When I visited Cannes last May I knew it was one of my favourite places on earth and having just got back from my second visit it’s safe to say I fell even more in love with it. I considered titling this blog post La Vie En Rose, as this phrase is a rather accurate summation of our visit, which primarily comprised of balmy summer days fuelled by endless glasses of crisp rosé.
I have attempted to capture the beauty of this iconic town in the following travel guide for those of you who are interested in visiting this summer or it may inspire you to visit in the near future. I hope you enjoy!
Where to Stay:
This luxurious 5 star hotel is somewhat legendary in Cannes and as such is often frequented by the rich and famous. And even if you don’t happen to spot any celebrities, the grandiose nature of the hotel with its high ceilings and ornate furnishings are adept in transporting you back into a world of old Hollywood glamour anyway. The hotel also boasts a 2 Michelin star restaurant, a piano bar, private beach and a pier which juts dramatically out over the sparkling Mediterranean sea.
Where to Go:
This is the largest pontoon of the Croisette and is by far my favourite. There is nothing quite like having your feet in the sand and a glass of rosé in your hand whilst you enjoy the undisrupted view of the Côte d’Azur.
Home to the beautiful La Guérite restaurant (which we’ll discuss later on) this island just half a mile off the shore of Cannes is well worth a visit. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the wooded coastal path, discovering hidden alcoves and picturesque pebbled beaches along the way.
Where to Eat:
This is the beach restaurant of the Grand Hyatt Hôtel Martinez and is the perfect location for a light lunch. The food is divine, with a healthy menu of local and seasonal produce inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean. I would highly recommend the king prawns, coriander and ginger sautéed in sesame oil and sprinkled with lime and coconut. This was actually the first and one of the best meals I had whilst in Cannes.
Being one of the world’s most mythical hotels, the Carlton is a true representation of the historic style and elegance of the city. This is captured perfectly in the terrace bar and restaurant, which is perfect for an evening aperitif or a delicious meal made from authentic, local produce. I enjoyed the tomato tartar with crayfish Mia and basil cream to start, followed by monkfish with bacon, artichoke and pepper ketchup.
Dining here is an experience quite unlike any other and it fast became one of my favourite restaurants in the world. You can only arrive by boat, as it is situated on the beautiful island of Île Sainte-Marguerite, just 10 minutes away from Cannes. All the seating is outdoor in delicate wicker chairs amidst blossoming pink roses overlooking the glistening waters of the Riviera. The food is equally as exquisite, I would highly recommend sampling the signature Guérite pasta.
I hope you enjoyed my guide to Cannes and if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments below!