Where to celebrity-spot in Cannes
Cannes Film Festival: such is the esteem of this event that it manages to convince A-listers to leave the sun and sea of Hollywood…and decamp to the sun and sea of the French Riviera.
Between 17 and 28 May, the entertainment world will ostensibly preview the biggest films of the coming year, but it’s also an excuse to see some of the world’s most famous celebrities out and about.
As such the Flexicover team has located the five places that are known for being celebrity magnets. So get your iPhones at the ready and head to…
The hotel and restaurant of Le Bâoli isn’t only known as a luxury place to dine during the day, but also for its celebrity-filled nightclub after hours. In addition to its public club, this luxury venue is often hired out for after-parties to help launch top-name films. These parties draw in guest lists with names including Eva Mendes, Jay Z and Bono, so talk to someone who knows someone to get yourself in. Then, expect minimalist, Asian-influenced décor and a no-expenses-spared bash with all the fanciness you’d anticipate from Hollywood at its most indulgent.
Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
Thanks to its strict policy of privacy and discretion, Hotel Martinez has become a celebrity favourite. Past residents include Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson and Diane Kruger. More have been spotted at La Palme d'Or, its two-Michelin star restaurant and thus officially the poshest restaurant in Cannes. Note that only guests of the hotel or restaurant are allowed through its front doors, so save in advance and book early if you want to be where the real after parties take place.
Located on the edge of Cannes, this famed seafood restaurant has attracted the likes of Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg, Cara Delevingne and Brad Pitt. Celebs are drawn in by its less busy location (it’s a 10-minute cab ride away from the hullabaloo of the film festival), its private beach, as well as its freshly-caught seafood. Most notably, the French stew of Bouillabaisse is its signature dish, with many locals declaring it the best in the world. If you want to give it a try, be warned that it costs €110 a serving – a drop in the ocean for multi-millionaire directors and actors, of course.
Palais des Festivals
It’s difficult to move without bumping into a superstar at the Palais des Festivals: the epicentre of all film festival activity. Situated in a prime location at the top of Boulevard de la Croisette, it’s where the red carpets are, where the limos park, and where celebrities go to be seen. With screenings, competitions and events taking place inside the modernist building’s 25,000 sq m of exhibition space and 18 auditoriums, it’s top on the sightseeing list for any visitor, whether celebrity-spotting or not.
Hotel Majestic Barriere
Just steps away from the Palais des Festivals, Hotel Majestic Barriere is a draw for celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and Isabella Rosellini, but even non-resident stars come to get VIP treatment at its uber-opulent spa. Each festival, Spa Diane Barrière books in 700 celebrities and guests to help prepare for the paparazzi onslaught. Once primed, the stars are just a lift-ride away to the Dior Suite, the home of the fashion house during the festival, where dozens of couture gowns are brought in to dress the celebs and ensure they’re red carpet-ready.
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