Jazz à Juan 2018 : The Ultimate Guide

The 58th Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival will be hosted from 12 to 22 July 2018 at the waterfront venue at Pinède Gould in Juan les Pins.

Jazz à Juan is one of my favourite music events here on the Côte d’Azur because the location itself is fantastic with a setting overlooking the sea, and it has an excellent track record for a yearly programme that includes both classic and contemporary musicians and bands.   It really is a special place for watching international music as the sun sets!

Jazz à Juan 2018 :  The Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

Last year, over 25,000 spectators enjoyed the concerts at Jazz à Juan with over 5,000 fans enjoying the series of mini concerts that are part of the ‘Jazz Off’ festival.   The 2017 programme featured some diverse acts and I particularly enjoyed Tom Jones, Macy Gray and Gregory Porter, Luke Elliot and TajMo, Kandace Springs, and festival regulars Buddy Guy and Jamie Cullum.

The top 3 concerts by sales in 2017 were Sting, Macy Gray/Gregory Porter and Tom Jones.


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Pinède Gould is a wonderful setting beside the sea in Juan les Pins (image credit ©Vertige Photos)

The Jazz à Juan 2018 programme in order of appearance (all concerts start 8.30pm):

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Lenny Kravitz will be performing at Jazz à Juan 2018 in support of his 11th studio album ‘Raise Vibration’ (promo: EventsUncut)

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Get your dancing shoes on because Nile Rodgers and Chic join Earth, Wind and Fire for a concert at Jazz à Juan on July 16 (photo: GHK)

  • July 17’s line-up include Carla Bruni, Tigran Hamasyan and Melody Gardot
  • Acoustic fans will enjoy the sounds of Chick Corea with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl, along with David Sanborn – all perform on 18 July starting from 8.30pm
  • Popular Belgian artist Selah Sue is joined on 19 July by Marcus Miller, Biréli Lagrene, Charlier and Sourisse
  • The 20th of July sees an appearance from the Orchestra of Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur with Youn Sun Nah, a South Korean jazz singer.  She always performs an eclectic set list and will be one to watch for surprises!  The evening sees her take the stage alongside Angelique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf.

  • American multiple Grammy-winner Norah Jones is back in town for a concert on 21 July, joined for the evening line-up by Dhafer Youssef.
  • For the last evening of the programme, a free gospel concert courtesy of Como Mamas takes place on 22 July from 8.30pm (reservation necessary via the Antibes or Juan les Pins tourist offices).

FOR THE FULL PROGRAMME, GO HERE:  Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival 2018 Programme

Le Jazz Off : Jazz à Petite Pinede | Best of Du Off | Jazz at the Kiosque 

During the Festival, free mini concerts will be held from 6.30pm at Petite Pinède in Juan les Pins (Petite Pinède is located beside the main park in Juan les Pins, opposite Sweet Caffé and the Garden Beach Hotel).  The schedule and band list for the nightly sessions at Petite Pinède is here:  https://www.jazzajuan.com/fr-fr/lejazzoff/jazzàlapetitepinède.aspx

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Jazz à Juan has a series of free mini concerts throughout the Festival including at Petite Pinède (photo: © Gilles Lefrancq)

Best of Du Off will be held on 15 July in the streets of Antibes and Juan les Pins.  It is an energetic family-friendly series of 15 free concerts, featuring bands of different styles.  The atmosphere is usually very friendly with busy restaurants and bars.  Originally, all concerts were to be performed from the late afternoon onwards however due to the fact that the French football team has made the World Cup final, the performance times have been modified. Juan les Pins concerts will now be from 11.30am to 12.30pm and Antibes concerts are from 4pm to 5pm – for the updated list of locations and band information, find out more here Best of Du Off 2018.  Last year, a friend of mine from the JZ Festival in Shanghai was here with their new Chinese jazz musicians and it was great to see some energetic and entertaining bands roaming the local area for the Du Off concerts.

From 15 to 20 July, free mini concerts will also be held in Antibes at the band rotunda at Place Nationale from 7pm each night.  The schedule and band list for the Kiosque is here:  https://www.jazzajuan.com/fr-fr/lejazzoff/jazzsurlekiosque.aspx

Festival Facilities

The venue for Jazz à Jazz is Pinède Gould, the famous pine tree grove in Juan les Pins overlooking the bay of Juan les Pins.

For visitors to the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival, you’ll find an intimate open-air concert site that is wheelchair accessible and located on flat ground, excluding the concert stands.

