You love Claridge’s for afternoon tea. You never visit London without a few drinks at the Connaught Bar (where you like your martinis stirred, not shaken). And you know that The Berkeley is the place to stay in Knightsbridge if you’re looking for a combo of chic rooms, location, service, and a nightly nut that won’t require a credit-limit increase. So when the Maybourne group, which is the mother of these iconic hotels, opens one in the French Riviera, it’s time to pay attention. But this isn’t your typical Maybourne hotel. Here’s the first look.
Between Monaco and Italy, the French Riviera has long been a destination for royalty and the rich and famous. The coast overlooks the Mediterranean and is dotted with luxury hotels and lovely small towns. The Maybourne Riviera is close to Monaco and Menton. The property is perched on tall cliffs, and guests get a view of the azure waters. Whether you’re spending a day in Monaco, Menton, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, or the Picasso museum, Maybourne Riviera is just a car ride away.
Food and Dining
Maybourne Riviera has two main restaurants, two bars, a pastry shop, and a poolside eatery. The hotel brought in two renowned international chefs to helm the food and beverage operation. Mauro Colagreco and Jean-Georges Vongerichten designed each menu to reflect the Mediterranean. After all, when in the Med, you’d do well to maximize the bounty of seasonal ingredients, fresh seafood, and inspired French cuisine. Since the Riviera Restaurant is the one with floor-to-ceiling views of the water, it is no surprise the menu includes the fish of the day. The Riviera also serves tea. If you want to keep it casual, Jean-Georges does pizzas and easy-yet-elevated lunch dishes at La Cuisine.
There’s also Ceto, which is more surf than turf. The Greek-inspired menu includes langoustine tartar with Oscietra caviar and blue lobster. Additionally, chef Colagreco owns the impressive Riviera Playa, a 10-minute car ride away.
Rooms and Spa
The building is modern and coastal, and this aesthetic is also evident in the 69 rooms and suites. Each comes with a view of the sea. Ten out of the eleven room types sleep three. The Grand Duplex Pool Suite and the Duplex Pool Suite both have private pools and terraces. The Grand Azur Suite, Grand Riviera Suite and the Panoramic suite are the biggest — each is over 1,135 square feet.
The Spa has body and facial treatments that are centered around de-stressing and local tradition. Some facial treatments to consider are the Face Gym workouts, which are said to massage, hydrate, and contour the face. After all, you’re in the French Riviera, and it’s a social requirement that you look your best.
FAQ’s in a Nutshell
Q: Where is the Maybourne Riviera located?
A: The Maybourne Riviera is located 11 minutes from Monaco, and 15 minutes from Menton. Menton is special because one of the best restaurants in the world, Restaurant Mirazur, in Menton.
Q: Does the Maybourne Riviera have a sister hotel?
A: Yes, the Maybourne Riviera is part of the famed Maybourne group. They have iconic hotels including Claridge’s, The Connaught and the Maybourne Beverly Hills.
Q: Is the Maybourne Riviera open all year round?
A: Unfortunately not. The Maybourne is open around April through October, though that may change slightly with the season.