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Find your style…pick your home | Stay YNA

Completely renovated, Opus is oozing with style and is perfectly located at the heart of the Etoile area. There is a spacious open plan living area with a comfortable corner sofa and large television in front of a striking feature wall. The contemporary show kitchen is located at the centre of the room with an attractive dining area to the side making this a wonderfully social space. Large floor-length windows keep the room bright and airy.

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Opus

Perhaps the most striking feature is the fabulous mezzanine with it’s wrap-around walkway, like a modern-day minstrels gallery. This stunning home has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and a bedroom and bathroom downtairs. It is the perfect choice for a break with friends and family. For more properties like this visit Stay YNA Nice

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Opus

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Get that De ja vu feeling with Stay YNA 3D

Pictures are great, but imagine walking round the home you’re thinking about booking before you’ve even got there! Well now you can with our new 3D tours. Stroll into the property, walk round the beds, check out the kitchen appliances, check the stairs are manageable. discover all the hidden corners of your home from home before you even book and make sure it’s perfect for you with no surprises! Check out our new 3D world for yourself…

Experience the hot tub in the Green House and discover the house’s quirky layout with the dolls house view floor plan…

Check out the funky interior design in Saoirse and explore the two spacious lounges

Get the real feel for cozy La Croix in Old Town Nice, count the steps up to the apartment and peek into the cute kitchen

Have a look round the bedrooms in Anais, get your head round the layout of the apartment, what were the books on the shelves?

Pretty cool right? All our Nice, Dingle and Cyprus properties will have their own 3D imaging by early 2017 so watch this space and discover your favourite

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Hot tub at the Green House

 


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What to do with kids in Nice | Stay YNA

As the winter weather takes hold, cheer yourself up with thoughts of next summer. If you are looking for a destination for a family holiday that has something for everyone, then look no further than Nice…

With over 2 miles of pebbly beach you are never short of outside space for kids in Nice. Some of the private paying beach spaces have specific areas for families including play areas, games and pools.  But once you tire of the pebbles or need to find some shade during the summer there are other options both inside and out.

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La Reserve

Starting with the seafront, La Promenade des Anglais is perfect for strolling or rolling along.  Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards and even push scooters can be hired from Rollerstation situated on Quai des Etats-Unis. On the newly redeveloped central site of the Paillon riverbed, La Promenade de Paillon is the central park and a hotbed of free entertainment.

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In addition to the giant mirror of water with its 125 jets which provide fountain and mist shows to enthrall both young and old, there is an enormous play area home to a selection of wooden sea creatures from 3 metre turtles to a 30 metre whale and even a pirate ship. Each structure has been created for a different age group and there is something for everyone under 12; rings, ropes, nets, bars, slides, swings and more! Parks and play areas are easy to find all over Nice, for one with a magnificent view try Castle Hill, which also has a café to revive the parents. Parc Castel des Deux Rois has a little goat farm and like many has ping pong tables so take along your bats and balls.

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Train touristique

To get around the city why not take a ride on the Little Train www.trainstouristiquesdenice.com. A 50 minute journey with commentary specially for kids will give tired legs a break and provide a scenic overview of the city. It leaves from the seafront opposite Albert 1er Garden. There are boat trips available from the Port, excellent snorkelling places along by Coco beach and Nice Diving school takes children from 8 years old.

 For when being outdoors is not an option, Nice has 8 municipal swimming pools, an ice rink (Patinoire Jean Bouin), a bowling alley (Nice Bowling) and numerous museums and galleries many of which lay on workshops and activities aimed at children. Go to www.nice.fr for more details. By the airport you will also find Parc Phoenix a partly covered garden with large greenhouses containing plants and animals, from black swans to pelicans and porcupines to creepy crawlies. It is free for the under 12’s and has a play area and trampoline.

Further afield towards Antibes don’t miss Marineland, also home to Kids’ Island, Aquasplash and Adventure golf. With all this to do the only problem is fitting it all in!

For more information on where to stay in nice go to Stay YNA NIce.


