieille offers a selection of amenities, including restaurants and shops, while its location is within striking distance of Monaco’s famed attractions. Adding extra convenience, this port of Monaco is also just a stone’s throw away from the Monaco heliport.

Monaco port Ventimiglia

Meanwhile, with the increasing lure of luxury sailing, Monaco has recently expanded its ability to host yachts with the opening of the port in Ventimiglia, just 79 nautical miles (15 to 20 minutes) from its sister marinas at the ports of Herculesand Fontvielle.

From Cala Del Forte Ventimiglia, yacht owners and guests will have easy and exclusive access to Monaco, where they are welcome to enjoy all that the principality has to offer.

The port in Ventimiglia hailed the arrival on Oct. 15 of the much-loved sailing yacht TUIGA, the flagship of the Yacht Club of Monaco. The marina’s official inauguration is scheduled for mid-2021, when construction work on land is completed. Meanwhile the waterfront is open, and the state-of-the-art marina is already taking berth reservations.

A new port at Mareterra

Additional berthing space will also be available at Monaco’s future marina at Mareterra, a a port made possible by an ambitious eco-friendly $2.3 billion land reclamation project. The luxury development is scheduled for completion in 2025.

The new marina will be able to accommodate more than a dozen vessels of up to 18-metres, and will feature a host of restaurants and shops, ensuring plenty of opportunities for lively and entertaining outings. Overall, the 6-hectare eco-development will encompass luxury residences, expansive gardens, a promenade and recreational space.

Cruising to the welcoming ports of Monaco, whether it be Monaco’s port in Ventimiglia, Port Fontvieille, or famed Port Hercules is always a grand event.

Photo credits: All photos M. Penoty, except Cala del Forte photo from Ports de Monaco/Cala del Forte.

Eden Mill Gin Experience at BrewDog Nice : Enjoy After-Work Cocktails with Club Vivanova

In 2007 in North East Scotland, BrewDog came howling into the world. The launch of BrewDog Nice in 2019 was the brand’s 91st bar.

Image: BrewDog Nice

On Wednesday 5th August, Club Vivanova will host a special Eden Mill Gin Experience at BrewDog Nice.

The BrewDog team will create a selection of cocktails using the Eden Mill Original, Golf and Hop gins served with a selection of home-made appetisers and snacks.

Eden Mill Golf Gin will be just one of the selected gins at the Club Vivanova event at BrewDog Nice. (Image: NOTHS)

A perfect end to the day!

Date/time: Wednesday 5th August from 7pm to 9pm.

Location: BrewDog Nice, 4 Avenue des Phocéens, 06300 Nice.

Cost: Tickets will cost €30 per person and will include an Eden Mill Gin cocktail experience with hot and cold shared platters of BrewDog appetisers from 7pm to 9pm. (But you can stay and keep on partying for as long as you like).

You can book your ticket here:


Club Vivanova offer three membership platforms; individual, corporate and platinum with international promotional and networking benefits plus complimentary VIP tickets to exclusive member-only events in Monaco and across Europe and a selection of premium wines delivered to your door. Find out more at their website

COMPETITION : Squibbles Giveaway

After a few months in confinement it’s great that my kids aren’t going bananas at home. We’ve powered through arts and crafts, dress-up dinner parties and finished every puzzle and board game within reach.

Just in time for summer I have two copies to give away of ‘Squibbles’.

Squibbles by Jay Stansfield

Wittily illustrated by UK-based creative artist Jay Stansfield and printed in Italy, Squibbles is just the remedy for enjoying sunny creative days.

Why we like Squibbles

• Squibbles is a fun, coloring book and journal packed with zany creatures, monsters, mermaids and doodles.

• The illustrations aren’t gender specific, so boys and girls will enjoy the book.

• The book is a soft cover but it’s super sturdy. My kids have dropped it, rolled it up and frisbee’d it (sorry Jay!) to each other and the pages or cover haven’t ripped at all.

My sons gave Squibbles a test drive and both gave it a thumbs up!

“ I like this colouring book because you can use your imagination to design what you want” – Lucas, 9 years

“ Squibbles is fun! I like all the drawings and I can use my own colours to make it look cool.” – Josh, 4 years

TO WIN a copy of Squibbles is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1) ‘Like’ the Facebook page for Access Riviera :

2) ‘Like’ the Facebook page for Jay Stansfield :

3) Leave a comment on Access Riviera’s Facebook page (or this blog post) telling me why you want to win Squibbles.

I have two copies to give away. The closing date is midday on Saturday June 27.

This competition is strictly for entries based in France. Winners will be chosen and contacted afterwards.

Squibbles by Jay Stansfield is also available to buy here:

Have you attended Le Dîner en Blanc ? Find out more via A French Collection

Annette Charlton from A French Collection explains more about Le Dîner Blanc, a wonderful meet-up now hosted in over 30 countries.

