Famed for its glittering festivals and glamorous inhabitants, Cannes is a town that understands luxury. BAZAAR rounds up the top places to stay, eat and shop in this charismatic Riviera resort.
Where to stay
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Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez
The Grand Hyatt boasts one of the most incredible views of Cannes. Conveniently situated on the Boulevard de la Croisette, the hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. With its own private beach and the only two-Michelin star restaurant in Cannes, it’s no wonder many consider the Grand Hyatt to be the flagship hotel on the Riviera.
InterContinental Carlton Cannes
Choice destination of the rich and famous, this beautiful hotel has been built in classic French style. Its Belle Epoque façade overlooks the Bay of Cannes, where guests can grab a bite to eat on the hotel’s exclusive beach restaurant, or try their hand at a host of water sports that the hotel pier has to offer.
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Where to eat
La Petite Maison de Nicole
Enjoy beautiful cuisine from the region of Nice – think stuffed vegetables, mullet, lobster and lots of Mediterranean flavour – in and among pop-art portraits and white chandeliers. Chef Maryan Gandon’s dishes are guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds, providing you with a French dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
If you’re looking for more of a party atmosphere, Le Bâoli should definitely be on your list of venues to explore. Delicious Asian and Mediterranean inspired cuisine is served in an open-air Eden surrounded by palm-trees and tropical greenery. At midnight don your dancing shoes and party the night away, sipping on cocktails and Champagne Grand Cru until the sun comes up.
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Where to shop
Boulevard de la Croisette
Commonly recognised as the ultimate shopping destination on the Riviera, this beachfront haven is home to some of the world’s most exclusive designer stores, including French favourites Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Céline.
For a Cannes shopping experience that doesn’t break the bank, hit up the Rue d’Antibes. Here you’ll find more affordable (yet still stylish) stores, including Zara, Vilebrequin, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and – the beauty lover’s favourite – Sephora.
What to do
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The Cannes Yachting Festival
Arguably the most prestigious event on the yachting calendar, the Cannes Yachting Festival has something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of motor yachts, sailing yachts, or just want to soak up the Riviera glamour. This year celebrates the 38th edition of the festival, which will take place on the beautiful Bay of Cannes between 8–13 September. This year will see the launch of the festival’s first nautical Concours d’Elégance. A parade of the finest boats in the bay, rare vintage and modern boats will be exhibited to honour the rich maritime history of the marina. There will be a cocktail reception and award ceremony afterwards, which Riviera Card holders will be able to attend.For more information visit cannesyachtingfestival.com.