Built on a rocky peninsula high above the picturesque French town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, The Maybourne Riviera – a strikingly modernist hotel – is the fifth property of Maybourne Hotel Group, operators of Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in London, and The Maybourne Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
With dramatic panoramic views of the coastline that take in Cap-Martin and Italy to the west and Monte Carlo to the east, The Maybourne Riviera offers an unrivalled setting high above the glistening Mediterranean Sea. The location is famed for its rich art and cultural heritage as well as spectacular beauty, ensuring this new hotel will be instilled with the inspirational and creative spirit for which Maybourne Hotel Group is world renowned.
The hotel, with exterior design by Jean-Michel Wilmotte features sixty-nine beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all with unrivalled sea views from their own private terraces. The Maybourne Riviera is collaborating with some of the most globally recognised artists, designers and architects to create one-of-a-kind spaces, with Andre Fu, Bryan O’Sullivan, Marcelo Joulia, Pierre Yovanovitch and Rigby & Rigby all adding their distinctive style, as well as the Maybourne in-house design team led by Michelle Wu.
In addition, the hotel has gone to great lengths to embrace the traditional arts and crafts of the region, sourcing and working with local artists and artisans to create bespoke art, glassware, ceramics and furnishings. There is also a respectful nod to the modernist architects Le Corbusier and Eileen Grey who built their iconic homes in nearby Cap Moderne.
The Maybourne Riviera is an outstanding gastronomic destination on the Côte d’Azur with a host of restaurants under the creative direction of two of the finest chefs and restauranteurs in the world – the legendary Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, in nearby Menton, and global super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten whose culinary vision, has redefined industry standards and revolutionised the way we eat.
Located on the enviable top floor of the hotel with epic views, Colagreco’s restaurant Ceto draws on one of his favourite themes, the sea. The centre piece of the restaurant is an open grill, and the menu reflects the vibrant ingredients of the Mediterranean Sea serving not only fish and shellfish but delicacies such as algae, sea herbs, samphire, sea fennel, sea cucumber and snails.
At lobby level, Colagreco also offers a colourful menu at the Riviera Restaurant available throughout the day in a relaxed, contemporary setting with uninterrupted sea views. Highlighting regional specialities in their simplest form – from the Niçoise salad, Spaghetti alla Genovese, grilled fish and sun-soaked vegetables to the famous sweet-tart, Tropezienne – all produce is locally sourced from the likes of Liguria and Nice.
The Riviera Restaurant’s Tea Time takes inspiration of British afternoon tea to the Riviera, with cakes including light vanilla madeleines and Millefeuille layered with citrus cream, all expertly crafted by Executive Pastry Chef, Benoit Dutreige.
Perched by the outdoor infinity pool overlooking a mirage-like haze of sea and sky, Vongerichten’s Pool Bar & Terrace serves his signature truffle pizza and lobster rolls with rosemary-spiked fries. Vongerichten’s soon-to-open restaurant, Jean-Georges at The Maybourne Riviera, reminiscent of a square in a small Provencal village and inspired by the hotel’s location on the French Italian border, is designed by Paris-based, interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch.
The space boasts a champagne bar and beautiful terrace with breath-taking views overlooking the Mediterranean, and the menu nods to the chef’s love of Asian influences. Japanese chef Hiro Sato is also set to bring his world class sushi to The Maybourne Riviera.
Guests of the hotel have exclusive access to the stylishly chic Maybourne Riviera Beach Club nearby and can be transported there from the hotel (or to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Monte Carlo) by open topped bespoke Biminis, in the hotel’s signature lemon and white stripes.
As a highly sought-after destination this summer, the arrival of The Maybourne Riviera brings the historic town of Roquebrune to further prominence, with its 10th Century Medieval castle, ancient Vallonnet caves, and even a 1000 year old olive tree in the centre of the Old Town that still bears fruit.
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