Sit close to the fountain, by the tall window – you can peer out and admire the walled garden as you eat. On warm days, make a beeline for the terrace and breathe in the scent of bougainvilleas.
The Côte d'Azur calls for elegant attire: cashmere in the evening, a tailored shirt or tea-frock in the day.
There are two dining rooms; one with wooden vaulted ceilings, decked out with flower and fruit murals, lit by candlelight, and one with a romantic fountain. A walled garden, trailing curtains of bougainvillea, surrounds a little terrace, where you can dine in seclusion outdoors. The food is sophisticated and decadent, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and opulent flavour-combinations. Dishes range from the exotic (peach gazpacho with roasted king prawns) to the traditional (foie gras with apricots and rhubarb compote), to the inventive – lobster lasagne with wild salad. Leave room for some salty toffee ice-cream and banana sauce, or iced lavender macaroon with peach and strawberries.
The small bar area is situated in the lounge, with a scattering of bar stools, clusters of contented guests sipping martinis, and gold-framed paintings hanging from the cream walls. The open fire and plump sofas provide extra cosiness, and the glass cabinets are filled with a gallery’s stash of ceramic Barbotines animals – a quirky and colourful touch.
You can linger over breakfast between 7.30am and 10am (although late risers can breakfast in their room until noon), and lunch is served between 12.30pm and 1.45pm. Dinner is dished up between 7.30pm and 9.45pm.
In-room treats can be ordered from the room service menu during the restaurant’s opening hours.