Gentle Decadence in the South of France

Gentle Decadence in the South of France

Thu April 21st 2022

Belles Rives hotel; F Scott Fitzgerald lived here in 1925, and some things haven’t changed.

Juan les Pins, Antibes is a gem in the south of France. And that makes the Belles Rives Hotel the diamond in town. F Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda settled here in 1925. It became a hotel in 1929 and has been with the same family ever since.

The first ‘feet in the water’ hotel was born on the Cote d’Azur. And the azure truly does sparkle and shine. Art Deco style is true throughout the hotel. I love how they refer to the gentle frenzy of the Roaring Twenties.

The views are timeless.

On the first morning there, I opened my shutters (I so love shutters ) and the sun shone brightly on the water skier carving curves on the flat bright blue sea. It was only 10 degrees but he made it look 30. It was an unreal feeling after days of snow and cold winds.

This hotel has its quirks, but such history and a sense of family. A rosé on the terrace – where else would you rather be.

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