Four Seasons takes over the Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat


In a shock move this week, the Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, longstanding champion of luxury of the French Riviera, will soon be managed by the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, giving the hotel group their spot in the sun in one of Europe’s most in demand luxury travel destinations.

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat Lounge

Once a no mans land with nothing there but Saint Hospice’s solitary hut, it took the arrival of the builder king, Leopold II of Belgium, to start the legacy of this exclusive luxury enclave. The Cap-Ferrat is now where most of the glitterati and Europe’s well heeled have their holiday homes, and the combined cost of all the mansions that can be found on the point could probably bag you a few private islands. So you’re definitely in good company.

Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat- Le Cap Ferrat

The Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat’s partnership with the Four Seasons is in our opinion a winning pair as the hotel is sure to benefit from the renowned excellence of the group’s service, a department which is unfortunately, quite hit and miss across hotels in the region.

Another major drawing point for the hotel, is its unique atmosphere that has made it a favorite among luxury connoisseurs and a go to choice for those wanting the look of a Grande Dame hotel with the type of service and sense of seclusion more in line with a boutique offering.

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat Night View

Fans of the Four Seasons will feel right at home as all restaurants, guest rooms and the hotel’s exquisite new wing, “La Residence” were redesigned by award winning designer Pierre-Yves Rochon a long standing servant of the chain. The result is an offering that feels more like a uber luxurious holiday home instead of a typical luxury hotel and the result is simply breathtaking.

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat La Résidence

49 new rooms and 24 suites were added along with 8 private pools and the new spa and restaurant, La Véranda, add to the impressive heritage that the Four Seasons will now commandeer.

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat Room

The sheer expanse of the hotel (17 acres) is one of its major attractions and a private funicular ride is needed to reach the Club Dauphin, an enclave complete with a restaurant, private cabanas, kids club and a stunning Olympic size infinity pool that merges seamlessly with the deep blue of the Mediterranean. And don’t worry, even if you can’t be bothered to take a dip, you can admire the sparkling ocean right from the floor to ceiling windows of your room.

Club Dauphin - Grand Hotels du Cap-Ferrat

We’re holding our breaths to find out how the Four Seasons can improve on perfection, but in the meantime, If you want to book a stay in rooms and suites that the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Jean Paul Belmondo and Elizabeth Taylor called home, then you can do so right here.


About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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