Christmas in Nice

Christmas in Nice

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Save on your Christmas break in Nice when you book before 25th November!

Christmas in Nice

Christmas in Nice

The Christmas festivities in Nice kick off at the beginning of December with the Village de Noël  in Place Masséna. The North Pole comes to the French Riviera with a market of wooden chalets selling sweets, stocking fillers, local crafts and of course hot wine! A forest of snowy pine trees and an ice rink add to the wintry effect and the Ferris wheel gives great views over the snow-capped Alps

Christmas in Nice

Christmas in Nice

Place Garibaldi gets the Christmas treatement too, with Santa in his grotto and lots of entertainment options from music and theatre to story telling for the children. In the old town you can find a petting zoo with hands-on learning for little ones.

There are events and attractions all over the Riviera and one of the best to visit is in the medieval village of Lucéram, 30 minutes drive from Nice. Hundreds of nativity scenes are hidden around the village, from life size to miniature, how many can you find?

Christmas time in Nice is generally beautiful and sunny but if you have a yearning for the white stuff the ski resorts are only a couple of hours away with day passes for the lifts and equipment hire available.

Save on your Christmas break in Nice when you book before 25th November!

 

 

 

 


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Sun, sea, sand and socca | Stay YNA

Nice is quite frankly, very nice indeed! One of the most popular coastal cities in the Mediterranean, it has been drawing in tourists for decades. Back in the day, Britain’s Queen Victoria, not a lady known for being easily pleased, adored the place and returned year after year.

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A city full of colour, bursting with flavours and sensations, rich in history and culture. Wonderfully welcoming people, delicious food and the weather is pretty good too

Old Town

Old Town

First time visitors are always surprised to find that the city is pretty compact, it’s easy to get around but boasts very distinct areas, each with their own charm. Wide open squares surrounded by cafes and restaurants are the ideal spot from which to indulge in some serious people watching.

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Place Garibaldi

Crowded cobbled alleys snaking around the old town, with hidden treasures at every corner. Don’t miss the traditional markets where you can find fresh local produce and quirky crafts and antiques

Old Town

Old Town

Outside the maze-like confines of the Old Town, Rue Bonaparte is the new go-to place in the evening. There are some fabulous restaurants and bars and the area is the home of the city’s lively gay scene.

Rue Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte

The port area also boasts some great eateries and is a good base for visitors who like a bit of peace and quiet without being too far from the action.

The Port

The Port

If youwant to live like the Niçois then stay in Carré d’Or, choose an apartment in one of the elegant Belle Epoque buildings in the wide boulevards close to the Opéra and enjoy watching the world go by apéro in hand from your wrought iron balcony, oh la la!

Belle Epoque beauty

Belle Epoque beauty

Maybe it’s time for your next visit to Nissa la Bella? Have a look at some of our new homes or talk to our bookings team for their personal suggestions


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Meet your best new friend…the Stay YNA App!

Why drag around a tourist guide book when you can hang out with your new best buddy the Stay YNA App.

Download the Stay YNA App to your android or Iphone and get the best local guides, Blog Updates,reviews and special offers and exclusive discounts. It’s available to download for FREE in your app store and don’t worry if you haven’t booked with us, because it’s available to everyone and the best news is, you can book on line with the new app too.

So if you’re staying with us in France, Cyprus, Ireland or one of our new destinations then you can find the best restaurants and bars and things to do recommended by people that actually live there and find it on google maps! So you won’t waste time eating a bad steak tartare, drinking a less than perfect pint of Guinness or miss out on the best meze on the island because you left your guide book at home! Plus you can get involved too! You can review our reviews or post your own new discoveries. So join team STAY YNA and hang out with your new best buddy the Stay YNA App.

Download and sign up now to be one of the first 100 travellers to receive a £20 gift voucher to spend on your next trip with us.

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For one week…and one week only…

Summer holidays

Summer holidays

Summer holidays are well and truly upon us, the schools have broken up, the kids are probably starting to get bored at home….time to plan that summer break!

