At an early age, I learned from my mother that taste cannot be acquired. It doesn't matter how much money you throw at it, those without taste will simply never have taste. While these flourishes may seem gimmicky to some, I have to say from experience I have to agree with her. Cap-Ferrat is another super posh seaside commune of the Alpes-Maritimes region in southeastern France. For those that are not familiar with the SOF, the region is filled with these little communes that make up the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) and they are separated by a short drive on the coast line.
As you have seen from my trip, we have been making our way through Northern Italy and the SOF, with our first stop in Monaco (separating Italy and France), Èze, and our next stop after Cap-Ferrat being Antibes. While most people frolic towards popular Saint Tropez, Cannes, or even Antibes, Saint Jean Cap-Ferrat is the most luxurious and glamorous of them all and is a hidden gem of a commune. It eludes a regal poise and is one of the most magical places on earth. If you’re looking for the most lux yachts that you think are out at sea, do a drive by on the coastline of Cap-Ferrat and you will see where they are all hiding.
Here, the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons hotel, keeps the customary South of France style of white on white everything. They have the best breakfast that I’ve ever had in my entire life (that’s saying a lot, and seriously it’s so ridiculous that you can basically have anything your heart desires), as well as a gorgeous rectangular pool that is every-bit as enjoyable as it sounds. Take a drive around the town and you’ll be able to explore some rather great establishments like the stunning pink Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild or the secluded beaches of Plage Paloma (we swam there at the end of each day!).
Buffet de la Gare is great for an ice cream or a pancake. But really, no other ice is comparable, and Sarah and I became very loyal customers! We also loved all the Pinasse cafes (super sympa et le service était excellent). We enjoyed dining at La Cabane for their fish burger, which is a totally hidden spot in the town. Popie’s is a wonderful little holiday shop, if you want to pick up something nice for your mother. As for markets, there is a stall that Berangere holds that is always amazing!