Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
Superb Côte d'Azur hospitality at this legendary establishment
Paradise on earth. This is a frequent description of the Alpes-Maritimes which form such a dramatic backdrop to the Côte d'Azur, with its dazzling light, healthy air and turquoise sea. The hotel, built in 1908, quickly became a favourite with the international élite. Over the decades, it has seen tourism in the south of France change from a predominantly winter retreat to the summer tourism that is predominant today.
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat offers state-of-the-art hospitality solutions in a superb period building set in verdant green gardens, that in themselves represent something exceptional. Seven hectares, with almost 400 tree species, terraces, cascading pools, terracotta pots, a world of sun, shade and colour, rich in the scents of nature. The Olympic-sized heated seawater pool is always a favourite with guests.
Rooms and suites
Rooms and suites, some in the historical building and some in the residence, are wonderfully appointed, with contemporary design and decoration by Pierre-Yves Rochon, and pastel colours that create a bright, peaceful and restful atmosphere. Many have wonderful views over the Mediterranean, and some have a terrace or a loggia. Suites are spacious, with the same unique views. The Deluxe Suites offer a one-off experience, and in particular, the Roof Top Suite on the top floor has a 33 square metre terrace, and 180° views over the Med. This Suite, along with two seaview rooms with terraces, make up the Cocteau Suite, a penthouse whose facilities include a Jacuzzi and a steam room.
The swimming pool suites in the residence offer a very special luxury, in a sleek, modern building, each suite with access to its own private swimming pool.
Concierge services at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat are comprehensive and efficient. Staff can book a limousine, organize airport transfer, hire a boat or book a table in a restaurant, order fresh flowers, air tickets, and much more.
Restaurant Le Cap
Michelin-starred Chef Didier Aniès has brought cuisine at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat to new heights, with gourmet cuisine based on freshest seasonal produce. Signature dishes include Lasagne with Aquitaine caviar, Young leeks with pearl drops of olive oil, and Allaiton de l'Aveyron lamb. The menu is accompanied by a truly exceptional wine linst, with over 600 labels from France and other countries, with some rare vintages. Just to give you an idea, the hotel possesses the finest collection of Château d’Yquem in the world, with 150 vintages of this dessert wine dating from 1854 to 2003. Other rarities include Château Lafite Rothschild running back to 1799. These two collections are exhibited in the Salon des Collections alongside the gourmet restaurant. The dining room is a sophisticated setting; you can also enjoy your meals on the terrace or in your room.
LUXOS Recommends: Candied John Dory
Restaurant Club Dauphin
This restaurant adjoins the swimming pool, and it represents balmy dining, with a menu thta presents the finest Mediterranean cuisine based on local products. Don't miss the Provençal summer buffet, which opens at midday in July and August. Classics on the menu include Le Cap Burger with salad or French fries, Le Club Sandwich, Cod cooked in its skin with pineapple, chorizo and basil sauce, and Roasted scampi with zucchini caviar, candied lemon and ricotta cheese.
Restaurant La Véranda
This terrace looks onto the garden with its centennial Aleppo pines, and the natural fragrances are matched by the perfect culinary preparations served throughout the day. This all-day restaurant is available from 7.30 a.m. until 10.00 p.m., with specialities including afternoon tea from 3.00 to 6.00 p.m. Service moves indoors in the case of inclement weather. All dishes are hallmarked by the touch of Chef Didier Aniès.
This distinctive setting features a white interior with black accents and magnificent green Murano glass chandeliers. Enjoy a quiet drink at any time: choose from creative champagne cocktails, Martini cocktails, and celebrity cocktails created by head barman Jean-Luc Bardin. The collection of single malt whiskies is impressive. Enjoy, in the luxurious calm of the library, or on the terrace, where the Swing Palace Trio provides jazzy accompaniment in high season.
LUXOS Recommends: Champagne Impérial cocktail, with Mirabelle syrup, Mandarin liqueur and champagne
Sports and leisure
Club Dauphin is the name of the swimming pool and its facilities that represent the classic seaside holiday, in a protected area dominated by the sea, sky and nature. Cabanas on the water's edge are available, with comprehensive service. Sports facilities include tennis with a synthetic clay court, open all year round, table tennis, cycling, walking and jogging on footpaths around the Cap Ferrat peninsula. In the area, you can enjoy sailing, windsailing, parasailing, water-skiing, big-game fishing for tuna, swordfish and white marlin.
Wellness is a natural pursuit in this Spa, a 750 square metre space opening onto the extensive private gardens. Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, it offers a range of facial and body treatments, with products by Carita. The five luxurious treatment rooms include a deluxe double-treatment room, with private steamroom, sauna, multi-sensory shower and bath for two. A fitness area is equipped with Technogym machines. There are also an indoor swimming pool, a private hairdresser salon, manicure and pedicure, a relaxation area, and a tea bar. Cabanas in the garden provide a natural setting for treatment, cardio training or relaxation.