New opening: Ultima Collection launching in Côte d’Azur

New opening: Ultima Collection launching in Côte d’Azur

Set to open in spring 2022, Ultima Cannes Le Grand Jardin was previously home to royals 

The only private property on the island of Sainte-Marguerite, Ultima Cannes Le Grand Jardin is a historic private walled estate that was previously home to royals, including Louis XIV. Like Ultima Collection’s existing properties across Europe, Le Grand Jardin will feature state-of-the-art décor, facilities and the highest levels of service in a secluded corner on the Côte d’Azur.

Exclusively accessible by boat (just 10 minutes from Cannes) or helicopter, with no cars on Sainte-Marguerite, Ultima’s guests will feel as if they are staying on their very own, secluded private island.

Le Grand Jardin comprises three buildings: The Governor’s House; The Tower, a turreted watchtower with a roof terrace, and a guest house, collectively dating back as far as the 13th century. The property will have 11 bedrooms, with expansive suites in the Governor’s House and The Tower; multiple relaxation and dining areas both indoors and out; an open-air cinema; an organically filtered heated outdoor pool and a spa.

The property is surrounded by a 14,000sqm botanical park and Ultima’s chefs will be on hand to offer guests farm-to-table dining, providing a connection with nature and a home-away-from-home experience.

Ultima Collection co-founder Byron Baciocchi said: “Ultima Cannes signals the start of a new chapter for Ultima Collection. Sainte Marguerite’s historic offering is undeniably rare, which is why we did not hesitate in adding the property to our portfolio.


“Before embarking on this monumental project, we knew we had a responsibility to preserve its historical elements while also bringing the property forward with our signature design and interiors. It’s turned into an eco-sanctuary that is even more special and can be enjoyed in complete privacy on the Cote d’Azur.”

Le Grand Jardin may be the only place to stay on the island but there are several attractions for visitors to enjoy, including La Guérite, one of the most talked-about dining spots on the Côte d’Azur, and British artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculpture garden.

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