Magical Places to stay at on the Cote d'Azur
Cap d'Antibes, Cap Ferrat and presqu'ile of St Tropez share a distinctive feature - of being in a secluded and preserved location surrounded by the glistening Mediterranean sea and away from the bustle of nearby towns, even if they are as attractive as Nice, Cannes and Monaco.
The houses and hotels located in such areas carry a premium for their unique situation, and a well-deserved one too when you see how well the gardens have been superbly maintained and properties tastefully decorated.
As certain properties have become hotels, anyone now can decide to indulge in a luxury escape. And if you don’t want to ruin yourself, you can limit the time you spend there, just go for dinner or book ahead in the off-season period in October or in Springtime.
A selection of such unique properties with stunning views are on the Cap d’Antibes Eden Roc, that was famous for the endless list of artists and celebrity visitors that have stayed there since 1882. It inspired Claude Monet impressionist painter for his collection of 35 landscapes, Scott Fitzgerald for his novel Tender is the night and stars passing by from the Cannes film festival
A more confidential address, between Nice and Monaco and below Eze village is Cap d’Estel, the private property of a fortunate South African family that becomes a hotel for a few months every year. We show some pictures of this property, and from Eze there is no sign of the urban sprawl that now covers much of coastline.
A new address can be added to this list, is the Grand Jardin villa, the only private property located on the Island of Sainte Marguerite opposite Cannes, and that Ultima Capital, a Swiss luxury hotel group has just acquired in July. The next step will be a renovation to bring it to the same 5 star standards of the group's other properties.
Nearby in the same locations, are houses and apartments for sale or rental, and if you like the setting, why not consider investing in what remains no doubt the longest standing exclusive destination.