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Hotel Highlights

  • The cutting-edge contemporary architecture
  • Les Pêcheurs’ world-renowned culinary prowess
  • Fit-for-a-film-star seaside surroundings

Overview

Top of the class for architecture and design, Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel has as much glitter as the surrounding sea, with its polished glass and concrete planes. Inside, things are equally dazzling, with the renowned Les Pêcheurs restaurant, and bold bedrooms, decked out with a modishly marine theme.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

27, including five suites.

Check–out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $662.96 (€500), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.30 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (from €29).

Also

The hotel was once a beachside club for the beautiful and the glammed, counting Sophia Loren and Cary Grant among its clientele.

At the hotel

Private beach with wellness centre, gardens, book and DVD library, free broadband. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, bottled water, L’Occitane products.

Our favourite rooms

Deluxe Room 208 comes with dazzling views, but Room 210 has the best fish mural (every room has one), covering an entire wall. You can sea-gaze from Suite 201, which also has a cosy sitting area and a well-sized bathroom with a shower and free-standing tub. Suite 105 has its own private garden.

Poolside

The black mosaic-tiled 'vitality' pool has a giant steel sculpted tap, great for watery back massages. The pool looks as though it overflows into the sea – admire the view as you recline on a lounger.

Packing tips

Poolside poser finery: oversized sunglasses, dapper trunks or an itsy bitsy Pistol Panties bikini, plus an air of sophisticated insouciance.

Also

Pets can come too, for €25 a day. Secure parking costs €25 a day.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome. The restaurant has a children’s menu; cots are free for babies, and babysitting with a local nanny can be organised (book a day in advance). The pool is for over-16s only.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Les Pêcheurs is a stylish eatery with gastronomic gravitas overseen by Alain Ducasse alumni, chef Nicolas Navarro. Here Mediterranean flavours are accentuated with sea views. There's also a more casual beach restaurant, Le Cap, where pasta, fish and Provençal dishes are served.

Hotel Bar

In a minimalist space by the lobby, with white walls and aubergine-coloured murals, the glossy red bar is surrounded by egg-shaped tables and chairs. A wall of slanted bookshelves divides bar from restaurant.

Last orders

Breakfast in Les Pêcheurs is served between 7.30am until 11am; dinner is dished up from 7.30pm until 10.30pm.

Room service

As well as a 24-hour menu of snacks and simple meals, there's a selection of dishes from Le Cap and Les Pêcheurs available during restaurant opening hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Don your most dazzling dinner attire for Les Pêcheurs (jackets required for men). A polo shirt or sarong will stand you in good stead at Le Cap.

Top table

Sit by the window at Les Pêcheurs, or close to the waves at Le Cap.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Hop on a boat to Ile Sainte Marguerite, densely covered with pine and eucalyptus trees, and just visible from the hotel’s private beach. Boats leave from Cannes, or the hotel can arrange a private charter from its beach. Tour the island’s biological reserve and the old fortress prison (which once confined the Man in the Iron Mask), then top up your tan on the peaceful shores. Visit Nice on a Monday for the famous antiques market in the Cours Saleya, and eat in one of the pretty restaurants surrounding the square. For vivid blooms, return to the square for the flower market, held Tuesday–Sunday until 2pm. Top up your art knowledge with a trip to the Picasso museum, housed inside the Grimaldi Castle, at Vielle Antibes. Promenade down La Croisette at Cannes and indulge in some new designer label threads. The Maeght Foundation at Saint-Paul de Vence contains one of Europe’s most important art collections, and is open daily (www.fondation-maeght.com). After all your culture vulture-ing, slow the pace with a treatment at the indulgent Omnisens spa. For a night with wow-factor, have a massage under the stars, or in a massage tent by the sea.

