The Belles Rives - A Dream Comes True.
Where the Great Gatsby meets the Real Life.
The Hotel Belles Rives and its famous Restaurant are situated on the seaside road that leads out to the Cap D'Antibes, less than a five minute walk from the center of Juan-les-Pins. The hotel is perched majestically above the water with its own pier, dock, and private beach. The building reflects the Golden Era of the late 1920s when F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florence Gould made the Cap their favorite playground. Just as the Colombe d'Or in St Paul-de-Vence is a mecca for art lovers, the Belles Rives is truly a mecca for lovers of the art of fine furniture signed "art déco."
The hotel is still run by the family of its creator, Boma Esténe, an exiled Russian who came as a poor refugee to the "Cote d'Azur" in the early 1920s. While working as a servant, he met Scott Fitzgerald, who lived in a little house by the sea. Boma dreamed of building a great hotel in the increasingly popular Juan-les-Pins and with the help of Scott Fitzgerald, he managed to buy the little house by the sea. Together they transformed it into a hotel. Shortly before the hotel opened, they got the idea that the hotel should be decorated by first class furniture of the day. They went to a much admired craftsman, who made an entire line of unique handmade pieces, all beautifully styled "art déco" furniture, aimed at pleasing the expected important guests. Somewhat later, an article was published in a magazine extolling the beauty of this seaside haunt. The article was a tribute to the hotel, the rooms, its restaurant, and the beautiful location, with only one criticism - the furniture - so hideous it could only be compared to soap cups! Mr Esténe was furious, but the expensive furniture had to give way to a more traditional style.
Years later, even in France, the beauty of "art déco" was appreciated and the family brought the furniture out of the dark, almost as new, to be admired by todays visitors.
The rooms are comfortable, beautifully decorated, and some offers guests a private balcony. To enjoy the hotel to it's utmost, be sure to reserve a room facing the sea. Its nostalgic atmosphere is best captured on the jetty where lunch is served by the sea, "pieds dans l'eau," just next to the private beach. Dinner is served in a romantic setting on an upper terrace wrapped in bougainvillea, with a splendid vista of the sunset behind the craggy Esterel Mountains.
In most hotels guests seek the spots where local go instead of vice versa. The Belle Rives is an exception. It's one of the few hotels where locals from all over the coast come to enjoy lunch on the water, or to go waterskiing behind one of the hotel's shiny wooden Rivas.
It's easy to understand why Scott Fitzgerald met the Great Gatsby here… published in 1929.
Richard Hagglof, 2013
Digitally remastered, in the form of short stories, from the book "A Taste of Cote d'Azur, written by Richard Hagglof.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A breathtaking art deco palace in a spectacular Côte d’Azur setting, Hôtel Belles Rives sits on the water’s edge overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea with outstanding views from the panoramic balconies.The hotel Belles Rives proposes 43 luxurius accomodations including 5 suites, Gourmet Restaurant La Passagere, Beach Restaurant Belles Rives, Private Beach, Water Sports Club, Piano Bar, 24 hours room service.... Experience the true glamour of the French Riviera spend time on the private beach where you can swim, sunbathe and practice some sport at the Belles Rives water-ski club. Afterwards, have lunch on the waterfront terrace at Plage Belles Rives and then stroll into Antibes Juan-les-Pins and explore the ramparts, the Picasso museum, daily market and browse the quaint boutiques. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belles Rives Hotel