If your first visit to The Maybourne Riviera is on a radiantly sunny day—and this being the Côte d’Azur, it’s likely—prime yourself for a moment beneath the Louise Bourgeois steps through the glass-walled Riviera Restaurant to one of the clifftop hotel’s many terraces. 

Those lucky enough to join its General Manager, Knut Wylde, on a private tour of the property will have discovered a new concept in hospitality that moves the dial sharply in a city not short of showy openings. With 60 suites arrayed across nine floors,