Cannes is likely to conjure images of upscale boutiques, exclusive five-star hotels, ridiculous sports cars and red carpets. Essentially, a place oozing in glamour, money, and fame. Cannes lives up to every expectation you’ve ever had. Cannes. Is. That. Place.
I must admit, I would go to the extent of saying the first few sentences downplay Cannes. For instance, I’ve never visited a place with a sea of multi-million/billion-pound yachts and prominent hotels that are overpowered by gated communities.
Where to stay?
The South of France is made up of countless idyllic places to visit, Cannes being just one of them. There are so many options on where to stay – some pricier than others so have a browse around on Booking.com and Airbnb to fit your budget.
If you want to stay IN Cannes, I generally research how far the accommodation is to Palais des Festivals as this is the centre point and where all the action takes place – and God, if you know me, I like to be involved. Palais des Festivals is also the home to the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival.
I’ve got to do a shameless plug here because we couldn’t be happier with the Airbnb we found. It was absolutely stunning and a mere ten minutes’ walk to Palais.
The host, Carole, was so friendly and welcoming. On arrival, we discovered our fridge was stocked up with waters, wines, macaroons and cake! I definitely recommend staying here if you’re planning on going to Cannes.
That being said, you don’t necessarily need to stay in Cannes to have a great time. The first time I visited, I stayed in Nice. Nice is equally as beautiful with more of a relaxed vibe and a focus on classy bars and restaurants. Nice is only 20 minutes by train to Cannes.
Cannes Film Festival?
I received an acceptance email from the festival a few months ago. I genuinely couldn’t believe my eyes that I was going to be attending. The day I had to fly out to Cannes happened to fall on the day I travelled back from Tenerife with my boyfriend. Despite being extremely sleep deprived, I felt high on adrenaline.
I holidayed in Cannes a few years prior and remember being fascinated by the overall glamour of the Film Festival – seeing Eva Longoria (for L’Oreal) on the beach really heightened this! Upon arriving, I collected my pass which gave me access to backstage areas and film premieres amongst other areas.
My favourite part was seeing the one and only, Sylvester Stallone, with a pack of paparazzi swarming him. I can shamelessly say, I decided to jump in and get a close-up! My friend also pointed out David Guetta in the club which was pretty cool.
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I remember feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, excitement, and nervousness. Although I travelled to Cannes with two friends, I attended the actual Film Festival on my own. I went with the mindset of “fake it till you make it.” I don’t mean this in the sense of being superficial. Instead, conceal any sign of nerve and shine in confidence. Little old me was in the middle of something I thought I would only ever dream of. I mean, the last time I wore an evening gown was 2011 at prom! I snapped myself out of feeling nervous after around thirty seconds and forced myself to realise this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would not let my fear define this experience and it didn’t.
Favourite place to eat?
We generally like to venture out and try local cuisines when I’m away – so here’s where I’m going to insert a huge contradiction.
Despite trying different foods, we found ourselves returning to this one place every morning, Cannes Bagel Café. For starters, I am not a fan of bagels. In fact, I have never in my life thought “hey, I really fancy a bagel today.” However, these were something else and incomparable. I’m a changed woman.
What’s the nightlife like?
Insane! I highly recommend Baoli and Club Gotha if you like R&B/hip hop music. They’re honestly the bouji-est clubs I’ve ever been to. In terms of dress code, there was an overall mixture of dresses, suits, two pieces to gowns. Yes I know, evening gowns! I think this was because people were coming straight from movie premieres so can’t be certain it’s like this throughout the year.
The fun comes at a price. A rather extortionate 20-25 euros for a single G&T – a definite change of scenery from the local Spoons. Also, heels are necessary for women *rolls eyes* – we seen people getting turned away for wearing sandals.
Out of the two, BAOLI is a definite must. I couldn’t fault the night. Yes, slightly pretentious but it was more relaxed than Gotha and as long as you’re with good people, you’ll have an amazing time!
Have you visited to Cannes? Any tips for a future trip? Let me know!