LUXURYCULTURE.COM - Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat: Rooms With A View


The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat greets its centenary in top form, as extensive renovations frame Mediterranean views.

But what is it that is so alluring about this luminous white palace, bathed azure blue and soft pastel hues? Is it that it resembles more a well-appointed private residence than a Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, is it the paradisiacal spot on which it stands, or is it the beauteous views that each room boasts? Perhaps no part of the renovation embodies this aspect more than The Residence – a new seafront section of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat featuring eight suites, with pale wood floors, stunning white marble bathrooms, and a floor-to-ceiling glass window that opens onto a private terrace, boasting the breathtaking vista of the hotel’s famed infinity swimming pool and further outward into the mesmerizing Mediterranean Sea. Sixteen further deluxe suites with sea views and private terraces, as well as existing room renovations, altogether perpetuate the overriding feeling of serenity.

In keeping with the sensorial importance, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is designed for feeling good. The taste standards governing these design effects are those of highly lauded French architect and designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, a man with a penchant for classical refinement married with modernity. He’s created spaces worldwide that, paradoxically, both respect and transcend the constraints of time and era; the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is a first-rate example of this. Rochon worked closely with the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat team – those who know and love the space – to work with the integrity of the original structure. As the designer himself explains, “I try to respect the architecture when I undertake a renovation. I am like a surgeon, I have to repair it. What I have from the beginning is a picture of what was before. This always interests me, because the initial layout of a hotel was usually the right one, so I try to look back at what was done in the beginning. I look at the layout, the plans, the pictures to see if it was smart, if so, we try to come back to this.” Light, airy and audaciously modern, he has succeeded in retaining the glamour and aesthetics of the celebrated Cap-Ferrat landmark.

Beige Persian marble and white Calcutta Cream marble are a running design motif throughout the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, while exquisitely light and fresh fabrics such as white linen and natural silk, in a cooling and calm color palette, reflect the best of the extremely unique sunlight that shines upon the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.

Nature is part of the DNA of the Grand-Hôtel de Cap-Ferrat and, naturally so, when situated in the midst of 17 acres of lush oceanfront gardens, an Aleppo pine reserve and blossom-filled rocky cliffs. With an ambiance of privacy and peace and the most captivating views, the Grand-Hôtel de Cap-Ferrat is a place apart.

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