Welcome to... St Jean Cap Ferrat
The region is a wealth of luxury, sophistication and style, with its breathtaking beauty almost, but not quite, beyond description.
Celebrated artists and writers fortunately discovered this little piece of heaven on Earth in the mid 19th century and since then this fairytale strip of coastline has been a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life. With its peaceful ambiance and year round warm climate; Cap Ferrat is a popular destination in South East France. Some even describe it as the Riviera’s best kept secret.
In more recent times, Elizabeth Taylor, David Niven, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, and Gregory Peck all enjoyed the lifestyle this glamorous retreat has to offer; former Presidents of France too favoured the resort above those of its better known neighbours along the coast, finding its quiet and more sedate character a welcome retreat from the stresses of political office. One of the most glamorous hotels in Cap Ferrat, and indeed the world, the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat was built around 1908; this imposing building resembles a grand white palace, towering and dominating all in its shadow. Its guest list includes George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's daughter, retained residency for many seasons and was regularly joined by her brother the Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn who lived for more than twenty years in the area.
The pearl of the French Riviera is how Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is better known. Two of the main activities in Cap-Ferrat are simply strolling along the beautiful pathways surrounding the peninsular, admiring the stunning views and grand villas, and enjoying the gastronomic delights which the numerous superb restaurants have to offer. Cap Ferrat is blessed with outstanding beaches. Plage la Paloma south of St.Jean Cap Ferrat has been voted amongst the ten best beaches on the Côte d'Azur. Other beaches include Paloma beach lying southeast of the port and Passable beach situated on the northwest side of the main peninsula, revealing stunning views across the Rade de Villefranche. The largest beach on the Cap Ferrat is the Cro de Pei Pin located just north of the bay between the main peninsular and the smaller St Hospice peninsula. Set back discreetly from the imposing shoreline are beautiful private residences. Property in these areas is prestigious and much sought after with the grand villas tastefully hidden for the most part in the depths of sumptuous tropical gardens.