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8 Côte d’Azur Hotel Pools That Will Make You Wish For Summer

February 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

Our recent reminiscing about a French Riviera killer view, combined with the – quite literally – cold reality of winter in large parts of North America and Europe, has us dreaming of long summer days, bright blue skies, fragrant air, and a lot of lazy pool-side lounging, Côte d’Azur-style.

Join us for a few minutes of escapism as we look at 8 Côte d’Azur hotel pools that will make you seriously wish summer was here – and that you’ve won the lottery to fund a few weeks of leisurely living in the Mediterranean sun.

1. Cap Estel: a small hotel (just 28 rooms and suites) between Monaco and Cap Ferrat on its own private peninsula, with right at the tip a gorgeous pool for swimming while surrounded by the sea on three sides.

2. Château la Chèvre d’Or: while Château Eza might give you a killer view from its publicly-accessible terrace, la Chèvre d’Or, the other hotel in Èze Village, beats back with a similarly jaw-dropping vista from its small but perfectly-positioned bean-shaped pool.

3. Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat: for a dose of Riviera luxury and a sense of history, it doesn’t get much better than this. Cap Ferrat’s pool, part of leisure complex Club Dauphin, is perched at the edge of the Ferrat peninsula and has seen nearly every famous person ever take a dip, from Somerset Maugham to the Kennedy family.

4. La Réserve de Beaulieu: at the base of Cap Ferrat, this villa dating back to 1908 sits on the water’s edge in Beaulieu-sûr-Mer, and so does its large sea-water swimming pool. If you come by yacht, the marina is just down the street.

5. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc: perhaps the most famous of them all, the Hotel du Cap gets overrun by celebrities during the Cannes film festival and is Lagerfeld-approved. For years it wrinkled its nose and said 'non' to the vulgarity of credit card payments. The spectacular infinity-edge swimming pool was carved from solid rock at the edge of Cap d’Antibes.

6. Château St. Martin: higher up in the hills, and sister hotel to Eden Roc, is Château St. Martin, in the pretty village of Vence, together with St. Paul-de-Vence known for the many artists - including Chagall and Matisse - that called it home. The Mediterranean might be glimmering in the distance rather than right in front of you, but that doesn’t make the setting, or the pool, any less appealing.

7. Le Mas Candille: while Vence can boast Matisse and Chagall, Mougins is where Picasso spent the last fifteen years of his life. You’ll also find Le Mas Candille here, which has not just a beautiful pool, but a full Shiseido Spa to go with it.

8. Chateau de la Messardière: heading out further west to St. Tropez, Chateau de la Messardière looks like a fairy-tale castle, four corner turrets and all. Within the central courtyard and surrounded in near perfect symmetry by the hotel's Provençal structures, the pool looks like the ideal quiet alternative to the glitz of millionaire and (quasi-) celeb favorite Nikki Beach.

Which one would you pick for a Riviera escape? Let us know in the comments!

[Photos: Cap Estel, Chateau la Chevre d'Or, Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat, La Reserve de Beaulieu, Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, Chateau St. Martin, Le Mas Candille, Chateau de la Messardiere]

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