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Where Cannes Film Festival stars love to stay and play

The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

May 23 2017

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The grandest of the grand old hotels on the glittering French Riviera, the Hà ´tel du Cap Eden Roc needs no introduction. Everyone " from Madonna and Mick Jagger, to Picasso and Hemingway " who's anyone has stayed in this legendary nineteenth century chà ¢teau, which was immortalized in F Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night. The hotel also serves as a base and apres-screening party venue for the Hollywood stars, directors and producers that descend on Cannes in May each year for the world-famous film festival. This year the likes of Tilda Swinton, Kendall Jenner, and Jake Gyllenhaal have been seen lounging by the famous rock-edge pool. Perched on the rocky southern tip at Cap d'Antibes between Cannes and Nice, should you happen to stay here you'll be wrapped in luxury from the moment your limousine whisks you along the pine- and palm-flanked gravel boulevard, snaking through the 22-acre property's manicured gardens, to the hotel's entrance. Inside you'll find 117 luxurious rooms, suites and villas set in three locations: the glamorous main Villa Soleil, creamy white with eucalypt-grey shutters and dating back to 1870, the Eden-Roc Pavilion set directly above the sea, and the most private area of the hotel, Les Deux Fontaines Residence. Whichever you choose, the sumptuous Louis XV and XVI furnishings, gilded mirrors and chandeliers will have you feeling more like you're staying in a palace than a hotel. A notion enhanced, no doubt, by the flawless service. Hotel-du-cap1 Hotel-du-cap2 Hotel-du-cap3 It will be tempting to simply ensconce yourself in your room " after all, this was historically a retreat for writers searching for inspiration. But the saltwater infinity pool set into the basalt rock is where you really want to be. Pick a cabana, and alternate dipping in the pool with heading out to the overwater trapeze, rope and swing ladder, which launch bathers straight into the sea. There are kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, jet skis and parasailing equipment, plus five clay tennis courts, for those wanting to atone for their Riviera sins. There's a private pontoon for those wishing to boat out to neighbouring towns like St Tropez and Cannes. And for those more attuned to sipping, supping and slothing, there's a juice and ice-cream bar in the garden, sumptuous treatments in the Sisley spa, and the all-white lounge bar with 180-degree views across the Mediterranean Sea. The perfect spot to knock back a "Ë?coup' of champagne as you watch one of the most dazzling sunsets along the Med. From about AUD$1,650 per night. See hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com. Hotel-du-cap4 Hotel-du-cap5 How to Get There: Air France offers daily flights to Nice from Sydney and Melbourne, with stopovers in Hong Kong and Paris. From Nice it's a 20-minute limo transfer to the hotel. By Nina Karnikowski Save Save Save Save Save

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