June 01, 2020
The Rosé Wine Collective's Top 6 Beach Clubs along the French Riviera
We love the South of France. It is where we have our fondest memories together, so much so we got married there in the Summer of 2016. We make sure we visit at least once a year, and when we do we often love to travel across the region, from Monaco over to St Tropez with many stops in between.
One of our favourite things to do when on holiday in France is spend a long, rosé filled day at the beach, and the French Riviera is home to some of the best beach clubs in the world. We have put together some of our favourites for you to peruse!
Club 55, St Tropez
First up Club 55. A St Tropez institution and beach club royalty. Packed full of charm, glamour & of course Rosé. Founded in 1955 by a film crew while filming And God Created Woman & frequented by Brigette Bardot.
The beach club can either be reached by boat along the crystal blue waters of the famous Pampelonne beach or through the tall stands of bamboo and Tamrisk trees at the front. Spend a long lazy lunch under the trees in the afternoon breeze, people watching, listening to the amazing in house band. All the food here is fantastic, local and great value – the mussels are my favourite! Things really ramp up into the afternoon as the Rosé begins flowing. However if you fancy a post lunch snooze head out to the beach under the bamboo and white umberellas, where all you can hear is the sea, with a cold glass of rosé in hand. Definitely advise booking in advance – especially for lunch.
La Guerite, Cannes (ish)
Situated on a small island just off the coast of Cannes, on the island of Sainte Marguerite. Easy to reach by yacht, pre arranged transport by the restaurant or by boats from Cannes, Juan Les Pins & Antibes. La Guerite nails beach chic and has amazing views over looking Cannes. It has a lively restaurant, with an amazing band and beautiful Mediterranean menu – the fish is delicious. The restaurant is super fun, especially in a group with family and friends, with dancing on the tables beginning from late afternoon. There are the most comfortable sunbeds available next to the turquoise waters if you fancy a break from the afternoon madness and catching some late afternoon sun.
Anjuana beach, Eze
Located in the beautiful village of Eze. Anjuana has become a fashionable hotspot on the way to or from Monaco. Nestled beneath the cliffs, on a pebble beach is a sea of blue, from the restaurant & umberella’s to the sunbeds and the sea. There is live music here on certain days and the party picks up into the afternoon. There is a small number of private sunbeds available to hire which are great for avoiding the pebbles on the beach or taking a well earned nap...
Paloma, Cap Ferrat
Paloma, hidden on a small cove in the super beautiful Cap Ferrat. Steeped in history, this family run beach club opened back in 1948, and was named after Picasso’s daughter. As you descend to the beach club from the cliffs above, the views are phenomenal, overlooking the Cote d’azur with its beautiful green blue waters. The beach club is unassuming & rustic compared to it’s Riviera counterparts, and you feel like you have stepped back in time but this only adds to its charm. The restaurant is lovely and sea, mesmerizing. Great for a chilled afternoon, soaking up the French sun on the pebbled beach with a cold glass of rosé in hand. The beach bed area is petite, so highly advise pre booking a spot in advance especially in the height of Summer.
Belles Rives, Juan les pins
This is technically a hotel, on the beach, but you can pay to visit the beach club. Made famous by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, as this was his home and where he wrote, ‘Tender is the Night’. The hotel is art deco, with a roaring twenties vibe, and as such has an old school glamourous feel. Perched at the end of the beach in Juan les pins and next to Cap Antibes port filled with all the super yachts. The menu is American in flavour, think club sandwiches and Ceaser salads. Don’t expect music and dancing on tables here, but a great way to spend a chilled day, people watching from behind your shades. Finally finish with a sundowner upstairs on the hotel terrace and you will not regret the view,.
Lou Lou Plage, St Tropez.
Lou Lou plage is a sister beach club to Lou Lou, fine dining Italian restaurant in the grand Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. The club has a very chic, bohemian vibe, with beautiful details – it is Instagram heaven. The food is Italian & while everything we have tried on this menu (we visited a few days) was dreamy the pizza’s were actual heaven on a plate (worth a trip here for these alone). The atmosphere is very cool & much more chilled than its Pampelonne neighbors. It is easy to while away the day between eating, drinking, snoozing on the beautiful sun beds and dipping in the Mediterranean sea.