Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Glitzy glamour, iconic, grande dame
Boulevard John F Kennedy Antibes, France (33) 4-9361-3901 www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com
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At a Glance
Part of the Oetker Collection, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is one of two of the French Riviera’s most iconic properties (the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is the other).
- The easy proximity to the Nice airport (35-minute drive)
- Arriving in style by boat
- The iconic, beautiful setting of one of the world’s must-visit seaside hotels
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc Review
The Hotel du Cap is nestled in among twenty-two acres of private gardens on the southernmost tip of the Cap-de-Antibes. There are 121 rooms and suites in the main hotel and the Pavilion right beside the ocean (the Pavilion only offers suites, including one with its own jacuzzi). The Pavilion area is a five-minute walk from the main hotel towards the water. This is where you’ll find the pool, lounge area and two restaurants, all with direct sea views. The spa and tennis courts are hidden among the gardens of the hotel between the main building and the Pavilion. The sophisticated eye of Maja Oetker, the wife of the owner, is evident in the details. Expect 19th-century Louis XV and XVI décor throughout and paintings that are part of the Oetker’s personal collection.
Accommodations in both the main hotel and the Pavilion boast the same décor, but a stay in the main hotel may feel more grandiose to some thanks to higher ceilings, hallways with original details and an impressive lobby and bar. However, others may prefer the direct sea view afforded from the suites at the Pavilion (rooms in the main hotel offer a more complete picture of the surroundings with gorgeous gardens and countryside).
At the Pavilion, the famous seawater swimming pool is nestled into the rock and offers a 180-degree view of the ocean. Beside it, a stairway leads to a diving board, which jets out from the edge of the rockface (some 20 feet above the ocean). Don’t miss the ultra-private cabanas overlooking the ocean. Whether you are staying in the main hotel area or the Pavilion, there is a concierge team at each location, which is extremely helpful.
Hidden away in a beautifully tended rose garden, the Sisley spa is housed in an airy, modern pavilion at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, with two additional outdoor gazebos for massages. There are four treatment rooms, a hammam and sauna, plus a small, high-tech fitness center for yoga, Pilates and private workouts and a beauty center for hairdressing, manicures and makeup. Among the long list of massages and phyto-aromatic beauty treatments is a 150-minute facial and body plumping and relaxing ritual with roses. Another fun feature is the Children’s Spa (for ages 4-18), which offers pampering pour les petits with natural paraben-free products. The menu includes the 30-miute “Pirates and Mermaids Relaxation Discovery,” a decorative nail session; and back scrub and skin cleansing for adolescents.
Between the excellent tennis club, the beautiful Pavilion area, the spa and the many scenic villages nearby (including Juan-Les-Pins, Cannes, Grasse and Monaco), you could easily spend two weeks here. For those with less time to spare, a four-night stay is perfect.
Who Should Stay
Travelers looking for relaxation within a refined setting. There are guests of all ages here: families with young children, couples looking for romance and longtime devotees who visit the hotel every summer. You will not find a hip bar scene, but you’ll certainly be spending time in an unforgettable place.
- Monique Brendel Thofte