Spacious, elegant apartment next to beach, shops, restaurants & pedestrian area.
Sandra and Mark Alix-Brown
- english, french, spanish, italian, For other languages, we can use Google Translate.
About Sandra and Mark Alix-Brown
A warm hello from the owners, Sandra and Mark! Sandra is half French and Mauritian, and Mark is half British and Italian. We have a son, Loïc, and a daughter, Maëlle, who are both currently at university. We live in London but take every opportunity that our busy lives allow to spend time in Menton to replenish our energy and nourish our souls! You may have gathered that Menton has a special place in our hearts. We have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity of visiting lovely places around the world, but there is something about the beauty and atmosphere of Menton that keeps drawing us back there. We discovered Menton by chance. During a half-term holiday with the kids in October 2012 on the Italian Riviera, one of our son's school friends invited him to Menton for the day to play football. We figured that it wasn't too far away, being the first town in France across the border, and thought why not? We fell in love with Menton as soon as we arrived, and could not resist staying the night at a hotel. We only drove back late the next day and would have stayed longer if we didn't have a plane to catch back to London. Over the next year, we returned to Menton several times for short stays and discovered that it was just as lovely in all four seasons. Not with any serious intention to buy, we started casually looking at a few apartments. Inevitably, what started as a vague whim turned into a serious project! And hey presto, at the end of December 2013, we bought the unfurnished shell that was the apartment at Le Regina Palace. Since then, we have greatly enjoyed furnishing the place over the years to our taste. In making our apartment available for guests to enjoy, we have derived much pleasure from their feedback on how much they have loved staying there. We hope to continue to give our new and returning guests a delightful experience which they will remember with fondness.
Sandra and Mark Alix-Brown purchased this Apartment in 2013
What makes this Apartment unique
Our guests love the fact that the apartment is located in the ideal sweet spot of Menton, ensconced between the beach promenade on one side and the pedestrian old town of Menton on the other. You should find that the apartment feels more like a house thanks to its duplex layout over two floors, with the bonus of no apartments above, overlooking the manicured gardens to the residence. The two-floor apartment is situated in the wing to the main palace residence, formerly a grand hotel. The Regina Palace is an accredited member of "Le Cercle des Palaces Retrouvés de Menton", an exclusive association of the 21 listed Belle Epoque palaces of Menton. A plaque on the sea front gate is testament to this. The residence features in the recently published, beautifully illustrated hard back coffee table book "Menton, une ville de Palaces", a copy of which is in the apartment for guests to enjoy. Queen Victoria and her retinue holidayed at this residence when it was a grand palace hotel and dined in the very wing where the apartment is located!
Children allowed - On request, we can provide a baby travel cot On request, we can provide a baby travel cot
No smoking - Smoking prohibited in apartment & residenceSmoking prohibited in apartment & residence
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Sunshine in Menton
A great appartment so close to the beach and the shops but very quiet and private. Every day we would go to the market which had marvellous meat, vedge, cheese, bread and cakes. Lots to do and great walks and days out. Thank you Mark and Sandra for a great place to stay ..
The apartment was beautiful & the location fantastic, we wouldn't change a thing.
Everything worked well from booking with the owners right through to arrival, apartment very clean, spacious & well stocked, the photos on the website don't do it justice.
Location wise there are shops, amenities & restaurants right on the doorstep, not to mention the sea literally a few steps away.
Very well equipped and brilliantly located property. Authentic, with great charm.
Splendid apartment in a perfect location. Delightful owners who take great care about your holiday experience.
Wonderful location and apartment.
Nestled between Monaco & Italy, Menton has something for everyone: all-year-round sunshine, clear blue sea, exotic botanical gardens, good restaurants, culture & entertainment, beautiful architecture, a variety of water sports and walks along the coast or in the surrounding mountains.
Nicknamed 'The Pearl of France', Menton is the sunniest place in France! Sheltered on 3 sides by mountains, it is an excellent all year round destination due to its sub-tropical micro-climate enjoying an average 316 days of sunshine per year. Eating al fresco on the terraced restaurants facing the sea or in the charming squares of the Old Town can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
Italy with its pretty coves such as Balzi Rossi is only a 30 minute walk along the coast from the apartment as is, in the other direction, the beautiful Cap Martin leading to Monaco.
