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It’s a breezy day, a blue sky facing a dazzling blue sea. Welcome to Côte d’Azur! Today your dreams will become reality; I am taking you on a journey at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, located on the outskirts of Nice.
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is a rare and exquisite seaside retreat of paradise, housed in a palatial mansion on the Côte d’Azur, on the tip of the peninsula of Cap-Ferrat, amidst 17 acres of lushly landscaped gardens with panoramic views of the Mediterranean, between Nice and Monaco.
In 1895, King Leopold sold off nearly seven hectares (17 acres) of this wildly beautiful landscape for the construction of a luxury Côte d’Azur hotel, destined to become the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. Opened in 1908, the hotel featured two wings built at an open angle. In 1909, a loggia dining room and a central bay-windowed Rotunda were added, following a design by Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Eiffel Tower. The final result gives the Grand-Hotel a remarkably simple yet distinctive silhouette.
To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2009, the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat saw a metamorphosis with extensive refurbishments and additions, blending tradition, innovation, and respect for nature.
The interiors were envisioned by celebrated French designer by Pierre-Yves Rochon, where everything is painted dove white and every room includes gilt mirrors and dazzling chandeliers with numerous floral arrangements. Four Seasons Hotels know best!
All the luggage is ushered my bedroom, where you can see the view from your four poster bed; a vast blue sea meets the colour scheme in the room. I take some time to inhale the fresh air. Then, it is time to unpack and tuck into the opulent dressing room – my wardrobe is filled with Mulberry, Burberry, Manolo Blahnik, Hartmann, Vilberquin and my very own bespoke millinery hat by Camilla Rose.
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You may feel a little tired or jet-lagged from your travels. Why not try the spa? You can experience a range of signature facial and body treatments by Dr. Burgener and Biologique Recherche. Between treatments, stroll or sit in the 1,200-square-metre Spa Garden with sea-view sun terraces. Deepen your relaxation in the hydrotherapy circuit, featuring men’s and women’s private steam rooms and saunas, a sensorial shower, whirlpool bath and ice fountain.
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Or maybe you’re feeling peckish. You can experience the most exquisite dining on the Côte d’Azur. Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat presents French Mediterranean cuisine at its finest. There are three distinctive venues to suit any mood or occasion, from their Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant at the Le Cap, or perhaps bristrot chic Riviera restaurant at La Véranda or to the chic poolside grill at Club Dauphin restaurant.
An Espresso Martini is calling at the chic atmosphere of Le Bar, but you can also indulge in something more traditional, an afternoon tea in the drawing room, for example.
The hotel is situated in the quiet part of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, where you can take part in a few activities, on behalf of Four Seasons concierge.
Things to do nearby
Completed in 1912, this rose-coloured villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was the home of Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild. Now a museum, this must-see mansion is filled with antiquities. In the magnificent gardens, there’s a fountain show every 20 minutes.
This museum in nearby Nice is dedicated to Chagall’s works of religious and spiritual inspiration. Chagall himself created the mosaic which overlooks the pond and the blue stained-glass windows that decorate the concert hall
Like a living museum, this medieval village offers charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants. The botanical garden is unique for its collection of cacti and succulents, and the sea view from the hilltop is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
One of the most charming spots on the Riviera, Villefranche-sur-Mer feels more like a Provençal village than a resort town. Explore the narrow lanes and charming squares, and don’t miss the chapel by the harbor to see the frescoes by Jean Cocteau.
Delicate Rare Teas Collection by Jo Malone London
Revered rare teas. From the foothills of China to the Himalayas. The ancient art of the tea master. The ingenuity of the perfumer. Brought together in six exquisite scents. One covetable collection.
Just 20 minutes away, this ultra-glamorous principality spills down a steep hillside to a yacht-filled marina. Enjoy the people-watching and designer shopping. Famous highlights include the Café de Paris and the Monte Carlo Casino.
Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel has everything under one roof and is the most legendary palace hotel on the French Riviera.
Photos By Diana Martin Photography