The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat (France)

Recently taken over by Four Seasons, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat embodies the classic glamour and timeless chic of the French Riviera.

The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is the Côte d’Azur’s most legendary palace hotel – an icon since opening in 1908, and a main-stay during the festivals in Cannes every year. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Port Beach and Passable Beach, and features 73 rooms (that will certainly set you back $$$$$). The hotel is still emphatically in the business of pampering “notable and fashionable” people.

“On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-coloured hotel. Deferential palms cool its flushed facade, and before it stretches a short dazzling beach. Lately it has become a summer resort of notable and fashionable people.”

So begins Tender is the Night, the novel that defined the South of France in the age when it shimmied out of Edwardian languor and into 20th-century excess. In F Scott Fitzgerald’s book, the Riviera filled the foreground and the hotel, which he called Gausse’s, was its quintessence. The model for Gausse’s was the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc at Antibes.

In the hotel’s first Golden Book, now locked away in Paris, there are doodles by Chagall and Picasso. Here we must content ourselves with a deft caricature by Johnny Depp – of Johnny Depp – and quick-fire sketches by the likes of Tom Hanks, Tim Burton and Karl Lagerfeld.

Address: 71 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
Phone: +33 4 93 76 50 50

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)