I have found that in previous years (including the 2017 Jazz à Juan) there have always been plenty of ushers, first aid staff and security staff.  In particular, I pay attention to staff assisting Festival goers with special needs and for first aid, so I have first-hand experience that the site support for the Festival is overall excellent.  Festival facilities include:

  • Plenty of helpful ushers, first aid staff and security staff
  • Accessible toilets are situated at the rear of the Tribunes and Gallery seating closest to Boulevard Baudoin (beside the Pinède playground)
  • A special car parking offer at the underground parking at nearby Palais des Congrès. This is valid from 15 to 22 July from 6pm to 2am; simply show your concert ticket at the parking office on level -2 and receive a special parking rate €10,50.  There is also other pay parking situated at Port Gallice, Hotel Ambassadeurs and Garden Beach Hotel, all open 24 hours.
  • Designated concert viewing area for wheelchair users
  • Press zone with Wifi, seating and tables.  Note:  The Press Zone is not located in close proximity to the stage but you have a partial view of the stage from there.   The Festival press team are always readily available daily during the Festival.
  • A souvenir boutique selling merchandise such as postcards, caps, t-shirts, mugs, beach bags and Panama hats
  • Food and drink outlets each side of the stage selling water, soft drinks, snacks, draught beer and Champagne.  Note:  Last year, there was some slow service and Champagne did run out after 2 hours on some evenings as well as a few bar staff who were not skilled at opening or serving Champagne, so I hope this is remedied for the 2018 Festival.
  • Les Jardins du Jazz is a VIP experience at neighbouring Plage Ambassadeur.  Must have a minumum of 10 per table and includes a personalized welcome from 7pm, dinner at the beach (from 7pm to 10.30pm) and private box seats enabling you to see the concert of your choice as a privileged guest.
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Map of seating and layout at Jazz à Juan / Juan les Pins Jazz Festival 2018 (map: Jazz à Juan)

Buying tickets for Jazz à Juan 2018

As per the map above, if you want to sit directly in front of the stage and enjoy the main acts less than 20 metres away, the optimal tickets to buy are Carré d’Or.  The next best seats are Category 1. 

The Juan les Pins Jazz Festival offer a variety of tickets with different price brackets including Category 4, Category 3, Category 2, Category 1 and Carré d’Or.

Last year, 64% of sales were made online across 5 continents and 30 countries confirming the Festival’s international reputation (stat:  Jazz à Juan Press Office).

There are reduced ticket prices for Categories 3 and 4 for people under 18 years of age, students and job seekers; these tickets are not sold online, to obtain one of these reduced tickets contact Laurence via email:  jazzajuan@antibesjuanlespins.com  There are also combined ticket deals where you receive 25% discount for buying tickets for 2 concerts.

Ticket Notes: The ‘Standing Only’ (Zone Debout) tickets are not sold until Category 4 tickets are sold out.  The Festival has some hugely popular acts this year – particularly Lenny Kravitz, Nile Rodgers/Chic/Earth, Wind & Fire, Selah Sue and Norah Jones – so get your tickets far in advance to avoid disappointment!

To buy your tickets for the 2018 Festival, go to the official website www.jazzajuan.com

To close this guide I leave you with Lenny Kravitz’s comments:  “I’m not a rock star, I’m not a sex symbol, I’m a musician who has things to say.”  I’m looking forward to a repertoire of great songs and entertainment for Jazz à Juan 2018!


Jazz à Juan 2017 Review

The 57th Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival was held from 15 to 23 July 2017 at the wonderful venue at Pinède Gould by the seaside in Juan les Pins; it is a fantastic annual Festival for discovering classic and contemporary jazz, soul and blues singers and musicians.

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Pinède Gould is a wonderful setting beside the sea in Juan les Pins (image credit ©Vertige Photos)

This year, the Festival programme featured a broad range of artists including Eli Degibri Quartet, Buddy Guy, Luke Elliot, TajMo, Tom Jones,  Macy Gray, Gregory Porter, Sting,  Robert Glasper Experiment, Kandance Springs and Jamie Cullum.

Official Jazz à Juan 2017 Festival poster (www.jazzajuan.com)

Jazz à Juan 2017 :  Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival 

The official start date of the Festival was delayed one day due to solidarity for the 2016 Nice attack, however it did not dampen an eclectic and interesting programme.   More than 23,000 spectators enjoyed the Festival this year plus at least 5000 attendees of the ‘Off’ Festival.

The opening days featured excellent performances from Eli Degibri Quartet, French Quarter, Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band and Festival stalwart Buddy Guy.

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Buddy Guy (©Josh Cheuse)

On Monday 17 July, Luke Elliot brought his charm and musical talent to the stage and I quite thought he looked so much like American musician John Mayer!   TajMo (Taj Mahal and Keb ‘Mo) kept the adrenaline high with groovy blues and some comical banter.

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TajMo (©Jay Blakesberg)

Lastly, Sir Tom Jones took to the stage to deliver a set filled with classic and new hits.  His energy captivated the audience with hits such as ‘Delilah’, ‘What’s New, Pussycat?’, ‘Sex Bomb’ and the crowd pleasing hit, ‘It’s Not Unusual’.   His magnificent baritone voice was outstanding on ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ and gave much credential to his showmanship and talent where he has sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career for six decades.

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Sir Tom Jones was a iconic showman at Jazz à Juan 2017 (©DR)

As the sun set, Macy Gray rose to the occasion at Pinède Gould on Wednesday 19 July with an exceptional backing band.   She has an individualistic stage persona and her on-stage banter convinced the crowd to stand and dance toward the end of her set as she smoothly performed songs such as ‘When I See You’ and ‘I Try.’   One of the best renditions of the evening was her cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’.   Grammy-winning soul/jazz sensation Gregory Porter was a fine second act with enlivening vocals and great stage presence.

