Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is synonymous in my mind with one of English history’s most notable events: Edward VIII’s abdication. For this was his bolthole with Wallis when he left England. And so I had always assumed that somewhere so ‘celeb’, with royals, their entourage and the Hollywood set staying here, wouldn’t be the kind of place I could relax and enjoy myself. How wrong I was.
Indeed, it is glamorous to the hilt, yet chic and understated. Walking around the grounds the evening of my arrival, I dreamily anticipated I might spot F Scott Fitzgerald, Kirk Douglas or Liz Taylor about to set off in a Riva for a spin along the coast to Cannes.
Dreams aside, the hotel has two buildings where rooms are located: the original Hotel du Cap and the Eden-Roc Pavilion. I love the nautical feel of the Pavilion, whilst the du Cap is more ‘country home’ in style. With only 116 rooms and suites, getting a booking in July and August is not an easy feat.
But if you do, you will be spoiled no end, and definitely in terms of food in the two beautifully situated restaurants, one more formal than the other, both perched directly over the sea looking out at the tip of the Cap D’Antibes.
Children, too, are well catered for here. The kids’ club is complimentary, a classy touch which I consider a warm welcome to multi-generational families, many who have been coming back here year in and year out whilst growing in numbers. Whatever you do, persevere if the hotel is full when you try to book, as outside of July and August you may be able to get your foot in the door and be on your way to becoming a fêted regular, something that is well worth the wait. Read more Golden Palm reviews here.
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