Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, needs no introduction, having proudly hosted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill, among countless others, since the turn of the 20th century. Enter the property’s long driveway on arrival, flanked by lawns and flower beds, and you’ll be under no illusion that this is a very special place to be. The Four Seasons Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is certainly one of the most iconic resorts in Europe, and one which has been lovingly transported into the modern era through a series of redevelopments, though without losing an ounce of its famous character, charm or glamour.
If you are planning a luxury trip to the French Riviera, expectations should be rightfully high, though with that unparalleled history, architecture and Four Seasons service standards permeating throughout, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat will surpass all of them. Everything here sings of elegance and pure class, from the grand marble entrance lobby, decorative ironwork, imperial-style armchairs and antiques, to immaculate outdoor spaces and gardens, a beautiful seafront infinity pool and occasional Art Deco touches in the guestrooms.
The service is impeccable, polished and as refined as these palatial surroundings would suggest, with an expert concierge and waiting staff there if you need them, though happy to let you enjoy private moments around the grounds when romance or a need for peace and quiet is in the air. Indeed you may well need their help in deciding how best to spend your time, with two clay tennis courts, three swimming pools, private yacht charters along the Côte d'Azur, cookery classes and wine tasting, a gym, kids’ club, children’s pool and bicycle hire just some of the activities to choose from, even cars available to rent if looking to explore nearby Monaco or Nice. Then, whether travelling on a family holiday, honeymoon or romantic couple’s break, at least one visit to Le Spa is a must while staying at the Four Seasons Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. Here, a dizzying range of specialist programmes, personalised wellness and rejuvenation therapies, skin analysis and massages complement beauty salon services, facials and scrubs, plus an inviting indoor pool and outdoor treatment pavilion overlooking the gardens, just for good measure.
Fittingly, your gastronomic experience will match this all-round grandeur, with Michelin-star food being served at onsite Le Cap Restaurant and a setting that is as sublime as its Mediterranean-inspired menu. Le Cap’s stylish al fresco terrace has to be one of the all-time great foodie experiences, as artistically presented plates of world-class cuisine are savoured among budding foliage, ancient trees, sea views and smiling staff. This story continues in La Veranda and Club Dauphin, where scintillating surrounds and impossibly perfect views are harmonised with fine wine, cocktails and seasonal menus of French classics, fresh seafood and more.
Finally, to round off this royal picture, simply slink into your own graceful space and a world of sea view terraces, plump pillows, marble bathrooms and a refreshingly contemporary décor scheme that works well with the air and light of every room. Mod-cons come aplenty and as you work your way through the categories, extras arrive, such as superior sea views, lounge areas and a fireplace, rooftop verandas or a private pool; all being sophisticated havens from which to enjoy the very best of the French Riviera.
Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel Facilities
74 guestrooms including 24 suites and one villa. All feature a king or queen-size bed, marble bathroom with a rain shower and/or bathtub, Mediterranean Sea or garden views, most with a furnished terrace and some with a private pool or rooftop Veranda.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, roughly 30 minutes from Nice and Monaco, or an hour from Cannes.Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 30 minutes transfer from Nice Cote d'Azur Airport.