Tiara Yaktsa

Near Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France Book from

Reviewed by Emma Love
A relaxing, romantic clifftop hotel with stunning views, just a short drive from glamorous Cannes
Blink and you could almost miss the turning for Tiara Yaktsa, which is tucked away off a winding road that climbs up and up, through the tiny town of Théoule-sur-Mer and beyond. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Cannes but it feels like a world away. And this place is all about the views: from your room, from the restaurant, from the outdoor pool. All you can see is the Riviera's blue sea shimmering in the sun, lush green hillside around a curving coast, and clusters of houses dotted in the distance.

The hotel is a real retreat; a get-away-from-it-all, zoned-out paradise. Children are welcome but really, it’s much better suited to couples. Chic Moroccan interiors blend seamlessly with the Mediterranean views, and the 21 bedrooms are gorgeous, some of the nicest we've seen. We spent peaceful, lazy mornings by the pool and snoozing on one of the double Balinese daybeds in the garden before pootling off in the car to discover nearby seaside towns and gorgeous inland villages.


  • The peaceful position is dreamy: you’re away from bustling Cannes but you can dip in and out as you wish
  • Stylish rooms with Moroccan furniture, double rain showers and extra comfy beds. Book a Junior Suite Sea View or Deluxe Room Sea View for, you guessed it, stunning sea views
  • All the staff are friendly and helpful, and nothing is too much trouble
  • The food is truly delicious. Breakfast is a feast and we were blown away by dinner at L’Or Bleu, the hotel’s restaurant
  • The outdoor pool is heated all year


  • You’ll need a car to get here and get around
  • Apart from L’Or Bleu and the 2 restaurants at nearby sister hotel Tiara Miramar Beach, there’s nowhere else to eat within walking distance
  • Pretty expensive and rates don't include breakfast, which is very pricey
  • No twin rooms - this hotel is aimed at couples
  • The fitness centre is tiny and only has one cross-trainer machine and a bike

Best time to go

Spring, early summer and autumn are loveliest, with reliable temperatures and fewer crowds. July and August are the busiest (and hottest) on the Côte d’Azur, so the coastal roads can get clogged up with traffic and it takes longer to get around. Annual events you might want to avoid include the MIPIM conference (March) and the Cannes film festival (May). The hotel is open all year.

Our top tips

This hotel makes a heavenly stay for a romantic long weekend, but to really delve into all the nearby towns and villages and see all that the Côte d’Azur has to offer without rushing, a week’s stay is ideal.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 21
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Welcome; best for babies
  • Closed: 24 Oct 2016 - 14 Apr 2017
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Junior Suite Garden View


Rooms and suites are spread over 4 floors, with the Penthouse Suite taking up the entire top floor. The 2 room categories are fairly similar, and divided according to their views: Superior Garden View Room and Deluxe Sea View Room. Suites are more numerous and spacious: Junior Garden View Suite, Junior Sea View Suite and the show-stopping Penthouse Suite. All rooms and suite have balconies or terraces.

Décor-wise, each room has a similar style: Moroccan bedside cabinets and gorgeous silver lamps, African necklaces as art on the walls, tiled floors, and a silk organza canopy around your incredibly comfortable bed. We stayed in a Junior Sea View Suite and slept like a dream, eagerly pulling back the curtains in the morning to check the views were just as gorgeous as we remembered from the night before (they were).

Bathrooms all have round, wooden double sinks, robes and lotions, and a heavenly rain shower (the Penthouse Suite also has a bath).

Make the most of the spectacular views by booking into a sea view room or suite, which look directly out across the swimming pool and gardens to the. The suites are all a generous size (45-64 sq.m) and come with terraces big enough to sit out on. The Penthouse Suite has 2 terraces: both with a Jacuzzi and sun decks with loungers.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Breakfast (not included in your room rate) can be eaten in L’Or Bleu (the hotel’s restaurant), outside in the Zen garden, or on the terrace. There’s everything from cereal and fruit to plates of salmon and cheese, plus fresh loaves of rustic bread and mini, flaky croissants. We found the delicate apple Danishes, bite-size pains au chocolat, chocolate torte and marble cake very hard to resist... Eggs are made to order, too. During high season, the restaurant offers a light pool menu at lunch; out of high season the dinner menu is also available at lunch.

In the evening, L’Or Bleu is a foodie’s dream. The small menu changes monthly and everything is freshly cooked. Typical dishes include carpaccio of seabass fillet or sea bream with salmon and coriander tempura flavoured with teriyaki sauce. The presentation is beautiful, too: think delicate gold leaf on your dessert, colourful, edible flowers scattered over fish, and mini macaroons with after-dinner tea. As the sun goes down, the lights on the hillside twinkle and candles on the tables are lit. For guests staying longer who have perhaps exhausted the menu, the chef can whip up your favourite dish (with 24 hours' notice). Or you could stay in the Penthouse Suite, with its kitchenette, and whip up meals for yourself!

If you want to eat out, there are several good restaurants a 5-minute drive away in Théoule-sur-Mer: we loved Le Coup de Fourchette, run by a husband-and-wife team and tucked away on Avenue Charles Dahon. We had the most deliciously creamy king prawn risotto, and we'd bet the steak and chips is excellent. Ten minutes further along the coast, L’Oasis is a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant in Mandelieu.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Recline on a Balinese daybed in the garden or on a lounger beside the heated infinity pool and bask in the sun

  • Head to St Raphaël, a 30-minute drive west along the coast, and spend the day on the gorgeous sandy beach

  • Or go east to Cannes, where designer shops and private beach clubs line La Croisette. For more affordable fashion explore rue d’Antibes, and for old-school charm wander through the streets of the quieter old town (Le Suquet) and up to the castle museum

  • Closer to home, pop into Théoule-sur-Mer. The tiny town only has a handful of streets but there's a lovely, laid-back feel, plus several eating spots and a strip of sand (the Marco Polo restaurant has its own section of beach)

  • Reception can arrange a host of activities, including windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling and diving trips, even wine tasting

  • If you fancy a change from the coast, explore inland instead. The fortified medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a famous enclave for artists both past and present, and a wander around its narrow, cobbled streets, looking at art, is a delight

  • There's great hiking in the coastal and inland areas, or you can explore on a mountain bike. Book a massage for your return in the hotel's treatment room

  • Another must is the village of Grasse, which is renowned for its perfumes. A guided tour of the Fragonard perfume factory is a highlight

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting


Children are welcome, but it's not ideal for families. Baby cots can be put into most rooms, but there are no extra beds so you'd need to book a room for children. There are no activities for kids and there is no children’s menu in the restaurant.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Two of the Superior Garden View Rooms can be connected, as can 2 of the Deluxe Sea View Rooms.


Available on request.

Kid Friendly:

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