Suite Life: Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Why stay here?  

Classic French Riviera luxury at its best, you know you’re somewhere special when you walk through the front doors. From its opening in 1908, this famous hotel has always been a hotspot for celebrities, political dignitaries, and artists including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few. The hotel earned France’s official Palace Designation, one of only 16 five-star French properties that have the prestigious accolade. Situated in a charming seaside village, the hotel had an extensive refurbishment in 2009 and has added a new residence wing, spa, and indoor pool. There is an Olympic-size pool with private cabanas that look over the Mediterranean.


Rise & shine breakfast time?

With beautiful sunny weather, we decided to eat breakfast on the large patio. The extensive buffet under the shade of the trees with the sea in the backdrop was a lovely start to the day. You’re more or less guaranteed a wonderful meal when you wake up in France. The pastries, coffee, cheeses, eggs and even the butter were all delicious. There was a full hot breakfast menu with the best eggs Benedict I have ever had and service to match.


What’s for dinner

Fine dining in Le Cap with Michelin-starred chef Didier Anies is a gastronomic treat. The seasonal menu incorporates ingredients from local markets with the freshest fish, seafood and meats. Signatory main dishes included a divine beef carpaccio with mushrooms, parmesan and octopus in a vinegar dressing. Veal loin with creamy polenta was also outstanding, as was the fillet of sea bass. Save room for dessert as the team makes ice cream in-house, which included our favourite – lavender. The Salon des Collections holds a list of over 600 wines from top French and international vineyards.


Time out

Le Spa at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat offers a range of facial and body treatments by Bellafontaine and Carita. Take a stroll in the spa garden between treatments and take in the Mediterranean views.


Wow factor

Everything in this hotel was wow!


Could do better

Nothing whatsoever.


I would like an upgrade

The Villa Rose-Pierre sits right next door to the hotel. With a rooftop terrace, full team of staff, sea-view balconies in all bedrooms and more. You have all the amenities of the five-star palace hotel in your own French Riviera villa.


Insider tip

The St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat walking path passes directly in front of the hotel and is a must-do. The walk is about nine kilometres along the ocean with numerous places to stop for a refreshing swim or just take in the views. Ask the hotel to pack you a bottle of wine and some cheeses and watch the sunset sitting on any of the secluded spots along the path.  Swimming instructor Pierre Gruneberg started teaching at the pool in 1951 when he was just 19 years old and is still doing so. Charlie Chaplin’s children learned how to swim from this living legend so don’t miss out on at least meeting him.


Balcony view at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

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