January 19, 2012
1 Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
2 Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
Histrionically poised on the most southern tip on the Cap d’Antibes, having just completed a 45 million euro restoration project and having been a hotel hub for the rich and famous since it first opened its doors in 1870, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has had the making of an iconic hotel, in which only the wealthiest, most glamorous and elitist of guests would stay. And boy has it lived up to expectations!
Whilst most luxury hotels across the world can ‘name drop’ a celebrity or two amongst their guests who have stayed there, the Cote d’Azur’s Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc could win a competition amongst hoteliers of whose hotel has had the highest number, and highest calibre, of famous names rest their heads there hands down, if such a competition was ever to occur!
Alongside the Hollywood megastars such as Sharon Stone, who was reported to have ordered a traditionally Irish-dressed harpist to entertain her during her stay at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, socialite Paris Hilton, who, of course with a father who runs the Hilton Hotel empire is no stranger to luxury hotels, stayed here during the
Cannes Film Festival when a Vanity Fair party was held at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
Brad and Angelina, who were reportedly turned away during a film festival, the Windsors, Bushes, Clintons and Berlusconis are all regulars, hey even Pablo Picasso and Gary Cooper set up a shooting gallery in the gardens. Okay, okay we get the picture, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc ten, the Marriot eight!
And being set in a plum position in 22 acres of pine trees and tropical gardens, overlooking the spectacular Cote d’Azur, it is easy to comprehend why the stars flock here in their droves.
The main part of the hotel was constructed in 1870 by the founder of Le Figaro newspaper. Picasso’s legacy lives on in the hotel, with an abundance of art works and tapestries adorning the reception’s walls.
If swimming pools can compete in the glamour stakes, then they don’t come much more glamorous than the pool at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. This extraordinary swimming pool was dynamited out of the basal above the bay in 1914. Cut into the edge of the cliff, today the swimming pool is a salt water infinity pool, and needless to say the views from the pool are simply stunning.
Close to the pool the Eden-Roc pavilion can be found, which is the only feature of the hotel that is open to non-residents. Resonant of an art deco cruise liner, sitting on either of the two terraces of restaurants that overhang the sea in the pavilion, is an experience in itself, particularly if you order the wolf off the menu!
Needless to say you will need to book well in advance if you want to stay at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, after all, this is the Cote d’Azur at its most glamorous.