The pinnacle of luxury on the French Riviera
– Unique secret island escape moments from Cannes
– 3.5-acre property with botanical gardens
– Previous owners include Louis XIV
– Ultra-luxury 5-star hotel services on call within the private residence
Serenity and seclusion are not typically the two words that come to mind when describing the iconic Cote d’Azur, which is why the hidden sanctuary of Le Grand Jardin is quickly becoming the most sought-after luxurious summer escape for those who are lucky enough to be in the know. Dating back to the 13th century, this exclusive estate is hidden away on an island, just moments from Cannes, and is now welcoming guests to experience its charm, history and tranquillity.
Le Grand Jardin is the sole residence on the island of Sainte Marguerite, with many unaware of its story. Previous owners of this island include Louis XIV and the 15th-century Dukes of Guise, and legend has it that Napoleon once grazed his horses in the verdant gardens, whilst observing the passing ships. Watched over by an old fortress, guests will be immersed in the history of this rare property from the moment they arrive.
Without question, Le Grand Jardin is the most exclusive property in the South of France. Perfectly designed for a larger group, the estate boasts 12 bedrooms across seven separate buildings in the three-and-a-half-acre property: the Governor’s House, three cottages, a guest house, and the old fortress tower. Its clean line architecture seamlessly blends with the original features, with every aspect of the design being thoughtfully curated with a focus on sustainability. From the white and grey marble and neutral beige furnishings, to the teak wood floors, this signature design has created an era-defining hidden sanctuary, with an effortlessly chic feel. No luxury villa would be complete without incredible artwork. A Gregory Bonnard sculpture adds a unique quirk to Le Grand Jardin’s gardens, and modern vibrant pieces can be seen throughout the living spaces.
Surrounded by nature, it is no surprise that wellness is at the heart of this haven. The sweet-smelling citrus trees, natural pools and the botanical garden in the expansive grounds all create a peaceful oasis for guests to embrace the slower pace of life. It is the ideal setting for a restorative, instructor-led yoga session or any desired wellness program, which can be organised and tailored to guests’ exact needs. Bespoke services with leading wellness experts can be enjoyed in the various treatment rooms found in the private home, and in true style, there’s also a hammam and sauna.
A stay at Le Grand Jardin cannot be matched, with all of the services of an ultra-luxury 5-star hotel on call within the privacy of a residence. Only a short boat ride or helicopter transfer from Cannes, there is no shortage of things for guests to do during their time on this private island. With the highest level of services available, heli-sightseeing tours over Cannes and the French Riviera, extravagant dinner receptions in the garden, an open-air cinema experience, exploring the coastline on a Vespa, and cocktail parties at the sun-drenched outdoor bar, can all be organised with the help of a dedicated concierge team.