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MacyGray (©Giuliano Bekor)

The following night, the sold-out evening of Hiromi Duo and Sting was much anticipated by Festival goers.  After acclaimed solo and trio projects, Hiromi returns with a new tour and soon-to-be recorded album with the Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and their onstage musicality and chemistry was evident.  Sting was a veritable crowd pleaser, and at his very best belting out Police hits.

On Saturday 22 July, the first act Kandace Springs was a warming introduction to a great night.  Kandace has a honeyed voice and without taking anything away from her soulful performance on the piano, she reminded me of a laidback mix of Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu.  Afterwards, the beautiful Anoushka Shankar was an atmospheric interlude to the evening with the mesmorising sound of the sitar.  Personally, I’ve never listened to much sitar music but I found it enlightening, entertaining and more musically diverse than I expected.

Up next was Jamie Cullum – energetic, cheeky and a very talented pianist.   Jamie has a knack for making music that seems equally at home on a Sunday morning chilling out such as ‘These Are The Days’ or an enlivening dance to one of his tracks such as ‘Don’t Stop The Music ‘.   I particularly loved his ‘All at Sea’ one of my favourite songs of his and his cover version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ which he made his own.

The closing night of the Festival featured a free performance by the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama with uplifting vocals that have made them world famous.

The top 3 concerts by sales in 2017 were Sting, Macy Gray/Gregory Porter and Tom Jones.

Best of Du Off | Jazz en Scene | Kiosque à Musique

During the Festival, various nightly concerts were held at Petite Pinède in Juan les Pins, in Antibes at the newly inaugurated rotunda at Place Nationale and in the streets of Antibes and Juan les Pins.

Best of Du Off was hosted on Saturday 15 July with free jazz bands from 7pm in the streets – I saw around 6 bands of different styles in Juan les Pins over the course of a few hours.  The atmosphere was friendly with busy restaurants and bars.  That night was also a public fireworks display in the bay of Juan les Pins so it was an excellent family-friendly evening.

Juan les Pins fireworks 15 July 2017 (image: Antibes JLP Ville)

The nightly concerts included acts such as Buckshot Gala, Les Haricots Noirs Brasil Band Social Club, Good Times Foundation, JZ Music All Stars (in partnership with the Festival de Jazz de Shanghai) and Alexandra Miller & Metromantic.

Festival Facilities

The entire Festival site is wheelchair accessible and the staff at the Festival this year were helpful and informative.  There were plenty of ushers, first aid staff and security staff.  I noticed staff assisting Festival goers with special needs and for first aid, so the site support was excellent.  Festival facilities include:

  • Food and drink outlets on either side of the stage selling draught beer, soft drinks, water, Champagne and snacks
  • First aid staff
  • Les Jardins du Jazz is a VIP experience at Plage Ambassadeur with a personalized welcome from 7pm, dinner at the beach (from 7pm to 10.30pm) and private box seats enabling you to see the concert of your choice as a privileged guest
  • Onsite Press Village with Wifi, seating and tables.  Note:  The Press Village is not located in close proximity to the stage but you can see the stage from there.   The Festival press team were readily available daily during the Festival.
  • Boutique for souvenirs such as Panama hats, mugs, beach bags, t-shirts, caps and postcards
  • Accessible toilets are situated at the rear of the Tribunes and Gallery seating closest to Boulevard Baudoin (next to the Pinède playground)
  • Special car parking offer at the underground parking at the Palais des Congrès – you simply showed your ticket and received a special parking rate €10,50 from 6pm to 2am

Les Jardins du Jazz at Juan les Pins Jazz Festival (image copyright: Gilles Lefrancq)

Tickets for Jazz à Juan 2018

This year, 64% of sales were made online across 5 continents and 30 countries confirming the Festival’s international reputation (stat:  Jazz à Juan Press Office).   The Juan les Pins Jazz Festival offer a range of tickets for varied seating options including Category 4, Category 3, Category 2, Category 1 and Carré d’Or.

If you want to sit directly in front of the stage and main acts less than 20 metres away, the optimal tickets to buy are Carré d’Or; next best seats are Category 1.

It’s important to note that ‘Standing Only’ (Zone Debout) tickets are not sold until Category 4 tickets are exhausted.

There are reduced ticket prices for Categories 3 and 4 for people under 18 years of age, students and job seekers, and also combined ticket deals where you receive 25% discount for buying tickets for 2 concerts.

The dates for Jazz à Juan 2018 are 14 to 22 July 2018.   To buy tickets for the 2018 Festival, refer to the official website www.jazzajuan.com

Disclosure:  Rebecca Whitlocke was honoured to be an Accredited Press Guest at Jazz à Juan 2017 , however all opinions given in this review are honest and unedited.

