Historic French Riviera Hotel Le Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa On Sale

Property Of The Week: Historic French Riviera Hotel On Sale


Le Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa, a historic 36-bedroom luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the French Riviera with connections to F. Scott Fitzgerald has just gone on sale for 15-million Euros. The stylish 1600m2 hotel with 7000m2 of manicured gardens is situated in the small French Rivera town where the voice of the 1920s Jazz Age, wrote The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night.

Arguably one of America’s greatest novelists, F. Scott Fitzgerald came to Saint Raphael in 1924 to escape from his extravagant New York lifestyle and to find a place to focus on writing. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald rented a charming villa, close to Le Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa, on the hillside overlooking the town. He spent five months here, a period that saw the creation of one of his most iconic works, The Great Gatsby. Saint-Raphael also served as a starting point for Scott's work on Tender is the Night. The town – like today - exudes quiet charm and chic elegance, far from the madding crowds of Cannes, some 30 miles away along the Cote d’Azur. Fitzgerald describes Saint Raphael as “…we were going to the Old World…to find a new rhythm for our lives, with true conviction that we had left our old selves behind forever.” A century on, the town still celebrates this literary connection and there is an exhibit dedicated to the Fitzgerald’s summer stay.

Historic French Riviera Hotel Le Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa On Sale

Similarly, Le Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa shares this storied past. Mirroring the strong female protagonists one might find in Fitzgerald’s writing, the hotel was originally established by two young women from Chile who built the hotel like a Chilean hacienda. It was called San Pedro, named after their grandfather who financed the construction of the hotel. At the time of opening, the hotel was surrounded by farmland and pine forests, but overtime established itself as a place for social evenings on the Côte d'Azur. During the 1980s and 1990s it was frequented by many actors and the French pop singer, Sheila lived in front of the hotel. The restaurant is also famous and considered an institution in St Raphaël.

Saint Raphael itself is known as a four-season destination with 300 days of sunshine. The hotel is less than 3 km from the Marina, making it the place to be for water sports and sailing, whilst its proximity to Esterel Mountains makes it popular for hiking and cycling. In fact, the hills of Saint Raphael have also been an inspiring spot for some our sporting greats. Chris Froome – the four-time Tour de France champion, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest stage racers cycling has ever seen, lives in Saint Raphael.

Independent sales agent, Melanie Attwater comments: “With a name like Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa, it’s fitting that this breathtakingly beautiful boutique hotel has some stories of its own! Anyone thinking of buying this remarkable hotel will be buying a piece of history as well as a stunning property. The provenance and charm of Le Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa is simply astounding and yet there is every modern comfort. Just this year the hotel was voted in the top 10% on TripAdvisor. The palm-tree lined pool is the place to relax with a Provençal Rosé in hand, whilst the suites and spa are beautifully designed.”

Historic French Riviera Hotel Le Confidentiel Hôtel & Spa On Sale

Attwater continues: “Perhaps most appealing is that the hotel offers an extremely long season, a huge 11 months of the year! It is a beautiful place to escape to in the winter, not just the summer. The warm breeze of the Scirocco comes up from Africa in the winter, whilst the cooling air of the Mistral is the perfect tonic for the peak summer season. The hotel has a strong client base with regular guests coming from Monaco, Belgium, the United States, the UK, Germany, Norway and Italy. Its accessibility is also a plus, with Nice airport just 40km away.”

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