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Hotel Imperial Garoupe Cap d’Antibes*****
Cap d’Antibes, Cote d'Azur, France

The Hotel Imperial Garoupe, in the heart of the popular Cap d'Antibes region of the Cote d'Azur, is a captivating place to make a home base while visiting the beautiful coast line of the South of France with its innumerable bays and beaches. Located in a quiet residential section, it is set in a verdant park filled with exotic trees and plants, the warm pink tones of the exterior stucco is used throughout and all the rooms exude the soft and soothing tones of Provence. A place to feel at home and relax.

Peter and Linda D'Aprix 2009

Entrance Hotel Pool Lounge
 

The hotel buildings (it is a loose arrangement of several buildings most joined by open covered ways making a lovely, protected inner courtyard) offer a soothing balm to the senses decorated in "haute Provence country" with muted pastels and earth tones and flooded with sunlight. This is a spot best enjoyed in the sunny months since so much of the public spaces are outside with burbling fountains, grassy swards, palms, and exotic borders. A thatch of white market umbrellas offer shade. In spring, the star jasmine fills the air with their heady scent. We even vastly enjoyed the spring thunderstorm that arrived just after we did. It cleaned out the air and we enjoyed sitting on our covered terrace as the rain came down and renewed our world.

Bedroom PhotoThe rooms are few (35 rooms and suites to be exact). This is an intimate hotel feeling more like a visit to a wealthy friends summer villa than a commercial hotel. Perhaps much of that feeling comes from the fact that owner M. Gilbert Irondelle lives here himself and calls it home year round. Each room and suite has its own individual character from color palette to fabric design.

The staff of the hotel act perfectly correctly if a bit distant and their smiles seem a bit forced. That aside, we enjoyed or stay and divided our time between the pool and strolling the lovely walk down the hotel's private flowery lane leading to their equally private beach side café and sunbathing spot with a White fishsmall sandy beach. (The coastline here is mostly red rock with the occasional small sandy cove). The parasol pines that shade the "Cap" lend their heady fragrance that is one of the delights of the Riviera.

"Le Pavillion" restaurant

In the dining room, our dinner was excellent and the ambiance both for inside dining and on their outside terrace was lovely. Since this 2009 coverage ,we have learned that the chef has changed. And subsequent to our visi,t a beach front restaurant of La Garoup, "Le Pavillion Beach", has been opened that sits on the rocks right down close to the waves and right on their private beach.

 

Hotel La Impérial Garoupe Cap d’Antibes****
770 chemin de la Garoupe
06600 Juan les Pins
France
Tel. +33 (0)4.92.93.31.61
Fax +33 (0)4.92.93.31.62
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