Graced by royalty and the rich and famous for over 200 years, Cap-Ferrat could easily be described as the last bastion of old world elegance on the Riviera. Originally purchased by the King of the Belgians in the 1800’s, this picturesque outcrop of land is now bejewelled with the villas of the fantastically rich, this likes of which even the most extravagant of lottery wins couldn’t stretch to. As well as the breathtaking villas, Cap-Ferrat is also home to some of the best hotels on the Riviera. The most famous of all has to be the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, a historic treasure of the hotel world, frequented by figures such as Queen Victoria, Noel Coward, and Frank Sinatra and seen on the silver screen several times, most recently in the Absolutely Fabulous movie. This one of a kind hotel is truly fit for royalty, boasting some of the best views of the riviera as well as one of the finest wine collections in France, with some bottles dating from 1799! For simpler tastes, there is the also the Hotel and Spa La Villa Cap Ferrat, a charming 3* property at the heart of Cap Ferrat, nestled close to the villa of the famously wealthy Rothschild family. This hotel emphasises the unspoilt nature of this tiny peninsula.
One of the most envious attributes of Cap-Ferrat is its location. It has excellent public transport links to all of the most well-known destinations on the Riviera. Monaco, for example, is a mere 25 minutes from the nearest station. For those who prefer to explore on foot, there are some magnificent coastal walks to be had, one of the nicest taking you to neighbouring Beaulieu-Sur-Mer. The route hugs the coastline where you can get a great view of the luxury super-yachts moored in the bay as well as the iconic villa La Fleur du Cap, once owned by Charlie Chaplin and David Niven.
You may assume that with all the grandeur that Cap-Ferrat offers, eating out in the resort would be an unaffordable luxury – however, that would be a false assumption. Cap-Ferrat has a plethora of restaurants and bars, most of which are situated next to the pretty little marina. Of course when glancing down their menu, dishes such as lavish seafood platters do catch your eye, and indeed their prices do too. However in keeping with the traditionally French feel of Cap-Ferrat, most restaurants offer the stereotypically French Menu du jour meaning that an excellent 3 course dinner can be easily for found for a reasonable €25 per person which can be complemented with modestly priced but very good local wines.
Accessing this jewel in the crown of the French Riviera has never been easier with direct flights available to Nice from local airports such as Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. Whether you’re going for celebrity spotting, exploring the beautiful Riviera or to indulge in the luxury of a bygone age, Cap-Ferrat is truly the best destination on the Riviera.