Welcome to the Daydream
Welcome to the Daydream, 30 seconds to add to your list of #hotelgoals. If there’s one hotel you should visit in your lifetime, this is it. Just ask anyone who has been there over the past 150 years. Chances are they are regulars, and fortunate ones at that. Frequent visitors take their annual photo, of that long promenade known as the Grand Allée. They dream of that pool built into the rocks overlooking the Med, that’s firmly on their annual summer circuit. Welcome to the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. You’ll find it in the dictionary, under iconic.
Suggested Stay: 4-7 days
Couples (from honeymoons to anniversaries), families, groups of friends and solo travelers. Come one, come all.
The Inside Track
What makes this place so special? First, it’s in the South of France, which is synonymous with summer. This strip of seafront from Antibes to the Cap Ferrat is classic French Riviera. Your stress level unloads the moment you step off the airplane. There is something about the sunshine in this part of the world that immediately warms you and puts you in vacation mode.
Then you get to Antibes and have your first sight of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, and you’re done. All of a sudden, life makes sense. You’ve worked your a– off, won the genetic lottery, know the right people, married well. Whatever the reason — you’ve crushed it in life. You’ve arrived.
Where Friendships Are Made
You’d think with such a top-of-the-food-chain place that there would be a certain crowd you’d rather avoid. Well, for the most part, the guests are nothing but good vibes, and it’s time to get social. Many a lifetime friendship has been made over leisurely breakfasts, sunset champagne and pre-dinner cocktails. The energy is just off the charts. The hotel, the food, the service and the people — HdC has it all going on.
The Hotel is the Destination
Don’t make any plans for the first two days of your stay. HdC is your destination. Breakfast at Le Restaurant, and stake out a good spot in the first row on the pool deck. Louis is your guy to make sure that happens. Take a dip into the Med and work up the guts to jump off the diving board, are part of first things first. No matter who you are, the first two days are about chilling at that pool major QT at the hotel.
An easy lunch of sushi or their signature crab avocado at The Grill is a favorite. Or if you’re feeling like living large, the buffet lunch in the more formal restaurant is tops. The food is some of the best in the area, and they mix it up enough to keep you dining in-house the first two days.
After that, you can begin to take field trips off property. HdC is a 25-minute drive from Cannes. You can check out the beach clubs during the day and enjoy some evening debauchery at Medusa and Bâoli. You can also yacht or helicopter over to St. Tropez for the day. But no matter where your day takes you, it’s always home to the Hotel du Cap. Extra points if your evening escapades get you home so late that you get caught in the sprinklers on the Grand Allée.
What to Know:
The rooms are exquisitely traditional, but unless you are splurging on a large suite or one of the specialty rooms. Know that the entry level rooms are exactly that — your entry into an extraordinary place. You won’t spend a lot of time in your room, dare we say, even if on your honeymoon. It’s that pool and that lunch overlooking the water that will draw you outside of your chambers. In the evenings, there will be sing-alongs at the piano bar, with your new friends.
We’ll tell you, before we even created The Daydream, this is the spot that we think about all year as our reward. There’s a reason that the majority of the guests are regulars who return year after year.
Q: When is the hotel open?
A: Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is open from April to October.
Q: When is the spa open?
A: Spa Eden-Roc by La Prairie is open from 10a.m.-8p.m. (June-August) and 10a.m.-7p.m. (April-May, September-October).
Q: Where is the nearest airport?
A: Nice International Airport is 18.5 km (11.5 miles) from the hotel.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc Information
Address: 167-165 Bd J. F. Kennedy, 06160 Antibes, France
Phone number: +33 4 93 61 39 01