Sophia Wilson discovers an expansive villa near the birthplace of sunbathing on the Côte d’Azur – with easy access to the Med and a sprawling rooftop garden...
Those familiar with the Cap D’Antibes’ prestigious Boulevard de la Garoupe may remember the Vogue Hotel that used to sit on this prime patch of coastline. That property has now been reimagined and thoughtfully redeveloped into Villa Vogue, a spacious eight-bedroom private property. Sitting in the centre of France’s yachting heartland, Antibes’ Port Vauban marina is less than three nautical miles away and the Plage de la Garoupe – where Gerald and Sara Murphy introduced influential friends such as F Scott Fitzgerald to the concept of soaking up the rays in the 1920s – is just a short flip-flopped stroll from the property.
Completed in summer 2017, Villa Vogue’s standout features include a private beach with a bar, sunbeds, shower and steam room, as well as a one-of-a-kind rooftop vegetable garden and bar, with spectacular views out over the Mediterranean. “The owner has gone to great lengths to give the property a particular sense of character, reflected in its distinctive façade and interiors, which exemplify its prestigious identity,” says Andrew Blandford-Newson, sales negotiator at Knight Frank International.
The villa’s pristine living spaces are in keeping with this chic corner of France, with neutral colours, statement lighting and bespoke monogram details throughout. Its seven personalised king-size suites, the smallest of which is 40 square metres, all have marble en-suite bathrooms, dressing rooms and private terraces. There is also an eighth bedroom or study room with its own bathroom, while a lift connects all floors.
It may no longer be a hotel but Villa Vogue still offers five-star facilities. The lower ground floor has a state-of-the art spa with a sauna, steam room, snow machine, plus an aromatherapy and chromotherapy shower. There is also a home cinema that can be converted into a private nightclub and a spacious wine cellar. The property has two kitchens (ground floor and lower ground), which allow for superyacht-style service.
Villa Vogue, Boulevard de la Garoupe, Cap D’Antibes is on the market with Knight Frank for €32 million.