For one week only we are taking £30 off stays of 3 nights or more in ANY of our Nice apartments…so if your thoughts are turning towards holidays, check out your dates on our live calendar and use promo code ETE30 to get your discounted stay today!

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Nice a week on | Stay YNA

When the news broke of the dreadful attack on Nice last Thursday night, like the rest of the world, we watched in shock and horror. Following every news bulletin to try to understand what had happened. As the reports flooded in, our first concern of course was our local team and guests and our first priority making contact with them. The relief as our managers checked in throughout the night and following morning and confirmed that all guests were accounted for and safe was palpable. It was also a great comfort to receive messages from past and future guests, expressing their sorrow and reaffirming their love for Nice and determination to return.

One family who were on the Promenade watching the fireworks, decided to leave early, they missed the attack but were caught up in the panic on the streets and told us how they were affected, their feelings of relief to be safe and how they spent the following day laying tributes, lighting candles and talking though the unbelievable events

We mourn with Nice and all those affected, this wonderfully beautiful, welcoming city. Even during the days after the attack was it was friendly and beautiful albeit with the feeling of grief and despair. We will be happy to come back to Nice

Mrs SC- guest in Nice on 14th July

It is still impossible to comprehend such a tragedy and we have been talking to locals and visitors to find out how people are feeling one week on and what this means for one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. The Nice Convention and Tourism Bureau* posted the following statement shortly after the event, their website and social media pages have been flooded with comments from well-wishers and visitors confirming that this atrocity will not stop them from travelling to the city:

Since this tragedy, we have received thousands of messages of affection and support from all over the world, some anonymous, others from professionals telling us the special place Nice holds for them in their hearts….

In spite of the pain, anger and sorrow, we are determined, more than ever, to show that Nice remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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As a destination, Nice is second only to Paris in popularity with around 5 million visitors every year. Tourism is crucial to the local economy and of course local businesses are concerned about the long term impact this event will have. Vangelis Panayiotis, Managing Director of MKG Tourism Consulting told Reuters* that he estimated a decline in visitor numbers this year. Others are more optimistic feeling that unlike some package holiday destinations, there is no identical substitute for Nice, it is a unique city. There is also a feeling among professionals and tourists that this kind of attack could happen anywhere and there is the sense of determination not to let the terrorists “win” by changing plans and altering our lifestyles. Key tourism stakeholders in the UK and Germany have stated that cancellations have been minimal and mostly from guests due to travel out in the first days after the attack.

We won’t allow ourselves to be frightened by these senseless acts of violence. Like the French we will keep on living our lives!

Mr K.H- due to travel to Nice this summer

In the days immediately following the attack a number of large events such as concerts and the jazz festival were cancelled. Whilst there is currently no official advice against travel to France, people are warned to be extra vigilant in public places. The extension by President Hollande of the State of Emergency for another 3 months has also reassured some visitors; meaning a much more visible security presence on the streets.

As in the UK where the terrorism threat is severe, travellers should remain alert and vigilant, especially in places where there is a high concentration of people

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The attack was followed by three days of official mourning with many businesses choosing to remain closed both as a mark of respect for the victims but also as a time to reflect and come to terms with all that had happened. Guests that were in Nice during these first days found the city much quieter than usual but many of them took the time to pay their own respects and commented on the continuing kindness of the local people.

We have had a lovely time in Nice. Sad due to the atrocity last week but also an experience to see and feel the atmosphere. Moving to walk along the promenade and see the tributes…

Mr. PK- travelled to Nice on 15th July

A week on, Nice is slowly readjusting to “normal” life, the Promenade des Anglais was reopened to traffic on Monday and people are going to the beach. Some local people do feel uncomfortable with signs of enjoyment so close to the scene of tragedy, it is very early days after all but others feel that this is how it has to be, life must continue.
A lot of people are coming every day to the scene of the tragedy to show their respect, to try to understand what happened and to try to “claim back” the Promenade des Anglais…Solidarity, reconstruction and mourning are the three words that come to mind at this time
Mrs IM- local resident

This horrific attack will leave a permanent scar on our beautiful city, people will never forget the events of 14th July 2016. But amidst the sadness, the grief and the anger, there are so many stories of kindness, friendship and bravery from that night and of course so many memories of happier times before and the hope for better times ahead.

