A penthouse restaurant headed by Mauro Colagreco, a luxurious spa with infinity pool, and an elegant outdoor ballroom perfect for one of Monaco’s many charity galas… Here is what we know about The Maybourne Riviera, soon to open in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
The Maybourne Hotel Group, owned by the Qatari royal family, is the operator of Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley in London, and The Maybourne Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. The group will be launching its fifth hotel this summer in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
“The opening of The Maybourne Riviera marks a new era for Maybourne Hotel Group, with our first newly built property in one of my favourite places in the world: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a truly untouched French gem,” said co-owner of Maybourne Hotel Group Paddy McKillen. “We plan to bring the legendary service and spirit of hospitality that have made our London hotels so successful and much loved, building The Maybourne Riviera into one of the great hotels of the world.”
The striking modernist hotel features an exterior design by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a nod to modernist architects Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier who built their contemporary homes close by. Among his many other projects, Wilmotte is responsible for the rehabilitation of the auditoriums of the Palais des Festival in Cannes and designed the Teotista residential building in Monaco, also known as the Monte-Carlo View.
Bringing luxury to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Floor to ceiling windows in each of the 69 rooms will enable guests to take in the dramatic views sweeping from Italy in the east to Monaco in the west. Among them will be 24 suites with private terraces or balconies, some even offering private horizon plunge pools.
The group has been collaborating with some of the most globally recognised artists, designers and architects to create one-of-a-kind spaces, with Andre Fu, Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, Marcelo Joulia, Pierre Yovanovitch, Pascal Goujon and Rigby and Rigby all adding their distinctive style, as well as the Maybourne in-house design team led by Michelle Wu.
A destination for locals
For people who already live in Monaco, the great news is that The Maybourne Riviera will also be an outstanding gastronomic hotspot with a host of restaurants under the creative direction some of the finest chefs and restaurateurs in the world. The legendary Mauro Colagreco of three Michelin star Mirazur in nearby Menton, and holder of the number one position in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, will have his restaurant on the enviable top floor with panoramic views, drawing on his favourite theme, the sea.
In addition, global super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will launch his first restaurant in the French Riviera with cuisine inspired by the hotel’s location on the French-Italian border. Finally, Japanese chef Hiro Sato will bring his world class sushi to The Maybourne Riviera.
Other perks for locals include a Piano Bar for a sunset aperitif or final nightcap, a wellness centre with indoor and outdoor pools and André-Fu designed spa, and conference spaces that can accommodate up to 250 guests for everything from wedding receptions to congresses. There are also two ballrooms, one of which is outdoors – perfect for Monaco’s many charity galas.
The hotel is set on the rocky peninsula high above the coast in restored ancient gardens with walkways, citrus orchards and a seasonal herb garden.
When contacted by Monaco Life, the group said it was unable to give a specific opening date of The Maybourne Riviera as it is currently finalising timelines. But stay tuned as we will be updating our readers on this exciting new destination.