Local restaurants

Built into the ramparts and directly overlooking the sea, the fine-dining restaurant Les Vieux Murs, at 25 promenade Amiral de Grasse, is decorated with Murano chandeliers and Italian art (+33 (0)4 93 34 06 73). For a romantic tryst, try for a table in the shade of Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit’s 40-year-old fig tree, at 14 rue de Saint-Esprit (+33 (0)4 93 34 50 12). Restaurant de Bacon, on Boulevard Bacon, started as a simple seafood joint and is now renowned as a sophisticated establishment (+33 (0)4 93 61 50 02). Cocktails and great Italian food are on offer at L’Enoteca, 6 rue Aubernon (+33 (0)4 93 34 03 90). Kitted out with velvety baroque furniture, Mamalu is a less formal setting for excellent pasta, at 11 cours Masséna (+33 (0)4 93 34 40 07). The hotel can arrange for you to have a beachside lunch, and even book your sun loungers at La Plage Keller (+33 (0)4 93 61 28 23), at Cap La Garoupe, one of the area’s most beautiful bays.

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Cream of the Côte

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel

10 Boulevard Maréchal Juin, 06160, Cap d'Antibes, Côte D'azur, France

Planes

Fly in to Nice with Easyjet, with flights departing from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle and Belfast (www.easyjet.com). British Airways also serves Nice, and British Midlands flies there from Nottingham. Nice airport is a 17km drive away.

Trains

The nearest train station is Juan Les Pins, 2km from the hotel (www.sncf.co.uk).

Automobiles

Nice and Cannes are just 25 minutes away by car, and the hotel offers free parking, or secure parking for €25 a day.

Other

If you’re lucky enough to be a seafarer with your own vessel, drop anchor in the bay.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France. On a balmy evening just out of season, fetching up late on an exclusive promontory of the Côte d’Azur is confusing. It’s dark and eerily quiet. We can see inky Mediterranean waves, inches from the coastal road, and the glitter of lights from discreet villas on one side and ultra-expensive yac…
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Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

On a balmy evening just out of season, fetching up late on an exclusive promontory of the Côte d’Azur is confusing. It’s dark and eerily quiet. We can see inky Mediterranean waves, inches from the coastal road, and the glitter of lights from discreet villas on one side and ultra-expensive yachts on the other.

Rusty French combined with a first-gen SatNav sees us swing past Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel twice before we hit the bull’s-eye. Yet once we arrive we wonder how we could ever have missed it; the entrance is chic, brutalist- modernist, low-slung and bright white. Positioned on the littoral road – literally and conceptually between the Cap’s two Significant Other places to stay, the grande dame Belles Rives and the ostentatiously glitzy Hotel du Cap Eden Roc – our destination is unusually contemporary for this well-developed Medside playground.

Owing to a warm welcome from kind young staff, who ply us with champagne and smiles, our journey woes quickly melt away. Dinner timings are strict, as we’ve come to fear in La Belle France, and we’ve missed the last service. Not to worry: a plate of local cheeses and glorious cured ham, and a chilled Provençal rosé arrive swiftly on our private terrace. We’re protected by rustling palms and lulled by the sound of boats bobbing nearby.

Built on the hallowed ground of a beach club that attracted Hollywood royalty such as Cary Grant and Sophia Loren at the height of their fling, this wedge of land between two bijou marinas has been intelligently transformed into a stylish mini-resort. Cleverly crammed onto a relatively small footprint, Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel has 27 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, spa, garden, pool and beach.

Our quarters are faultlessly designed, with smart divisions: the bedroom zone is separated from the bathroom by the three-quarter height, tiger-striped wenge-wood bedhead, providing a feeling of spaciousness. The headboard also incorporates a panel of frosted glass looking into the ensuite, for some sexy peeping. The bathroom is perfectly planned, with a double sink,bath for two, walk-in wet room with rain shower, piles of plump white towels and locally produced L’Occitane unguents. There are moments of invention, too. The iridescent purple mosaic tiling reminds us of the pearly insides of mussel shells.