Heritage Trail in Juan les Pins

The French Riviera has some amazing old buildings ranging from palace hotels along the Croisette in Cannes, to Belle Époque mansions in Cap Ferrat and Art Deco apartments lining the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

For a while now, I’ve been intending to look into the history of some of these beautiful architectural gems located in my own neighbourhood – Juan les Pins.

Juan les Pins grew in popularity from the 1920’s when it became fashionable as a resort town for wealthy aristocrats and a place to be seen by artists, writers and the movers and shakers of the Belle Époque and Jazz Age.


This free Heritage Trail covers 17 places of interest and architectural landmarks of Juan les Pins related to the eras of Belle Époque, Art Deco and/or the Jazz Age.

I have designed it to include major places of interest that are as accessible as possible.

Numbers 1-16 are situated on flat, paved pavements and entirely accessible for families with baby buggies/strollers, and wheelchair-bound tourists – Please note: one place of interest, number 17 Château de Juan les Pins is situated on a steep paved residential street and there are no pavements.

Numbers 1-16 on this Heritage Trail are suitable for:

poussette    Families with baby buggies/strollers (Familles avec poussettes)

wheelchair   Wheelchair-bound tourists or those with reduced mobility that need to avoid stairs (Personnes avec fauteuil roulant ou avec mobilité réduite)

Duration: 40 minutes – 1.25 hours

Juan les Pins Heritage Trail : Art Deco, Belle Époque & Jazz Age

Juan les Pins Heritage Trail : Art Deco, Belle Époque & Jazz Age

  1. Villa Al-Djezair, 1 boulevard Charles-Guillaumont

Built in 1922 by Cannes architect Ernest Truch, it is one of the best preserved examples on the Côte d’Azur of Moorish architecture. The style showcases the orientalist references: Minaret, cupolas and domes, terraces lined with battlements and merlons, latticework and Arabic decoration. The garden is planted with exotic species. The villa’s name was inspired by the original owner’s vacations in Algeria.


  1. Juan les Pins railway over-bridge, avenue Amiral Courbet, Juan les Pins

Example of Art Deco decoration with geometric columns and floral designs – artist unknown.


  1. Palais Beau Rivage, 16 avenue de Guy Maupassant

Built in the 1930’s and designed by Cannes architect César Cavallin, this building is now private residential apartments. The balconies, forged iron and geometric motifs on the façade are typical of Art Deco style.


  1. La Baigneuse, statue by Alphonse Grebel

Installed in 1940, the statue symbolises the beautiful life in Juan les Pins. Grebel also has other statues in the area ‘L’hymne au soleil’ at nearby Antibes les Pins beside Parc Exflora, and a sculpture of Andrè Capron in Cannes.


  1. Villa L’ile Verte, 21 avenue Maréchal Joffre

This villa was built in 1891 by architect Ernest Macé (who was the auctioneer of the plans of the new Antibes city in 1895), and is an example of seaside architecture of the Belle Epoque. The name ‘L’ile Verte’ is due to the large garden that surrounds the villa on three sides.


  1. Palais Mirasol, avenue Docteur Hochet

Built in 1926, the front door entrance is an example of typical Art Deco rounded design.

  1. Auberge du Pin Doré, 21 avenue du Docteur Fabre, Juan les Pins

Built in the 1920’s by French architects François Aragon and Edmond Copello, the building’s Art Deco and neo-Provencal facade boasts a wealth of ornamental features characteristic of these styles: large vases, wrought iron balustrades, round windows, round arched windows and geometrical decoration in sgraffito (wall decoration obtained by applying a light render on a dark background which is scratched with a point to obtain a design).

In the 1930’s, Auberge du Pin Doré hotel was a firm favourite with the British colony. It had a winter restaurant in the basement and the terrace, still visible today, served as a summer restaurant. Note: Look for the sgraffito decoration on the right-hand side entrance wall of one of the outbuildings that depicts the date it was built in Roman numerals: 1926.


Auberge du Pin Doré welcomed the Blue Lagoon Orchestra Jazz Band and other guests for the Jazz à Juan festival. Today, the building houses a mixture of private residential and holiday rental apartments. The exterior of the building was repainted in 2012 with façade murals to replicate the previous hotel.


  1. Palais Wilson, 120 boulevard Président Wilson

The Palais Wilson is a prime example of 1930’s architecture, built to the plans of Georges Dikansky, the architect of the nearby Hotel Juana and Le Grand Pavois.

He designed a building with roof terraces with views of the surrounding countryside, which was very open at the time. Its facades were decorated with beautiful mosaics, pergolas and detailed wrought ironwork.

Today, the building houses residential apartments and offices.

  1. Pam-Pam bar, 137 boulevard Président Wilson

Originally created in the late 1920’s by an American, today Pam-Pam is a busy Brazilian-themed bar to visit in summer for a cocktail or ice-cream sundae.

In the past, Pam-Pam welcomed many celebrities including Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Rita Hayworth, and many jazz stars held jam-sessions in the back room and on the street terrace.


