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Situated in Vence, near the charming medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence, the Château Saint Martin & Spa is part of the Oetker Collection, the same hotel group as the magnificent Hotel du-Cap-Eden-Roc, and abides by the same principles of understated luxury and excellence in service. The hotel is also a member of the highly respected Relais & Chateaux international hotel guide.

While I was working at event management company JG Events, I was involved with the organisation of a winter wedding at the Château Saint Martin & Spa back in December 2008 for a lovely young Russian couple who hired the hotel for exclusive use over a long weekend. The venue was absolutely perfect for a festive season wedding with its cosy log fires and warm comfortable furnishings.

The Chateau Saint Martin by David Brenot

The Chateau Saint Martin is in fact equally as fabulous at any time of the year, offering traditional Provencal architecture, amazing views over the French Riviera coast, luscious gardens for wedding ceremonies, superb terraces for outside dining as well as versatile indoor function spaces. The Château Saint Martin & Spa even has its very own chapel , an idyllic place for an intimate wedding blessing .

Offering a total of 51 rooms, the Chateau Saint Martin has 39 junior suites and 6 private villas located in the hotel’s grounds .

If great food and wine is high on your list of priorities, then you will definitely not be disappointed with the Château Saint Martin. Run by head chef  Yannick Franque, protégé of the celebrated chef Alain Ducasse, the Château Saint Martin’s gastronomic restaurant has been awarded 2 Michelin Stars.  The hotel’s head Sommelier Jean-Christophe Rault always picks out the perfect wines for each menu and offers wine tasting in the hotel’s attractive Cave à Vine.

The Château Saint Martin is also a fantastic wedding venue for couples who would like to experience the ultimate in relaxation and wellbeing in calm surroundings. The hotel’s La Prairie Spa offers revolutionary health and beauty treatments in a truly luxurious setting. The Chateau Saint Martin’s heated outdoor swimming pool is set amongst olive groves and beautiful Provencal gardens.

The Château Saint Martin & Spa and its 51 rooms and suites can only be hired for exclusive use for weddings at certain times of the year; from the beginning of February to the end of May and again from the end of September to mid November. This is because the hotel’s regular individual clientele is privileged during the high season months of June to August and the venue closes annually from November/December to January/February. Rates are charged on a per day basis, with a minimum stay policy of 2 nights. If you do not wish to hire the entire hotel for your wedding, it is possible to organise a dinner either in the Rôtisserie; a large dining room with a capacity of 110 people seated or the Salle Matisse; a private salon with its own terrace perfect for small groups of up to 45 people seated. Hiring the venue for exclusive use is the only solution if you would like to have a dance party after dinner with either a DJ or live music, so not as to disturb the other guests staying in the hotel.

If you would like to receive more information and rates for wedding at the Château Saint Martin & Spa, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, you can get in touch with Sales Manager Lucy Hervé on my behalf by email on lherve@chateau-st-martin.com or by telephone on +33 (0) 4 93 58 40 75. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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The French Riviera and its surrounding area is filled with highly desirable wedding destinations. There really is something for everyone from glitz and glam seaside towns, to Provencal countryside getaways and romantic medieval villages. I have picked out a few of my favourite wedding destinations on the Cote d’Azur and in Provence that you may wish to consider for your wedding. You might prefer to decide upon a destination based upon the location of a particular venue that you have in mind. Please see my pick of the best wedding venues in the area in the Recommended Wedding Venue section of My Riviera Wedding.

  • Cannes & surrounding: Cannes encapsulates the glitz and glam associated with the Cote d’Azur. the city and its surrounding neighbourhood has an extremely vast selection of fabulous venues suitable for weddings. From chateaus (Chateau de la Napoule), to stunning hotels such as the Martinez , the Carlton, the Majestic and the 1835 White Palm Hotel, trendy hangouts (Le Baoli and Palm Beach), beach restaurants to name but a few l’Ecrin and Vega Luna as well as an abundance of modern private villas.

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  • Mougins & Mouans-Sartoux: Situated just outside of Cannes in the Provencal countryside, Mougins and its neighbouring village Moans-Sartoux are ideal wedding destinations away from the hustle and bustle of the busy coast. With a golf and country club, The Royal Mougins, several private domains and country residences such as the Manoir de Letang, the simply amazing Château de Castellaras, a luxury hotel with Michelin star restaurant, Le Mas Candille and several well-known fun restaurants for example Le Park and the Moulin de Mougins, Mougins and Mouans-Sartoux both offer a wealth of possibilities.

