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Cap Estel is an exquisite hotel come private villa that fully captures the essence of the Cote d'Azur. The property is decidedly elegant, perched on its own peninsular and surrounded by the Mediterranean. It’s everything you’d expect from a French mansion; spacious, sleek and totally chic.
There are only a handful of rooms and suites spread out across the grounds ensuring guests have a private and romantic escape. The Cape is the main building and home to two penthouse suites and deluxe double rooms, The Sea is a 3 bedroomed property set into the eastern wall of the peninsula (rooms are furnished in the style of an ocean-liners cabin), The Corniche is a separate Italian building on the hillside compromised of six suites and The Park sits on the western side of the front lawn and boast two sleek suites.
La Table de Patrick Raingears is the hotels new Michelin star restaurant set to open early this year. Chef Raingears' menu subtly combines fresh seasonal produce with fine scents from the Mediterranean to showcase the best of the Cote d'Azur (think duck foie gras and glazed oysters with candied bergamot).
The Sothys Spa within Cap Estel is truly a pampering haven, treatments can be tailor made to suit guest's requests. The spa rooms, gym and indoor pool are built into the cliff next to the infinity pool with views overlooking the sea. Other ways to relax might include lounging by the sea-water infinity pool, bathing on the private beach or taking a stroll through the finely manicured lawns
The Cote d'Azur is a playground for A-listers and guests are just a stone's throw from the glitz and glamour of Monaco. However the nearest village to Cap Estel is Eze where you can visit 12th century castle ruins, pretty beaches and scenic picnic spots.
Why we love it
A few extra-special rooms overhang the sea - so those with vertigo should probably refrain on this choice.
Harriet, Original Traveller