Hotel Belles Rives
What We Love
- Sipping a signature Fitzgerald85 cocktail (champagne based and made for the 85th anniversary of the property) in a leopard-print armchair at Bar Fitzgerald
- Learning to water-ski just off the hotel’s private beach
- Prestigious patrons (apart from Fitzgerald) have included Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf, Catherine Deneuve and George Clooney
What To Know
- A $2 city tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free parking; valet parking is an additional $41 per day
- No swimming pool, though guests can use the facilities (pool, hammam and health club) at sister property Hotel Juana
- The vintage elevator is beautiful but tiny, so you may have to wait or take the stairs
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From the Venetian terrazzo mosaics of the Grand Hall to the comfy Art Deco armchairs and pastel frescoes, owner Marianne Estène-Chauvin has brilliantly preserved the original ambience of this former private villa, where F. Scott Fitzgerald penned Tender Is the Night. A nautical theme runs through the hotel, with mahogany panels, marine brass lamps and graphic rugs created by Jules Flippo in the style of the legendary French cruise liner Le Normandie. While the Belles Rives is inconspicuous on the main street, its splendor is easily seen from the sea, including its grand balconies and waterside terrace, created by architect Christian Macé using Italian terra-cotta tiles, as well as the iconic jetty, which stretches out into the azure waters of the Mediterranean.
Bed and Bath
The 43 guestrooms feature eye-catching Art Deco furnishings, step-out balconies and the cozy feeling of being in a luxe cabin on a transatlantic liner. The bathrooms are perfect for pampering, with Penhaligon’s toileteries, and all have big tubs, many made of Carrara marble. Classic Cape View Rooms are spacious and look out over fragrant pine groves, while Deluxe Sea View Rooms offer panoramic vistas across the water as far as the Esterel Massif.
A meal at the hotel’s chic restaurant, La Passagère, has become even more memorable with the recent appointment of talented young chef Yoric Tieche, who inventively interprets local cuisine with such dishes as soupe de poisson à la Marseillaise and foie gras roasted with mango and marinated turnip leaves. Much of life at the Belles Rives revolves around its beach, where you can relax with a massage or speed off on a private boat trip, while children are kept busy at the fun kids club. Every Thursday night in summer the sandy beach is transformed into a thumping open-air nightclub.
In the Area
Juan-les-Pins hosts one of Europe’s top jazz festivals every July, and the jazzy vibe continues at Le New Orleans, a cool cocktail bar just off the beach. Book a table at the casual Bistrot Terrasse, a Riviera institution that has been serving locals and celebrities simple pasta dishes and pizzas for 50 years. Over in Antibes, don’t miss the morning Provençal Market for irresistible olive oil, lavender, cheese and charcuterie, followed by a tour of the Picasso Museum, housed in the romantic Château Grimaldi.
How to Get There
I am a very discriminating hotel guest with extremely high standards and expectations, particularly when I am paying 5-star rates and staying for one week or longer. From the moment I arrived at the Hotel Belles Rives, I was entranced. The hotel has so much charm and the setting is absolutely spectacular. Everywhere you look you see the ocean. Both dining terraces overlook the Mediterranean and every table has an excellent view. In addition, there is an intimacy to the hotel that is lacking in the larger, more famous hotels. I had thought that the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc was the place to stay; however, it was totally booked so my travel agent suggested the Hotel Belles Rives and I have to say that were I given a choice between the two hotels, I would pick the Belles Rives hands down without a second thought. In addition, the staff is so accommodating, the buffet breakfast is excellent (they also offer an a la carte menu) and the location is convenient to Antibes and just a 5 minute walk to the many restaurants and cafes in the charming town of Juan-les-Pins. I enjoyed my stay so much that I plan on returning next year. My only recommendation is that the patio bar serve a more extensive menu during late afternoon and cocktail hour as the view is so amazing it would be nice to have a late lunch or stay for dinner during sunset.
We are so pleased we chose the Hotel Belles Rives for our honeymoon in Cotes de Azur!! The view from our room could not have been better, the service was outstanding, and the location was quiet, yet had easy access to restaurants and transportation to Nice. The staff went above and beyond to celebrate our new marriage and surprised use with rose petals on our first night! The highlight of our trip was watching the sunset from our balcony and listening to the sea in the morning. We enjoyed breakfast on the terrace one morning, but didn't make it to the restaurant for dinner. We'll just have to return in the future and we're looking forward to it!
The people working here were so warm and friendly. We paid extra for a sea view room. It was so nice to watch the sunset every day from our little balcony. At night we left the doors open and heard the sea and beautiful music from the bar below. The beach was wonderful and so was the lunch!
I booked through What a Hotel app-Richie Massa my contact. We got breakfast and beach chairs for free. The coffee was really good. Breakfast they should get local croissants from the bakery. My only suggestion.
Luca the Concierge, Christophe and the valets were just downright fabulous. The real reason I would come back. Merci :)