All roads lead to the Riviera

Grand-hô­tel du Cap-fer­rat: a Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, France

Country Life Every Week - - The Great Escape Travel -

THE crown jewel of the French Riviera’s famed penin­sula, the Grand-hô­tel du CapFer­rat con­tin­ues to daz­zle decades af­ter its 1950s hey­day. Pre­vi­ous guests, in­clud­ing El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Sir Win­ston Churchill (whose por­traits line the walls), would un­doubt­edly still recog­nise the grand façade, framed by heav­enly per­fumed gar­dens and pine trees, the once Olympic-sized sea­wa­ter swim­ming pool and rocky coast­line be­yond.

There has been more change in­side. Com­mu­nal ar­eas are a mas­ter­class in mod­ern Art Deco—think swathes of gleam­ing white mar­ble and be­spoke crys­tal chan­de­liers—and the gue­strooms boast over­sized bath­tubs look­ing out over the Côte d’azur as well as lu­di­crously com­fort­able beds.

For the ul­ti­mate road-trip ex­pe­ri­ence and a slice of La Dolce Vita, re­serve an orig­i­nal clas­sic car (the 1960 Alfa Romeo Gi­uli­etta Spi­der, per­haps?) and set off for one of the Four Sea­sons’ sis­ter prop­er­ties in Mi­lan or Florence. Be­fore­hand, the concierge will pre­pare a per­son­alised itin­er­ary, high­light­ing points of in­ter­est along the way, and there’s a handy ra­dio con­nec­tion be­tween you and a dis­creet as­sis­tance ve­hi­cle through­out. RP Dou­ble rooms from €320 (00 33 4 93 76 50 50; www.foursea­ capfer­rat)

While you’re there

• Our favourite rooms were the 1950s-style Res­i­dence pool suites. Ac­tu­ally built in 2009, the ter­ra­cotta-coloured, gen­tly curved build­ing also con­ceals a tun­nel to the ho­tel spa • Take a ride in the glass fu­nic­u­lar, which whisks guests from the ho­tel to the renowned Club Dauphin, pri­vate cabañas and an in­fin­ity pool be­low • Jo­hann Bur­gos, Club Dauphin’s direc­tor, is al­ways on hand to rec­om­mend a cool­ing cock­tail or two. For lunch, we couldn’t get enough of the carnaroli risotto with greens, mint and lemon • Make the most of the Grand-hô­tel’s pri­vate ac­cess to the smooth coast­line path. Head down to the port of Saint-jean-capfer­rat and spend an af­ter­noon at Paloma, a pri­vate beach and restau­rant, or head to the bi­jou Bar-restau­rant du Port for sup­per • Be one of the first guests to ex­pe­ri­ence Miche­lin-starred chef Yoric Tièche’s new menu at ho­tel restau­rant Le Cap, in­spired by the herbs and fruits grow­ing in the gar­dens and the 1897 cook­book La Cuisinière Provençale

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