Founded back in 1946, the Cannes Festival is France’s most prestigious film event. Past editions of this exclusive, invitation-only affair, which previews new films and documentaries from around the world, have been attended by movie stars ranging from Brigitte Bardot to Brad Pitt. A popular venue for film producers to launch their new films, these days the festival, set on the famous Croisette seafront promenade in May, attracts global glitterati, who come as much for the after-parties as the film premieres.
You may not be able to gatecrash one of those exclusive parties, but if you know where to go there are still many ways to see Cannes with the stars.
Follow me on a whirlwind 24hour tour of the A-list hotspots where celebrities ranging from Tom Cruise to Juliette Binoche love to chill during the world’s most famous film festival.
It’s just about impossible to get a room at the Hotel du Cap-EdenRoc on the Cap d’Antibes (hoteldu-cap-eden-roc.com) during the globe’s most glittering film event: celebrities who’ve stayed here during the festival include Uma Thurman, Steven Spielberg and the entire gang from Ocean’s Thirteen.
On a friend’s advice, however, I booked (way in advance) for a champagne brunch in the dining room of this legendary hotel which was the inspiration for Gauss's hotel in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is the Night.
Sitting on the terrace of this elegant hotel admiring breathtaking views – while tucking into sushi and champagne, and watching a flock of starlets practising their red carpet moves – made a great start to my star-spotting holiday in Cannes.
After my champagne feast it was time to join celebrities – and their glamorously clad pets – as they jogged off those calories along La Croisette. Stumbling along this 2km-long promenade fringed by some of the city’s most exclusive beaches, I heard plenty of champagne corks popping from the cabins of luxurious yachts lined up in the harbour.
Gasping for an apéritif after all that exercise, I popped back to my hotel to freshen up and then made a beeline for the Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic (hotelsbarriere.com). During the festival week this hip hotel’s private beach becomes an exclusive club where stars and their satellites love to strut their bikini-clad stuff.
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