From May 14th until May 25th, Cannes becomes the most glamorous place on earth. Here’s how you can be part of it…
Picture this: it’s warm – gorgeously warm – and that unmistakeably intoxicating breeze of lemon, fig, pine and olive gently dances about you as you look out onto one of the world’s most glamorously spectacular views: the Côte d’Azur.
To be precise, you’re in Cannes – and more precise still, you’re in Le 360, a superb restaurant on the town’s highest roof-top. It couldn’t really be called anything else – the panoramic views of the bay, the beautiful old town and the Esterel hills are truly stunning. And the icing on the cake is the Festival de Cannes: the world’s most iconic film festival. Only a few tables away a group of eager producers is courting a Hollywood legend while a constellation of other stars strolls through this fascinatingly bewitching town.
For twelve days in May, Cannes will be the centre of the world; well, not really, but it will certainly feel like it. And if you’re staying at The Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, you get the very best views of it.
Glamour never gets old, or so we’re told.
The Blu carpet
Glamour never gets old, or so we’re told. (That’s because it usually has some help!) And so you’ll no doubt wish to be at your glamorous best before you stroll to La Croisette for some serious movie-star spotting.
In fact it’s the perfect excuse to visit all those designer shops as that’s where most of the stars are during the daytime.
As it’s almost impossible to drive through this part of Cannes during the festival, the five-minute walk back to your hotel laden with designer shopping bags is very handy.
So – you’ve got a fabulous outfit and it’s back to the hotel for a rejuvenating massage or even a full anti-ageing secrets programme in preparation for the evening when all the stars come out. Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is the place to be if you want to check out the iconic red carpet leading the glitterati up to various awards ceremonies. It gets busy, naturally, but it’s very exciting.
It’s very difficult to get into most Festival-related events, but you’ll see them everywhere – many in hotels. We have hosted several star-studded events – we can’t tell you what’s happening this year as it’s secret; however, celebrity guests are bound to be staying with us during the Festival, they always do. And just because you can’t get in doesn’t mean that you can’t watch – after all, that’s what cinema is all about: watching.
One really different way to catch the stars is to watch the annual celebrity pétanque (boules) tournament where film stars pair up with some of the best players in the world and enjoy a light-hearted (well, quite competitive actually) competition. Very French, very famous, very cool.
The energy and buzz around Festival de Cannes is exhilarating: hushed reports of stars and parties can be heard everywhere, from the foyer to the bars and terrace, iconic images decorate the streets, and the near-constant flash of cameras is a reminder that this really is the place to be.
the near-constant flash of cameras is a reminder that this really is the place to be
In fact, Cannes is wonderful whatever the time of year. But if you are going to treat yourself, come and see us for the Festival – you’ll come back with more stories than you ever imagined.