Perfectly located in front of the InterContinental Carlton Hotel, Annex enjoys possibly the best beach location in Cannes with comfortable access and centrally located within easy reach from all main hotels and residences.
Recently re-conceptualised and redesigned by legendary architect Jacques Garcia, Annex Beach is the only beach front project undertaken by the master better known for his iconic urban work (Hotel Costes – Hotel Fouquet – Park Chinois – Le Louvre – La Mamounia – La Reserve – Nomad – Wynn) ..the list goes on.
Born on September 25, 1947, Jacques Garcia’s parents were shopkeepers before his father Adolphe Garcia, son of a Spanish emigrant, became a heating engineer at the Gare de l’Est and his mother, an accountant. The young Jacques Garcia learned to bargain with his father at the flea markets of Vanves and Montreuil. He quickly discovered his talent for drawing and his fascination for works of art. At the age of eight, he built and furnished his first cabin at his grandparents’ house.
In 1966, his father enrolled him as a scholarship student at Penninghen, a prestigious graphic arts school in Paris, from which he graduated.
As an adult, he enters an interior design school, which he completed with training in the arts and crafts. Within the framework of the decoration agency where he started, he specialized in contemporary architecture, in particular by realizing the interior concepts of the Montparnasse tower, the hotels of the Méridien group or the Royal Monceau in Paris and of the hotel La Mamounia in Marrakech. He also has a collector’s soul and hunts to gather what the French Revolution dispersed, in a collection of furniture and royal objects.
In 1980, he acquires the Sagonne hotel, at 28 rue des Tournelles in Paris, which he restores and decorates “in the manner of”. The publication of photos of his restoration in a decoration magazine launched his career, which saw an influx of orders from private clients.
From the 1980s onwards, he led decoration projects for clients such as the d’Ornano, Bouygues or Mauboussin. In the 1990s, he renovated many establishments of Lucien Barrière hotel group. His diversified creative register extends from “Zen minimalism to neo-Gothic overload, from the exoticism of the return from Egypt to the madness of Napoleon III”.
The renovation of the Parisian mansion of the Sultan of Brunei, Place Vendôme, allowed him to buy the Champ-de-Bataille castle in Neubourg in 1992. To do so, he was forced to sell the Sagonne hotel and the Menou castle, located in the Nivernais region.
In 2006, Jacques Garcia completely redecorated the Odeon Saint Germain hotel, a 16th century building located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, (Paris), and member of the Exclusive Hotels chain.
At the beginning of 2014, he participated in the setting up of “period rooms”, at the Louvre Museum in Paris, which presents reconstructed furnished period rooms, some parts of which are entirely original creations, presenting the different styles from the Ancien Régime to the 18th century, the critical reception of which may have led to reservations.
In Paris, he was notably responsible for the decoration of the Grand Café, La Belle Armée, Ladurée, L’Avenue, L’Esplanade, Ruc, Paris, Royal Monceau, La Reserve Hotel, Maison Souquet, as well as La Mamounia in Marrakech, NoMad in New York and the Danieli Hotel in Venice.
Jacques Garcia received the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor in 2018.
It is in 2019 that he chooses the Annex Beach for the creation of his first beach, in order to stamp Cannes and its mythical Croisette with his inimitable and recognizable “Garcia Style”.