An elegant spa retreat in the Côte d’Azur
9 Treatments Rooms
Behind the exotic landscaped Mediterranean gardens of the fabled resort, Le Spa at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel is housed in a sprawling, curved 8,000-square-foot modern building that blends with the terra cotta earth tones of its lush surroundings. With nine treatment pavilions (five indoor and four outdoor), including a spacious spa suite for couples (it has a bathtub for two, a private terrace, a sauna, a steam room and a multi-sensory shower), this pretty, botanical-themed facility gives off a restful vibe the moment you step through the door.
To unwind before or after treatments, the small heated jet-stream pool, Jacuzzi, steam rooms and saunas are available, which is particularly welcome news if you’re visiting the resort during the off-season when the seaside Club Dauphin pool is closed. Those feeling ambitious about getting into shape can head to the fully equipped fitness area, stocked with state-of-the-art cardio-training machines and a private coach on hand to push you where you want to go.
Using a wide range of facials and body treatments with two renowned brands — the French beauty brand Carita and high-tech anti-aging Swiss line Bellefontaine — the spa’s ultra-professional staff specializes in customizing the service menu to meet your needs. Splurge on the Bellefontaine Caviar Facial packed with collagen and a gold-silk complex or go for the total experience with the spa’s exclusive Carita signature Beautiful Lagoon treatment — it features a soothing jet massage bath infused with fresh verbena and almond milk lotion, a body scrub applied with a mixture of crushed cloves, rosemary and sunflower seeds, a hot stone massage with lemon grass and nut oil, a hydrating facial, and an energizing cold stone massage and gentle scalp massage with a hair treatment.
No doubt tailoring to its clientele, the French Riviera spa offers a pre-bikini prepping of scrubs, draining and toning. There is also an impressive variety of offerings, ranging from a detox anti-cellulite treatment or a re-mineralizing mud and salt wrap to a hydrating wrap with essential oils. The day spa also caters to an upscale clientele of non-guests, with packages that includes a choice of facials, scrubs, wraps and massages, access to the facilities and the option of staying for lunch at the hotel.
The Côte d’Azur spa recently added biweekly yoga and Pilates classes. You also can explore the resort’s jogging paths or clay tennis courts. No need to retire to your room to primp — there’s a small hairdressing and makeup salon to ensure you look as glamorous as your surroundings. Before you re-emerge, there are lounge chairs by the counter-current pool to relax in and freshly brewed teas with herbs plucked from the hotel garden to sip. During the summer season, spa-goers can (and should) take advantage of the outdoor treatment tents for massages with views of the Mediterranean. There’s also a small, open-air fitness center under the resort’s pines where you can work out on the treadmill to the tune of thrumming cicadas. Bicycles are also available for a spin around the wide tree-lined peaceful streets of Cap Ferrat or the nearby beaches.