Posts Tagged ‘Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’

Grand Hotel du Cap FerratSince its construction in 1908, the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has welcomed aristocrats, politicians, celebrities, acclaimed artists and high net worth individuals from around the world. Today, the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat is one of the most stunning if not the most stunning hotels in France. What makes the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat so special is that it is just so perfect. Since mass renovations last year, this 5 star hotel has been given a new lease of life and entered into a new league of luxury. It is no coincidence that the venue has won many tourism awards such as the Conde Nast Traveller Gold List 2009 for the best location in Europe, and the National Geographic 2008 award for the best swimming pool in the world as well as the first prize for service in Europe awarded by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2006.

The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat is located on the tip of the highly exclusive Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsular between Nice and Monaco in an extremely private, secluded area. The hotel’s main building, a pristine white ‘Belle Epoque’ style mansion house is set in luscious Provenal gardens and enjoys a magnificent uninterrupted sea view. One of the main renovation projects was the construction of several luxury suites with private swimming pools in an annex building a few metres away from the main building.

The hotel’s Michelin star restaurant Le Cap is run by head chef Didier Aniès and offers ‘haute gastronomie’ using the very best local ingredients. The restaurant opens out onto a huge terrace spread over two levels, an ideal place for a cocktail reception. The hotel’s lobby area with its lounge and huge bay windows is often used for seated dinners at weddings as the stunning white décor lends itself perfectly to such an occassion. An equally spectacular space suitable for events is the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat’s ‘Club Dauphin‘ located at the sea-shore a few minutes walk from the main hotel. The ‘Club Dauphin’ is a 300 m² restaurant located side by side with the hotel’s amazing infinity pool which melts into the Mediterranean sea. The ‘Club Dauphin’ is accessible via an air-conditioned mini railway or by foot down a small path and has a seated capacity of 120 and a standing capacity of 200 for weddings and events.

For your wedding ceremony, the  Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has a stunning walk way going from the main building through the gardens towards the ‘Club Dauphin’ which is ideal for a bridal procession. A ceremony could take place in the hotel’s gardens or equally on the terrace overlooking the sea.

The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has a total of 49 bedrooms and 24 suites of which 8 have private swimming pools with accommodation for over 150 people. The hotel has a magnificent spa with 5 open air treatment zones.

I would recommend the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat for large budget weddings only as the venue is known for being the most expensive in France. Just to give you an idea, in high-season rooms go from 560 Euros for the lowest category up to 4200 Euros for a deluxe suite per night. I imagine that the hotel does however negotiate special rates if you wish to hire the entire hotel for exclusive use.

If you would like to know more about holding your wedding at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat directly, you can get in touch with Thomas Mee, Marketing and Sales director at th hotel on my behalf by email or by direct line  + 33 (0)4 93 76 50 42. Thomas speaks excellent English and some Russian. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.


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Located in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its gardens is a truly unique wedding venue on the French Riviera. Commissioned on a whim at the beginning of the 20th century by the then Baroness of Rothschild, today, the establishment is a museum owned by the French Academy of Fine Art. The venue is the only genuine Belle Epoque building of its kind open to the public and contains many lavish, extremely rare antiques. The property is surrounded by 9 gardens, each one taking inspiration from flora found in different countries around the world.

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The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can be hired for exclusive use for weddings year-round with ample inside and outside space for wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 300 guests. Due to the fact that the venue is open to the public during the day until 18.00 in mid-season and 19.00 during the months of July and August, only evening wedding celebrations are a possibility from 19.00 until 03.00 from September to June and 20.00 to 03.00 in July and August. However, very small, informal wedding ceremonies can be carried out in the day time during the public opening hours amongst visitors. Thankfully, the venue is quite flexible in terms of set-up time, allowing suppliers to deliver and begin installing equipment from 07.00 in the morning. The venue charges an exclusive use fee which increases with the number of guests with the first price corresponding to groups of 120 people or less. The exclusive use fee in my opinion is accessible yet does reflect the exclusiveness of such a wonderful venue.

villa ephrussi de rothschild 2The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild has quite firm regulations regarding wedding suppliers, privileging a handful of companies with whom they work regularly for catering, decoration and entertainment, and who know the venue and its constraints inside out. There is however no hard and fast rule in terms of which wedding planners the venue will work with, as long as they in turn work with the venue’s exclusive suppliers.

For a truly magical touch to your wedding ceremony or reception, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild offers a beautifully lit fountain show set to music, a real must to fully take advantage of the charm of this superb wedding venue.

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For ease of access, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild has parking for up to 80 cars; additional spaces can be found close by to the venue in the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Please note that this venue does not offer any accommodation, for nearby hotels, you can visit the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat tourist information website.

If you would like to enquire about holding your wedding at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, you can get in touch with the Sales Manager at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Raphaelle Tricard. You can reach Raphaelle by telephone on +33 (0)4 93 01 45 90 or by email on don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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