With sun, sand and plenty of glamour, this May visit Cannes and France’s stunning Riviera

With a star-studded jury this year the Cannes Film Festival – celebrating its 70th anniversary – looks as if it will be even more glitzy than ever.

 

From May 17th to May 28th the streets will be bustling and stars from around the world will come to see and be seen, promote their upcoming releases, and find who the jury awards the coveted Palm d’Or to.

 
This year will see the 70th Annual Cannes film festival
 

This year Spanish directing legend Pedro Almodóvar presides over many big names on the jury, including Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, and with Uma Thurman presiding over the Un Certain Regard award, the other main prize of the festival which showcases works which offer a unique perspective.

 

Cannes in the sun is stunning enough but with the film world making it their focus from mid-May the town takes on a life of its own. So, with that in mind if the festival is your focus, look into the many VIP concierge services that aim to secure you access to both.

 
Beautiful coastal Cannes
 

Rooms and suites in Cannes are always hard to come by during the festival but do your best to find a spot at the Martinez. If the task eludes you, try for a table at what many say in the best restaurant in town, at the Martinez’s suitably named Palm d’Or which has two Michelin stars.

 
The Martinez Hotel
 

If you want to delve into the festival but prefer to stay away from the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi and the crowds of fans a good idea is to move away from the beach and head to Le Mas Candille in Mougins, a peaceful hillside retreat nestled in 8 acres of parkland just 7km from Cannes.

 

Here find a more restrained opulence in the 18th century converted farmhouse’s 28 rooms and 7 suites, and take a moment to swim in its heated pools, dine in its Michelin-starred restaurant Le Candille, and indulge in the ESPA spa.

 

Another retreat to check out, this time across the bay, is a quick boat ride to Sainte Marguérite, one of the two Lérins Islands which can be spotted from Suquet hill in Cannes (the original settling for the town’s fishermen and a calmer enclave itself).

 
Sainte Marguérite
 

As the film festival’s main prize pays homage to the ubiquitous palm trees of Cannes there are of course many other spots along the Riviera that sport these stunning trees too.

 

Nearby, positioned halfway between Cannes and Nice, is the ever-popular Cap d’Antibes. The peninsula encompasses two very different towns: Antibes, with its 16th century enclosed old town and star-shaped fort (plus much older Greco-Roman ruins) and the art deco elegance of Juan-les-Pins.

 
Beautiful nearby Antibes
 

Home to one of the world’s best Picasso museums, housed in the Château Grimaldi in Antibes, there are also numerous beaches along the coastal stretch of the peninsula.

 
Chateau Grimaldi – Image courtesy of Luxury retreats
 

Find your place by the sea there, or retire instead to one of the lavish hotels, which are found in Juan-les-Pins rather than Antibes and include the very stylish Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel.

 
The Beach Hotel – Image courtesy of Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel
 

With sun, sand, glamour and a chance to retreat and unwind, this May jet off to explore the best of new film while spotting the stars up close, and take in some of the beauty of France’s stunning Riviera.

 

Book your private jet charter to Cannes Mandelieu airport and be right in the heart of the action, or fly into Nice Côte d’Azur airport, just a 20 minute drive from Cannes.

 

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