The Martinez has three restaurants, including the Palme d'Or, a gourmet eatery with two Michelin stars where Christian Sinicropi has been at the helm since 2001.
The Palme d'Or was created in 1985 by chef Christian Willer, who was awarded two Michelin stars for his efforts in 1991. Willer appointed Christian Sinicropi as his successor, who has carried on the successful run started by his mentor, appearing once more this year in the famous Michelin restaurant guide.
The refined, welcoming feel of the dining room, with its round tables, parquet flooring and big picture window overlooking the sea, makes it the perfect backdrop for the cuisine of this inventive chef. You only need to read the menu to see just how fond the chef is of poetry, both of the literary and culinary kind. For example, take the marinated scallop grilled with aubergine pulp in a shell, seasoned with a sweet and sour smokiness and truffle shavings, hollandaise sauce with mallow, basil leaves and Kaffir lime, and a cube of beetroot gazpacho (and that's just a starter!).
The Palme d'Or is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:00pm and from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
The Relais is also overseen by chef Christian Sinicropi, and offers dishes combining fine delicatessen ingredients with the idea of snacking. The dishes resulting from the traditional country cooking style include a wide range of fish, meat and vegetarian options.
The restaurant, whose terrace extends down to the swimming pool, was redecorated throughout in 2008 by designer Hélène Misard, and now features an Art Deco setting with hints of the 'Belle Epoque' and 'Champagne on the beach in the 1930's'.
Nearby, the Amiral piano bar is in an ideal spot for a pre- or post-dinner drink. Its warm and friendly atmosphere is partly down to the decor, of course, but the award-winning efforts of the team of barmen also add to the experience (they have been national champions in France several times and world champions once). The concerts staged every evening of the year are also a great touch, making it one of the only bars in Cannes where live music can be enjoyed every evening.
That is not all, though. The Amiral also serves Afternoon Tea daily from 2:00pm. Guests have the chance to sample 24 different teas and exceptional vintages along with a selection of sandwiches (smoked salmon on tapenade bread, Caesar salad sandwiches with tomato bread) and sweets (tarts, chocolate mousse and scones).
During the summer season, guests can also enjoy the cuisine prepared by the beachside restaurant, Z Plage. Most of the recipes prepared here are designed to promote health and well-being. It is located next to the Martinez's private beach and provides the opportunity to eat overlooking the sea every day between 12:30pm and 5:30pm.