I’ve been coming to the Côte d’Azur for 20 years. I’m based in London and work in the City, but I’ve always been drawn to the Riviera. Every time I arrive at Nice airport, the smile on my face is uncontrollable! When I first started visiting this beautiful region, it was just my wife and me. However, these days there are four of us including my teenage daughter and six-year-old son. There’s nothing we love more than staying at our Parc du Cap apartment. In my view, Parc du Cap has really set the standard for modern residential living on the Riviera.
Why did you decide to become a Parc du Cap resident?
Before we bought at Parc du Cap, we always stayed in hotels when we holidayed in the South of France. When we had our son, we quickly realised the expense of taking a suite or number of rooms. We liked the ease, security and facilities on offer at hotels – but knew we had to look for something longer term. And that led us to Parc du Cap in 2018. We’d never seen anything like it! It was the only proper modern luxury apartment building we viewed in the area. And whenever we have friends over who live locally, they always comment on this. In conclusion, we bought because Parc du Cap truly is an all-round, family-oriented, secure and modern development, with unparalleled location.
What do you enjoy about living here?
This is hard to capture in a few words! That is to say, there are several little things we love about Parc du Cap – which, combined together, become massive. You have the beaches and restaurants within five-minute walking distance, state-of the-art gym and modern secure parking. You also have the tennis court – where my son has learned the sport. Most importantly, something that sealed the deal for us was the concierge service and round-the-clock security. It’s amazing to have people to call on, 24/7 – it can feel like a hotel!
And, of course, there are the spa facilities, which are incredible. Moreover, they are great all year round. In the summer, we spend all our time by the outdoor pool. Likewise, we adore the pool facilities in the winter – the heated indoor one is a dream. All of the spa facilities really stood out for us this year, when France was going through lockdown. We played tennis, we swam, we had a massage, we worked out. My children did homework in 14 degrees on our terrace. Consequently, living at Parc du Cap, it was possible to continue a normal lifestyle to a degree.
What is your apartment like?
We actually loved Parc du Cap so much, we snapped up two apartments! One is a two-bed, the other is a one-bed, and they are connected by a sliding door. You don’t even notice this in the corner of our living room – it’s like an interlinking hotel room. And it locks from both sides too. The beauty is that we can all be together in one place, whilst enjoying our space and privacy. In addition, if friends want to come and stay, we put them up in the two-bedroom apartment. That way, they have their own living space and kitchen, but we can still do things together. It’s just perfect!
How does Parc du Cap feel like home?
I think this feeling of home comes from the way we interact with everyone at Parc du Cap. So, from other owners who have become our friends to the friendly, professional concierge, handymen, cleaners and gardeners. When we return to Parc du Cap, the welcome just makes you feel like you’ve come home! And the concierge goes out of their way to look after you. For example, managing deliveries, looking after our apartments when we’re away, booking restaurants and so on.
I think it’s this day-to-day stuff that really makes it feel like a home. Recently, we were staying at Parc du Cap for the New Year holidays. It was fairly quiet, but the concierge was always on-call. And this became vital when my son hit his chin in a fall – as six-year-olds are prone to do. I called the concierge and within minutes, one of the Parc du Cap team arrived with an ambulance. I speak French, but not to the level needed to deal with a medical emergency. We were so grateful to have the French speaking concierge with us. He accompanied us to the hospital, explaining everything as we went. My son was totally fine in the end, but it was reassuring having someone from Parc du Cap, looking out for us.
What are your favourite spots to visit in the area?
Juan-les-Pins and Antibes are always open, even in the ‘off season’. We are always spoilt for choice in where to go. We frequently visit L’Institution, a modern French seafood restaurant in the centre of Juan-les-Pins. This is perfect for a casual dinner – it has a local feel, does excellent food and is very friendly. Then there is Restaurant Le César on La Plage Keller. This does top notch food and is a really classy Riviera experience.
For the long sunny days, you’ll usually find us on Pirates beach which is right across from Parc du Cap. It’s great for kids and the sea is always stunning. We usually stop for breakfast first, either grabbing fresh pastries and baguettes or eating at the Hotel Belles Rives. Their terrace has arguably one of the best views of the bay. Having a teenage daughter and young son, the beauty of this area is that it really does suit everyone. There’s always something to do – for my daughter it might be water sports or going to Cannes or Nice with friends. For my son, it’ll be a beautiful playground, swimming or tennis. It’s ideal for both of them – and we feel so lucky to call it our home away from home.
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