Bienvenue à la Côte d’Azur, home to the legendary and captivating International Film Festival, world-class views, and nonpareil nights. Cannes is the multifaceted bijou of the French Riviera, replete with daytime leisure and nighttime indulgences. Known for it’s quaint, winding streets, French charm, and Mediterranean quality of life, it’s no wonder that the visitors and residents who come for the sights and events, stay to bask in its warm rosé glow.
The glamorous yachts in the marinia in Cannes.
Start the day off right and take in the glittering ocean views at Restaurant Eden-Roc for a late breakfast or even an early glass of rosé, bearing in mind that Domaine Ott is basically the unofficial beverage of Cannes. Executive chef Arnaud Poëtte’s beautifully crafted fresh-from-the-sea menu is not to be missed. Don’t forget to swing by Eden-Roc’s chocolate atelier for a bon bon masterfully created by pastry chef Lilian Bonnefoi’s confectioners.
Your social schedule is no doubt full, so between film screenings and posing for the paparazzi at the Palais des Festivals, privately catch up with your closest cohorts at Bar Lalu between the hotels Martinez and Carlton. If a wet lunch isn’t for you, sip espresso and mangez a croissant (or three) in one of the quaint cafes that dot the cobblestone streets between Boulevard de la Croisette and Rue d’Antibes.
Sun-loungers on the beach in Cannes.
Slip out of the chaos of the festival crowds on the Croisette and head to Clarins Spa located in Hôtel Majestic Barrière (right across the rue from the Palais) for a much needed expert massage or facial. The Red Carpet Signature Treatment facial and Ayurveda massage come highly recommended. Pick out your perfect outfit in one of the many ateliers along the Croisette before the night begins. There’s something so elegant about wearing a perfectly tailored frock with a spritz of Coco Mademoiselle while strolling those famous cobblestone streets!
If you’re feeling the call of the sea (and who could blame you with that view), take a sunny stroll along the Croisette to Port de Cannes and rent a yacht if your don’t have your own to dock. It’s the perfect way to entertain guests like only the glamorous can. Sunset in Cannes is best spent sipping a chilled cocktail, overlooking the ocean at one of the many panoramic bistros and lounges along the coast. I recommend a visit to Michelin-starred Palme d’Or in the Hôtel Martinez for it’s gorgeous view of the Mediterranean, as well its delectable food. After dining take a moment to relax on the Martinez beach, drink or loved one in hand.
The lively Cannes beaches.
While it’s easy to find a restaurant on almost any street in Cannes, Pastis is one not to miss. Its a perfect French bistro offering authentic French cuisine (think fresh Mediterranean sea bass or hearty Niçoise beef stew) in an intimate setting, located just off the Croisette on Rue du Commandant André. Also within walking distance is Da Laura, a very popular Italian eatery, situated on Rue Hoche, sure to dazzle your taste buds with fresh, house-made pasta and mouth-watering desserts.
If you’re in the know (or just plain lucky), your evening itinerary may include attending one of the film festival’s many legendary parties such as the Swiss jeweler de Grisogono’s A-list affair at Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc. This luxurious affair featured a private dinner at the cliff-side restaurant, a fashion show (supermodels in attendance, of course), dance troupes, singers, and a truly decadent dance party. Don’t forget rival Swiss jeweler, Chopard’s magnanimous event that, in 2012, included a treasure hunt for guests, which led to a private tuk-tuk ride into the hills of Cannes, and to a masked mystery-themed soirée with entertainment courtesy of Cirque du Soleil, clairvoyant tarot readers, complementary makeup by L’Oreal, and a grand showcase of Chopard jewelry.
A view of Cannes from the sea.
If such an invite has thus far eluded you, take luck into your own hands and try a spin at the roulette tables in Casino Barrière, an expansive gambling attraction located on the Croisette, or Casino Palm Beach just down the road. Don’t forget to bring your passport if you decide to gamble, or you won’t be let in! While Casino Palm Beach isn’t exactly within walking distance from the main drag of the Croisette, the quick drive is worth it for the opulent Riviera-chic and rare casino views of the ocean and stars. If your night takes you there, consider attending an event at the casino’s high-energy, ephemeral luxury club Gotha. Known for it’s elusive parties and star-studded clients, Gotha will no doubt impress and entertain all who walk through those sparkly disco doors. With parties and social activities abound, get in the know for the full list of where to be and when by submitting your information here firstname.lastname@example.org from May 1st - May 13th, 2015. Stay glamorous, my friends.
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