Neutral floor tiling in smooth stone, textured cement on the ceiling, and electric roller doors on the full-length windows out to the terrace may make our room sound like a glamorous garage, but it’s far from coldly minimal. A palette of mushroom, white and sand is picked out with glimmery metallic accents, such as golden velvet pillows and a delicately sequinned throw on the bed. I especially love the Italian-designed desk chair, covered in silvery techno fibre, and a low, comfortable chair that integrates a table into its armrest – it looks as though it’s been built of plaited rope, covered in glue and left to harden. To top it all, each room has a wall-sized digital artwork, celebrating the secrets of the sea. Ours has the electrified outline of a mammoth stingray on a moody background of copper, chocolate brown and amber. It’s time for bed, Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel Côte d’Azur and the last lights to be turned off are the glittering LEDs that are built into the bedhead, like stars.

Waking to a view of incredible coastline, you’re reminded of just what a desirable bit of real estate this is. Once the garage doors are up, and we’re no longer hermetically sealed in our cooled room, we hear the lively shore, abuzz with the sounds of motorbikes, speedboats, yacht bells and other visitors. The energy is infectious, and we’re anxious to join the throng – after breakfast, of course.

Peerless pastries and oeufs en cocotte are served on a peaceful back terrace. Looking out across the waves and yachts to the Iles de Lérins, we decide to dedicate our morning to all-action watersports. Waterskiing from Belles Rives hotel is easily organised and, in no time, we’re skiing straight off the private jetty. I wish I had got some practice in beforehand to emulate the nonchalance of the old hand ahead of me, who casually slips onto the water, glides between million-pound yachts and returns, after 30 minutes, barely wet at all.

We get our scuba fix with a single dive from the Cap (seeing mostly seaweed and costly hulls – the Med ain’t the Maldives), and finish our odyssey with an afternoon trip to the wild and wooded Ile Sainte-Marguerite, one of the two Lérins islands we spied earlier. Surprised by hidden rocky beaches backed by scented pines and eucalyptus, we sip Orangina in the shade of the fortress that once held the Man in the Iron Mask. On the way back, we stop off at ritzy Juan-les-Pins, where tarnished blondes in mini minis and every speck of land are dedicated to sunning or posing. It’s a lot of fun.

Two of the greediest people on the planet, we’ve had our pulses speeding up steadily about dinner at Les Pêcheurs. Designed like an ocean liner, with full-length windows facing the port on one side, and an extended terrace overlooking the blue sea on the other, Les Pêcheurs is modern and streamlined. The hotel’s marine theming reaches its logical peak here, with all manner of fresh fish and just-caught crustacea given the star treatment. All the ingredients that aren’t plucked from beneath the waves are sourced from the coastal hills of the Côte d’Azur and the Italian Riviera; pungent French thyme, salty little olives from Taggia, Genoese basil, and sweet, tart Provençal tomatoes play supporting roles. The dishes are all zhuzhed up with a dash of orientalism, creative presentation skills and a set of very sharp knives.

Afterwards, we eddy off for a last digestif aboard our deck – sorry, I mean on our terrace. As the noises of the day are replaced by a soundtrack of swishing palms and swaying masts, we’re lulled, finally, into a sea of tranquillity.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is beautifully designed and very peaceful. Balconies from first floor rooms have great views over beautiful gardens across to the marina and the sea (and the mountains in the distance!) The beach bar and restaurant was very cool, with friendly, attentive staff. Food there was delicious.

Don’t expect

We thought our room smelled a little of drains each afternoon. The main restaurant seemed a little stuffy to us, so we only had a drink there (although we probably couldn't have afforded the food anyway!) We much preferred the relaxed style of the beach bar/restaurant.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on We were not travelling with children but beware: they are not allowed around the pool area or in the pool!

We loved

This hotel is probably the best hotel I've stayed at in Europe. It helped that the weather was perfect. The staff are incredibly friendly, helping with your every request and making you feel like the most important person at the hotel. The pool area is stunning, with sunshine all day and amazing views, and continual service as needed. The restaurant (Michelin starred) is simply equisite: go for the delicious tasting menu with all the courses! They made a special effort for my partner's birthday and looked after us perfectly. I could not recommend this hotel more highly (with the caveat that I didn't try it during bd weather!).

Don’t expect

Everything was fantastic; if there had to be one thing it would be that there is not that much natural light in the downstairs rooms, but you do get a little garden!

Rating: 10/10 stars