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
We have been coming here for 33 years and it never fails. It is a special magical place that is hard to describe.The Passagere restaurant and terrace is just fabulous and for lunch the beach restaurant is ideal.
All the staff are very friendly, efficient and very professional.
We have stayed many times at this hotel over the years.
The service by all members of staff was exceptional.
We felt very special.
Perfect spot in Juan Les pins.
The two restaurants are very good.
The bar and beach club are very well run.
We loved waterskiing with Marco/Natalie and Fred
This hotel sits right on the Med with easy access to swim and enjoy and the hotel takes advantage of this with all of its dining and main bar taking advantage of the view. Do not miss their piano bar, very nice setting and great food for a casual evening...an absolute 10 out of 10. The fine dining restaurant is also a 10 out of 10, do not miss. The entire setting is among the best (Eden Roc has much larger grounds but this has close proximity to the Med, love them both). The staff, everyone from front dest, to the bar to the restaurants are distinguishably spectacular. It's a short cab ride to the shopping/historic center and a 25 min walk, most of which is residential but becomes part of the scenic walkway alongside the coast. Fun to go into town for lunch but if you are there for just a few days, do at least one dinner at the hotel.
I booked the Belles Rives for my elderly mother to stay for a week whilst we were staying on our boat. The hotel as ever is wonderful, but what struck me was just how helpful all the staff were especially with my mum who can't walk very far. Everyone, from Sandee on the beach to the the voiturer were truly fantastic and made for a wonderful stay.
Plenty of "posh" hotels in the Cote d'Azur can be so snobby - but not the Belles Rives. Congratulations.
Super service from everyone on staff as they prepare for another smash season. Going there now revealed a huge amount of effort spreading new “beach” in their tiny area. Plenty of water sports available when the sea warms up. Tasty snacks at the bar, and exquisite meals in restaurant . Old elevator that you rarely see these days. Private parking with immediate car valet service. Consistent with SLH promised service.
Don’t miss this classic hotel.....all the stars have been here!