Côte d'Azur, France

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$285.67

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Minimalism for maximalists

Setting

Cream of the Côte

Inject some Parisian cool into your relaxed Côte d'Azur summer at the Cap D’Antibes Beach Hotel, a glittering, high-design homage to the nearby ocean. On the outside, shining glass and clean-lined concrete predominate. On the inside, elegantly minimalist rooms boast a modishly marine theme and the legendary Les Pêcheurs restaurant will leave your tastebuds wanting more.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

35, including seven suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $285.67 (€255), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR280.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast buffet.

Also

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

Hotel closed

From the beginning of November until mid March.

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.

Spa

Bespoke massages and reflexology are available in a treatment cabin in the garden. It's big enough for two, but couples must book in advance.

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 and Drink

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At the hotel

Les Pêcheurs is a stylish eatery with gastronomic gravitas overseen by Michelin star-awarded chef Nicolas Rondelli. Here rich Gallic dishes (veal with morels, langoustines, coquilles Saint Jacques and lashings of foie gras), with a little Eastern inspiration, are accentuated with panoramic sea views, and Antoine Pierini's glass sculptures are displayed throughout. Rondelli's clearly been thumbing through some modern art tomes, his plates have the abstract artistry and bold colours of a Kandinsky painting. There's also a more casual beach restaurant, Le Cap, where pasta, fish and Provençal dishes are served.

At the 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 10pm. Take lunch at Le Cap Beach Restaurant from 12 noon to 3pm; evening meals are served 7.30pm to 10pm.

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. Breakfast in bed? Absolutely, but there's a €15 tray charge.

Location

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Address
Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel
10 Boulevard Maréchal Juin
06160
Cap d'Antibes
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.

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). Carnivores should take a hearty appetite to Nacional in Place Nationale (+33 (0)4 93 61 77 30), where the menu is an ode to steak (and the odd burger). 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.On Rue Aubernon, L'Enoteca (+33 (0)4 93 34 03 90) has a hard-to-pick-from wine carte, lavish charcuterie and cheese platters, and tempting Gallic dishes chalked up on a blackboard.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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.

We loved

The private beach. Excellent food. Efficient service levels. The Paraquette restaurant was pretty good. Take a walk to the Old town and definitely catch the Picasso museum.

Don’t expect

A smoke free environment in the bar restaurant - applies to France generally!

Rating

Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

Le Cap Restaurant on the private beach was great, in fact we ate there 3 times in our 2 day stay.

Don’t expect

Lacking the attention one would expect from a 5 star hotel member of Relais Chateaux on arrival and departure.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

The quiet and nicely decorated hotel with friendly and polite staff. Recommend Kingfisher restaurant at the harbour and Salvia restaurant in the town

Don’t expect

Nice beaches in the neighbourhood

Rating

Stayed on 11 Jun 2016

We loved

The beautiful views from our balcony (room 205) and how secluded it felt. Great choice of massages, good food, excellent service. The room was incredible with a big stand alone jacuzzi bathtub. Hotel du Cap Eden Rock is lovely for lunch!

Don’t expect

A cheap bill at the end. You do get what you pay for, and this place is wonderful! We will definitely be returning.

Rating

Stayed on 27 May 2016

We loved

View from balcony in our room, lounging by the pool, service from staff. L'Annexe in Antibes serves a lovely seafood linguine. Can't beat Papilla for ice cream, plus its only 10 mins walk from hotel. 10/10

Don’t expect

To be in the heart of the local nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

How modern it was. Visibility and approachability of the management. Food. Recommend Sentier Littoral coastal walk. Stunning and spectacular. Cap Riviera restaurant. Old town Antibe. 9/10

Don’t expect

A great breakfast - poor. Luxury bedrooms. Room was basic.

Rating

Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

The service and the beach view. Everyone was so friendly. Eden roc hotel has an amazing view for a coffee. Very pricey though.

Don’t expect

A huge vegetarian section in the menu, although they tried their very best to accomadate us.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

The position right on the beach and proximity to Juan le Pins. Size of the rooms and friendliness of staff. Just loved it. A short walk to the Belle Rive Hotel for a glass of bubbly on the terrace.

Don’t expect

Nothing, all was perfect.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Apr 2016

We loved

Our garden was very secluded and it was lovely to be able to walk down to the beach and pool just a stone's throw away.

Don’t expect

There was variety at breakfast, just bread, pastries, yogurt, fruit and coffee (I would personally have expected a nice varied buffet including cereal, ham, cheeses etc.)

Rating

Stayed on 10 Oct 2015