Menton; a happy place between land and sea ...

The Recommendations of the Villa Genesis

With your partner, family or friends, whether you want to fill your days with activities or prefer complete relaxation... The area in which the Villa Genesis is situated is rich in discoveries.

Nature lovers will find their breath of fresh air at the Domaine des Colombières, the Jardin Serre de la Madone or the Villa Rothschild. Gourmets will be delighted to discover the town's covered market, the Maison Herbin artisan jam factory, and the incredible citrus garden of the Palais Carnolès. The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Bastion Jean Cocteau Museum will satisfy the desires of science and culture lovers.
Beautiful palaces with gardens, cultural sites, museums, unusual activities ... You’ll not be bored unless you want to be!

À l’Est de Menton, c’est l’Italie qui vous ouvre ses portes. En voiture ou à bord du train qui assure la liaison, le chemin à lui seul vaut le détour. Rendez-vous tous les vendredis matin au marché de Vintimille pour faire le plein de mets italiens ou pour une session shopping à prix doux. Libre à vous ensuite de continuer votre balade dans les villages environnants le temps d’une journée.

Enfin, les amoureux de nature pourront conquérir la montagne et faire une pause sur la jolie place du village de Sospel, à quelques minutes dans les hauteurs ou à Saint Agnès, le village littoral le plus haut d’Europe.

Amateur de farniente sur la plage ou de balade en pleine nature… Tout le monde trouvera son bonheur à Menton.

Villa Genesis - Old Town of Menton

Take to the heights at the Domaine des Colombières

The Villa Genesis suggests you take the opportunity to discover the Domaine des Colombières via a private guided tour. This magnificent villa is surrounded by majestic Mediterranean gardens and offers exceptional panoramic views.

This treasure tucked away in the heights of the town is well worth seeing...

Villa Genesis - Domaine des Colombières

Discovering citrus fruits at the Palais de Carnolès

Menton is famous worldwide for its citrus fruits. A few minutes’ walk from the hotel is the Palais de Carnolès, a former residence of the princes of Monaco, which boasts a unique collection of nearly 150 citrus fruit varieties in its garden.

Kaffir lime, Buddha's hand, finger lime... The rich diversity offers pleasure for all the senses.

Villa Genesis - Palais de Carnolès

A green escape in the Jardin Serre de la Madone

A five-minute drive from the hotel, on the road to the Gorbio Valley, hides a lush paradise called the Jardin Serre de la Madone. This beautiful exotic park was created by Major Lawrence Johnston, an American-born British garden designer.

Here, you will discover an unusual landscape in which rare plants from all over the world rub leaves with the indigenous species of the region such as lemon and olive trees... A secret garden of multihued splendour!

Villa Genesis - Jardin Serre de la Madone

Fall in love with the Old Town of Menton

Charming and authentic, the Vieille Ville (Old Town) of Menton will delight you with its pretty squares, labyrinthine alleys and colourful facades...

Stroll along the narrow streets until you happen across the Saint-Michel Archange Basilica and its forecourt, which offer a breathtaking view of the square, the port and the Italian coast. Then take some time out to savour a delicious ice cream.

Villa Genesis - Old Town of Menton

A gastronomic adventure at the Menton indoor market

The covered Marché des Halles has been supplying the town with fine produce for more than a century. A symbol of the local heritage, it perpetuates the values dear to the inhabitants; sharing, simplicity, tradition...

Thirty stalls give pride of place to the gastronomic treasures of the region such as fruits, vegetables and fish. This festival of colours and scents will enchant you. It was voted the most beautiful market of the Alpes-Maritimes and Var region!

Villa Genesis - Menton indoor market

Maison Herbin; gourmet savoir-faire

Come and discover artisanal gourmet savoir-faire by visiting the Maison Herbin jam factory. In this shop with its own kitchens you will see how the products are made and learn more about the selection of fruits, including citrus fruits, and how they are cooked in small batches to retain the fullest flavour.

Then, you can participate in a tasting of the Maison’s different flagship flavours. An expedition to please all lovers of good food...

Villa Genesis - Maison Herbin

Discover the world of an artist at the Bastion Jean Cocteau Museum

Charmed by this little 17th century fort, the painter, writer, poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau decided to restore the place and turn it into a museum for his works. Here you can immerse yourself in the world of the artist who was so inspired by Menton.

You can look around on your own, of course, but to make the most of the experience, it’s recommended that you take a scheduled guided tour of this fascinating heritage building or book a private guide.

Villa Genesis - Bastion Jean Cocteau Museum

The Little Train of Menton; the perfect tourist route for the little ones

Discover Menton in a new way by following the tourist route in a small train. The 45-minute journey sets off from the Esplanade Francis Palmero, close to the Jean Cocteau Museum.

The tour takes you to charming places, reveals their secrets and tells their stories.

Villa Genesis - The Little Train of Menton

Luxury and wonders at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco

The Prince's Palace has been the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco since 1297. Built in the oldest part of the principality, at the top of the rock, it rises some sixty metres above the Mediterranean Sea.

In summer, you can visit various parts of the Palace such as the Grand Apartments, the towers and the Court of Honour… but don’t miss the ceremonial changing of the guard that takes place every day at 11:55.

Villa Genesis - Prince’s Palace of Monaco

A fascinating dive into the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

With 90 tanks, 350 species of fish, and 6000 specimens, the aquarium of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is an amazing place. Renowned for the quality of its exhibitions of marine life and its rich collections, it fascinates young and old alike.

The privileged location of this Baroque Revival architectural gem, perched on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, offers superb views.

Villa Genesis - Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

A touch of dolce vita at the Villa and Gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild

Sample the art of living, Belle Époque-style, at the Villa Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Enjoy the beautiful illuminations after dark or treat yourself to a gourmet break in the villa's tearoom and restaurant.

Relax on the exquisite terrace under the orange trees and admire the breathtaking beauty of the themed gardens.

Villa Genesis - Villa and Gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild

Become an apprentice perfume maker for a day in Grasse.

On the heights of Cannes, discover Grasse, a city of art and history but above all the capital of perfume.

Have you read Patrick Süskind's book, Le Parfum? Well this is where it all happens ...

You too, after a free guided tour of the Fragonard perfumery, compose your own perfume at this historic perfumer.

Villa Genesis - Activités