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Game Changer for Côte D’Azur

The latest member of La Clé Group, this new resort hotel owes its architecture and blue-white-sand design to Raphael Navot, and its Mediterranean restaurant, perched on a rooftop facing the palm trees and the sea, to the poetic Israeli star chef Eyal Shani.

Flirting with the Esterel mountain range, rocked by the sea breeze that caresses the palm trees and the soothing surf of the Mediterranean, Belle Plage has just set down roots in the calm and central Le Suquet neighbourhood in Cannes. A 10-minute walk from the Palais des Festivals, this former seaside hotel from the 1930s has been entirely renovated by La Clé Group (already at the helm of Hôtel Bachaumont and Hôtel National des Arts et Métiersin Paris) into a new ultra-desirable design-forward address that is opening its doors just in time for the sunny days.

Behind its futuristic undulating façade, this immaculate colossus was entirely conceptualised by designer Raphael Navot (Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers, Le 39V, Silencio, etc.), famous for his dreamlike avant-garde universe, backed by the FAAR Architects studio. Here, this figurehead of contemporary design delivers his elegant interpretation of the French Riviera, with a focus on natural materials such as wood, stone and terrazzo. Plaster, a steadfast, century-old staple of coastal hotels, also makes a generous appearance.

The site is intended to blend in perfectly with the landscape and colours of this area of Cannes, which is more untamed than the Croisette. Between land, sea and sky, the red- and rust-toned brick roof brings to mind the fiery shades of the Esterel mountain range. The fifty rooms and ten private residences, including one penthouse, are adorned in deep blue like the sea, along with pale organic sand hues.