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 really love the Hotel Belle Rives and there is just so much to love. It lies on a perfect part of Cap D'Antibes ...where the wind is somewhat buffered and the sea is calm. The rooms are lovely (not The Hassler 5 star) but charming. And...did I mention the sea view! If you can, do treat yourself to a deluxe room ON the sea. Although a small balcony, you can gaze out of the shuttered windows and watch the yachts pass by. It truly is a FABULOUS location! The town of Juan Les Pins is lively and walkable. The hotel is just 8 minutes drive to Cannes and very close to Antibes, as well. You can take a gorgeous walk along the coast or simply rent sunbeds and unwind soaking up the sun to the perfectly chilled rose. The staff is very accommodating and so friendly. Luca is the best! He was helpful before we traveled and is a one in a million concierge. The only critiques I will give the hotel is that we were there during multiple events (wedding, birthday party, white party, Fitzerald Awards ). It was really loud until 1 a.m. for several of the nights we stayed. We were told that there are usually many parties in June so do keep that in mind if you are hoping to have a bit more quiet late at night vs rap music. Just a small suggestion... it would be nice to vary the breakfast buffet a bit more and include eggs any way one desires as part of the breakfast package...or perhaps credit that amount towards the menu items. As one who is a luxury traveler and on the board of a travel magazine, I always try to give a suggestion or two :-) Hotel Belles Rives is truly a gem of a hotel!
Had a wonderful time staying Belles Rives.
Our oceanfront room was beautiful and was complemented by an excellent staff. Luca and his team at the Concierge desk gave us exceptional advice on how to enjoy all of that Antibes had to offer. If you are looking for a high-quality experience that it totally relaxing, stay at Belles Rives!
We spent several nights here and it is a beautiful hotel.
What made our stay even more delightful was getting to know the concierge, Lucca. He is a delightful person who tries his very hardest to make certain that everything is perfect. On meeting him, we felt that we were in very good hands and all his recommendations were indeed perfect!
Everything about our stay was delightful, the property is magnificent, and Lucca cares for the hotel, as if it were his own. We were very impressed. His warmth and genuine concern for every guest, make this a six star gem!
They have done a subtle repaint and polish up so the beautiful little hotel really shines as a jewel on the coast; less prepossessing but more charming than many other five star places; the restaurant on the beach is fantastic. Upgraded WiFi; even better cocktails; improved service. I have yet to dine in the Michelin starred restaurant and will review that in due course but this is a gem of a place and I've spent hours not just writing but filming here. A gem.
The room is small but with the balcony and the view of the Mediterranean and the province it is wonderful.
The hotel is a gem of ex-patriot glory from the 1920s. Attention to detail, service and location could not be better.