Cool and collected, Cannes knows how to put on the charm for those traveling to the ultra-glam French Riviera for a taste of the yachting lifestyle. 2018 sees the return of the Cannes Yacht Festival; every year the stars come out to play in this prestigious playground. The darling spot perched on the Cote d’Azur hasn’t always known such luxury; that is until English aristocrat Henry Brougham swept into town and purchased land at Croix des Gardes and the transformation began. The city also has a long creative history, from Picasso calling Madoura home to the modern-day industry festivals that roll out the red carpet to the Coen brothers. With chic boutiques, celebrity-laden lobbies in five-star hotels, and legendary parties after dark – here’s our destination guide for Cannes.
If you are here for the Cannes Yacht Festival you will be well caught in the event of the year. Beautiful yachts sparkling in the bay, celebrity-filled streets, champagne flowing, and a nautical Concours d’elegance makes for a fine time. This year the 42nd edition of the show will run from the 10th to the 15th of September in the Vieux Port and Port Canto in Cannes. Over 50,000 guests are expected to attend this year with over half of these traveling from abroad to be at the event. We have covered the crème de la crème of this year’s festival in our Cannes Yach Festival Guide.
The Mediterranean is where you will find some of the best culinary achievements in Europe and Cannes is not an exception. The expectation for quality when it comes to fine dining is high and you will not leave unimpressed. For example, Le Park 45 is a restaurant on the path to gastro greatness. While other contenders are turning to easy breezy brasserie style, Le Park serves Michelin-starred bright and beautiful food that reflects the sun-drenched surroundings. Think fresh fish soaked in lemon, crystal bay prawn tartare, caviar with marmalade toasts, and provencale lamb. The dining room is all fabric walls, high back chairs, and views out to the Croisette for perfect people watching. For more options, see our Top Luxury Dining in Cannes guide.
Belle Epoque facades are ten a penny along the bright and bustling Bay of Cannes and the Croisette and five-star haunts come thick and fast – all delivered with a daring dose of French finesse. The Intercontinental Carlton In Cannes is the oldest French gem on the block and therefore has seen its fill of movie stars, artists, and royalty. The history shows in the sublime service and even the suites are named after the most celebrated film stars of the past. Soaring pillars, marble, and well executed retro furniture set the scene, and there are whispers of Faye Dunaway once taking goats milk baths in the superior suites. The Grace Kelly suite is one of the most coveted addresses for staying in Cannes with its private terrace, jacuzzi tub, and silky fabrics. For more star-studded hotels, don’t miss our Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Cannes guide.
There is no doubt about it, Cannes is a destination made for the highest fashion and latest glitz. And it’s not just during the film festival that everyone puts on their finest Cavalli and Tom Ford. In Cannes, it’s a lifestyle. Sophistication, elegance, and the ultimate luxury can be found anywhere you look. Have a look at our style sheet for Cannes and take your pick!