VERY PRIVATE ISLAND

C 2 / THE HOTEL

A privilege given to hotel guests, the beach of C2 is set on the mysterious Degaby island, not far from the coast of Marseilles. The island can be privatized on request.


The pleasure island…

Liane Degaby, a famous artist during the years just beforej the Great War, had posed to advantage for the national cause. « If it’s an absolute necessity » she sighed, draped in scant and invisible dignity, a heart offered to peace for the benefit of her republican sponsors or perhaps already in answer to some impresario’s demands. However that may be, she made a fine marriage. André Lavai, a manufacturer of Marseilles, fell for her charms.

As they were very happy and wanted it to be known, to give this happiness a perfect setting the manufacturer bought his muse an island. « We shall build a theatre here for the muses of the sea » exclaimed Liane Degaby… 
Everyone agreed that it really was an enchanted abode, tales were told of delightful and unforgettable moments spent between sea and sky, all attested by the visitors’ book…
This tiny sea crossing – that nevertheless required the authorization of the State Officer – turned into an idyllic cruise, an invitation to a journey towards the sun, the rocks, the sea… 

   The war broke out, the war ended, and  the gallant André Lavai returned to Marseilles. Then there were fewer trips to the island. The lootings and the vandalism curbed the famous owner’s enthusiasm. She who had planned to leave this symbol of beauty to the city of Marseilles, she who had  shown such generosity, was forced to conclude in despair « The island will become my tomb ». The ,couple had a cross erected, but the tomb itself remains a mystery. Was it in fact ever built ? Another mystery that the legend prefers to ignore

   After the parties, the receptions, came decades of sleep, the abandon of the island, another war.  The the renewal of the 60’s gave birth to grandiose schemes. M.Boursier, a restaurant owner and businessman, planned to turn it into a hotel complex with a dance floor and a casino, and even envisaged  a connection to the mainland  by cable car, tunnel or funicular railway… and finally by helicopter.