Pictured above: Rooftop and pool at the Hi Hotel, Nice. I booked with i-escape.com.
If you’ve been following my Twitter and Instagram, the reason for the sunny pictures from gorgeous France is that I’ve been taking a few days break this week. I hadn’t planned any holidays this year but what with the miserable, wet summer we’ve been having in Ireland , that plan changed over the summer.
My sister booked two weeks with her husband and kids in Provence and invited me over for the weekend to their rented villa in St Endreole golf and spa country club in La Motte, Provence.
I flew to Nice, rented a car and off I set into the French countryside where soon the mopeds and motorways of the city were left behind for small hamlets and a countryside full of vineyards, lemon groves and lavender bushes.
August is hot in France and with temperatures reaching 30 degrees during the trip, I spent my time chilling with family and relying on the air conditioned car, villa and restaurants or cooling down in the pool. I even managed to visit two local vineyards, where Rose wine is the region’s speciality and sampled a Salad Nicoise or two.
From there, I headed back to Nice for two more days, booking into the Hi Hotel, a modern boutique hotel located four blocks from the beach at Promenade Des Anglais.
The room was cool, if somewhat whacky and futuristic, with the bathroom and shower leaving little to the imagination if you are not on intimate terms with your roommate.
The only thing is it was so cool that they’d forgotten to include a wardrobe, which is a bit of a pain when you can’t stash away your bags and hang up your clothes.
Having wifi after three days in the countryside was great (although I really managed to disconnect from the world for the time I didn’t have internet) and the rooftop pool offered a welcome respite from the stifling city heat.
The hotel’s beach club, hi beach, is a 10 minute walk away and pretty cool. I’m not a sun worshipper and slathered in Spf factor 50, the sun loungers with parasols, restaurant and bar are a nice place to hang out in on a beach that’s mobbed with sunbathers as far as the eye can see.
For party animals they have Dj sets every month where the club is transformed into a beach side nightclub after dark.
I’ve one more night here before I return to Dublin where Whatshewears.ie will be back to our regular posting schedule.