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March 27, 2009

The Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat Celebrates 100 Years

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat will re-open Spring/Summer 2009 after an extensive expansion project that respects the grandeur of the past and celebrates the beginning of a new era. Internationally acclaimed designer Pierre-Yves Rochon is leading the design that includes all public areas, guest rooms and suites and the building of The Residence – a new sea-front wing that will feature eight new suites: each with its own plunge pool and spacious 30m2 terrace overlooking the sea and sixteen deluxe sea view rooms with private terraces. With the addition of this new wing: The hotel will now feature 73 rooms and suites (49 rooms and 24 suites). The Grand Hotel will also introduce a spacious Spa and sea-front Spa Garden.

Housed in a pristine white mansion, a grand palace on the Côte D’Azur, on the tip of the peninsula of Cap Ferrat, amidst 17 acres of lushly landscaped gardens with panoramic views of the Mediterranean, the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat has welcomed into its halls throughout the past 100 years those in search of exquisite beauty, world-class cuisine, a passion for sunshine, sea breeze and endless blue water.

The new Spa will be a spacious 750 m2 (8,000 square foot) space with facilities that include an indoor swimming pool and six lavishly appointed treatment rooms including a 65m² double deluxe cabin with a private balneo, men’s and women’s private steam rooms and saunas, a sensorial shower, Gyrotonic by Excellence des Sens and a gym with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. The Spa will offer a wide range of therapeutic and beauty treatments for face and body in with products by Comfort Zone and French beauty specialist: Carita.

A Spa Garden, with magnificent views of the surrounding gardens and sea, will feature a series of pavilions suitable for relaxing and soaking in the sun before and after treatments as well as a sea-front outdoor gymnasium and exercise area.

The most prominent design elements are intended to provide guests with the experience of living in a well appointed home rather than that of staying in a traditional hotel. The use of marble and limestone throughout rooms and public spaces and exquisite fabrics of pastels and beige and white maximise the effect of an abundance of sunlight and spectacular views of the sea and surrounding gardens. The soaring and unforgettably beautiful lobby features a baroque chandelier of crystal birds enclosed within a silver lantern that hangs from the ceiling and reflects light into the room from the rotunda.

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