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The Maybourne Riviera Hotel, a castle in the sky

Nestled between Monaco and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the Maybourne Riviera stands proudly along the mountainous road that twists and turns 1,500 feet above sea level. This stunning piece of modern architecture crowns a rocky peninsula, seeming to float between sun and sea like a magical castle in the sky! Welcome to this aerial paradise, where twinkling lights illuminate the enchanting French Riviera.

Hotel Maybourne Riviera on the Côte d'Azur, a temple to luxury

The Maybourne brims with bright light of the Riviera

Stepping into this “castle-hotel”, perched a thousand feet over the Mediterranean Sea, you enter a palace of light. A space where design and decoration harmonize with sunlight, to create a haven of luxury, elegance and purity.

In the vast lobby, a colossal sculpture of an intertwined couple by Louise Bourgeois greets you, showing that The Maybourne Riviera is more than just a luxury hotel; it's a passion project of its owner, an aficionado of contemporary art and architecture.

Stepping out of the elevator and into my room, I am captivated by the stunning sea view. As my eyes adjust to the light, I marvel at the azure sky and the distant silhouettes of Monaco and Menton on the horizon. The abundance of light is invigorating!

In the uncluttered room (room sizes vary between 700 and 2,000 square feet) every detail is thoughtfully designed, with a color palette that delights the eyes. The bathroom is an oasis of luxury: spacious and comfortable. The glass balcony offers a 180° view of the spectacular landscape, from Menton to Monaco. Absolutely stunning!

From eight floors up, I gaze down at the outdoor pool - heated during winter - and the Corniche Suites stretching along the mountainside. An irresistible urge to swim between sky and sea overcomes me, but I'm equally tempted by the hotel's indoor pool and the state-of-the-art holistic spa, designed by Hong Kong architect Andre Fu.

Time for dinner, it’s hard to choose between all the gastronomic restaurants in the hotel. Riviera or Ceto? Tonight, let’s try the Riviera. I’ll check out Ceto, the other Michelin-starred restaurant at The Maybourne Riviera tomorrow! Both are helmed by the renowned Menton–based Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco.

In the dining room of the Riviera, space and light reign supreme, with beautiful sun-soaked terraces and tastefully eccentric decor. Their attention to details, the quality of the service and the typical southern France charm of the staff give the Maybourne Riviera a unique touch that sets it apart from others luxury hotels on the French Riviera.

From Le Corbusier to Wilmotte, an extraordinary hotel

Everything in the Maybourne Riviera hotel is a testament to the architectural genius of Le Corbusier, Eileen Grey and, of course, the French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Wilmotte redesigned the buildings of the abandoned Vista Palace, once a star of luxury hotels in 1950s French Riviera.

When renovating the living areas, rooms, suites and even the exteriors, designers openly drew inspiration from the architecture of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. This small town where Le Corbusier built his famous “cabanon” in 1952 is also home to Eileen Gray’s legendary Villa E-1027. These two icons of modernist architecture have transformed the Côte d’Azur into a hub of innovation, starkly contrasting with the Belle Epoque villas erected by the wealthy elite of the old world.

Architecture aficionados will stop in the lobby of the Maybourne Riviera to admire a glass panel conceived by Le Corbusier himself. In the Riviera restaurant, a bas-relief carving references Villa E-1027. These are just a few of the many delicate details imagined by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, paying tribute to the masters who inspired his castle of glass and light.

Futuristic lines designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, The Maybourne Riviera

5 reasons to choose the Maybourne Riviera Hotel

From 2024, The Maybourne Riviera will open all year-round.

My advice: Spring is best, followed by Fall and Winter. By steering clear of the busy Summer months, you can luxuriate in the Côte d’Azur sunshine and indulge in the lavish accommodations without the crowds of tourists. Keep in mind that Maybourne La Plage, the beach club, operates from May to September.

Here are 5 reasons why The Maybourne Riviera should be your top choice for your French Riviera getaway:

  1. Its spectacular room and suites, nestled into the mountainside, with glazed balconies overlooking the azure sea. It's a pure bliss.

  2. The discret and cozy luxury of the rooms, where everything is designed for the well-being and relaxation of the guests. A timeless moment.

  3. The impeccable service, marked by discretion and elegance, from staff who cater to your every needs.

  4. The exceptional array of gourmet restaurants, led by two giants of French cuisine: Mauro Colagreco and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

  5. The feeling of being out of time, leaving all worries behind in the soft glow and pristine style of the hotel.


Ceto, a deep dive into the Mediterranean Sea

Perched on the top floor of the Maybourne Riviera hotel, the Michelin-starred restaurant Ceto is the Chef Mauro Colagreco's marine sanctuary. Named after an ancient Greek sea goddess, the daughter of the sun and sky, the restaurant name feels fitting as soon as you step onto the magnificent terrace. Here, the sea and sky merge into a breathtaking, ever-changing panorama that delights the eyes.

The sea is featured in all its forms on Ceto's menu, which follows the natural cycles of the Mediterranean. Every flavor is celebrated: from beans and red tuna salad, to fish aged with Kombu seaweed, sea lettuce ravioli, and a surprising dessert of Nori seaweed marine Millefeuille. It’s simply to die for!

Special mention goes to the custom-made tableware, all embracing the maritime theme. Beautiful blown glass pieces incorporate seaweed and natural waste; plates are crafted by a Vallauris ceramicist; and all the stunning decor includes driftwood and fish bones. Everything around you enhances the tasting experience. The Michelin-starred cuisine is nothing short as marvelous, as expected from Mauro Colagreco and his talented brigade.

Maybourne La Plage, a confidential hotspot

Hidden away at the tip of Cap Martin, Maybourne La Plage sits right between France and Italy. Built into the rock, this spot irresistibly evokes the Italian Positano and the Amalfi Coast, with its large sun-soaked terraces. A few dozen cozy deckchairs face the Mediterranean Sea, for a chic, yet leisurely experience just a couple miles from The Maybourne Riviera hotel.

This ode to farniente will also delight gourmet travelers, with its own restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco. The dishes designed for sharing, embody the warm spirit of the Mediterranean: fresh catch of the day, burrata, pasta and tropézienne brioche.

My advice: treat yourself to The Maybourne Riviera hotel's skipper service, allowing you to arrive directly by boat and dock at the wooden pier. A 100% dolce vita feeling!


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