This luxurious hotel is one of the Riviera’s most fabled addresses. It started life in 1925 as a holiday villa rented by Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (as depicted in Fitzgerald’s semi-autobiographical novel “Tender Is the Night”). Today, 90 years after her grandparents first opened the Belles-Rives’ doors, the elegant Madame Estène-Chauvin owns and oversees this waterside gem. Guestrooms are sumptuous yet eclectic—each one its own unique size and shape. The lower terraces hold garden dining rooms, an elegant bar and lounge, as well as a private jetty. Also on site is the superb La Passagère restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Aurélien Véquaud, who was poached from St-Tropez’s three-star eatery La Vague d’Or in 2017. Lunch overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean costs 55€ for three courses. If you’re daring, you can even try waterskiing at the waterside aquatic club where, almost a century ago, the sport was invented.