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Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

Nestled in the heart of paradise, on the southern tip of Cap d’Antibes, Hotel du Cap- Eden-Roc boasts of grand elegance. Surrounded by 22 acres of towering Alep pines and lush tropical gardens, the hotel beams of tranquil luxury and prestige.

Hippolyte de Villemessant originally built the resort hotel in 1869 in an effort to provide a location for writers seeking inspiration. Known then as Villa Soleil, the writer’s retreat didn’t last long, and eighteen years later, was sold to Antoine Sella, an Italian hotelier from Piedmont. The original dream of a writer’s paradise was now transformed into Grand Hôtel du Cap and began welcoming its’ first guests in 1889. Destined from the beginning to inspire, the hotel romanced new writers and artists, then known as the Lost Generation. The hotel welcomed F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway who, inspired by the beachside destination, wrote and created some of their best works there.

Throughout the next century, the world’s most celebrated artists, writers, celebrities, socialites, aristocrats, and politicians congregated to the breathtaking jewel for their own slice of heaven.

The undeniable pull of the Mediterranean coastline invited with it yet another attraction, the Cannes Film Festival. Founded on September 20, 1946, and occurring annually every May, this invitation-only festival previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. The event transforms the already mystical French Riviera and catapults it to an even higher caliber of glitz and glamour. The jaw-dropping event hosts billionaires, celebrities, entertainment executives, and many iconic personalities looking to see and be seen.

Since the event spans the course of two weeks, those in attendance seek comfortable accommodations, and are guaranteed to find them at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, where luxurious simplicity and discretion are promised. So, it is no wonder the hotel caught the eye of Rudolf and Maja Oetker as they sailed the Côte d’Azur in 1964. Peeking out from among the towering pines onto the sparkling blue Mediterranean waters, the perfect sanctuary presented itself with all of its’ surrounding rustic charm and elegance. However, the couple at the time was in no financial position to make an offer of immediate purchase of the property. Fortunately, five years later, Mr. and Mrs. Oetker returned to buy Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc without even visiting. Thus began the dawn of a new era.

Ever since the hotel opened its’ doors back in 1889, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc continues to stun and impress its’ guests as the quintessential playground. Scattered throughout the hotel grounds are 118 spacious guest rooms. Two luxurious villas, Villa Eleana and Villa Les Cèdres, hide among the shrubs and trees, offering privacy along with the legendary hospitality of the Riviera. Culinary masters grace the Eden-Roc Restaurants as they create the finest gastronomic cuisine. The Spa Eden-Roc offers only the most luxurious, innovative treatments that will leave your mind and body refreshed and invigorated. The swimming pool is a heated salt-water pool, cut into the edge of a cliff. Within the complex there are six clay tennis courts, a fitness center, shopping, and a salon. The stretch of private shore, parkland, pool and pontoon continue to provide generations of families unforgettable experiences year after year as they seek a summer’s escape.

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