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Nice Christmas Market!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… hot chocolate, blazing fires, mulled wine and the smell of ginger bread baking. Or, if you’re anything like myself, this time of the year means catching a cold, stressing out about staging elaborate scenes for elf on the shelf (I mean, REALLY?) and running around shopping centres trying to decide if you should buy mum that gift she really deserves, or, the Zara coat YOU cannot possibly survive the winter season without. Yep, it’s Christmas time!

To stop me becoming a total scrooge, there is one thing that gets me into the Christmas spirit every time without fail and that is a good ole Christmas Market. The Nice one has grown to become something really special and is one of my favourites, as it’s less touristy than its German counterparts.  Called the Village De Noel or Christmas Village it’s located in Place Massena and Jardin Albert 1er and there are many fun things to do and see for all.

You can’t miss the Ferris wheel in Place Massena, which has wonderful views over the rooftops of Nice. The Fountaine de Soleil is where you can jump on the tourist train to see Nice’s must–see spots. My favourite part of this winter wonderland is the large ice rink where I can show off my Torvill and Dean skills.

The market is buzzing with a festive atmosphere that gets you in the Christmas mood. With 50 to 60 wooden chalets to purchase local goods, it’s fab for a little bit of Christmas shopping! So wrap up warm, grab a mulled wine and a tasty treat from the selection of international food stalls and just have a wonder.

Village De Noel is definitely a Nice attraction not to be missed and you can have an afternoon or evening out at a small cost with your friends or family. Christmas is above all about enjoying time with your loved ones. So I brought my Zara coat. After all ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ SORRY MUM!

By Lauren





All that Jazz!

The Nice Jazz Festival

The third week of July is bringing 50,000 music lovers to nice...

Why? It's the French Rivera's unmissable event of the year... The Nice Jazz festival!
Place Massena and Theatre de Verdure will host big names such as; Mary J Blige, Herbie Hancock, Myles Sank and Kadhja Bonet, we cant wait!
This international gathering is set to be bigger and better than ever!
4 days, 32 artists, the glorious French Rivera's sun, drinks, tasty food, awesome music and a fab atmosphere, what more could you want? Oh yea... STAY YNA! 
Book your accommodation HERE!

Starting on the 17th of July until the 21st of July, tickets range from €29 to €130 and everyone is welcome!

You can find more information about tickets and the line up HERE



STAY YNA's Director's enjoying themselves at Nice Jazz festival in 2010! 


Simon and Amanda got all dressed up in a 70's theme as Earth, Wind and Fire was in the line up!


Lights, Camera, ACTION!

SNAP a picture of a celeb at Cannes to win a €100 voucher for STAY YNA!

The French Rivera is renown world wide for its beauty and glamour...from St Tropez to Nice, charming old towns to billion dollar yachts... Oh and its most anticipated event...the Cannes film festival. Every May for 11 days the French Riviera lays down the red carpet for the most prestigious film festival.

Invitation only celebrities flock to the Côte d'Azur in their finest gowns and tuxedos for an epic number of screenings, parties, meetings and events.  The festival sets the benchmark for which films will do well in the upcoming awards 


We're expecting Cannes to bring us big things this year for its 70th anniversary.

 With 20 big contenders in the running for the festivals most prestigious award, 'The Palme d'Or' it's going to be a toughie to pick a winner from the line up. The winner is picked by 'The Festival Jury' made up by the industry 'heavy weights'.

We cannot wait for which celebrities will be walking the red carpet at Cannes film festival  this year. To be expected is…

We want you to send us your celeb snaps and selfies for a chance to win a €100 voucher for STAY YNA! Valid for any destination! 

Post your snaps on our STAY YNA Facebook page @stayynarentals or email them to [email protected] with your name contact number and email to be entered into the competition! 

Don’t forget will still have availability for the Cannes film festival! So don’t miss out! 


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Voucher must be used before Dec 31st 2017

Valid for stays between now and December 31st 2018

Only one voucher can be used per booking. 

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Life In…Ibiza

Pip and Fred Kirkby moved out to Ibiza to start STAY YNA last November. Having gone through the winter they are enjoying the island waking up to warm weather, celebrations and the opening of beach restaurants, an integral part of life in Ibiza! Written by Pip Kirkby. 


Warming Up!

