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Royal Riviera, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 

3 Avenue Jean Monnet
France 06230
Tel: 33 4 93 76 31 00
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In 1999 the estimable Grace Leo-Andrieu took charge of this noble creature, which has been perched for over a century on the Cap Ferrat peninsula, one of the least built-up corners of the coastline. The ambience is all grace—pun intended—and calm, with cool polished white marble and black-and-white checkerboard floors, muted slate colors, polished paneled doors, and a Greek key motif borrowed from the nearby Villa Kerylos. A recent sprucing-up extended the neo-Hellenic ideas into the 78 bedrooms, most of which overlook the orange and olive trees of the landscaped—by Jean Mus, no less—gardens to the sea. But beware of the standard rooms whose "mountain views" are not necessarily so bucolic. There are 16 further options with lavender and apricot walls and balconies or terraces in the Orangerie. With well-regarded chef Bruno le Bolch at the helm at Le Panorama, plus a Sundari spa, a large pool, a private beach, and caring, multilingual staff, this is a special getaway spot—such a getaway in fact that, if you want to see any bright lights, you'll need a car.

Closed December through mid-January.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
A recent renovation combining Belle Époque and contemporary styles earned this century-old French Riviera hotel a perfect design score. The "ideal location" at the base of a peninsula provides easy access to "many gorgeous spots," including nearby Monaco and Nice; the staff are "most helpful in giving directions and making suggestions." Le Panorama's cuisine de terroir uses regional ingredients, while La Pergola serves a "fantastic club sandwich" poolside.

(94 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 89.6
  • Design: 100.0
  • Food: 80.8
  • Location: 96.3
  • Rooms: 88.9
  • Service: 81.5

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Water sports

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