My father and I booked into Deluxe rooms overlooking the sea at the beginning of October for a 10 day break. The idea was to stretch the Summer a little and enjoy strolls around St Jean Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu. We know the area well as we have rented a villa in St Jean in previous years and stayed at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat. This time, we thought Beaulieu would be a nice change. The hotel welcomed us in charming French style. It is a formal hotel for the well-heeled traditional European and North American guests. In fact, sitting in the bar with the world-class yachts anchored in the bay outside, we were convinced most people had independent wealth and it wouldn't have surprised us if the King and Queen of Sweden walked in. Lovely to be able to dress up in the evenings. Casual elegance ruled the daytime hours. We walked everywhere - through Beaulieu to the Bay des Formis and along to St Jean Cap Ferrat (despite the warning signs about not using the coastal path due to landslip), up to the station to catch the seaside train along the coast to Nice, Cannes and in the other direction to Monte Carlo. The concierge indulged our decision to eat in a different town or village every day at lunch - my father wasn't keen on eating in the evening for digestive reasons. There are, therefore, a plethora of restaurant recommendations: Try L'Auberge de la Madonne with its Michelin star (way up in the mountains behind Nice) - we had the best Sunday lunch ever, there! We loved Le Bistrot d'Antoine in Nice (just make sure your French can cope with handwritten blackboards and rapid spoken French) - the atmosphere was great at lunchtime and just plain good fun. We visited Vieux Antibes for another good lunch at Les Vieux Murs having wandered around the market just behind. Each experience was fun, atmospheric and we laughed at the language confusion between my words for raincoat (which I didn't need) and my computer (which I did)! The wifi in the hotel is perfect and free, the internal courtyard for an evening drink by candlelight was charming and breakfast in the Restaurant Des Rois and on the terrace was lovely looking out to sea. Our rooms were very comfortable and room service attentive. Most of the international channels are on the TV - not sure about films, we didn't check. We enjoyed the piano and violin duo in the bar. I would definitely recommend this hotel for people who don't worry about the cost and who are relaxed and comfortable with a quiet and charming old-world hotel. This is not the place for the raucous, modernist and overly lively or young. It's horses for courses and this is a real gem from the gracious past but perfectly wonderful for today. We'd be very happy to go back. Don't try and play the piano in the living room in the mornings though... I got told off, nicely, of course! People might have still been asleep at 10.30am :-) Fair enough, everyone was on holiday.
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