2017 has enjoyed a late Easter, and the island is waking up early for the summer.  It's definitely worth considering an Easter break as the beaches are lovely and not so busy, even if the sea is a bit bracing!  The Easter celebrations are very special,  Semana Santa (Holy Week) really does go on for a week, and the uninitiated can be caught by surprise by the businesses closing for the Easter break from Maundy Thursday.  The processions of “penitents” which take place in both Ibiza town and Santa Eulalia are worth seeing on one of the nights that they move through town.  





Food Food Food! 

Eating out in Ibiza is a real pleasure and now the weather is warmer the restaurants are coming alive again. Tucked away down a long Camino is the little beach of S'Estanyol and the amazing Cala Bonita restaurant. It's 5 minutes from Jesus but it feels as though you're in the middle of nowhere.  It's not cheap but the cooking is amazing and the fish is practically flapping as it lands on your plate. 

Beautifully decorated, and overseen by Ana it is the perfect place for a lazy weekend lunch. We shared squid, the creamiest burrata and tuna tartare to start, and went on to have sea bass and denton on delicious roast vegetables with house potatoes. Puds were yummy: an amazing selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets, a deconstructed cheesecake and a lemon mousse/curd. And as a really nice touch homemade ice lollies for the children as they played on the beach…

Bar Flotante is practically in the sea (it is well named!) on Talamanca Beach it offers no messing good food. With a menu that has probably not been updated since the 80s you're on safe ground with anything you order. A proper old school chicken salad was super fresh (and the way to eat it btw is to cut everything up and mix it with the pink dressing), and lenguado (sole) and chips was great. It is super reasonable and popular with locals. You can now (sometimes) book a table, just ask for one enfrente de la mar.

We'd been waiting eagerly for Sa Carboneria to reopen after its winter break, and it was worth the wait!  The best steak we've had on the island and the most delicious sweetbreads too.  It was a chilly March evening so we ate inside but there is a great little garden which beckons for summer nights. It is tucked away down one of the streets of Santa Eulalia and definitely worth a visit!



Welcome Villa Can Felix

StayYNA Ibiza also have a new villa in our Ibiza collection. Villa Can Felix is a gorgeous home in a peaceful countryside setting. The pool is outstanding and it's short drive to the best beaches and restaurants. If you're looking for a relaxing break then this really is the place for you! 

Made in…Nice | Stay YNA

It’s nearly Easter and chocolate is at the forefront of our mind at the STAY YNA Head office. Marjorie Maissa, our Nice Area Manager told us about a unique artisan chocolate maker in Nice that is really pushing the boundaries. Here’s Marjorie’s interview  (in her own French style) with the very talented creator/ designer Jean Patrice of Chocolate Degustation Paci in Avenue Notre Dame. If you’re staying with us in Nice then make a visit and pick up a unique momento of your trip! You’ll find Jean Patrice’s shop on the STAY YNA App Eat section.

Marjorie… Today was a lovely meeting with a local chocolate maker and creator(designer), JP PACI. 

Jean Patrice "played the game" happily and answered to our mini interview. I had also the chance to taste his nice chocolate that he can spend hours to create/produce/accomplish and keep creating new items depending on the request of his customers.

All his chocolates are 100% natural and made from 100% cocoa butter. I met him in his lovely little shop in the city centre of Nice on the Avenue Notre Dame where you can ask for anything you wish for him to make and personalised depending on your "envy”.


What inspires your creativity? 

I studied the "Beaux Art" (Fine Art) and my dad was a chocolate maker. All my creations are a mix of these two aspects, the Art on one side and the familial influence.

What is your most interesting customer request? 

There are two that come to mind...

A "doudou" which is the teddy bear of a little child. The parents asked me to represent the teddy bear of their little one. I had to create the mould to approach as much as possible to the real one and it was a cute thing to do and very satisfying to please this young customer.

I was also recently asked by a neurologist to create a skull. It was an open skull showing the brain....

What is your favourite chocolate to make?   

I like to do is trying to imitate as close as possible an object, (doing an ersatz) like the bag "haute couture" that I do, the "Louboutin" shoe or the Nicois specialities that I have created like the chocolate Raviolis and also the french cheeses. I like following the latest trends. Last year it was the mojito, so I made some nice mojito in chocolate then the "spritz" this year!

How would you spend you perfect day in Nice?

In the sun, somewhere in front of the sea, as we need the sea every day, with a cocktail in my hand, at the terrace of a nice Coffee shop and "letting my brain escape" (s'evader : which means almost dreaming awake and letting the thoughts goes).




