Christian Stan, at 11 Sep. 15, in Hotels, News, Sea View Hotels, Where to go next

Queen Victoria had it right – an annual escape to the South of France is a must once the summer crowds had dispersed. This year the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, is taking a leaf out of her book with the Autumn Escape – the perfect excuse to visit the Cote D’Azur out of season.


With a prevailing micro-climate that ensures temperate weather without the summer intensity, September to November is when those in the know look to the South of France for a break.

From charming Menton to picturesque Villefranche, dazzling Monaco and chic Cannes, there are endless opportunities to take in the majesty of the region. Balmy days can be spent enjoying the plethora of diverse gardens such as The Rothschild Gardens at Villa Ephrussi and the Exotic Garden of Monaco, both of which are world renowned.

Residences at Le Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, France May 2009

Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, France May 2009

The popular palaces and forts are also arguably more enjoyable without the crowds. Fort Vauban of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Fort Carré in Antibes are excellent choices, along with Fort de la Revère, which offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean from the corniche.

Culture cravers and glamour seekers can also delight in the dynamic calendar of events hosted between September and November. For music lovers, September sees the Festival d’Opérette de la Ville de Nice and the Beaulieu Classic Festival, while November offers a chance to enjoy the MANCA (the international festival of today’s music) in Nice. For sporting fans, the Historic Rallye Classic Jean Behra and the Nice Regatta Pasqui Trophée, which take place in the Autumn months, are also bound to appeal.

Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, France

For those wanting simply to hibernate and rejuvenate after a busy summer period the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat serves as the ideal retreat. From a swim in the Hotel’s seaside pool to afternoon tea at Eiffel Rotunda overlooking the Hotel’s exquisitely designed gardens, well-being programs in the Spa and romantic dinners al fresco overlooking the bay at Le Cap, time spent just in the Hotel can be equally as rewarding.

The Autumn Escape offer requires booking no later than 15 days ahead of arrival to receive 15 percent savings on any available rate. Minimum two-night stay (not applicable to Saturday arrivals) until November 30, 2015. The offer includes a celebratory glass of Champagne for two in Le Bar or on the panoramic terrace. American breakfast is offered at a special price of EUR 35 per person when booking this package.

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