The Belles Rives began life as a private villa in the 1920s with prominent personalities such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald amongst the property’s famous visitors. Situated in an enviable location right on the sea-shore of the exclusive Cap d’Antibes close to Juan-les-Pins, today, the Belles Rives is a 42 bedroom family run hotel and a fabulous venue for weddings on the French Riviera.
Wedding cocktail receptions and dinners at the Belles Rives hotel take place directly by the sea on a manmade beach-like terraced area. The beach terrace has a maximum capacity of 300 people but is ideal for groups of between 50 and 150 people. The beach terrace also has a tent to offer protection in case of rain which has a seated capacity of 70 people with a dance floor area and 100 without a dance floor.
Belles Rives beach terrace & tent
Belles Rives beach terrace
Belles Rives tent
The Belles Rives offers various wedding ‘packages’ ranging from 140 Euros per person depending on the type of menu that you decide to go for. All packages include Champagne and canapés, main dishes, a cheese course, wedding cake, wine, mineral water and coffee. The per head price includes chairs, tables and table decoration (candles, flowers, menu holders) as well as one nights accommodation for the Bride and Groom on their wedding night. More à la carte tailor-made proposals are also available.
Wedding at the Belles Rives hotel
Wedding at the Belles Rives hotel
For wedding ceremonies at the Belle Rives, either the same beach terrace or the Terrasse de la Passagère with a capacity of 140 people seated can be used. An additional fee applies for the exclusive use of the Terrasse de la Passagère. Timings for the start of ceremonies at the Belles Rives in either space depends on the season.
Wedding ceremony on the Terrasse de la Passagère
Wedding Ceremony on the Terrasse de la Passagère
Rates and conditions for weddings at the Belles Rives change slightly depending on the time of year. For example during high season (15 June to 15 September) the time limit for music is midnight as opposed to 02.00 during the mid season.
For more information about weddings at the Belles Rives hotel, do not hesitate to contact My Riviera Wedding. Simply send us an email or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Belles Rives directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.
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The French Riviera and its surrounding area is filled with highly desirable wedding destinations. There really is something for everyone from glitz and glam seaside towns, to Provencal countryside getaways and romantic medieval villages. I have picked out a few of my favourite wedding destinations on the Cote d’Azur and in Provence that you may wish to consider for your wedding. You might prefer to decide upon a destination based upon the location of a particular venue that you have in mind. Please see my pick of the best wedding venues in the area in the Recommended Wedding Venue section of My Riviera Wedding.
- Cannes & surrounding: Cannes encapsulates the glitz and glam associated with the Cote d’Azur. the city and its surrounding neighbourhood has an extremely vast selection of fabulous venues suitable for weddings. From chateaus (Chateau de la Napoule), to stunning hotels such as the Martinez , the Carlton, the Majestic and the 1835 White Palm Hotel, trendy hangouts (Le Baoli and Palm Beach), beach restaurants to name but a few l’Ecrin and Vega Luna as well as an abundance of modern private villas.
- Mougins & Mouans-Sartoux: Situated just outside of Cannes in the Provencal countryside, Mougins and its neighbouring village Moans-Sartoux are ideal wedding destinations away from the hustle and bustle of the busy coast. With a golf and country club, The Royal Mougins, several private domains and country residences such as the Manoir de Letang, the simply amazing Château de Castellaras, a luxury hotel with Michelin star restaurant, Le Mas Candille and several well-known fun restaurants for example Le Park and the Moulin de Mougins, Mougins and Mouans-Sartoux both offer a wealth of possibilities.
- Antibes Juan-les-Pins: With over 30 private beaches, one of them belonging to the lovely family run hotel the Belle Rives, Juan-les-Pins has a great deal of great wedding venues. Located on the border between Juan-les-Pins and the Cap d’Antibes a new luxury boutique hotel, the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel, has recently opened its doors after almost a year’s construction. The Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel has been built onto the already existing beach restaurant and night spot Les Pecheurs, which has also been given a facelift. The Cap d’Antibes, a peninsular between Juan-les-Pins and the old town of Antibes is home to some of the world’s most wealthy people; Arabian princes, celebrities and top business men. It is most famous for the exclusive Hotel du Cap Eden Roc a favourite A-class celebrity hangout during the Cannes Film Festival. The Cap d’Antibes has several superb waterfront venues such as Keller beach as well as some fantastic villas such as the Domaine la Dilecta.
- Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat: With Apple’s Paul Allen amongst the many high-flying property owners, the peninsular of Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat is considered as being THE ultimate destination in the South of France for those seeking privacy, luxury and exclusivity. Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat has some breathtaking wedding venues such as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild the fabulous Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, and the Villa Kérylos in nearby Beaulieu sur Mer, It also has two wonderful private beaches; Passable Beach and Paloma Beach (Tel: +33 (0)4 93 01 64 71 open from Easter to the end of September).
