Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel
What: Cap d'Antibes Beach Hôtel
Where: 10 bd Maréchal Juin, Cap d'Antibes, Juan-les-Pins
When: Open from April to October 2012
Wondering where to stay near Monaco?
Following its €12 million makeover, the contemporary Cap d'Antibes Beach Hôtel
, with its terraces and private beach, is once more becoming one of the must-stay ports of call for anyone visiting Monaco and the Côte d'Azur.
The exclusive 27-room hotel - which enjoys superb panoramic views over the Îles de Lérins and the glittering Mediterranean - is situated in a vibrant garden landscape midway between Cannes and Nice. It's only 25 minutes' drive from the airport, but equally easily accessible by boat - appropriately enough for a location which at one time was not much more than a group of fishermen's houses.
It's in tribute to those original occupants that the place has been known since time immemorial as the 'Maison des Pêcheurs', a name also reflected in the title of the gourmet restaurant, presided over by award winning Breton head chef Philippe Jégo
. Both at the Michelin-starred 'Les Pêcheurs' (evenings, Apr-Oct) and at the beachside 'Le Cap' (lunch, Apr-Oct, evenings Jul-Aug) the 'Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2000' and his team offer a superb range of modern cuisine, brimming with flavour. Menus are priced at around €80, with à la carte prices from €100.
In its previous incarnation the Maison des Pêcheurs was home to an elegant clientele, attracting a top ten guest-list from the world of watersports, yachting, music and cinema. Notable visitors included Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Cary Grant; one of the world's first scuba diving clubs - with pioneers such as Jacques Cousteau - was set up here by the Aga Khan; and it was the scene for some of the most glamorous jazz evenings witnessed since the 1920s.
Now you too can partake in the dream by booking a stay in this idyllic setting, since 2010 part of the distinguished Relais & Châteaux chain. Juan les Pins
, where this year's jazz festival takes place from 12 to 22 July, is on your doorstep, Cannes, home of the famous film festival
, is just twenty minutes away by car, and as for watersports, well, take your pick!
The sheltered private beach, at 200 metres one of the most beautiful on the cape, is the perfect place to relax: surrounded by Mediterranean foliage, guests can choose between the comfort of the deep sofas shaded with white parasols or loll on creamy beige beach mattresses in an atmosphere that has to be experienced to be believed.
As with all top-rated hotels, a stay at the Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel goes hand in hand with a full wellness programme, with superb facilities and services including a sensory pool, solarium, two treatment tents and an outdoor fitness area. Massages start at €70 for thirty minutes, and you can also take advantage of anti-aging treatments, facials, and a 'Sunrise' treatment to counter the effects of exposure to the elements.
Hotel facilities and services
Private terrace (1st floor) or private garden (ground floor)
Bathroom with Italian shower & bath
Rooms with double bed (160x200) or twin beds (90x200)
Broadband cable internet connection
Reversible air conditioning
Plasma screen television with satellite channels
Two rooms for persons of limited mobility