Ultimate Luxury in Cap d’Antibes
It is no secret that the south of France is one of my favorite destinations in the world. I simply love the beach environment mixed with the slow-paced European lifestyle and beauty of the Mediterranean. There are so many things to see and do in the many picturesque seaside towns that dot the southern French coast; however, if you are looking for a quintessential riviera experience, I recommend a visit to Cap d’Antibes and the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
. The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has a rich history filled with stories and iconic people that spans decades. The hotel was originally built in 1869 as a destinations for writers seeking inspiration and was opened as the Grand Hotel du Cap in 1889 by an Italian hotelier. Over the years, the property became the preferred spot of the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Kennedy family. Because of its vibrant history and its development into the “it” spot on the French Riviera, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc exudes classic riviera glamour and sophistication.
Antibes is easy to visit from many point of destinations along the riviera. I was staying in Nice which is about a 40 minute train ride to the Cap d’Antibes train station with the hotel being a short cab ride from there. Antibes is a beautiful little town with beach access as well. After traveling down the tree and mansion lined Boulevard John F Kennedy, you arrive at the pristine property.
If you are visiting Eden-Roc for the day, I recommend lunch at Eden Roc grill or an evening cocktail at the Eden Roc Champagne lounge (open during the high season) which serves some of the world’s finest champagnes. I opted for an afternoon lunch at the Eden-Roc grill. It was a windy day on the Cap so patio seating was closed, however, we had a great ocean view table on the inside. All the tables have wonderful views so it seems like there is not necessarily a bad seat in the house. The property is so iconic, being featured in Dior advertisements and a myriad of Slim Aarons photos that looking out across the famed infinity pool is a surreal experience. Expect to dine amongst an international jet-set crowd in a relaxed environment. Most guests were generally casual, relaxing and enjoying a bottle of rosé…isn’t that how life is supposed to be?
The menu offers an array of classic French choices and lunch options. I opted for the Eden-Roc Burger which I highly recommend for a nice light selection.
The property is truly a luxurious experience that I will not forget. I highly recommend strolling through the pine tree lined paths that meander through the property after a delicious lunch.
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This was a destination I will never forget. Was there many years ago. The trees, the smells, the views, the water, all the white and green everywhere. If there is a heaven – this is so close!!!! :)
Leigh Powell Hines