In a shock move this week, the Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, longstanding champion of luxury of the French Riviera, will soon be managed by the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, giving the hotel group their spot in the sun in one of Europe’s most in demand luxury travel destinations.
Once a no mans land with nothing there but Saint Hospice’s solitary hut, it took the arrival of the builder king, Leopold II of Belgium, to start the legacy of this exclusive luxury enclave. The Cap-Ferrat is now where most of the glitterati and Europe’s well heeled have their holiday homes, and the combined cost of all the mansions that can be found on the point could probably bag you a few private islands. So you’re definitely in good company.
The Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat’s partnership with the Four Seasons is in our opinion a winning pair as the hotel is sure to benefit from the renowned excellence of the group’s service, a department which is unfortunately, quite hit and miss across hotels in the region.
Another major drawing point for the hotel, is its unique atmosphere that has made it a favorite among luxury connoisseurs and a go to choice for those wanting the look of a Grande Dame hotel with the type of service and sense of seclusion more in line with a boutique offering.
Fans of the Four Seasons will feel right at home as all restaurants, guest rooms and the hotel’s exquisite new wing, “La Residence” were redesigned by award winning designer Pierre-Yves Rochon a long standing servant of the chain. The result is an offering that feels more like a uber luxurious holiday home instead of a typical luxury hotel and the result is simply breathtaking.
49 new rooms and 24 suites were added along with 8 private pools and the new spa and restaurant, La Véranda, add to the impressive heritage that the Four Seasons will now commandeer.
The sheer expanse of the hotel (17 acres) is one of its major attractions and a private funicular ride is needed to reach the Club Dauphin, an enclave complete with a restaurant, private cabanas, kids club and a stunning Olympic size infinity pool that merges seamlessly with the deep blue of the Mediterranean. And don’t worry, even if you can’t be bothered to take a dip, you can admire the sparkling ocean right from the floor to ceiling windows of your room.
We’re holding our breaths to find out how the Four Seasons can improve on perfection, but in the meantime, If you want to book a stay in rooms and suites that the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Jean Paul Belmondo and Elizabeth Taylor called home, then you can do so right here.