ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE AT THE HOTEL (free activities)
SWIMMING: Like an extension of the Mediterranean sea, the hotel’s salt water pool and heated freshwater lap pool have been carved out of the rock, blurring the boundary between land and sea.
PADDLE BOARDING: During the summer, the sea offers perfect conditions for paddle boarding. Paddle boards can be borrowed from the hotel.
KAYAKING: The hotel’s two-person kayak is the ideal way to explore the coast and enjoy magnificent views of the Esterel mountains from the sea.
SNORKELLING: Ranked in Natura 2000, the coast is home to a wealth of flora and fauna. Guests can go hunting for anemones, sea sponges and scorpion fish using masks, palms and snorkels lent by the hotel.
SWIMMING GEAR: Guests are welcome to borrow basic swimming gear from Les Roches Rouges, including rubber shoes for walking in the sea, goggles, rubber rings and flotation vests.
PETANQUE: The hotel has a full size petanque court for fans of traditional activities. Once a week, Christian, president of the neighbouring village’s bowling club, gives free lessons at cocktail hour.
TABLE TENNIS: Keen players will appreciate the ping-pong table in the garden.
LIVE MUSIC EVENINGS : Two evenings a week, the gardens and pool area of the hotel come alive to the strains of live Gypsy, Cuban or acoustic folk-rock music.
CINEMA: Two nights a week, the open-air cinema shows films after dark. Classic and contemporary films like Respiro, Jules et Jim, La Piscine ... to be discovered and rediscovered by the light of the moon.
LIVE MUSIC: Two evenings a week, the gardens and pool area of the hotel come alive to the strains of live Gypsy, Cuban or acoustic folk-rock music.
YOGA: The hotel offers open-air yoga classes one morning a week in the garden, by the pool, or on the terrace, for stretching and relaxation exercises in a bucolic environment.
COOKING CLASSES: Les Roches Rouges offers classes in Provencal cooking with the hotel chef José Bailly. Discover the secrets of preparing authentic tapenade, aïoli and regional aubergines dishes.
EXPLORING THE ESTEREL: Every Monday Joseph di Caro, an experienced guide in the Esterel National Park, introduces the Esterel range in photographs. He also leads off the beaten track hikes in the mountains behind the hotel.
CHILLING: Books, magazines and board games (chess, drafts, backgammon, cards…) are available to be borrowed from the beach bar.
DIRECTLY ACCESSIBLE FROM THE HOTEL (paid-for activities)
CLIMBING THE ESTEREL: Behind the hotel rise the Esteral mountains, a range of red volcanic rock (rhyolite, or red porphyry) that offers ideal terrain for climbers. From the Dramont peak, a five-minute walk from the hotel, climbers can easily get to the region’s most stunning areas.
DIVING: The Dramont diving club, just by the hotel, offers scuba diving and snorkelling safaris. Guests depart from the Roches Rouges beach on inflatable dinghies and head for the lle d’Or, which can be seen from the hotel. This is where Jacques Cousteau used to dive, one of the most beautiful spots in the Mediterranean, where sea anemones, gorgons, coral, congers, moray eels and groupers can be seen in close up.
FISHING: Olivier Bardoux, the fisherman who delivers his catch daily to the hotel, invites guests to accompany him on his boat to find out about his life and his fishing experiences.
HIKING: It’s not all about the sea at Les Roches Rouges! Joseph di Caro, who has worked as a guide in the Esterel National Forest for more than 30 years, accompanies guests who want to explore the Esterel range and discover its history and wildlife. Half-day hikes of various levels of difficulty are offered.
MOUNTAIN BIKING: Local guide Johann takes guests on trips into the Esterel mountains on electric mountain bikes. Ideal for everyone, including the most athletic, who are welcome to cut the electricity on their bikes.
NEAR THE HOTEL (paid-for activities)
TENNIS: Les Roches Rouges can reserve clay courts for guests in one of the four neighbouring tennis clubs.
GOLF: Situated between Cannes and Saint-Tropez, 20 minutes from the hotel, the Roquebrune golf course offers stunning views over the Saint Raphael bay and the Maures mountains. Les Roches Rouges has a partnership with the club enabling guests to enjoy all the club facilities.
RIDING: The “3 fers” riding club, near the hotel, welcomes riders wanting to take classes or rides along the coast, taking in the glorious views of the sea and the mountains.
CLIMBING: The Esterel mountains that rise up behind the hotel, geological formations of rhyolite (red volcanic rock, also known as red porphyry), are ideal terrain for climbing enthusiasts. From the Dramont headland, 5 minutes by foot from the hotel, climbers can easily reach the most stunning areas in the region.
SAILING AND SURFING: The Agay Wind Club, 10 minutes from hotel, offers guests the chance to take to the waves. Lessons and rental of material, including windsurfing boards and Hobie Cat (small catamarans) are available.