  1. Hotel Juana, 19 avenue Georges Gallice

Designed in 1931, the Hôtel Juana, was built for Joseph Barale, a Russian industrialist, in the purest Art Deco tradition.

The hotel welcomed many celebrities, including Ella Fitzgerald, and it became one of the first air-conditioned hotels on the French Riviera.

Since it was built, the façade of this listed historic building has remained unchanged with the stucco decoration, wrought iron, fluting, columns, balconies and round arched windows.

Today, the hotel remains one of the flagships of Juan les Pin’s hotel industry.


  1. Hotel Le Grand Pavois, 5 avenue Saramartel, Juan les Pins

Hot on the heels of the Provençal, Le Grand Pavois hotel was built on the site of a villa that had belonged to a Russian national from Saint Petersburg.

The hotel, whose plans were designed by the architect Georges Dikansky (already creator of the Hotel Juana and Palais Wilson), opened for business in spring 1932.

The hotel was built in a rationalist style, very much in fashion at the time. It is reminiscent of the bows of an ocean liner, with the Art deco dining room done out in the same style.


  1. Jazz Walk-of-Fame, 20 boulevard Édouard Baudoin (square Gould), Juan les Pins

Located beside ‘La Pinède Gould’ (the site of the annual Jazz à Juan Jazz Festival), you can stroll along the walk-of-fame and see handprints of many jazz musicians including Sidney Bechet, BB King and Ray Charles who have played at the festival over the years, set into the pavement.


  1. Hôtel Le Provençal, boulevard Édouard Baudoin

In the Roaring Twenties, foreigners came to Juan les Pins for its climate and extravagant lifestyle and recognising the attraction of a seaside resort in the vein of Miami without the crowds, American millionaire Frank Jay Gould, the son of financier Jay Gould, a developer of American railways built Le Provençal in 1926.

At its opening, the hotel was considered extremely avant-garde with a tennis club, jetty, restaurants and luxury suites, and signalled a whole new era on the Côte d’Azur.

Le Provençal became hugely popular, especially with the Hollywood crowd, gaining a reputation as the ‘place-to-be’ in Juan les Pins, and a spot where the world’s celebrities and beautiful people came to party.

Over the years Edith Piaf danced in the ballroom, Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe are said to have lounged on the expansive terrace, and Ella Fitzgerald is remembered for having thrown open an upstairs window of the hotel to serenade the crowds below. At various times Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway propped up the hotel’s bar.

By the 1970’s its heyday was past, and in 1976 the hotel was shut for the last time. Its owner, Parisian jeweller Alexandre Reza, decided to close Le Provençal for a complete makeover, but the refurbishment never eventuated and the building was left to fall into ruin, remaining one of Juan les Pin’s most prominent unused buildings.

Development was restarted in 2009 and has been delayed numerous times. The hotel was bought by Cyril Dennis, a British-born, Monaco-based property developer who made his fortune by investing in London’s Docklands in the 1980s. His intention was for the owners of the luxury apartments to have access to concierge services, a luxury boat, helicopters, and a ski chalet in Courchevel.

It has since been resold to John Caudwell, a British philanthropist and billionaire of mobile phone fortune who is intending to build twenty to thirty luxury apartments.


  1. Villa Picolette, boulevard Édouard Baudoin

Built at the end of the 19th-century, Villa Picolette has a wealth of Mediterranean resort architectural features: a loggia at the top of the tower, a beautiful ornamental frieze depicting storks and ceramics on its façades.

The villa is one of the oldest houses in Juan-les-Pins and is featured on numerous period views of Juan les Pins, especially on vintage travel posters and postcards.


  1. Hôtel Belles Rives / Villa Saint-Louis, 33 boulevard Édouard Baudoin

The history of the Hôtel Belles Rives started in 1925 with Francis Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The American writer and his wife were staying with friends in Cap d’Antibes and seduced by the charm of the place, they decided to move into the Villa Saint-Louis, a seaside residence surrounded by pines.

The villa was built by Nice architect Charles Dalmas (who also built the Carlton in Cannes and Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice). It was there that they lived and regularly received friends such as Rudolf Valentino and Ernest Hemingway.


In 1929, a Russian named Boma Estène travelled to Paris to meet with the villa’s owner, an elderly French widow. He proposed the idea to transform Villa Saint-Louis into a hotel. With his wife Simone, from a dynasty of hoteliers, owners of the Hôtel Splendid in Antibes they turned this charming little villa by the water’s edge into the Hotel Belles Rives.

Between 1930-1931, Cannes architect César Cavallin added a wing and two floors to the establishment which then had 44 rooms. It was the Niçois designer Victor Gillino, designer of the furniture at the Palm Beach and Cannes Casino, who applied his talent to the interior design of the rooms in the new establishment, using a blend of precious wood and innovative forms.

After the Second World War, architect Maurice Guilgot modernised the Belles Rives by building a beach. The current owner Marianne Estène-Chauvin (third generation of the Estène family) acquired the hotel in 2001.

The hotel is elegant and furnished in 1930’s style and décor sympathetic to the time of Fitzgerald.

