It’s not very often a new hotel comes along that has the potential to be an instant classic. The Maybourne Riviera is one such property. Set on a rocky peninsula, surrounded by ancient gardens high above the town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, it is located approximately 20 miles east of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, halfway between Monte Carlo and the Italian border. Aside from the spectacular setting — all 69 accommodations have private terraces with sea views, while the swimming pool is cantilevered from a cliff 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean — the resort is part of a distinguished family, being the latest addition to the small Maybourne Hotel Group that owns Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in London.
The striking modernist architecture is the work of Jean-Michel Wilmotte, and the resort’s interior has been created by a small galaxy of design stars. (Interestingly, both Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray, the mold-breaking modernist architect and furniture designer, once owned houses nearby.) The resort’s principal restaurant is a seafood grill under the supervision of chef Mauro Colagreco, whose Michelin three-star establishment, Mirazur, lies just 8 miles away in Menton. The poolside menu is the creation of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, while acclaimed sushi chef Hiro Sato of Hokkoku in Tokyo provides yet another gastronomic option. The Maybourne Riviera offers a full-service spa by acclaimed designer André Fu, plus a private beach club. Once the property has become established, publishing a detailed review will be an urgent priority.