Menton is famous for several exquisite botanical gardens with sub-tropical & temperate flora which are a delight to visit: Val Rahmeh, Serre de la Madonne, Maria Serena, Fontana Rosa & Palais Carnolès.
A stroll past the artisanal shops on its main pedestrian street, past little squares, up its winding Medieval alleys & under its arches reveals Old Menton's red & yellow ochre Italianate architecture steeped in history.
There is an abundant variety of excellent restaurants, reasonably priced for the Côte d'Azur, lining the beaches, both marinas, lanes & little shaded squares of the Old Town. At the top end, the Mirazur is ranked as the best restaurant in the world!
Family owned shops sell local produce such as hand-made ceramics, perfumes and oils extracted from citrus fruits. There is a lovely and lively 19th century daily covered market selling tasty local produce, beautifully displayed by farmers & producers from surrounding villages.
Menton is blessed with a variety of beaches. On its west side (and 10 seconds walk from the apartment) is a continuous 3 kilometre stretch of beautiful open, pebbly beach spanning the bay from Menton's old bastion next to the Jean-Cocteau Museum at one end up to Cap Martin at the other. A promenade runs along side it, lined with restaurants & cafes with outdoor seating facing the sea. At the end of the promenade begins the spectacular coastal 'Promenade Le Corbusier' footpath hugging the coast around Cap Martin leading to Monaco.
On Menton's east side, a 7 to 9 minute stroll from the apartment, are the sheltered sandy beaches & coves approaching Italy where there is a diving centre & sailing/windsurfing centre offering a variety of water sports with lessons, including: water skiing, rowing, kayaking, kite boarding, windsurfing, sailing, fly boarding, jet skiing & water tubing.
From Menton's old port, 5 minutes walk from the apartment, Christophe the affable owner of the wooden boat the 'Brigantin' offers sea excursions along the coast either into Italian waters or Monaco. Catamaran trips are also available from the marina.
Land based sports facilities are aplenty, including the local tennis club 10 minutes by foot from the apartment.
Designated 'City of Art & History' by the French Ministry of Culture, Menton enjoys a lively cultural life: fascinating tours by specially accredited guides, concerts, museums and art galleries: Musée des Beaux-Arts du Palais Carnolès, Galerie d'Art du Palais de l'Europe, Musée Jean Cocteau, The Mentonnaise Faïences, Musée de Préhistoire Regionale, Cocteau's Salle des Mariages.
The famous, fabulous 3 week 'Fête du Citron' lemon festival takes place each February, during which parades featuring giant sculptures made of oranges & lemons are displayed in a fun carnival atmosphere. The 2 week Menton Festival of Music every August features open air evening classical concerts in the heart of the Old Town with spectacular views. There is also the Tango Dance Festival in July and other festivals & events peppering the calendar year.
Christmas & New Year in Menton is magical: the town is tastefully illuminated. There is an ice rink, a Christmas market & plenty of street entertainment & seasonal events.
Menton is a great location for day-trip skiing! There are numerous ski resorts within 1 to 1.5 hours from Menton: Valberg, La Colmiane, Limone (Italy), Gréolière les Neiges, Auron, Isola 2000 among others. In Menton, you really can enjoy a sun, seaside & mountain experience during the same day - wake up in the apartment, ski for the day and return in time to sip an aperitif back in Menton ...
It would be a pity to stay in Menton without visiting a few Medieval perched villages in the mountains nearby, real gems: Roquebrune Village, Gorbio,Saint Agnès, Castellar, Sospel, Castillon, Moulinet, Eze; and in Italy: Dolce Aqua, Apricale and Pigna (a mountain spa town with its thermal spring waters).
For cycling enthusiasts, we recommend the delightful 24km coastal cycle path along the Italian Riviera from San Remo to San Lorenzo al Mare. It's flat with restaurants along the way & bikes can be hired