Between May 8 – 18th the chic coastal town of Cannes will be rolling out the red carpet to welcome stars from near and far. The 71st Cannes Film Festival is one of the most important events – not just on the French calendar, but across the globe. With an A-list guest list, decadent high-profile arrivals, and a party scene studded with champagne and pearls it’s not one to miss. In preparation for the perfectly poised event we take a closer look at how to plan the perfect trip to the highly coveted Cannes Film Festival.
Arrive in Style
Being one of the major hubs on the French Riviera superyacht trail means that arriving by yacht is the ultimate way to blend in. You can hole up in the prestigious port of Monaco nearby or go a little west of Cannes at the quieter Théoule-sur-Mer. Yacht charters should be booked well in advance and for those considering setting sail these 5 fabulous superyachts are well worthy of rolling out the red carpet.
Those preferring to touch down on tarmac rather than sea, can opt for a private jet arrival. We have the pick of the cloud grazing crop for that sublime statement arrival.
Sleep in Bliss
La Croisette is the place ton rest your head after a whirlwind of premier showings and after parties. One of our favorite haunts has to be the dazzling Grand Dame of The Intercontinental Carlton. Everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Faye Dunaway has passed through these doors making it an institution for those seeking a splendid Hollywood infused stay.
What to Pack
The red carpet is no place for casual affairs so be sure to pack your best suit or gown. Textured lace is making a 16th century comeback bringing wisps of delicate femininity to the Cannes Film Festival. If frilly dresses aren’t your thing then you can cut the chase in a perfectly tailored Chanel suit. See our Red Carpet Ready Style Guide for further hints of inspiration.
Where to Party
The social elite flock to the Hotel du Cap for the annual gala. This is the spot to dress in your very best and prepare to mingle with supermodels, actors and directors. Of course, the best and the biggest yachts in the bay are well known for their legendary parties.
Club by Albane on the rooftop spot of the JW Marriot is another big wig bash strictly for members only unless you can be savvy about securing a ticket. If you want to swap the party scene for divine dinners with the stars instead, then check out these very best places to dine.