If you were recommending a holiday to Nice what would be you top 2 things to do in Nice?

Walk with your head up anywhere in Nice and watch for the beautiful architecture. Don't follow the big "arteria"(streets) and discover the little streets and all the nicois cultural heritage.  

Visit the archeologic crypt of Nice near the place Garibaldi. for more info visit the STAY YNA App.



Good news! We still have available apartments over Easter, book now...







Why we love February!

20% off Carnival and Valentines Day stays click here for promo code
February has been universally voted the worst month. It’s cold, bleak, and serves very little purpose in the yearly scheme of events. Valentines Day is cruelly placed slap bang in the middle of it, making lonely people feel lonelier and people in relationships scramble to prove their love and book overpriced menus in mediocre restaurants when they’d rather be cosied up on the sofa with a hot cuppa in front of the tv. February’s only saving grace is that it only has 28 days, but even that is 28 too many for some!
So at STAY YNA we’re turning February’s negative image on its head. Here’s how to love the most hated month of the year…

1.Book your holiday during the worst months of the year – not the best!

2. Grab a flight for as little as Euros 30 from major airports across Euro book a long weekend to Nice where it’s currently sunny and locals are dining on terraces for lunch.



3. Enjoy the Nice carnival held from the 11th to 25th February. It’s one of the biggest in the world and it’s loud and colourful. This year the theme is King of Energy. Book tickets for seating or just join in the fun on the street. Here’s the website for more info. http://www.nicecarnaval.com/en







4. Book the gorgeous Le Grand Hotel for less than £84 per night for the best balcony view overlooking the carnival route!

5. If you’re a romantic then Nice is made for lovers and perfect for Valentines Day.

20% off Carnival and Valentines Day stays click here for promo code

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.



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







Nice Jazz Festival

Jazz it up

jazz musician

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


Comptoire Centrale Electrique, Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte- the place to be | Stay YNA

Mixité is a good word to describe this area which is one of the most happening places in town. Between the Port and Place Garibaldi this humble street with a BIG name is nicknamed Le Petit Marais Niçois, a nod to the trendy gay area of Paris.  It has been steadily earning its label as gay friendly over the years with bars, restaurants, hairdressers and shops proud to be part of Nice irisée naturellement, a charter for equality and a movement to offer a warmer welcome to all. Its name recalls the time it gave a warm welcome to the then General Napoleon Bonaparte in 1794.

Rainbow chairs Bonaparte

Rainbow chairs Bonaparte

The Place du Pin, a small pedestrianised area at the heart of the neighbourhood is perfect for lunch in the sunshine and hosts evening events from time to time. For Fête de la Musique on midsummer’s eve the whole street turns into one big dance party. In my early days in Nice I was drawn to this little triangular square by the sound of a live rockabilly band. Surrounded by vintage Cadillacs a couple of apron-clad grandmothers were jiving their hearts out with two young tattooed cool cats! I knew immediately that this was my kind of neighbourhood.


Bonaparte is currently the scene of a coffee battle. Deli Bo on the corner has a wonderful café crème and is served with a tiny homebaked cookie. Brasilia, a relatively new contender, has the appeal of speciality espressos and Le Petit Napoleon serves a great café au lait while you sit back and wonder how exactly it differs from un crème or perhaps une noisette?




This neighbourhood is increasing in boutiques that can tempt even the most reluctant shopper (me). Lucien Chausseur sells fine leather shoes in rainbow colours for him and her, Mon Oeil for some beautifully creative jewellery, accessories and ladies clothes, and a number of design and interior decoration shops have sprung up recently. These include Mon Bazar, Babalux and Au Bonheur des Cocottes, a museum-cum-workshop selling vintage clothes and objects with some quirky flair. And keep an eye out for the magic wand seller, Atelier Bonaparte, below Napoleon’s residence.


Eating out in the area is a delight, there really is something for all tastes, budgets and moments of the day. Brunch at Deli Bo not to mention its teatime patisseries is extremely high on my list, an organic Italian grocery shop/café O’Quotidien caters for vegans and meat eaters alike and is truly innovative, La Flara and Chez Pippo for a Niçois feel, not to mention Jan, a Michelin starred restaurant, Rosalina and L’Uzine for cocktails and…. If only there were more days in the week and meals in the day!

Article by our guest contributor and Nice expert Zenna Marshall

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