The Red Rocks, a hotel with a very Riviera spirit
In Saint-Raphaël, Les Roches Rouges welcomes the last opus of Valéry Grego, creator of independent hotels. He meets again the talents of his close guard. Plural collaboration and visions panoramic weave the codes of a hotel imagined as a holiday home.
After the hotels in the mountains, Les Hôtels d'En Haut, grouped under the banner of Perseus, led by Valéry Grego, head southat the foot of the Estérel massif. Facing the Isle of Gold - source of inspiration for the famous album of Hergé - suspended on the Mediterranean, the modern lines of the Roches Rouges dive into an intense blue water.
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At the foot of the hotel, the rocks at the seaside welcome deckchairs feet in the water.
On the terrace, a swimming pool stretches twenty meters long and is extended by a natural swimming pool of sea water.
Valéry Grego reinvents hotel codes
At the head of this solar liner, Valéry Grego, an atypical character, revisits the hotel offering, upsetting his codes and leading his guests to a new adventure. "I want to make you feel like a holiday home, a place to live in. I'm trying to move my vision of the world to the places I design, in a very instinctive way," He says. No television in the rooms, large tables to share on the terrace, spaces designed as living rooms together, collections of selected books, give the tempo of this singular seaside odyssey. The key of the project is based on a design and atmosphere conceived as a scenario. If the places claim a lifestyle to share, for Valéry Grego "you have to know how to design them together, by mixing the skills".
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Like a balcony overlooking the sea, the huge lauze stone terrace is punctuated by Airborne "AA" armchairs and metal chairs, designed by Festen Architecture, in the Riviera spirit of the 1950s. The seats are covered with color curry canvas, found throughout the hotel.
A team of creative talents for a place of charm
From where "his band of creative talents, a team where the ego has to straighten up to better go with it". Inseparable accomplice of his projects, this collective puts in shape "these narrative hotels" from end to end.
At his side, the founder of the Be-Poles agency, Antoine Ricardou, responsible for the visual identity, infuses this extra soul, posing the imaginary wake of the trip - a selection of artists' works, painted motifs on the bedside tables, polaroids pinned to the wall - in the vein of his collection of photographic notebooks on cities.
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In the rooms, polaroids made by Antoine Ricardou from the Be-Poles agency were pinned to the wall.
A selection of artists' works decorates the rooms.
On the architectural side, the agency Festen revisits the Riviera spirit with elegance. Awakening the memory of Eileen Gray's villa E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Hugo Sauzay and Charlotte de Tonnac rediscover the rigor of the original lines of the building of the late 1950s, project openings to the sea, redesign lauze stone terraces around a twenty-meter pool and draw the furniture. A melted and well dosed decor, textures of caning, burlap but also raw concrete and oak. The set erases the landmarks of a public place and appropriates the domestic charm of a holiday home.
The hotel lobby is open to the full width by two huge swiveling windows that project the visitor to the sea, upon arrival.
But the authenticity does not stop there: fish of the day is that of the fisherman of the corner, the recipes of the bold leader Bailly are inspired by the work of the Occitan poet René Jouveau, Provencal cuisine of popular tradition, the wine list is 100% local, to the petanque court which is under the bowling club! The moments of truth are indeed part of the project.
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In the lobby, a De Sede "DS 600" mottled leather sofa and a "529 Rio" cane coffee table by Charlotte Perriand, Cassina.
Open on the terrace, the restaurant takes the color ocher. Tables, rafia bench, sconces, cane ceiling and pivoting panels designed by Festen Architecture.
Chef José Bailly, at the controls of the hotel's restaurants, and his typical Provençal recipes.
No reception in the hotel lobby, but a long oak table and books. Heather lamp, terracotta wall sconce by artist Guy Bareff and chairs, Marta Sala Editions.
In one of the rooms, Linen Blanket, Holiday Home, Suspension, Festen Architecture, Carpet, Nanimarquina.
On the walls of the rooms, above the bedside tables, drawings by the artist Jean André.
Escape to one of the rooms seen from the bathroom.
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The bathroom tiles are based on the initials of the hotel.
Hotel Les Roches Rouges. Rooms from 160 to 445 euros, luxury rooms from 315 to 600 euros. 90 Boulevard of the 36th Division of Texas, 83530 St. Raphael. Such. 04 89 81 40 60. hotellesrochesrouges.com