Du Cap Eden Roc

 

Built in 1914, the Eden-Roc Pavilion was originally the tea-room of the Grand Hotel du Cap, much favoured by Kings, maharajahs, businessmen and artists living on Cap d’Antibes.

It was around that time that the famous seawater pool was hollowed out of the basalt rock. For many years, the Grand Hotel du Cap remained a winter destination for guests. At that time the Cote d’Azur was actually considered by high society as an unhealthy place to visit and inappropriate for the summer season. Despite this scepticism, Andre Sella spotted Red Cross nurses greatly enjoying the good weather and cooling off in the sea when the hotel was requisitioned by the French Red Cross as a hospital to treat the casualties of war. He therefore decided to build a seawater pool for his guests and promoted the summer season. By doing so, Andre Sella launched the summer season on the Cote d’Azur.

1920 Eden-Roc in the summertime

The Grand Hotel du Cap welcomed the glitterati with open arms. Nobel Laureate for Literature George Bernard Shaw was to become one of the Grand Hotel du Cap’s most dedicated guests as the years rolled by. The great French writer Anatole France has a monument in the hotel gardens located at the exact spot where he penned ’Ce qui sera, c’est ce qui fut’.  At this time the Eden-Roc Pavilion set the scene for unforgettable evenings that became the talk of the town.

1950 La Dolce Vita

In the 1950s Pablo Picasso and his wife Olga, second ballerina with Russian Diaghilev’s troupe, were regular guests at the Grand Hotel du Cap. This was the period when the artist took a more realist approach to art that stimulated a flourish of decorative flair, a liking for clusters of colours, and elegant drawing. A great fan of President Lincoln and curious about Americans in general, Picasso enjoyed spending time in the company of Gerald and Sara Murphy, wealthy expatriate Americans who owned the Marc Cross leather goods company. He also appreciated Sara Murphy’s gentleness of spirit. She amused him with her little mannerisms such as flipping her pearl necklace on her back so that, in her words, ‘the pearls could get some sun’ in her words. Charmed by this, the women he painted also wore pearl necklaces in the same way. On a hot summer’s day in 1955 Picasso cheerfully agreed to design and hand draw the new restaurant menu asking for nothing more than ink, paper and a quiet table.

2005 Major restoration project

Having been at the helm of the Chateau Saint-Martin and Spa, one of the jewels of the Oetker Collection, for four years, the time had come for Philippe Perd to rise to a new challenge by becoming General Manager of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in 2005. In 2007 the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc embarked on a massive six-year restoration programme. Finishing in 2013, this project upgraded key spaces in the hotel whilst protecting its rich heritage, overseen by Maja Oetker and the architect Luc Svetchine. Maja Oetker quietly ensures that the entire decor is in harmony with the beauty of the surroundings, the light and traditional taste so everything blended with the natural elegance of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. The beauty and soul of this legendary hotel continue to weave a web of wonderful memories today. Now a new page has turned and a next chapter is dawning in the history of the Eden-Roc.