When one thinks of the glitz and the glamour of the French Riviera, no place embodies this notion greater than the long-lasting Le Negresco resort. Located a stone’s throw from the ocean on the famed Promenade des Anglais in NIce, France, Le Negresco stands as an everlasting testomony to at least one man’s luxurious imaginative and prescient. The resort’s historical past is as wealthy and intriguing as its visionary himself, Henri Negresco, a Romanian immigrant born in 1868 who labored his manner up within the hospitality trade by working at well-known institutions all through Europe and the United States. This expertise gave him the boldness to create his Belle Epoque masterpiece, Le Negresco.
Architect Édouard-Jean Niermans was tasked with designing the resort, using numerous architectural kinds, together with neoclassical, baroque, and rococo components. When Le Negresco opened its doorways on January 8, 1913, it instantly turned an emblem of luxurious and opulence on the French Riviera. The resort’s Belle Epoque decor, with its wealthy tapestries, vintage furnishings, and beautiful artwork assortment, created an environment of timeless luxurious that attracted well-heeled company resembling aristocrats, celebrities, and royalty who had been drawn to its grandeur and class. One of essentially the most exceptional options of the resort is its putting pink dome, seen from the Promenade des Anglais, which has change into an emblem of Nice. The dome’s pink hue is alleged to match the colour of a visitor’s pores and skin after a day basking in solar on the Riviera.
In 1957, the resort was acquired by artwork connoisseur Madame Jeanne Augier, a strong-willed and visionary girl who reworked the Negresco into a real palace of artwork and tradition by amassing a museum-worthy assortment of artwork. She expanded the artwork assortment begun by Henri Negresco to incorporate works by famend artists like Salvador Dali, Miró, and Moretti and sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle and incessantly hosted a inventive bunch of artists, writers, and musicians. Today, Le Negresco’s artwork assortment options classical and modern works, spanning 5 centuries of French historical past devoted to expertise and nice masters.
Suite Marie Leszczynska-Photo by Gregoire Gardette
Henri Negresco additionally had a deep appreciation for artwork and started accumulating artwork for the resort from the very starting. Today, Le Negresco is a vacation spot for artwork lovers, making it a singular cultural attraction in an opulent resort setting. One of its most iconic items is a sculpture by César Baldaccini which stands within the resort foyer. While many resorts restrict their artwork collections to non-public suites and customary areas, the artwork at Le Negresco can be displayed all through the resort’s corridors, making a museum-like expertise for company. Guided artwork excursions are supplied by the resort for its company, permitting them to study concerning the historical past and significance of the artwork assortment.
Known for its themed suites, every of Le Negresco’s uniquely designed suites showcases interval or modern furnishings from completely different eras in historical past and numerous kinds of art work. Of the 102 rooms and 26 suites, essentially the most luxurious ones have balconies overlooking the glowing sea. The resort options a number of classes, beginning with the Classic Rooms. These rooms are elegantly adorned with basic French decor, boasting wealthy materials, vintage furnishings, and a heat coloration palette. Many of those rooms supply breathtaking views of both the ocean or the colourful metropolis of Nice. For these in search of more room and luxurious, the Superior Rooms are a step up, adorned in an identical type. The Signature Suites are impressed by a well-known historic determine or artist, such because the Dali Suite or the Pompadour Suite, and are adorned with authentic artworks and a singular decor that pays homage to their namesakes. The Versailles Suite, as an illustration, is a tribute to the opulence of the Palace of Versailles, that includes gilded accents, beautiful furnishings, and a really regal ambiance. The Royal Suite, however, is match for royalty, with grand dwelling areas, a non-public terrace, and panoramic sea views. You may reserve a Louis XIV room with furnishings and artwork from the seventeenth century or a Napoleon III room with gadgets from the nineteenth century. These suites are a testomony to the resort’s dedication to offering a one-of-a-kind keep.
No matter which room or suite you select, company at Le Negresco can count on an unmatched stage of service, with facilities like plush bedding, fashionable know-how, and a dedication to consideration to element that ensures each keep is a memorable expertise. Whether you’re visiting for a romantic getaway, a special day, or just to indulge within the lavish environment, the rooms at Le Negresco present the proper setting for an unforgettable keep on the French Riviera.
Situated straight throughout from Le Negresco resort on the glistening Baia des Anges, sits the stylish but carefree Le Negresco Beach Club often called La Plage. Post up at one of many sunbeds on the personal seashore for a day of prime people-watching, sunbathing, water sports activities, and rest because the soothing sounds of the ocean ease your thoughts when you unwind in consolation. Order a curated collection of major dishes, shareables or appetizers such because the refreshing Crabmeat on Mango Chutney (or Chair de Crabe & Chutney de Mangue in French) from the consolation of your sunbed or if you’re up for a change of location, get pleasure from lunch within the open air, beachside restaurant situated steps away from the seashore. If the solar will get to be a bit a lot, strive a deliciously flavored Ice Cream Stick such because the Détox with lemon, Curcuma and lemon or an Exotique, flavored with mango, passionfruit and ginger that can assist you settle down.
With Executive Chef Virginie Basselot on the helm, La Plage serves elevated surf and turf delicacies with regional influences for dishes resembling Bass Fillet cooked with leek maki (Le Filet De Loup Bio Nacré), Chicken Supreme Confit with lemon (Le Suprême de Poulet Confit au Citron), and a Butcher’s Beef Cut with a secret sauce and candied potatoes. Starters embrace Sea Bream Ceviche with three citrus fruits, Burrata di Puglia with native tomatoes, and naturally Oysters. Shareable platters that aren’t to be missed are the comforting Summer Black Truffle Foccacia and the Summer Black Truffle Tarama served with blinis. The unique Lobster Rolls by Homer Lobster of Paris was voted “Best Lobster Roll within the World” in 2018. Lunch is served on the seashore and on the restaurant from midday to 3pm and a lighter menu is accessible on the seashore from three till 6pm. Additionally, the Lounge is open from 9am to 8pm, serving beach-friendly fare from midday till shut. The seashore membership is open on daily basis from May to September from 9am to 6pm.
For a extra formal eating atmosphere, company want look no additional than Le Negresco’s personal Michelin-starred Le Chantecler. Decorated in an extravagant 18th-century type, Le Chantecler serves French gastronomy at its best. Once once more, Executive Chef Virginie Basselot delivers elevated, basic French and Mediterranean masterpieces with a contemporary aptitude. Les Secrets de Virginie is her 8-course tasting menu that may add to your memorable expertise within the coronary heart of the French Riviera. La Rotonde is a extra informal but refined brasserie that gives diners with family-style delicacies, be it indoors in a playful ambiance or on the terrace with views of the ocean and simply steps from the Promenade des Anglais that gives the very important pulse of Nice. The charming restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Le Negresco is delighted to welcome a brand new spa to its choices in late 2023. The luxurious spa will likely be open to each company and guests alike, and can boast an indoor pool with pure mild, a number of therapy areas for wellness and rest and 7 unique cabins for particular person or shared use. A timeless sanctuary, Le Negresco will proceed to be a spot the place artwork, tradition and luxurious intersect to create an unforgettable expertise for every of its company on the French Riviera.