As far as festivals go, nothing tops Cannes. As the film festival begins, the town begins to sparkle in a new way- ready for the onslaught of glamour, star-studded events and half of Hollywood to descend upon it. Whether you are a seasoned festival go-er, a newbie attending for the first time or simply touring the French Riviera, Cannes is certainly a place for people watching but it also contains old-world charm and a history that dates back as far as 2nd century pre-Roman time. Coined as the sister city of Beverly Hills, there’s plenty of spots to eat, play, party; here are The Chosen Club top picks.
Drink: The Intercontinental Carlton Hotel
The most iconic bar on the Boulevard de la Croisette, this location is the infamous site of Grace Kelly's first date with Prince Rainier during the 1955 Film Festival. Sip an aperitif on the terrace and people watch like never before.
Eat: Hotel Du Cap
30 minutes away from Cannes by car, the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is nestled in the midst of 22 acres of lush gardens and pine forests. The hotel has been a glamorous hideaway spot for artists, actors and even aristocracy for over 140 years and still attracts the most exclusive A-lister parties and film star names. A table for lunch here during the film festival is a total bucket list moment.
Party: Le Baoli
This beachfront restaurant-cum-nightclub is perpetually trendy, full of beautiful people and has a very strict door policy. Book-in for dinner and don’t be surprised if by desert you’re up on the dance floor, the bar is on fire and A-listers have arrived.
LUNCH: LA GUERITE
Have lunch on the lush island of Sainte-Marguerite. A short boat ride (10-15 minutes) from Cannes, it's a favorite of Jay Z and Beyonce. Must-try dish? The grilled squid.
Spa: The Clarins Spa, Hotel Barriere Le Majestic
Tired of partying? This Clarins mecca is perfect for an essential oil massage and then a lounge in the Sensory Space with sauna and steam room. At 450 Square meters, it’s infinitely zen.
Stay: Five Seas Hotel Cannes
With 45 guest rooms, this smaller hideaway design boutique hotel is just off the main strip and offers numerous creature comforts from a rooftop infinity pool flanked by sumptuous daybeds to a sumptuous Carita spa.
Drink: Lounge Bar 360
This restaurant and lounge bar hidden away at the top of the Radisson Blu offers panoramic views of the harbour from the rooftop bar and terrace, called "Le 360”. Perfect for a relaxed sundowner.
Eat: La Bacon
Situated on the Cap d’Antibes La Bacon is plush, expensive and Michelin-starred. A popular lunch spot for the Hollywood elite during the film festival.
Drink and Beach: Bar Fitzgerald at The Belles Rives
Also on the exclusive Cap d’Antibes side of Cannes, this upscale hotel was the former villa of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Sit and sip where the masterpiece ‘Tender is The Night’ was written and evoke memories of the infamous jet-set summer parties.
Eat: La Palme d’Or
Situated in The Hotel Martinez, La Palme d’Or is the only 2-Michelin Star restaurant in Cannes with panoramic views across La Croisette.