- Saint Paul de Vence: The medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence is a real gem. Made famous in the mid 20th century by the passage of world-renowned artists such as Picasso and Russian painter Mark Chagall who is buried in the village’s cemetery, Saint Paul de Vence still today promotes arts and crafts and is filled with independent galleries and artist’s workshops. Saint Paul de Vence is for me a perfect example of a well-preserved, picture perfect typical French village. With a beautiful little church, two Relais & Chateau hotels (Le Mas de Pierre and Le Saint Paul) as well as the top class restaurant La Colombe d’Or. In nearby Vence one of the most fabulous hotels in the area can be found; the Chateau Saint Martin which is part of the same group as the legendary Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.
- Grasse: For me Grasse is highly underrated as a wedding destination. The town offers greater value for money than some of the nearby towns and villages and the events service at the Grasse Tourist Office is more than happy to help prospective clients discover the many delightful venues that Grasse has to offer. Grasse is most famous for its perfume industry, with 4 large perfume factories in the town, a perfume museum, many beautiful flower gardens and fields where flowers are cultivated for the production of perfume some of which double up as wedding venues such as The Bastide du Parfumeur or the Domaine de Manon. Not forgetting of course a superb Relais et Chateaux hotel and Michelin star restaurant, the Bastide Saint Antoine and the stunning Chateau Diter.
- Monaco: Even the most luxurious addresses on the Cote d’Azur tend to have a relaxed sea-side feel to them, something that can not necessarily be said for the many preened and polished wedding venues Monaco has to offer. Depending on what floats your boat, Monaco may conjure up a mixed bag of emotions. Some feel that Monaco is a cold, soulless, ‘fake’ town while others are in awe of its grandeur and pomp. It is safe to say however that the quality and range of venues in Monaco is unrivalled most of which are grouped under the Monte Carlo SBM umbrella, a holding company which owns and manages most of the Principalities leisure and tourism venues. Amongst the best hotels in Monaco are the Hermitage, Monte Carlo Bay, Hotel de Paris, Le Meridien, Vista Palace and Monte Carlo Beach. Great beach restaurants are La Reserve de la Mala in nearby Cap d’Ail, Anjuna Bay in nearby Eze sur Mer and K Beach. Great restaurants and lounge bars include Maya Bay, La Chaumiere and the Pacific.
- Provence: Provence includes the territory inland of the French Riviera and the countryside of the Var region of the South of France, the next department along from the Alpes Maritimes (06 post code area) beginning west of Cannes just after the small seaside town of Theoule. Provence with its many vineyards, lavender fields and country escapes is a fabulous wedding destination and a cheaper, less crowded alternative to the Cote d’Azur. Here are just a few of the many stunning wedding venues in Provence to wet your appetite: Commanderie de Peyrassol, Château Font du Broc, Magnanerie de Saint Isidore.
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This five star luxury establishment is for me, the wedding venue on the Cote d’Azur ‘par excellence’. The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is exclusive yet has a relaxed vibe, is luxurious yet homely and friendly without being intrusive. The exclusive nature of the venue comes from both the high price tag and the fact that the venue only accepts weddings at certain times of the year. The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc does not allow weddings during the months of July and August due to the fact that the Hotel prioritizes its regular clientele many of whom return year after year. The establishment prefers not to put any area of the hotel out of bounds so as not to compromise the enjoyment of their individual guests during their vacation. The hotel closes annually between mid October and April for upkeep thus leaving only the months of April, May (excluding the Cannes Film Festival period – 10 days in mid May), June, September and the first part of October available for weddings. Weekend dates during these periods are scarce and are often reserved well in advance.
With my wedding planning company Lavender and Rose, I organized wedding at the Hotel du Cap in April 2012. You can see the photos on my company website at the following link: http://www.lavenderandroseweddings.fr/real-wedding-hotel-du-cap-eden-roc/
The majority of the couples who are lucky enough to get married at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc do so as they have been coming to the establishment for years with their family on holiday, the venue has cherished childhood memories for them and is therefore an obvious choice for their own wedding in adult life.
The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc has several spaces well adapted for wedding celebrations and ceremonies. At the heart of the beautiful gardens is a romantic rose garden where a small, quiet ceremony could take place with your nearest and dearest. Alternatively for larger groups, the roof of the Eden Roc pavilion offers panoramic sea views over the Lerins Islands and the Cannes bay. Another option for ceremonies is the long, dramatic, tree-lined alley leading from the Hotel du the Eden Roc. The Eden Roc pavilion has a wonderful terrace running right the length of its various function spaces; the Eden Roc restaurant, a formal dining area with fabulous gastronomic cuisine, the Eden Roc Grill and Lounge Bar, a more relaxed environment perfect for dancing and cocktail receptions, and the Rotonde Piano bar and terrace, great for pre-dinner drinks.
For those wishing to dance on into the early hours of the morning (they sky is the limit thanks to the lack of neighbours), the hotel obliges that the whole Hotel and Eden Roc pavilion is hired for exclusive use due to the fact that many of the hotel’s bedrooms are located above the function rooms. However, if you do not mind finishing loud music at a reasonable hour not as to disturb other guests, an exclusive use fee is not always necessary.
The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is best described in images rather than words; their website has many lovely photographs and contains additional information.
If you would like to enquire about holding your wedding at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, you can get in touch with Nicole Soechting by email email@example.com. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.
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