The jewel of the French Riviera puts guests’ safety first in its 150th year
Napkins at the ready − as lockdown eases across France, the prestigious Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes has announced it will reopen its doors on July 1.
It’s a special year for the glamorous hotel at the heart of the French Riviera as it celebrates its 150th anniversary, and to mark the occasion chefs Éric Fréchon and Arnaud Poëtte have designed new menus for its restaurants, focusing on a contemporary approach to Mediterranean and Provençal cuisine.
Meanwhile, renowned architect and designer Patricia Anastassiadis has sympathetically renovated parts of the hotel, paying homage to its glamorous legacy through the use of opulent materials and refined colours. She has worked her magic on piano-bar La Rotonde, and the lunchtime Eden-Roc Restaurant that by night transforms into the Louroc Restaurant.
Managing Director Philippe Perd said: “We look forward to welcoming guests back to our jewel on the Mediterranean where they can relax, recharge and let us take care of every single detail. It is times like these, when society emerges from a challenging period, that the true meaning of leisure is most deeply felt. My teams and I are proud of our 150-year tradition of hospitality, an enduring legacy that we lean on season after season to create unforgettable memories for our guests.”
Part of the Oetker Collection, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is hidden away on the southernmost tip of Cap d’Antibes, and over the centuries it has played host to some of the greatest names in art, cinema, literature, politics and business, ever since Queen Victoria first visited the area in 1882, attracted by the warmer winters.
The hotel’s private seaside cabanas – part of the mythical Riviera experience since the 1930s – can be booked for full days for visitors to experience private, peaceful al fresco lunches while enjoying uninterrupted views over the Mediterranean in an intimate setting. These secluded sanctuaries between pine groves and the sea were created for sunbathing while listening to the sound of the water lapping against the rocks, but are equally chic for private lunches or romantic dinners.
In addition, the Eden-Roc Grill – the quintessential symbol of summer with the Mediterranean as its backdrop – will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Safety measures introduced to keep Covid-19 at bay include non-invasive temperature checks for all guests on arrival, safety partitions in public spaces, virtual check-in, hand sanitisers, complementary masks and the usual social-distancing measures.
Following the guidance of the French Ministry of Health, guests will have full access to Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc’s iconic saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts and fitness centre, as well as the chance to enjoy spa treatments in outdoor cabanas or the gazebo. A private limousine transfer service is available, as is the ‘Meet & Greet’ service to expedite arrivals into Nice Côte d’Azur airport.
GETTING THERE: Flight time from the UK is 1 hour 45 minutes, and Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has a separate private terminal for private and business jets. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is a 30-minute drive from the airport
RATES: Rates will start from €1,150 per night, including breakfast (currently approx. £1,033). Cabana rates are €690 per day (currently approx. £620)