The red carpet will be rolled out for your visit to Cannes even if you do not make it to the internationally acclaimed film festival. In Cannes you will rub shoulders with the superstars that have graced the illustrious red carpet.
Cannes has a history of art, inspired by the most talented minds, and has evolved into one of the world's elite cities for refined culture.
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Cannes has a history of art, inspired by the most talented minds, and has evolved into one of the world's elite cities for refined culture. It was the English Aristocrat Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux who bought land at the Croix des Gardes and began the transformation into the elite city it is today. Henry Brougham constructed the Villa Eloenore-Louise, a palatial villa that still stands today inspiring awe in all that lay eyes upon it. His example was followed by a large number of other noble English Aristocrats who built grand, luxurious residences in Cannes as winter homes to escape the drab English weather and began to establish Cannes’ reputation as a refuge for the affluent.
When visiting Cannes you must visit the Musée National Picasso where hundreds of the peerless artist’s artefacts and works are on show. The troubled genius adored the Côte D’Azur and spent most of his later life making ceramics in his Madoura ceramic studio. This museum is amongst a very select group of museums that display works of art previously created in close proximity to where the museum is located.
Also whilst in Cannes, although it would be hard to avoid, you must take a stroll through Le Suquet, a quarter of the city that is in excess of 400 years old and brimming with beautiful antiquated houses and alluring cobbled streets, only a five minute walk from the beaches and restaurants that have become so reputable. If that has not quenched your thirst for beautiful scenery and atmosphere, you must traverse the Promenade de la Croisette, the unrivalled road that borders on the pristine beaches and that plays home to many of the most illustrious and respected shops and restaurants. Perhaps the most well known of the landmarks close to the Promenade de la Croisette is the Palais des festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, where the festivals and the most important industry events occur.
Mougins, located in the district of Grasse, which is a 15-minute drive from Cannes, is naturally endowed with stunning beauty. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with charming French stone houses that have attracted an endless list of luminaries to take up residence in them. Pablo Picasso spent the last twelve years in the captivating and charismatic beauty of Mougins with his studio still intact above a wine distributor.
Conceived in the 1930’s Le Festival International du Film de Cannes has become the premiere festival and competition for creative film since its inception in 1949. The Cannes Film Festival is a haven for the world’s creative elite and is invitation only, ensuring only the most preeminent practitioners in the fashion, film and music industries attend. This glamorous event attracts global jetsetters who converge on Cannes to see who attains the highest prize of the festival, the Palm D’or. The victor joins an illustrious list of past winning directors such as Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers.
Cannes has established itself as the premium destination for industry awards and festivals. Joining Le Festival International du Film de Cannes is the Lions International Festival of Creativity Cannes, a meeting place for global advertising firms and a forum in which to share the most innovative techniques of brand communication. As such, Cannes is a favourite of the business elite and caters to only the most discerning of visitors.
One such festival is Marché International des Programmes de Télévision that provides companies with a destination to trade and distribute entertainment content on a global level. The Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale is the leading conference for the development of the music industry and allows music moguls an opportunity to network and showcase new products.
In the Vieux Port, the annual Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes is held and dazzles spectators and buyers alike in this world-renowned yacht show. The best yachts and superyachts from around the globe are on show here and underneath the glamorous parties these stylish and elegant seafarers will be bought and sold by international brokers and individuals.
Although most notable for Le Festival International du Film de Cannes the Palais des festivals et des Congrès de Cannes is home to a multitude of prominent industry events. The International Real Estate Show for Professionals (MIPIM) held in Cannes annually is one of the largest real estate shows in the world and, as with most exhibitions held in this venue, is renowned as one of the leading shows in its industry, attracting only the best global players in the industry. Also held here are the World’s Entertainment Content Market (MIPCOM), MAPIC, the International Retail Real Estate Market and the International Luxury Travel Market.
A Selective Nightlife Spot
Cannes is known throughout the Côte D’azur and beyond as a selective nightlife hotspot. Year round celebrities and the business elite will occupy these chic venues, but most notably when there is one of the distinguished festivals or exhibitions in town. The prime location to take advantage of stellar views of the city of Cannes is from the Chopard Lounge, a stunning terrace on top of the Hôtel Martinez.
Le Baoli, situated in the heart of Porto Canto, is a magical place, so unique that it resembles no other venue in the Côte D’azur. Discover an open-air Eden surrounded by palm trees and rich tropical greenery that will take you on a sensorial journey. At midnight the sensational restaurant transforms into a world of bubbles with their tasteful cocktails and Champagne Grand Cru that you will enjoy until dawn in this partying paradise.
Refined French Cuisine
With such discerning individuals constantly gracing the streets of Cannes the culinary options are great and varied. For cocktails, sunset viewing and dinner, Hôtel Martinez’s brasserie, Fouquet’s Cannes, draws an equally fashionable crowd as its namesake sister on Paris’ Champs Élysées. Here you can enjoy a cocktail with an unparalleled view.
IX Nove Cannes takes a modern twist on traditional Italian food whilst using the freshest ingredients to create truly delicious gourmet cuisine. This glitzy restaurant plays host to some of the most famous faces in The Côte d'Azur.
With a charming interior made of old bottles and wine barrels for tables, La Cave Croisette is one of Cannes' best kept secrets. A beautiful outdoor terrace and delicious French classic food make this quaint eatery one of the best in Cannes.
Glorious Views of a Luxurious Setting
Cannes’ location on the sparkling azurie coastline assures that the finest hotels will also have some of the finest views that you will ever come across. Also found on the Boulevard de la Croisette is the Hôtel Majestic Barriere. Inside the Belle Époque palace, dramatic Art Deco columns dominate the neo-Pompeiian lobby, while Champagne-colored furnishings and polished antiques complete the interiors. During the day, you can relax on the beach or private jetty, where there are a host of water sports.
Gracing the southern tip of the Cap d'Antibes, the Hôtel Du Cap-Eden-Roc belongs to those iconic establishments where time seems to stand still amidst the rustle of the Alep pines, behind which it is hidden. For the past one hundred years, this elegant Napoleon III hotel, first welcomed artists and writers and then later Europe's elite and aristocracy. Nowadays the property has become the confidential sanctuary for movies stars and discerning guests with the finest taste.
Competing for the accolade of finest view is the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez, located on the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette overlooking the Bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel’s long rich history, culture and timeless architectural beauty have long established itself as the flagship hotel on the Riviera. Today, its timeless beauty, elegance and sophistication continue to ensure it is one of the top European luxury hotels.