Several years ago, I tried stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on the calm Maui waters. It was such fun that I did it again a few years later in La Jolla, unfortunately choppy waters made the experience not as fun as I could not even stand up. Last December, I decided to give it another try on the Big Island. Thankfully it was as fun as Maui, the waters were calm and it was very zen. I found my groove again with SUP.
Fast forward to Juan Les Pins. The waters again looked calm. After a morning adventure run around part of the Cap d’Antibes and a yummy breakfast at the AC Marriott Ambassedeur, we headed back to our beach lounge chairs before renting a SUP for me.
We walked to the Belle Rives, another privé plage just a short walk away. They gave me a paddle and I swam out to the board that was hooked up to an anchor, which was a much more fun way to reach the board than when we hauled a board down the street at La Jolla Shores.
The water was fantastic! I did several laps around the yellow buoys. I could certainly feel the positive effects of my yoga practice to help my balance on the board. When I got back to the seaside, I had the biggest grin, what a fun experience!
The activities guy mentioned that many yoga instructors are starting to teach yoga on SUP. This keeps coming up, so may be something to look into as it would be combining two of my fave activities.
The service at the les Ambassedeurs beach restaurant on the beach was outstanding. Greg and Ramon really were mindful of prompt service. The Thai salad that we enjoyed for lunch was really creative. We are still trying to figure out how they made the batter on the shrimp. There was a layer of wasabi and the batter had tons of little crunchy goodness. It was tempura, but better.
After another gorgeous day at the beach, we headed back to our hotel for a dip in the pool. We discovered a cave like pool in the fitness centre for our first dip, then we went to the outdoor pool.
For dinner, we headed to Le Pêcheurs, a gastronomique restaurant as they finally had the foie gras chaud that D has been seeking since we arrived in France.
They gave us a table overlooking the water and their beautiful glass sculptures.
They even gave my new anniversary purse a table.
They started with an assortment of small bites, then bread, and then an amuse bouche – this was all before dinner!
The amuse bouche was a lovely combination of a tomato gazpacho topped with an almond foam.
D had the foie gras chaud. It was just what he had been wanting with a nice seared foie gras atop panettone.
I had the cod, which was part of the prix fixe menu. The fish was so delicate, it melted in your mouth.
There were even fireworks in the middle of dinner.
Dessert was a layered strawberry delight. The bottom was a meringue cookie and then there were layers of more delicate meringue. Delish!
We walked back towards town and enjoyed a bit of dancing at the Belle Rives beach party.
To cap off the night, we enjoyed some late night fun in town including a late night snack of crêpe and frites.
We were in bed at 3. Europe = late nights!