An intimate French inspired picnic with over 5,000 guests all dressed in white meeting at a secret location for an evening of dining, music and dancing is the Le Dîner en Blanc. Le Dîner en Blanc started in Paris by François Pasquier in 1988 and has taken the world by storm for those that love…

via Le Dîner en Blanc – French White Dinner — A French Collection

Top family-friendly ideas to entertain kids on a French Riviera Yacht Charter — French Riviera Luxury

The French Riviera is the most glamorous stretch of coastline in the world, and as such, is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a family yacht charter. Yet there’s actually so much great stuff to do with kids on the Cote d’Azur that you’ll struggle to fit it all in […]

via Things to do with Children on your French Riviera Yacht Charter — French Riviera Luxury

Reblog from L’occasion

Unforgettable Savoie January brings a trip through the Savoie wine region, on the eastern edge of central France. People from all of the world are called to this area for natural beauty, with a crown of Alpine features. It is also home to three wine appellations composed of 20 different geographic districts. Dominant Savoie grapes inclue Mondeuse, Pinot […]

via Savoie with the French #Winophiles — L’occasion

MAPIC Cannes 2016: Leveraging Customer Data for Travel Retail Marketing

Something a bit different from me today!    I have been so busy since Monaco Yacht Show that my poor old blog here has suffered with no regular posts.

But, being busy is great and I have been really happy to have family here during Toussaint holidays and also to be invited to work on some excellent projects lately.  As the saying goes, “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”.

MAPIC Cannes is kicking off soon from 16-18 November and while it’s not entirely related to family travel or accessible travel, I have a big interest in many of the concepts that will be presented there for travel retail.


MAPIC Cannes 2016 (image:  nscs)


If you’re heading to MAPIC Cannes, please do read and share my post found at this link here:  MAPIC Cannes 2016 & Travel Retail


Monaco Yacht Show 2016 — French Riviera Luxury

Hosted annually at Port Hercules, the 26th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show will be hosted over four days from 28 September to 1 October 2016 and will welcome key decision-makers from leading yachting and high-end companies to the Principality for the ultimate nautical rendezvous. Well regarded as a cornerstone event on the global yacht show […]

via Monaco Yacht Show 2016 — French Riviera Luxury

Cannes Film Festival Recap in City Out Monaco — Screenwriting & Film Production

Highlights of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in City Out Monaco by Rebecca Whitlocke The link is: photos by Paul Oatway of Oatway Photo

via Cannes Film Festival Recap in City Out Monaco — Screenwriting & Film Production

Inside The World’s Fastest Growing Box Office — Access Riviera

Chinese films. Know any off the top of your head? Chinese directors. Can you name any? Watch this space because the Chinese film market is the world’s fastest growing box office and China is keen to establish itself as a front runner alongside Hollywood goliaths at festivals around the world. At Cannes Film Festival 2016, […]

via China and Film: The World’s Fastest Growing Box Office — Access Riviera

Cannes Film Festival AWARDS! — Screenwriting & Film Production

AWARDS | 22 MAY | FESTIVAL DAY 12 69th Festival de Cannes Awards The winners of the 69th Festival de Cannes © Alberto Pizzoli / AFP The Jury of the 69th Festival de Cannes, presided by George Miller, has revealed the names of the 2016 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony. Laurent Lafitte welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the […]

via Cannes Film Festival AWARDS! — Screenwriting & Film Production

Star Wars Giveaway with Access Riviera

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released in France!
For any Jedis out there, the French Riviera cinemas screening it in Version Originale (English) are:
Antibes (in 3D)
Cap’Cinéma at the Polygone shopping centre in Cagnes-sur-Mer
Cinémas Variétiés, blvd Victor Hugo in Nice (3D and normal)
Pathé Massena in Nice (3D)
In conjunction with the French movie release, Access Riviera is giving away 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Stamp Collector Sets courtesy of La Poste.
Each set has 4 stamps depicting Darth Vader, Yoda, R2D2 and C3PO and a Stormtrooper.
There is a circulation of just 80,000 sets worldwide so don’t miss your chance to enter my giveaway!
1.  ‘Like‘ and then ‘Share‘ the Access Riviera Facebook Page
2.  Comment on the Star Wars post on the Access Riviera Facebook Page – Who is your favourite Star Wars character from any of the Star Wars films?
3. That’s it!  I’ll draw 3 winners at random on the morning of Wednesday 23 December 2015 with each Collector Set being posted out that day.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the 7th instalment of the Star Wars franchise, and is directed by J. J Abrams, produced by Lucasfilm Ltd/Bad Robot Productions with distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.  Large elements were filmed in Ireland, England and Abu Dhabi. The film premiered in Los Angeles 14 December 2015, had its public release in France yesterday and is scheduled for North American release 18 December 2015.
The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, where the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire have become the Resistance and the First Order respectively, and follows new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.
Images: All images copyright and reproduced – La Poste and Lucasfilm Ltd/Bad Robot Productions/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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