If you visit the Hôtel Belles Rives, try one of their two signature cocktails at the Fitzgerald Bar – the Hemingway (rum, grapefruit juice, lime and cherry liqueur) and the Gatsby (gin, lychee liqueur, violet syrup and Perrier).


  1. Villa La Vigie, next to Hôtel Belles Rives. 30-37 boulevard Édouard Baudoin

Not to be confused with villas of the same name in Monte-Carlo and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, this neo-medieval style villa was built in 1912 by an eccentric American.

It was painted by Picasso in 1924 as seen from the Chêne Roc Villa where he set up an artist’s studio in a garage across the boulevard.

Villa La Vigie, Picasso

Villa La Vigie, Picasso

The villa was purchased in 1928 by Frank Jay Gould, and his wife Florence Gould received the celebrities of the era including Jean Cocteau, Charlie Chaplin, even Estée Lauder at her famous lunches.

In 1956, widening of the boulevard lead to demolition of an annex and Florence Gould asked for a reconstruction sympathetic to the Hôtel Belles Rives to be built on the plot of the Chêne Roc Villa to give two contiguous dependencies a homogeneous look.


  1. Chateau de Juan les Pins (known as Castle of the Crouton), 62 chemin du Crouton

Built in 1860, the chateau was the residence of Queen Emilie of Saxony. It was acquired in 1914 by an American perfume manufacturer, Richard Hudnut, and his adopted daughter, Natacha Rambova and his son-in-law Rudolph Valentino chose to reside there in the summer.

A local Antibois architect Henri Logut purchased the property and subdivided the garden in 1951, then the chateau itself in 1954. A loggia was built in 1980 to take advantage of the garden and views.


Other places of interest in the local area (Note: These are not numbered on the Heritage Trail map):

Villa La Calade, 61 passage du Diable, Cap d’Antibes

The distinguishing feature of this villa is its colour. It was built in 1937 by the Cannes architect César Cavallin. It was built on principles of functionalism favoured by the architects at the time and was inspired by the ocean liner style: portholes, tubular hand rails, masts, etc.

Villa Aujourd’hui, 1546 boulevard Maréchal Juin, Cap d’Antibes

Villa Aujourd’hui was built in 1938 for a wealthy American, Audrey Chadwick, by the American architect Barry Dierks (1899-1960) who spent his entire career on the French Riviera. The villa follows the curve of the road, and is situated next to Port de l’Olivette, a small harbour that berths traditional fishing boats (pointus).

It is one of the most beautiful modern houses in the region with simple forms and minimal lines, The house was bought just before 1950 by Jack Warner, co-founder and chairman of Warner Bros, and guests included a host of Hollywood notables such as Charlie Chaplin.

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, boulevard John F Kennedy, Cap d’Antibes

Built in 1870 in the purest Napoleon III style at the initiative of Auguste Villemessant, founder of Le Figaro, as a place for convalescing artists and writers to stay, it was first named La Villa Soleil before becoming the mythical Hôtel du Cap in 1889.

Celebrities and royalty were quickly charmed by the place with guests over the years including Russian royalty, Sir Gordon-Bennett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Fairbank, Mary Pickford, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, the entire Kennedy family, Gary Cooper, Marc Chagall, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

If the hotel looks familiar, you’d be right – it’s a popular filming location and has featuring in 1971 Bond movie ‘Diamonds are Forever’, 1986 film ‘Under the Cherry Moon’, and Dior’s beautiful ‘Miss Dior’ commercial starring Natalie Portman. Today, high profile stars flock here during the Cannes Film Festival and the regular gala events. It is one of the finest examples of luxury hotels on the French Riviera.


Villa Les Chenes Verts, 152 boulevard John F Kennedy, Cap d’Antibes

Built in 1866 by architect Auguste Abeille for Adolphe d’Ennery, a Parisian playwright well known in the theatre world at the time. He spent all his winters there, receiving his friends such as Rochefort and Auguste Villemessant, director of the Figaro.

Jules Verne also visited him and stayed there every winter for a number of years, during which time he worked on the theatrical adaption of his novel ‘Around the world in 80 days’.

Villa Hier, 374 avenue Mrs L.D Beaumont, Cap d’Antibes

Designed by Barry Dierks for Anthony Edgar Somers in the first half of the 20th-century. Villa Hier was used as Michael Caine’s character’s house in the movie “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.


Villa Eilenroc, 460 avenue Mrs LD Beaumont, Cap d’Antibes

Built in 1867 to the plans of Charles Garnier who had just built the famous opera houses in Paris and Monte-Carlo, the Eilenroc villa was commissioned by the former Governor of the Dutch East Indies, Mr. Hugh Hope Loudon. Its name is an anagram of his wife’s name, Cornélie.


The new owner in 1873, Scottish philanthropist James Wyllie, surrounded himself with talented gardeners who transformed the rocky terrain and scrubland around the Villa into 11-hectares of gardens with traditional species from the Mediterranean landscape.

