Wrapped in History - Timeless in Style
Long before tourists came to Eze, Romans walked the narrow winding streets of the village. They appreciated the exhilarating views of the sea and wealth of natural beauty from one of the highest points along the French Riviera – over 400 meters above sea level. Unfortunately, they could not rest their weary heads at the luxury boutique hotel, Château Eza – but you can. Château Eza is arguably the most stunning and intimate hotel on the Côte d’Azur and is set along the highest point of the French Riviera, at 400 meters above the sea. Clinging to the side of the ancient rock walls, this former castle residence of a Swedish Prince is tucked into the most enchanting medieval village of Eze.
Chateau Eza, a 400 year old Chateau, opened in the spring of 2011 after a total renovation. This jewel box features 10 charming guest rooms and suites and many offer stunning seascape views, private balconies and terraces, fireplaces and Jacuzzis, making it one of the most romantic hotels on the French Riviera. The renovation incorporated true modern luxuries such as in-floor heating, and restoration practices maintained the exposed ancient wooden beams and rare parquet hardwood floors. The mission was to pay homage to the original structure and history of the building while tastefully incorporating the modern amenities expected by travelers today.
Whether dining by day or night, Restaurant Château Eza, a Michelin-starred restaurant, offers sweeping and exhilarating views of the sparkling azure waters of the Côte d'Azur. Overseeing the restaurant since 2007 is Chef de Cuisine Axel Wagner. Originally from Germany, Wagner received his formal training in his home country and from there worked in several highly awarded restaurants throughout Europe including France and Switzerland. This includes his role as Executive Chef of the three-star Michelin restaurant of the renowned French Chef Georges Blanc in Vonnas. Having worked with Blanc in ventures in China and Singapore he is inspired by Asian cuisines. Singapore Airlines asked him to create their new menus recognizing his traditional European training mingled with his respect for Asian ingredients, Singapore Airlines.
Restaurant menus change based on the seasons and Chef Wagner highlights ingredients from the region. You’ll enjoy the freshest fish, lamb and duck year round, white asparagus in the spring and wild strawberries from the forest in the summer. It is not necessary to be a guest of the hotel to dine, everyone is welcome and encouraged to make reservations. The restaurant serves, lunch and dinner or you can simply enjoy the terrace bar for refreshing cocktails and champagne. On a clear day, you can see from Cap Ferrat to St. Tropez and as the sun sets, the lights along the coast turn a sublime view into a magical setting.
Chateau Eza provides guests a private beach club, Anjuna, located on Eze Bord de Mer. This special spot provides the perfect opportunity to dive into the waters of the Mediterranean where you can relax and linger over a refreshing lunch, and simply watch the boats sail by. Breathe deeply and you’ll inhale the scents of the sea and region, including wild rosemary which dots the hillside leading up to the village.
No matter the season, spring or autumn, a sundrenched afternoon, or a starry night, every season has its own appeal, every minute its particular charm, and every instant is bathed in an ever-changing iridescent light. Even the shortest of strolls through the village alleyways and gnarled lanes that twist and turn among the medieval buildings, only adds to the overall seduction. The village’s existence was first documented in 1075, but archaeological discoveries have revealed that sections of the walls date back to the Bronze Age. Since then, the Gauls, Romans, Saracens and Ottomans have battled ferociously over this piece of territory. Despite this history of battle, the village of Eze inspires a sense of peace and tranquility.
The shops Eze highlight some of the local specialties and hand crafts as well as other delights from the region. Delicious olive oil, perfumed essences like those made in Grasse, and tableware carved out of olive wood are the perfect gifts. One can use Chateau Eza as a base of exploration as well. The hotel is conveniently located approximately 25 minutes from Nice International Airport and is just 15 minutes from Monte Carlo, so you may try your luck at the tables.
Rates start at 295 Euros per night. For more information or to make a reservation at Château Eza, please visit www.chateaueza.com
or call +33 (0)4 93 41 12 24.