"A Truly Splendid Hotel - If you can afford it"
We spent five nights at this legendary hotel as an anniversary gift from my wife’s brother. I can truly say that we have never encountered anything like it. From the moment we emerged from arrivals at Nice airport to find the hotel limo waiting for us to when we were set down at the same place five days later, we were made to feel really special. The driver went out of his way to show us the sights en route, and on arrival we found that we had been upgraded to a superior room. Anne-Sophie at reception was charming and helpful in rather more than the usual professionally French way, as were, in fact, all the hotel staff for every minute of our stay. They even seemed to understand our French, although, as far as can be made out, they are fluent in every language under the sun. The room was spotless, beautifully and comfortably furnished (the two so rarely go together), and enormous. We have stayed in so-called Junior Suites that were smaller, and in one Presidential Suite that certain felt smaller, and the views were simply to die for. The flowers, fruit, wine, chocolates and free mini-bar were just the icing on the cake, as were the tablet for guests’ use and the Apple computer in the room. For once, the phantom furniture- movers and demon clog-dancers who seem to follow us all round the world especially to practise their arts above our heads throughout the hours of darkness were not in evidence, and we slept soundly every night. The location is not exactly convenient for anywhere in particular, although Antibes and Juan les Pins are both (just about) walkable, but the views, the tranquility, and the vast garden (I have seen smaller parks) more than make up for it. Many guests never leave the grounds, and I can quite see why. The food was superb and the service impeccable. At breakfast they remember what you order and bring it the next day. If they haven’t got it, they will go out and get it. It’s that sort of place. The buffet had rather more than the usual choices, including chicken and beef as well as two kinds of ham and the usual salamis, and at least five sorts of cheese and a vast selection of fruit. Hot courses and drinks are freshly made to order. It is almost impossible to praise this hotel too much, except for two things, and they are more in the nature of cautions than criticisms. The first is the buffet breakfast, which is only served at the Grill, down by the pool. Depending on where your room is, this can be quite a long walk, and an even longer one back, uphill all the way. On our last day there was frost on the ground and snow on the hills (in the last week of April - be warned), and it was no fun getting down there and back. Breakfast is served in the main building, too, but not a buffet. The more serious one is that to stay here really requires a wallet, and a nerve, that can cope with the eye-watering prices. I can quite see why they are so high, but it is still a shock. And I mean ‘eye-watering’ quite literally. My eyes were streaming all the time. This may have been something to do with hay fever, but, if so, my usual anti-histamine was no help. So be warned, this may be the hotel you have always dreamed about, but it is only in your dreams that it comes without a price.
Sweetly scented with quirks like the pet graveyard. Perfect Bellinis and relaxing salt water pool. This institution is perfectly positioned away from madness of the Festival. Security is tight, but beware the pap on the rocks near Eden Roc.
This is the hotel of your dreams. The pool literally built into the cliff at sea's edge is stunning, and around it are built terraces with sun decks and restaurant decks. Attached to the cliff is a long yard-arm from which there is a trapeeze and olympic gymnastic rings, to impress the crowd with your daring acrobatics and inevitable lunge into the gorgeous sea. Make it graceful, this is France, and ... everyone is watching. The sea has lanes for swimming, platforms, and boat areas. A concrete pier accommodates your tender. The waterfront restaurant serves tip of the top food with a fine-tuned service brigade of waiters. I very much love the al fresco gastronomic restaurant for dinner, at the top deck, with lovely views of sea, boats with underwater lights, and Cap Antibes, Antibes, Juan Le Pins, and Cannes around the huge Bay. The various flambes (steaks, crepes) served tableside get a lot of attention and taste fabulous. At is a 5 star restaurant serving classics and gastronomic food on gorgeous seafront deck. The property itself is spectacular with cabanas along the sea cliffs, under pine trees, allowing you to take a dip in the tidal grottoes and azure pools. Tennis courts are gorgeous, lined with alium and lavender flowers in the forest. The main hotel rooms are excellent and spacious, lovely marbled bathrooms. Warning: this is a very serious hotel, so children are strongly not recommended. Staff will be lovely to them, but they must be 100% quiet and 100% controlled. Also, make sure you dress very nicely at all times on property, and especially for lunch and for dinner. If you do not, they will refuse you. This hotel hosts A-list celebrity parties every April/May for Cannes Film Festival, so they have very glamorous standards and are extremely sensitive to their exclusive brand image. Guys, make sure you wear the fancy Italian/French/Polo swimsuits, shoes, clothes to fit in. I have stayed here once and come every July/Aug for dinner. Dinner for 2 is around 500 EUR. The lobster medalions has spectacular sauce. Reservations for lunch/dinner are essential. Sometimes you can reserve beach service at the pool, but not always if place is busy. Rooms in July/Aug are tough to get, as they have long waiting lists, years in advance for repeat guests.
"Escape to paradise"
If I was JFK or Bertolucci, this is the place to experience romance or film the experience! A true hidden yet majestic hotel. From the moment you arrive you feel relaxed, romantic, don't want to miss a moment of "smell the roses". The outdoor spa is a must visit. Amazing views to enjoy while walking the private park or at one of the different levels restaurant and bar while having champagne.
"Visited for brunch at Le Grill by boat. The Cote d'Azur of your dreams!!"
Stunningly beautiful location, stunningly beautiful landscape, perfect perch over the sea for lunch/brunch. If arriving by boat, as we were, expect a super-easy and smooth transfer to the dock (and back). The food and service are superb. And don't forget to dress for press! Beautiful people abound, and, blessedly, the prices keep the cruise ship folks away ;)
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM