Rocky cliffs, crystalline Mediterranean waters, and thorough elegance make The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat a prominent escape in the Riviera
Since 1908, The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat has occupied one of the most beautiful spots on the rocky, scenic coastline of the French Riviera. Before a glimmering stretch of the Mediterranean Sea, this infamous hotel boasts some of the regions’ best views. Coco Chanel, Liz Taylor, and other famous figures once frequented the hotel, and it’s easy to understand why. The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is located between Nice and Monaco and surrounded by seventeen acres of gardens, designed by landscape artist Jean Mus. Managed by Four Seasons since May 2015, the experience at The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat was a must on our tour of Southern France.
Walking up to The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat was breathtaking. The façade of the hotel is nearly surreal in its beauty and crisp design. The interiors are elegant and understated, with cream and white marble. Occasional touches of color enlivened the space—a Murano glass chandelier here, a vibrant tapestry there. At The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the past and future integrate into stylistic details that can’t be replicated, like the glass funicular, which sweeps guests from the hotel, down the hill to Club Dauphin, a beach club with an Olympic-sized infinity pool.
We caught a train from Nice to the hotel, which took less than a half hour. A car from the hotel then meet us at the train station and brought us to the hotel. When we arrived, we immediately synced with the laid back, luxurious atmosphere. We planned to spend the day at Club Dauphin, lounging poolside, and enjoying lunch at the club. It was perfect! Relaxing on the lounge chairs as the cabana boys carefully took care of us, we couldn’t help but feel spoiled...and yes you can go topless at the pool.
Lunch at Club Dauphin was a delightful way to indulge during our day trip to The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. We ordered off a light menu offering delicious Mediterranean fare that emphasized traditional Provençal dishes with lot of International influence. Think par-cooked Tuna with soya, avocado, radish and Quinoa soufflé and Peking Duck Breast with Pepper from Madagascar. The Mango Carpaccio was one of the most refreshing desserts I’ve ever had, and a perfect close to our paradisiacal day!
Since we were in the Riviera a few days before the Cannes Film Festival, rooms at the hotel were sold out. But we had such a lovely day trip that next time we are in The French Riviera we plan on staying the night! The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is definitely a hotel worth staying at, for its sweeping views of the area, elevated service, and sophisticated style.
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