Best of Cannes – Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Cannes is the perfect destination for a long weekend. The resort town is, of course, best known for the Cannes Film Festival when the rich and famous flock to the French Riviera in May. The atmosphere during the festival is electric, and depending on where you stay, you can watch the stars hit the red carpet from your room.
The summer months still bring the jet set crowd. Days are spent relaxing in the sunshine on one of the private beaches or from the deck of a superyacht, Port de Cannes is lined with them. If you’re a jazz lover, visit the nearby town of Juan-les-Pins where the annual Jazz à Juan is held in July.
Cannes is just as lovely in fall and spring; the feel is more relaxed but no less glam. Whenever you choose to visit, Cannes embodies that South of France elegance and is a dreamy destination for a long weekend.
Places to stay
Hotel Barriere Le Majestic
La Croisette is the famous stretch of road that connects the city to the beach and it is lined with glamorous hotels, high-end designer boutiques and palm trees. It is here that you’ll find one of the most lauded hotels in Cannes, the Hotel Barriere Le Majestic. The Art Deco-style hotel faces Palais des Festivals, the film festival’s venue, and as a partner of the festival, it has a cinema room with sumptuous velvet chairs where private screenings take place. The cinematic vibe continues in the lobby where the walls are lined with black-and-white portraits of movie-star heavyweights, many of which have stayed at the hotel. Book the Majestic Suite, designed by French architect Pascal Desprez, the one-bedroom suite has a home cinema, elegant dining room, gym, sizeable dressing room all in an uber-chic colour palette of black, white, cream and coffee shades. The piece de resistance is the suite’s deck it measures 1, 600 sq ft and has a private pool and outstanding views of the Lérins Islands and Estérel. Guests of the suite also have the services of a dedicated butler.
Hotel Martinez, also situated on La Croisette, is a storied wonder and has been welcoming well-heeled guests since 1929. Renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon used the colours of the Côte d’Azur as his inspiration for the interiors. So think dreamy shades of blue and fresh, bright whites. The two Michelin star restaurant, La Palme d’Or, is a regular entry in the Top 100 Restaurants list and head chef Christian Sinicropi creates inventive dishes: fish eggs mimosa, veal sweetbread and pigeon and chocolate tartlet are a few highlights from the ‘Six Movements’ menu. If you want a more relaxed affair then head to Le Jardin du Martinez. The restaurant often hosts 1930s themed garden parties and live jazz evenings on the weekend.
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