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  • Antibes Juan-les-Pins: With over 30 private beaches, one of them belonging to the lovely family run hotel the Belle Rives, Juan-les-Pins has a great deal of great wedding venues. Located on the border between Juan-les-Pins and the Cap d’Antibes a new luxury boutique hotel, the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel, has recently opened its doors after almost a year’s construction. The Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel has been built onto the already existing beach restaurant and night spot Les Pecheurs, which has also been given a facelift. The Cap d’Antibes, a peninsular between Juan-les-Pins and the old town of Antibes is home to some of the world’s most wealthy people; Arabian princes, celebrities and top business men. It is most famous for the exclusive Hotel du Cap Eden Roc a favourite A-class celebrity hangout during the Cannes Film Festival. The Cap d’Antibes has several superb waterfront venues such as Keller beach as well as some fantastic villas such as the Domaine la Dilecta.

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  • Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat: With Apple’s Paul Allen amongst the many high-flying property owners, the peninsular of Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat is considered as being THE ultimate destination in the South of France for those seeking privacy, luxury and exclusivity. Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat has some breathtaking wedding venues such as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild the fabulous Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, and the Villa Kérylos in nearby Beaulieu sur Mer, It also has two wonderful private beaches; Passable Beach and Paloma Beach (Tel: +33 (0)4 93 01 64 71 open from Easter to the end of September).

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  • Saint Paul de Vence: The medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence is a real gem. Made famous in the mid 20th century by the passage of world-renowned artists such as Picasso and Russian painter Mark Chagall who is buried in the village’s cemetery, Saint Paul de Vence still today promotes arts and crafts and is filled with independent galleries and artist’s workshops. Saint Paul de Vence is for me a perfect example of a well-preserved, picture perfect typical French village. With a beautiful little church, two Relais & Chateau hotels (Le Mas de Pierre and Le Saint Paul) as well as the top class restaurant La Colombe d’Or. In nearby Vence one of the most fabulous hotels in the area can be found; the Chateau Saint Martin which is part of the same group as the legendary Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.

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  • Grasse: For me Grasse is highly underrated as a wedding destination. The town offers greater value for money than some of the nearby towns and villages and the events service at the Grasse Tourist Office is more than happy to help prospective clients discover the many delightful venues that Grasse has to offer. Grasse is most famous for its perfume industry, with 4 large perfume factories in the town, a perfume museum, many beautiful flower gardens and fields where flowers are cultivated for the production of perfume some of which double up as wedding venues such as The Bastide du Parfumeur or the Domaine de Manon. Not forgetting of course a superb Relais et Chateaux hotel and Michelin star restaurant, the Bastide Saint Antoine and the stunning Chateau Diter.

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  • Monaco: Even the most luxurious addresses on the Cote d’Azur tend to have a relaxed sea-side feel to them, something that can not necessarily be said for the many preened and polished wedding venues Monaco has to offer. Depending on what floats your boat, Monaco may conjure up a mixed bag of emotions. Some feel that Monaco is a cold, soulless, ‘fake’ town while others are in awe of its grandeur and pomp. It is safe to say however that the quality and range of venues in Monaco is unrivalled most of which are grouped under the Monte Carlo SBM umbrella, a holding company which owns and manages most of the Principalities leisure and tourism venues. Amongst the best hotels in Monaco are the Hermitage, Monte Carlo Bay, Hotel de Paris, Le Meridien, Vista Palace and Monte Carlo Beach. Great beach restaurants are La Reserve de la Mala in nearby Cap d’Ail, Anjuna Bay in nearby Eze sur Mer and K Beach. Great restaurants and lounge bars include Maya Bay, La Chaumiere and the Pacific.

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  • Provence: Provence includes the territory inland of the French Riviera and the countryside of the Var region of the South of France, the next department along from the Alpes Maritimes (06 post code area) beginning west of Cannes just after the small seaside town of Theoule. Provence with its many vineyards, lavender fields and country escapes is a fabulous wedding destination and a cheaper, less crowded alternative to the Cote d’Azur. Here are just a few of the many stunning wedding venues in Provence to wet your appetite: Commanderie de PeyrassolChâteau Font du Broc, Magnanerie de Saint Isidore.

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