Cap d’Antibes: Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3 No tags Permalink 0

Dr. Oetker invented baking soda in 1891.

And in was from the growth and sales of that first invention that, generations later, his family founded the Oetker Collection, a collection of six hotels around the world.

There’s one in Baden-Baden which we visited in Germany last year. There’s Le Bristol in Paris and Château Saint-Martin in Vence. There’s Palais Namaskar in Marrakech (they have a helicopter service that picks you up from the airport and flies you straight to the hotel – how awesome is that?). Le Bristol Abu Dhabi opens next year.

And then there is Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc.

This is not a painting, but a window inside the hotel.

It’s perched at the tip of Antibes (aka Cap d’Antibes) and it’s straight out of a dream.

That applies to the food as well.

Lunch at Eden-Roc Restaurant.

Three choices: buffet-style, a la carte, or both. Do the mix – buffet as an appetizer and a la carte for mains and desserts.

 
Because then you can start with this housemade burrata (the entire ball), still warm, oozing a supple, milky cream. And then you can devour it with raw oysters and langoustines, summer tomatoes, asparagus, and artichokes, picture-perfect potatoes stuffed with sour cream.

Save room for the whole fish, their signature sea bass roasted “Eden Roc” style with basil. We split this and it was more than plenty. Ridiculously perfect. It was plated tableside with fennel mousseline and tomatoes simply cooked in their own juices.

And then, dessert! All red berries, frais de bois included. Open…

…and voilà!

I wish I could take this dessert back with me to NYC. Simple, and yet so memorable. Okay, this is how it works. Two parts. Jasmine tea-infused cream and fresh mangoes. The mangoes are sliced in thin, even rounds. A dab of the Jasmine whipped cream in the middle. Fold the mango slice over to form a cone, plate and repeat.

A pot of tea (they serve Dammann Frères) and petit fours to finish.

Post-lunch. Head to the downstairs for iced tea and lounge around the saltwater pool?

It’s very warm today.

We could take a dip into the ocean and float around without a care in the world. And did I mention? There’s even a trapeze if you’d rather swing off into the sparkling sea…

[photos 3, 5, and 12 via]
3 Comments
  • VALERIE WANG
    July 26, 2012

    hey i just bumped into your amazing blog!!!!!!!i love all of those pictures and posts!and i'm staying in the southern france at the moment,and i'm leaving for paris next week.so when i look at your avignon post,i'm just so related to it!anyway,discovering your blog really made my day!!!!!<3http://lustforgourmandise.blogspot.com/xxxx

  • K and S
    July 26, 2012

    what an amazing place!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 27, 2012

    Hi Valerie! Safe travels and have tons of fun! I wish I was still in France :) Hi Kat! It really is!! Took my breath away… :)

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