Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is an exclusive community on the French Riviera that has been a summer vacation hotspot for the well-heeled dating back to the late 1800s. Its nickname – peninsula of billionaires – comes from the many historic properties owned by the ultra-wealthy.
The gorgeous, quaint, and exclusive coastal community, known for its yacht-filled harbor and opulent villas, is home to only about 1,600 permanent residents. In the 1950s and 60s, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was a vacation destination for Hollywood actors like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Gregory Peck, to name a few.
Although this beautiful seaside town is typically a spring and summer destination for elite travelers, there is much to be said for making the trip in the fall, primarily, fewer tourists and fewer tourists mean fewer patrons at some of Cap Ferrat’s most prestigious restaurants.
We have chosen of number of these lovely establishments open in the fall where you will be able enjoy a delightful dinner:
This gorgeous Michelin-starred restaurant makes its home in the equally gorgeous La Chevre D’Or hotel. Guests can sit on the terrace and let the balmy winds off the Mediterranean Sea soothe their souls as they dine on traditional Mediterranean fare created using the region’s finest products. Start off with the freshest ceviche using the catch of the day accompanied by tzatziki, followed by local perch with roasted tomato Provencal and Chimichurri sauce. End a delicious meal with a decadent dessert such as Vanilla Diorama by Julien Dugourd for La Collection Privée Christian Dior.
Inside the Four Seasons Hotel, La Veranda offers a sense of informality, yet with a distinct chicness. The menu will remind diners of a quaint French Riviera bistro. Influences come from the Mediterranean Sea and Italy. A must-try is the roasted sea bass fillet and fennel with orange. The menu is enhanced by freshly baked breads, delicate pastries, homemade ice cream and other culinary specialties. For al fresco dining, the terrace is a tranquil sanctuary, shaded by 100-year-old Aleppo pines and offering magnificent Mediterranean views.
Villa C View
Villa CView is an exquisite contemporary residence brimming with quintessential Riviera glamor and prestige and the ideal place to call home while in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. An exceptional portal into Cote d'Azur highlife living, this vacation rental is ideally poised between the bustle of Nice and the glitz of Monaco and Monte Carlo. An astounding hilltop location delivers some exemplary coastal panoramas in what is one of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s most luxurious accommodations. Seven sumptuous individually-designed ensuite bedrooms can accommodate up to 14 guests in total elegance, discretion, and comfort. Spectacular multi-tiered decks maximize interaction with inexhaustible coastal vistas. Glass railings keep views unobstructed with no shortage of vantage points offered for soaking in the sights or the replenishing sun’s rays. Amenities include a wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, hammam, massage room and gym. Your stay includes full services and 24/7 support from your LVH team.
Since 1994, diners have been not only enjoying the Mediterranean food at Le Pirate, but also dining in companion with glorious sea views. The risotto with in-house smoked salmon is a favorite as is the Niçoise-style octopus stew. But first, start with the foie gras and fish soup with rouille and croutons. If you have room for dessert, the crème brulee with vanilla is decadent as are the chocolate profiteroles -- light and airy choux pastry filled with gourmet and creamy vanilla ice cream, drizzled with hot chocolate sauce.
Jasmin Grill and Lounge
You will be overlooking the Bay of Ants of Beaulieu-sur-mer when dining at the Jasmin Grill and Lounge. For starters, you might like to try the fried squid in spicy tomato sauce or the onion tart with anchovy. Share a Thai salad of rice noodles, rare tuna, shrimp, avocado, carrot, coriander, spring onions, fried onion, bean sprouts and thai sauce. If you fancy something from the sea, try the fish of the day with seasonal vegetables. If you are more of a meat lover, you might choose the Black Angus flank steak with roasted lettuce and jus and pureed potatoes.
Restaurant Le Bar du Port
This is a quaint 60-seat restaurant with a Mediterranean menu and bohemian ambiance and a stunning location overlooking the port of Saint Jean. Patrons are a mix of locals, travelers and the jet set. Try the moules frites with mussels. La cassolette du chef is also a must-try. If you’re dining with a companion, try the sardine fritters with tartare sauce or the brioche bread with truffled ham, truffle cream, béchamel sauce and emmental. If you are looking for a meat main course, the Italian tartare of bed with parsley, capers, parmesan, pistou pastis and butter comes highly recommended. Chocolate mousse, definitely for dessert.
With so many incredible sights to see, places to be, and closeness to the sea, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the ideal vacation destination for luxury travelers looking for opulence and exclusivity any time of year! If you would like to spend some time in this marvelous destination this fall, please reach out to an LVH client relations professional who will assist you in your vacation planning. Not only will you receive full services and support in one of the most exclusive Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat luxury villas, but we will fashion a custom itinerary for you brimming with all those things you would love to see and do. Add some extra color to your fall and create priceless memories in Saint-Jean-Cap- Ferrat.