In a world obsessed with what’s new, sometimes it’s comforting to know that some places don’t change…or not much anyway. The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is a classic with more star power than a supernova, and it’s not going away any time soon after it’s recent four-year 60 million dollar refurbishment. The Grand hotel re-opens this month ready for the season (which ends in October) with 118 sparkling new rooms ready for action. Set in 22.5 acres on the tip of Cap d’Antibes between Nice and Cannes on the French Riviera – it is the pinnacle of luxury. The heart of the property is a remarkable Napoleon III building, which perches above the glittering Mediterranean like an extravagant wedding cake. Originally conceived as a writer’s retreat in 1870 and known as Villa Soleil, it soon gave way to a luxury hotel in 1887 and became the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, attracting the likes of Grace Kelly, the Kennedy’s, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway… to name just a few!
It’s true that only the crème de la crème can afford to stay here, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this grand dame and having a drink at the bar with the beau monde or lunching by the piscine – a saltwater infinity pool etched into the basalt rock – much like some of the guests who faithfully return year after year to be waited upon by handsome waiters with retro-white jackets and black Ray-Bans. Trés chic!