The villa was also owned by Louis and Hélène Beaumont (today, their legacy remains in the naming of the road the villa is located on), who hosted fabulous parties with guests including Zelda and F Scott Fitzgerald who continued their champagne soirees just below the villa at the water’s edge – you can walk along the public Sentier du Littoral coastal path and see the swimming area and grotto with a stone-cut bar.


In the 1980’s, Mrs Louis Dudley (L.D) Beaumont donated her property to Antibes to create a foundation in her name to welcome prestigious guests. The villa has been used as a location for numerous films:

  • Under the Cherry Moon (1986) starring Prince and Kristin Scott Thomas (the Sharon residence)
  • Une chance sur deux (1998) by Patrice Leconte starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and Vanessa Paradis
  • Les Kidnappeurs (1998) starring Elie Kakou and Elodie Bouchez
  • Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 short film ‘The Tale of a Fairy’ for Chanel
  • Woody Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight (2014)’ starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone

The Roseraie rose garden is very well known and open to the public seasonally with many rose varieties; there is an annual ‘Senteurs au Jardin’ open day for the public as well. The Antibes council also planted an olive grove to mark the 21st century, and to guarantee its eternity 54 olive trees were planted in the year 2000 symbolising the residents of Antibes born in the first month of that year.


Château de la Croe, Cap d’Antibes

This exceptional château in the Victorian style was built in 1927 for an English aristocrat Sir William Pomeroy Burton to the plans of architect and interior designer Armand Albert Rateau.

The Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII of England) abdicated his throne in 1936 in order to marry Wallice Simpson, and they leased the property in 1938, renovating the chateau to the highest standards with the finest furniture, silver and porcelain.

Past owners have included the shipping magnates Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos.

In 1980’s, the chateau suffered from a fire that damaged the house and surrounding trees and it was left as a derelict shell to squatters.

Château de la Croe is currently owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who carried out a large scale program of renovations over 4 years commissioning the likes of landscaper Peter Wirtz, considered to be one of the masters of the genre. The property has a roof-top pool with garden and sea views, an underground restaurant, gym and cinema room.

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Lou Messugo


Mojitos & music at the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

Today, I visited the concert venue for the popular Jazz à Juan (Juan les Pins Jazz Festival) which begins this Friday (11 July) and has nightly concerts until 20 July 2014.

Jazz à Juan (logo image reproduced by official website)

Jazz à Juan (logo image reproduced by official website)

The concert location at Pinede Gould is a lovely setting under the pine trees looking out across the Mediterranean towards Île St-Marguerite and towards Cannes and the Esterel mountains. It’s a magic place for listening to music as the sun sets.

Pinede Gould, Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

Pinede Gould, Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

The festival line-up this year includes:

  • Nile Rodgers who is scheduled to appear the opening night with The Family Stone so get your dancing shoes ready!
  • George Benson
  • Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke duet
  • Booker T Jones
  • Joss Stone is no stranger to these shores and brings her powerful, soulful voice to the Pinede Gould on Wednesday 16 July.
  • Saturday 19 July will be another night to get your dancing shoes out. Start with a Cuban mojito at one of the nearby bars then head to the festival as Pedrito Martinez and Orquesta Aragon are sure to inject a little Cuban spice to your night.
  • My personal favourite, Jamie Cullum is making a return to Juan les Pins, and I highly recommend him as a live performer, he is energetic and interacts with the audience.  The French are renown for clapping when they enjoy music; let’s change this, this man deserves no-holds barred dancing.
  • The most anticipated concert night is Gregory Porter and Stevie Wonder – tickets sold like hot cakes! Did you manage to secure a ticket?

My Jazz à Juan tips:

– First visit to the festival and/or Juan les Pins? There is a Jazz Walk-of-Fame outside the concert venue set into the pavement where stars who have played at the festival over the years have left their handprints in the concrete. Includes: B.B King, Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett, Little Richard and more. Do the tourist thing and line up your own paws for size comparison. I can confirm mine are smaller than B.B. Kings.

Jazz Walk-of-Fame, Juan les Pins (image: Wikimedia)

Jazz Walk-of-Fame, Juan les Pins (image: Wikimedia)

– Take cash in small denominations for the bar at the concert venue. You can buy a beer or wine to enjoy during the concert. There are food vendors but unless they have upgraded the selection then you are limited to hot dogs, paninis and baguettes.

– There are accessible toilets at the concert (Portaloos), or before the concert stop for a drink and use the bathroom at one of the many adjacent bars or restaurants. The Pinede park also has an automated accessible public pay toilet (50 centimes) that you can use prior/after the concert.

– If you have restricted mobility, the ground surface at the concert venue is flat. The ticket booth and entrances are flat and concrete-paved, and inside the venue the ground surface is hard dirt so it’s manoeuvrable for wheelchairs.

– In conjunction with the main concerts at the Pinede Gould, Thursday 17 July sees a series of multiple free jazz concerts throughout Antibes and Juan les Pins. Over 200 musicians will take to the streets and emphasise why being in the region during Jazz Festival time is so exciting. Antibes locations for the free concerts are place de Gaulle and boulevard d’Aiguillon. Juan les Pins locations include petite Pinede near the main concert venue and the seafront promenade du Soleil.

Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

Juan les Pins Jazz Festival

How to get to the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival:

By car: Coming from Antibes, travel down boulevard Président Wilson and Juan les Pins is easy to locate. The nearest pay carpark to the venue is under the Palais des Congrès.

By bus:

  1. Bus 200 from Nice or Cannes direction: Alight at stop ‘La Regence’ in Juan les Pins, and then follow avenue Amiral Courbet to the seafront; at the seafront continue walking left to the venue.
  2. Bus 30 or 31: Alight at stop ‘Palais des Congrès’ in Juan les Pins, cross the road and walk across the park with the pine trees to the venue.
  3. Bus 1: Alight at stop ‘Pin Doré’, follow boulevard Baptistin Ardisson until you pass the Palais des Congrès, then you can cross the road and walk through the park with the pine trees to the venue.

The best spots for a pre-concert drink:

  • Le Crystal – A Juan les Pins institution, great for people-watching
  • Le New Orleans – Jazz-themed bar across from the Pinede park
  • News Caffé – Newly opened at the Palais des Congrès with plenty of outside seating. They have Wifi too.
Le New Orleans jazz bar, Juan les Pins

Le New Orleans jazz bar, Juan les Pins

Looking for something fun to do before a concert?

  • Tuk Tuk Azur can customise a sightseeing tour for you. Take in the scenery on the Cap d’Antibes, then stop at a bar in Juan les Pins for a cocktail before the concert. Book in advance to secure your spot as availability is in demand to the popularity of the festival. Bookings via www.tuktukazur.com

(I have no sales or commission affiliation with any of these companies, all opinions are my own)

Official Festival website: www.jazzajuan.com

Like what you see here? Please share my blog post on Facebook, retweet on Twitter, comment below etc and I’ll share the love back. There may be a mojito involved or I may potentially bribe you for a Jamie Cullum or Stevie Wonder ticket but I’ll appreciate it anyway.


Sightseeing – ANTIBES/JUAN LES PINS (11 July 2013, free jazz concerts)

On Thursday 11 July, there will be a number of free evening jazz concerts to signal the start of Jazz à Juan (the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival).  It is a nice opportunity for some family time strolling in Antibes and Juan les Pins in the warm evening, or alfresco dining combined with listening to free jazz.

All concert locations are on flat ground (paved surfaces) so accessible if you have a baby buggy/stroller, or are wheelchair bound.

Here is the programme for the various locations in Antibes old town, and Juan les Pins:

ANTIBES: all concerts held simultaneously and are between 7pm-8pm

Les Haricots Noirs (Brazilian batucuda percussion and funk band), at the Marché Provençal and Place Nationale

Sax Appeal (jazz, soul, rhythm and blues), place Audiberti

Fanfare Trouble-Fête (marching band), Bastion St-André and Jardin d’Ilette

New Scat (traditional jazz), place de la  République by the carousel

R-SAJ Band (rocksteady ska acoustic jazz), by the Porte Marine near Café bar du Port

Gugus band (percussion, rhythm and blues, jazz, juggling and theatre, swing), corner of boulevard d’Aguillon and rue Thuret where the tourist information office is located

Tuxedo Jazz Band (New Orleans jazz), place du Safranier

JUAN LES PINS:  all concerts held simultaneously and are between 9.30pm-10.30pm

Sax Appeal (jazz, soul, rnb) and marching band, Ilot de l’Esterel

Fanfare Trouble-Fête (marching band), rue Dautheville

New Scat (traditional jazz), Ponton Courbet, boulevard Guillaumont

R-SAJ Band (rocksteady ska acoustic jazz), Ponton Hollywood, boulevard Baudoin

Gugus band (percussion, rnb, jazz, juggling, swing), promenade du Soleil where Le Ruban Bleu restaurant is located

Tuxedo Jazz Band (New Orleans jazz), avenue Guy de Maupassant

If you would like to know more about the musicians playing at the Jazz à Juan, the full festival programme and ticketing information is found at www.jazzajuan.com






Jazz à Juan (Juan les Pins Jazz Festival) is an annual music festival held at Pinède Gould in Juan les Pins.  This year’s billing includes Tom Jones, Sonny Rollins, Kool and the Gang and Norah Jones. The setting is lovely – right on the seafront surrounded by palm trees, pine trees and a great vista of the ocean.  The site is flat and there is admission for ground-floor seating, so it is accessible.  Toilets are accessible and there are kiosks selling food and drinks.

As well as paid-admission tickets, the festival has free concerts whereby musicians wander the streets of Juan les Pins and Antibes stopping to play on street corners, terraces and squares.  Last night, as I ate dinner at a beach restaurant in Juan les Pins we listened to the distant sound of ‘New Scat’ and the ‘Street Warmers’.  

Tonight, at 7pm there is free music along the waterfront promenade in Juan les Pins.  I may see you there!