The second part of our blog to visit some of the greatest hotels on the French Riviera continues with even more luxurious establishments on one of the greatest pieces of coastline in southern Europe. We start our journey in Nice and visit the Beau Rivage.
Hotel Beau Rivage
The Hotel Beau Rivage opened in the same year that Nice became part of France, which was 1860. And ever since it has been a cornerstone of hospitality for the beachfront fraternity. Just a couple of minutes away from the beach, the hotel is perfect for a seaside holiday. The rooms are very spacious and quite a few have terrific sea views, and as a resident you can avail yourself of the famous Beau Rivage Plage beach club which is great fun. Forget burgers and kebabs at this beach club, lunch will be more in the swordfish and ginger category of cuisine.
Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat
Most people check in to the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat to take advantage of the famous Club Dauphin which was once an Olympic sized seawater swimming pool, in which the blue color of the water mirrors the magnificent Mediterranean. Many visitors laze on the sun loungers that surround the pool and gaze out at the luxury yachts bobbing up and down on the waves. There are even complimentary refreshments that are provided to your lounger, served by the efficient and attentive pool boys. If you feel like staying at this grand hotel then try taking the path that skirts Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to the marvelous beach called Passable.
A truly five-star establishment in the highly popular area that comprises of three of the best of the French Riviera’s most exclusive seaside resorts, namely St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche and Beaulieu. The area actually has its own six-mile-long sandy beach that is highly popular. The architecture of the hotel is very formal, with Doric columns and Grecian friezes, and the grand color scheme is perfect for a seaside hotel of the Riviera, with pastel pink and whites. Guests are invited to relax on the garden deck or stretch out on the sun loungers by the large overflow pool. All in all, a perfect place to relax and watch the world go buy.
Hotel Belles Rives
Situated between Juan-les-Pins and the glorious Cap d’Antibes can be found the enchanting Hotel Belles Rives, complete with its marvelous Art Deco design. The interior is as glamorous as the exterior and harks back to the Twenties Jazz era and its former residents, the Scott Fitzgerald’s. The hotel also has access to two beaches, one perfect sandy which gently rolls down to the Mediterranean and a slightly rockier one that is more secluded. Hotel Belles Rives is all about location and the spectacular sea views.
Head to dine al fresco at La Plage restaurant and you can eat your breakfast whilst the sea laps at your feet. Later on in the day, Piano Bar Fitzgerald is the perfect place to have a pre-dinner cocktail and watch the sun going down. The French Riviera and its hotels are rather exclusive and that is the beauty of it all, somewhere that embraces the past and its values.