While the rest of Europe is warming up for summer, it’s already high season on the French Riviera. The heart of the action is Cannes for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2016: the social elite has descended upon the picturesque city for 10 action packed days of exclusive screenings and award ceremonies starting on 11th May. Despite the multi-million dollar deals and networking taking place, you don’t have to be a member of the film industry to enjoy the glamour of Cannes Film Festival. However, there are six staples that ensure you’ll enjoy the most luxurious experience possible while in town for the festival:
Start your glamorous trip off on the right foot by taking a helicopter transfer straight to Cannes. It’s the only travel that can compare in exclusivity to a superyacht and you get to see the action from above before you land. Combined with a private chauffeur service, a 9-minute helicopter transfer from Nice to Cannes is the most stylish and convenient way to arrive. Cannes’ Helipad is on La Croisette, a mere 10 minutes’ walk from the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès so you may wish to forgo the chauffeur service and take a deluxe stroll by mingling with Hollywood’s finest instead. If this VIP flight doesn’t make you feel like a star you’ll at least feel like Special Agent 007 and get to see the remarkable views of the Cote d’Azur.
Yachts are an integral feature of the ultimate film festival experience. The Old Port teems with luxury yachts offering easy access to La Croisette, the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals and all the main events. Under the glittering light of stars, top names in the film industry and A-list celebrities host private screenings, press events and exclusive after parties on the decks of private charter yachts.
When chartering a luxury yacht for the ultimate Cannes Film Festival experience, visitors enjoy luxury accommodation and can party until the sun comes up in lavish surrounds. Because two of the prominent Cote d’Azur events overlap, a Cannes Film Festival yacht charter can easily coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix. Cannes is ideally placed to visit some of the beautiful coastal resorts and villages along the Riviera, such as Eze or the vibrant beach clubs of Saint-Tropez.
3. The Exclusive Restaurants
Befitting its status as a luxury destination, Cannes has some of the finest restaurants in the region. The double Michelin-starred La Palme d’Or is unique in its sumptuousness and is highly coveted by a high-profile clientele. Located in the exclusive Martinez Hotel, the setting is mesmerising with a large terrace overlooking the Mediterranean – the very sea that influences its gourmet flavours. Chef Christian Sinicropi serves up daring and delicious food in a chic Art Deco environment.
Set in The Grand Hotel on La Croisette, The Park 45 restaurant boasts a Michelin star and a contemporary interior that attracts discerning diners in droves. Dishes are served in a manner that pre-empts their delectable tastes, while the restaurant’s terrace affords stunning views of the hotel’s entrance and extend to the Mediterranean Sea.
Arriving in style is a necessity at such a prestigious event. With a luxury supercar rental, you’re sure to turn heads and trigger the flash of cameras. Dress in the deep red of a Ferrari; look sophisticated and elegant in a Bentley; or spark conversation from the wheel of a slick Lamborghini. Rest assured that those arriving at film premieres will be driving cars of a similar ilk. And when you’ve made an impression, explore the French Riviera at your own pace, in style, comfort and class.
Once the after parties draw to a close, revellers retire to luxurious villas, which provide unparalleled comfort for a well-earned rest. Luxury private villas are fully furnished and staffed, often with special concierge services provided. Some of the best villas for rent are right on the water with stunning panoramic views, gardens, swimming pools and terraces. They are tastefully decorated with high-tech entertainment systems and contemporary furniture. Villas ensure privacy and provide a more intimate space to entertain after screenings.
6. The Luxury Hotel
La Croisette is characterised by an illustrious row of luxurious hotels, each of which caters for A-list clientele around the time of the Cannes Film Festival. Each with scenic views of the Mediterranean, Hotel Majestic Barrière, InterContinental Carlton, Hotel Martinez, and J.W. Marriott Cannes are perfectly located for guests to enjoy the festival.
The Cannes Film Festival 2016 is one of the most glamorous events on the planet. These luxury staples reflect the prestige with which the event is associated; celebrities, industry professionals and the social elite flock to the French Riviera each May to experience the high-life and experience the latest releases in the film industry. Celebrate in luxury with these sumptuous staples.