Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes

As grand as it looks, is as grand as it feels.

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

About a week ago, a fab showbiz journalist friend of mine was sharing with me some of her stories about various celebrities that she has at one time or another seen or hung out with at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, so for fun we got the idea to go to the hotel for a look around and have a drink near the pool in the Eden-Roc restaurant and lounge area.

As we drove up to the hotel my first impression was that this will be a wonderful experience.

And it's certainly easy to say that the moment you arrive on the 20 acre plus property, you feel unrushed, relaxed and as though you are in some sort of fairytale land.

Before we even made our way into the hotel, we could see that everything we were surrounded by was absolutely stunning and refined, and as we walked into the 5-Star hotel itself, it just got better, this is clean-cut, top of the line luxury.  We were warmly greeted by the staff no matter where we went, and they always seemed to be working at something to keep everything in top form and ready to go.

I loved thinking about how many historic figures and celebrities in the past have walked through the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc’s doors, and how remarkably beautiful the place was, it feels like it has good bones, is strongly stated, yet there seemed to be just enough feminine touches to the décor as well to bring a light softness, and I’ve heard that is carried over into each of the hotel rooms.

In the bar area, just through the lobby, my friend told me plenty of stories of impromptu parties that have happened in that part of the hotel, where such and such major celebrity would be sitting and who was saying what with whom in conversation.  It felt like I was getting some real insider info and I can only imagine how much fun these parties were to attend.

After leaving the bar and heading outside towards the Eden-Roc restaurant and pool, while standing on the landing looking towards the sea with the expansive grounds, you just wanted to pinch yourself.  The view seemed like something out of a movie or super glossy magazine.  Even the yachts in the distance almost seemed too perfectly set up in the view, like it was a prop or something, but no, this was real life.

As we continued, we really noticed how immaculate the grounds are, and it seems as though every single tree no matter how low or high from the ground is manicured, it is so nice to stroll throughout the trails, past the tennis courts and gardens with the scent of flowers and eucalyptus in the air, along with feeling the slight breeze coming off the sea.

The big, wide, stone path really stands out, like a landmark for the hotel; it has even been used as a runway for one of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel fashion shows, as odd as it sounds, I was thrilled to be walking on it.

Once we made our way down the path and inside the Eden-Roc restaurant and near the pool area, everything felt cool, crisp and pristine.  The walls of the entrance in the lower level is currently lined with small photographs of the who’s who in the world that have been to the hotel, and although the pool looked extremely tempting and the guests swimming and tanning seemed happy and content, our plan for the day was to just have a glass or two of Rosé wine and take in the surroundings.  The atmosphere was fresh, relaxing and the service was top notch!
If you have the chance, book into this gay-friendly hotel, for one of the most opulent experiences of your life and then Facebook everything about it to make everyone back home uber envious!

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