Now that France has officially reopened and lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for US citizens, you can celebrate with a summer getaway to the French Riviera. Of course, a trip to the stylish beach enclave in Europe deserves a stay at an equally chic hotel, and the new La Belle Plage, which opened on March 14, perfectly fits the bill. By Dobrina Zhekova
What to expect at La Belle Plage
A design that is worthy of all admiration
Located in the charming historic neighbourhood of Le Suquet within a short walk of the famous Palais des Festivals in Cannes, the property is a true design masterpiece, both inside and out. Housed in a former hotel built in the 1930s, the property’s whitewashed façade features geometric elements and curves reminiscent of Miami‘s historic art deco structures.
The interior spaces are completely re-imagined by award-winning designer Raphael Navot, known for his penchant for raw materials and clean lines. La Belle Plage reflects Navot’s interpretation of the chic Côte d’Azur aesthetic, which he has achieved with plenty of wood, stone, and terrazzo. The 50 rooms and 10 private residences, including one penthouse, are decorated in a deep blue shade inspired by the Mediterranean along with an earthy palette of sand-like hues. And the furniture is certainly something to behold, too. The custom-made pieces include coral-shaped bookcases, canework chairs, wooden nightstands, woven rugs, and minimalist lighting fixtures.
Massive spa and rooftop restaurant
The hotel is also home to the largest spa in Cannes, boasting more than 8,600 square feet (799 square metres) of relaxation space. This serene oasis features treatment rooms overlooking the lush gardens with the scent of flowers permeating the spaces.
But the most noteworthy facility of La Belle Plage is certainly its rooftop restaurant, Bella, led by renowned Israeli chef Eyal Shani. Here, Shani has created a Mediterranean menu that focusses on local and seasonal products such as Provençal vegetables and freshly caught seafood. And while patrons will certainly appreciate the cuisine, the stunning sea views from the rooftop — best enjoyed with a craft cocktail in hand — are another highlight of the property.
To book a room, click here — nightly rates at La Belle Plage start at Euro 270 (or USD 293).