I stayed at a 1 bed apt here in September with my parents and it is perched on a windy hillside in the the village of Cap D'ail. You would need a car to get to and from the apartment as the hilly road has no pathway that I could see and is quite a climb.The entrance is via a craggy car park which does not give a good first impression but once you get out of the car park, it is a fairly decent property with beautiful views over the bay. The apartment itself was compact but spotless and had a very small toilet separate to the bathroom. The apartment is entered via a tricky little patio door from the small balcony and leads into a sitting dining area. The kitchenette is well supplied and the separate bedroom is small with a floor to ceiling window making it bright but the window does not open here so it can get a tad stuffy at night. There is a sliding door between the bedroom and sitting area, which also has a sleeping area (couches converted into beds at night time). There is plenty of bed linen & pillows, towels etc. Overall the apartments are small but comfortable. The one big minus is the stairs leading all the way throughout the complex. They are all constructed from wood throughout and there are some stairs that are a bit rickety. The view between each stair is un-nerving to say the least. The biggest issue I have with this is that if there were a fire, all the exit stairways would be up in flames in minutes and there would be no way out for anyone. This played on my mind the whole time I was there. Pierre & Vacances need to rip these out and replace them with metal or concrete stairs to prevent a major tragedy occurring. Aside from that, they have a nice reception area with a children's play area and a lovely infinity pool and bar. The pool was enjoyed by many but I was put off by the dirty grimey bottom of the pool which looked like it had not been cleaned for a long time.
The village has a couple of restaurants, a bakery and a few shops including a number of very over-priced tourist orientated shops- buy your trinkets elsewhere, maybe at Nice markets for good deals. Cap D'Ail is a stone's throw away from Beaulieu sur mer- there is a lovely walk around the headland here starting at the beach and you can see how the other half live as you trot through the bouganvillia-splashed villas. We took a boat trip around the bay leaving from Nice port which was very enjoyable and spent a a couple of mornings exploring old Nice, taking in the atmosphere of the old markets and a spot of lunch there too. Beaulieu has a nice friendly little restaurant that catered nicely to my parents taste in food- Le Catalan. But make sure to book in advance as it can get busy. Of course Monaco is just up the road but I did not visit on this occassion as I have seen it many times before. It is worth a visit for those who have not been there before. Villefranche sur mer is also close by and is a nice bustling town with a bit of atmosphere. The train service throughout the region is efficient and cheap if you do not feel like driving every day.
Overall, a nice apartment with beautiful views, but I would not return owing to the dangerous stairwells which really there is no excuse for in this day and age!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cap d’Ail: a jewel on the French Riviera, at the gateway to Monaco and Italy. Residence designed by Jean Nouvel, refurbished with a view over the Mediterranean. With overflow swimming pool overlooking the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pierre And Vacances Residence - Costa Plana
- Pierre & Vacances Residence - Costa Plana Hotel Cap d`Ail
- Pierre & Vacances Residence Costa Plana France/French Riviera - Cote D'Azur