Book a room at the Réserve de Beaulieu
La Réserve de Beaulieu is a legend among Riviera hotels. Originally a luxury seafood restaurant, it gained its nickname from the fish-pond (‘reserve’) which accommodated the daily catch before it was served up to the demanding aristocratic clientele. Soon the great and the good, from the Almanac de Gotha to celebrated writers such as Leo Tolstoy, to the new ‘royalty’ of Hollywood, were coming to stay here; and their modern-day counterparts are in no mood to break that tradition.
The majority of La Reserve’s 39 rooms, suites and villas – all beautifully appointed in Florentine style with frescoes and period furniture – have stunning views over the Mediterranean, and are decorated with black-and-white autographed photographs of personalities who have resided here.As far as dining goes, well, how far can you go? There’s not much to beat the fabulous two-Michelin-starred Restaurant des Rois – so called because of its patrons, who included the kings of Belgium and of Sweden. For an aperitif or nightcap, there’s the Gordon Bennett bar, named in honour of the American newspaper owner who put the hotel on the map in the roaring twenties.
For that essential Riviera wellbeing, the hallmark of any luxury hotel worth its salt, there’s a Turkish bath, jacuzzi, a fitness room and ten cabins for personal treatments including massages both regular and exotic (the latter with bamboo, hot stones, or even hot chocolate), as well as a full beauty-care programme.