Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel

Cap d'Antibes Beach hotel, a Relais and Chateaux five-star oasis, is situated in between Cannes and Nice commanding a magnificent panorama over the Lerins islands and the Estérel mountains. A deviation from the signature Relais and Chateaux properties, Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel, blends contemporary modernity and upscale design with quintessential Cote D'Azur charm, so it comes as no surprise that it is consistently voted one of the best hotels on the Cote d'Azur.

 The hotel has 35 rooms and suites, each tastefully designed with a chic, marine aesthetic by Sarich & Goujon and each room has either its own terrace or garden overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean sea. The hotel is only one of four in the Cannes vicinity with its own private, unspoilt sandy beach with the restaurant and bar situated between the lush, tropical gardens and the beach, so at sunset, or over an early breakfast the view is quite spectacular. 

 Upon arrival, we were greeted by Celine and given a tour of the hotel. What impressed me straight away was her warmth and professionalism, and I quickly discovered this was characteristic of the hotel itself. Everyone we met went out of their way to be accommodating and made us feel relaxed and at home. The overall atmosphere is chic, family-orientated, laid back and, as I said before, exceptionally welcoming without a trace of pretention. It’s five-star luxury without the self-consciousness and I suspect that whoever you are – A-lister or not, you are treated with the same hospitality.

 The attention to detail and bespoke touches are features reflective of the hotel ambience; having been shown to our room, we found a beautiful welcome platter of fresh fruit, a charming, hand-written welcome note and gifts including an authentic straw beach bag and luxury beach towels. It's these thoughtful little touches that leave an indelible impression and keep people returning; I know I will be.

 Another beautiful facet of the hotel is the wellness and spa area. An outside infinity and vitality pool complemented by spa cabanas which are dotted throughout the Mediterranean gardens so that you can enjoy a swim followed by a massage, and the hotel even provides candlelit couples massages - again, I found this a unique and intuitive touch.

 As two vegans who love food, travelling in France can sometimes be a little hit and miss; not here, however. The servers anticipated our requirements and welcomed us back each day with fresh recommendations all creatively presented. In fact, I'd have to say that the gastronomy was amongst the best we've experienced in the Cote d'Azur. Each day there was a new choice and each one as delicious as the last; from truffle pasta to Gazpacho, each exquisitely presented, and we were both impressed by the exceptional standard and the sheer deliciousness of the cuisine. 

 Being situated on the beach, we were able to snorkel each day, and there are various water sports available directly through the on-site beach service, so you're never short of things to do. Also, being enviably situated with Antibes old town and ten-minute walk, Cannes only a 25-minute drive and the islands of Sainte Marguerite and Saint-Honorat a short sail away there is so much to explore and enjoy.

 A further highlight of my stay was the spa treatment, which being honest, ranked highly amongst the most impressive spa experiences I've ever had (and I've had a few.) Being a life-long advocate of plant-based and organic beauty, the Spa at Cap d'Antibes beach hotel is synergistic with my ethical, vegan values by using essential oils and plant-based cosmeceuticals by Le Gattilier. 

The spa manager, Marie, was as delightful and she was expert, and I enjoyed a full body massage using the exquisite Rose Damask oil. The spa treatment menu is extensive with a full range of bespoke treatments from facials and manicures, aromatherapy, herbalism and therapeutic treatments tailor-made to restore and re-align with an emphasis on natural integrity and the environment, utilising the sublime scents of the region – cyprus, lavender and rose. The spa design itself is reflective of these holistic values with natural light, beautiful music and an elegant aesthetic conducive to deep relaxation. The spa also offers its treatments in the glorious outside gardens under the shade of the pine trees with the sound of the waves lapping the shore, the gentle sound of bird call and the hum of the crickets; the spa even offers candlelit couple's massages - could it get anymore perfect!

 Reflecting on my time at Cap d'Antibes Beach hotel which was exceptional in every sense, it more than deserves its five-star status, and if they could create an extra star for charm and warmth, then it would warrant it. We had a beautiful sejour, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it; a perfect couple's escape or an idyllic family holiday in this iconic location.

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