Have you ever wondered where all the stars stay during the Cannes Film Festival? The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is actually not in Cannes at all, but located on the lush and highly prestigious peninsula of Cap d’Antibes a few kilometres east of Cannes. This legendary hotel is famous the world over and widely considered as one of the finest and most exclusive hotels on the planet! The hotel was originally built in 1869 as the Villa Soleil by the founder of France’s Le Figaro newspaper. In 1887, it was purchased by an Italian hotelier and opened in 1889 as the Hotel du Cap. In 1914, the Eden-Roc building was added on the seafront forming what we now know as Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Despite forming part of the same hotel, the two buildings have their own distinct atmospheres. The main hotel is a Napoleon III château with a very refined feeling. The Eden-Roc pavilion is more casual and focused around the iconic swimming pool, built into the cliffs. This swimming pool with its’ spectacular views over the bay of Juan Les Pins, Cannes and the Esterel mountains has to be one of the most fabulous places anywhere on earth to take a dip! The hotel has its own private jetty for guests arriving by luxury yacht.
Here’s a great film that gives an insight into this amazing hotel – in French:
For years, the hotel was renowned for not accepting credit cards. Right up until 2006, guests had to wire funds in advance of their stay or arrive with an extra Louis Vuitton suitcase full of cash! The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is part of the Oetker Collection, a small and super exclusive group consisting of some of the world’s finest hotels, including:
- Le Château Saint Martin & Spa, Vence – France
- Hôtel Le Bristol Paris, Paris – France
- Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, Baden Baden – Germany
- Palais Namaskar, Marrakesh – Morocco
- L’Apogée Courchevel, Courchevel – France
- Fregate Island Private, Seychelles – Indian Ocean
- Eden Rock St Barths, Saint Barthélemy – Caribbean
Please visit the hotel’s website for more information.