Built in 1884, old villa of Heeren, a rich spanish who made fortune with trade of sugar with Latin America, Hélianthe was transformed in a hotel after the first world war. Another annex was added to create an innovative medical institute that we call today “thalassotherapy”.
Hélianthe saw many stars as the hollywood superstar, Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin and Cécile Sorel, an member of “la Comédie Française”.
In 1926, Léon Blum chose the room that Cécile Sorel has just left when the future Edouard VIII of England was living in a suite at the second floor.
The Prince of Wales, under the pseudo of comte of Chester was seeking to be incognito despite that he was recognized by his fabulous car. Its car was able to reach 140km per hour. Henri, fourth son of Georges V, liked Hélianthe. After mornings dedicated to gymnastics and boxing at the hotel, he rode in the forest of Chiberta, spent the afternoon at the Golf du Phare, and tried Basque pelota.
After Germans settled there during the last war. During the bombing of 1944, the wounded were transported from the Port Vieux and central districts to the aid station established in the basements.
The American University requisitioned from 1945 to 1946, before being sold by apartments