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HMS Yacht Management Company
15th January 2021

Get to know Cannes and Nice


Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur


a Rich history dating far, far back. Like a magnet, Nice attracts people from all over the world with its picturesque seaside views and relaxing ambiance. The city is elegant and it’s alluring charm comes from the great weather and its exceptional beauty. Upon your visit to Nice you’ll gather a lifetime of memories through the countless adventures that await you on your holiday.


Cannes on the other hand


Is a beach town with a luxurious and exclusive feel with less tourist traffic. Renowned internationally for its annual film festival, private beaches and marinas filled with luxury yachts. Though its smaller than Nice, Cannes offers a diverse range of tourist activities for everyone’s taste and interests.

The best time to travel to France is between April and June when spring arrives. By then there are fewer tourists and the prices are generally lower. During this time the temperature is moderate and the views are simply breath taking. Join us on this journey and explore the beauty of what both these famous tourist destinations have to offer.



On the first stop of our traveling journey


We will be looking at fun things to do upon your visit to Nice. The vibrant city will forever be a beloved travel destination and the memories are going to last you a lifetime. With plenty of beaches, restaurants and word-class hotels to choose from there is more than enough to keep you busy on your holiday. One destination all of our clients love, is the Cannes Islands which is situated just off the coast of Cannes. There are two little islands that’s perfect for day trips and the crystal clear, famously blue water is a sight to behold.


Seaside walks


The Promenade des Anglais, is a definite must. This grand walkway, next to the Mediterranean will leave you breathless. It stretches for 7km and on the eastern side you’ll see magnificent 19th century architecture. Take a seat in the shade beneath the palm trees when you feel like resting for a while.


Taking a hike


To experience some of the French Riviera’s greatest panoramas we suggest hiking the Vieille Ville. Although if you don’t feel like hiking to the top, you can always make use of the free elevator. Once you reach the peak of Vieille Ville you’ll look back over the city of Nice and the azure sea. However, if you’re traveling to Cannes you can warp back in time and visit the medieval quarter of Le Suquet. The old, charming town takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the busy marina and you get to enjoy the tranquillity in peace. This is the perfect trip for those who want to learn more about the rich history of Cannes, whilst soaking up the beautiful views surrounding the medieval quarter of Le Suquet.


Open-air markets in Cannes and Nice


Cannes and Nice are both abundant with local markets you can shop at. If you are in Cannes we suggest going to the infamous Gambetta market, which got its popularity from both the clothing and deli style food. At this market you can expect to find a fine selection of clothes, jewellery and leather goods. Try the local dish called socca, which consists of a savory pancake made from chickpea flower.

Upon your visit to Nice you’ll find anything from farmer’s markets to flea markets. A popular market in Nice is the Cours Saleya Market that’s situated in the old town. Every morning the market comes alive with people and you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh produce and flowers. Looking for a place with ambiance, rich history and some culinary inspiration? The Cours Saleya Market has got it all. Take a stroll through the market upon your visit to Nice.


Top places to stay in Cannes and Nice


Immerse yourself in the rich history of the 19th century Le Cavendish hotel, that offers upscale rooms, free evening drinks and full access to a private beach. Situated in the beautiful town of Cannes, this hotel has a 4.8-star rating, living up to its reputation. Looking for the ultimate luxury stay? Book a few nights at the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic that features luxury accommodation, including a spa, pool and private beach. On the other hand, if you are traveling to Nice the Hotel Guru suggests the villa Kilauea. This B&B sits on top a hill which offers great views of Nice and the surrounding bay.


Unforgettable holiday experiences


While you visit the world’s top yachting destination, it is nearly impossible not to wonder what it must be like to own one for yourself. Well, now you can own one for a week or two. There’s no better way to spend your holiday by visiting the breath taking beaches, coves and cliffs, whilst you explore the crystal clear, blue waters from a yacht.

Make your holiday even more memorable and book a crewed yacht charter. Honest Marine Services specializes in yacht management and private yacht charters that’s completely tailored to your budget and your needs. We provide the experienced crew that takes care of your every need. Our experienced captains and staff is available at a fixed day rate however if you need them on an extended basis, we would be happy to adjust and customize a package that suits you best. Here’s what HMS proposes for the perfect yacht charter this season.

In true French style, we welcome you, your family or friends on board with a box of handmade macarons to share. For those who are partial to a luxury lifestyle with an evening tipple, a bottle of chilled champagne adds some sparkle to the ambient atmosphere. Upon your arrival our excellent management team greets you on board, collects your luggage and settles you in after your long flight.


We pride ourselves in our work, therefore we take a personal approach to upscale your experience with us. The beauty behind chartering a yacht has to be the fact that you can go wherever you want, whenever you want, and stay as long as you want. Our captain and crew will help you explore your traveling options, but you ultimately have the final say. With HMS you’ll receive nothing but exceptional service from our friendly team.


Own a luxury yacht?


If you own a luxury yacht and you’re planning on spending some quality time with the family on it, you’ll want to get her up and running before the season starts. No need to worry if you don’t have the time. Honest Marine Services is here to lend a helping hand. Our yacht maintenance and management packages are completely tailored to your needs. We specialize in various facets of maintenance such as interior and exterior cleans, winterizing and summarizing yachts to prepare them for the upcoming yacht season in Antibes. To read more about our various packages we offer, click on the link and you will be redirected to our services page for further exploration.

Our packages include:
Safety package

We take a proactive approach to ensure safety standards are met and that you and your family can rest assured knowing you are in the hands of professionals.

Operational package

We ensure that your investment is protected and we keep her in top-top condition all year round.

Bespoke charter package

Enjoy leisure time with friends or family on your yacht charter while our experienced captain takes you on an adventure of a lifetime.

Polishing package

Keep your yacht brand new and get her polished regularly by a team of professionals to give it a brand new shine.

Teak scrubbing

Because teak is so expensive you’ll need to ensure the teak on your deck is cared for to extend its lifespan. Get the team of HMS to bring your teak deck back to life.

Interior and exterior cleaning

As your yacht faces everyday wear and tear, you’ll need a professional team to keep her neat and nifty all year round.

Winterization and summarization

When winter approaches and you no longer use your yacht, it is best practise to winterize her. Our team prepares your yacht to be stored away until summer starts. When summer is on the horizon we take her out and prepare her for the busy summer season ahead.

Yacht deliveries

We also provide yacht delivery services for the owners who either don’t have the time or the skill to safely get her to her final destination. Need a captain to help out? Get in touch with us today for a bespoke package that suits your needs.

Private tuition

HMS provides private tuition to yacht owners who can’t steer her yet or needs to build up a bit of confidence before taking her out to sea.

Surveyor services

Last but not least, we also assist yacht owners in either purchasing a yacht or in the selling thereof. Our professional surveyor is able to determine the current market value of your yacht to ensure you make the right decision the first time around.



Like we mentioned earlier, Cannes and Nice are both stunning towns you can visit on your holiday in France. Filled with rich history, stunning ambiance and even better ocean views, you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime.

Book your private yacht charter today for an unforgettable luxury yacht experience. Or get in touch with the team of HMS to discuss your yacht’s management and maintenance needs, and we will work out a bespoke package just for you.

Happy sailing and travels from the HMS team.