 

*Sources: Nice Convention and Tourism Bureau, Reuters, Association of British Travel Agents


Nice Jazz Festival

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Nice offers a great range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year but arguably one of the best gigs in town is the annual jazz festival, this year taking place 16th to 20th July.

The first ever jazz event in Nice was way back in 1948 when no-less personage than the legendary Louis Armstrong headed the bill in the Opera. It would be another 23 years before the next event with a huge reunion in 1971 featuring big names such as Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. The festival has evolved over the years from the Grande Parade du Jazz into the world-renowned Nice Jazz Festival, and many illustrious musicians have taken part from Fats Domino to Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana to Lauryn Hill. Last year’s event attracted over 60,000 fans and we’re sure that this year is going to be even better.

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice Jazz Festival

Taking place in the open-air on the Promenade du Paillon, the 2016 edition will offer music from a wide range of genres, performers will include Robert Plant, Youssou N’Dour and Massive Attack so plenty to enjoy even if you are not a jazz purist. The festival will host events on 6 stages over 5 days with 31 acts! Tickets cost Euro 39 for adults, Euro 17 for children aged 10-16 and the under-tens go free, serious music lovers can also purchase a 5 days pass for Euro 130. Tickets are on sale now daily at Place Massena and can also be booked online at http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr/en/

 

We have limited availability remaining for the Jazz Festival period. Plan your stay now

 


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Hot summer nights, palm trees and toe-tapping tunes, who could ask for more!  I adore Nice Jazz Festival and this year’s offering promises great things. Although I will be shedding one or two tears as 2016 has been dedicated to the memory of David Bowie. Each evening, from Saturday through to Wednesday, has a theme: Changes, Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Black Star, Heroes.  In addition, all 30+ performers are said to have been influenced by or have worked with Bowie.  This illustrates the breadth of musical styles included in this ‘jazz’ festival, which for purists (like my dad!)  may be taking it too far, but for most people opens the door to discover a wide variety of international musical styles based, sometimes loosely, around jazz.

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice Jazz Festival

There are two stages set up in Jardin Albert 1er connected by an area selling refreshments and very reasonably priced large glasses of local rosé. The permanent Théatre de Verdure stage has seating and is for the more ‘hardcore’ jazzers . Last year I saw Charles Lloyd there with my dad, himself a jazz saxophonist, and what a pleasure it was to see this longstanding jazz hero light up his face. This year I’m looking forward to the newer and, for once, female stage presence of Géraldine Laurent not to mention the contemporary big band feel of Brooklyn’s Snarky Puppy, an instrumental fusion fest, and Avishai Cohen, arguably one of the world’s best living trumpeters!

 

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice Jazz Festival

The Masséna stage is standing only and more suited to dancing and wailing. And yes, I’ve done both in past years. This year it’s Massive Attack who will be rocking the Riviera along with Youssou N’Dour bringing the sounds of Africa, and other big international names in funk, hip hop, soul and blues, stretching the jazz label to its limits and sometimes beyond. No excuses for missing the free Sunday morning concert from The London Community Gospel Choir, dancing you through to lunchtime.

 

Last year Jamie Cullum was the ‘godfather’ of the festival bringing his inimitable presence to the proceedings and dancing on his piano, this year Melody Gardot has the honour.  A young American singer-songwriter and all round wonder she has played in session on Jamie’s radio show and her voice is as inspiring as her personal journey through music therapy.

Each year I discover a new musical talent to take away with me, and I think the words of Leyla McCalla, whose musical styles just won’t fit into this blog, sum up these 5 days of musical emotions – “I want them to cry, I want them to laugh, I want them to sing, I want them to dance!” I’m sure we will.

For more information on the event please visit www.nicejazzfestival.fr

Article written by Nice local expert Zenna Marshall