3 helicopter adventures for lovers
Whether it’s a stay, a weekend or a unique experience, there are many excuses for a romantic getaway. A helicopter flight is the best way to leave Saint-Tropez in style and elegance and reach romantic destinations with the authentic charm of the French Riviera and Provence. Excellence Riviera offers you exceptional sensory experiences from Saint-Tropez, rich in emotion for your couple.
The lavender fields of the Plateau de Valensole
The Valensole plateau is a treasure that occupies nearly 12700 hectares of land, not far from the sublime Gorges du Verdon, an ephemeral treasure that is offered each summer to travellers who are amazed at the unparalleled beauty of this place.
On board your helicopter, you will fly over the Gorges du Verdon, an impressive limestone canyon carved by the Verdon river, whose apotheosis is the Sainte-Croix lake and its shades of turquoise, emerald and azure. You can also see the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie nestled against the rock, whose Provençal houses make up a film set. Places coveted by nature lovers.
The arrival on the Valensole plateau is unforgettable: fields of olive trees, lavender or almond trees give you a show of contrasting colours, of which lavender is the star. The gold of the wheat blends delicately with the fifty shades of lavender that bloom at dawn in July.
After your landing, give in to the temptation of a bucolic picnic in the heart of the lavender fields. Between the subtle scent of these plants with multiple virtues and the blue sky of the Côte d’Azur, the romance is there. Gourmets can choose to take a stroll through the lavender fields before heading to La Bastide de Moustiers, home of Alain Ducasse, to taste the Mediterranean flavours of the young and talented chef Thomas Chambraud.
The enchanting beauty of Porquerolles
How can you resist the wild and natural beauty of the Golden Islands, the archipelago of the Port-Cros National Park, where crystal-clear waters, unspoilt pine forests, a silver beach and a prestigious vineyard intermingle?
Reaching Porquerolles from Saint-Tropez is a first adventure for a couple in search of sensations. The lucky ones will see dolphins during the flight over the Mediterranean Sea, an indescribable emotion, a feeling of privilege, even more precious because it is shared.
Once disembarked at Mas du Langoustier, a magical couple’s experience awaits you: set out to discover this island of a thousand faces. Bicycles are the best way to explore the island’s trails, heading to the vineyards for a tasting at Domaine Perzinsky, owned by Chanel. Continue with lunch at one of the restaurants of Mas du Langoustier, whose dishes honour the local roots of chef Gabriel Perona, a native of the Giens peninsula. After this lunch, during which time is suspended and all your senses are awakened, you can relax for two by the hotel’s swimming pool or set out to conquer the island, towards the silver beach, an original feature of Porquerolles.
After such a day, you can join your pilot and board your helicopter to return to Saint-Tropez or you can prolong the island pleasure. If you’re staying overnight, then don’t resist a visit to the Villa Carmignac, a unique museum where contemporary art flirts with nature and is on display both indoors and in its 15 hectares of gardens. In summer, let yourself be carried away by the delicious musical evenings organised in these same gardens. A suspended moment that is all the more delicious when experienced by two people.
The authentic luxury of Les Airelles Gordes
The helicopter puts Saint-Tropez just 45 minutes away from authentic Provence, the land that inspired the greatest painters, from Van Gogh to Paul Cézanne, by the beauty of its landscapes and especially by its light. Embark on an exceptional adventure, between the wines of Provence and authentic Provencal villages. After a flight over the Colorado Provençal and the ochre of the Luberon, you land as close as possible to the Bastide of Gordes.
In this Provencal jewel overlooking the village of Gordes, every moment for lovers will be magical. Here, the song of the cicadas joins the perfume of the cypresses and the view of the hundred-year-old olive trees or the seigneurial residence which has kept all its charm over the years.
Between a glass of Champagne on one of the sunny terraces and a couple’s massage in one of the double cabins of the Sisley spa, relaxation is the order of the day for your romantic escapade. In the evening, a dinner at the L’Orangerie restaurant will punctuate this magical day, before finding refuge in the cosy comfort of your room.
Whatever your itinerary for a day or a weekend away, a helicopter will enhance every arrival. The panoramas of the Côte d’Azur and Provence are even more divine from the air, and every minute you save gives you more time to enjoy yourselves together.
For each flight from Saint-Tropez, a valet will accompany you from your place of residence in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez to the take-off point of your private helicopter. Your pilot will then offer you a smooth flight over the wonders of the Côte d’Azur.