If you have ever wanted to do a bit of celebrity spotting then Cannes should be your holiday destination. This is the place where any self respecting film star will head to, regardless of whether there is a film festival there or not. And if there is not, you’ll always find plenty to do as the swanky French Riviera town has an abundance of designer boutique stores, museums and amazing seafront hotels for you to stay in. Or if you fancy a more provincial way of life you can always check out the hills where many of the celebs hide away in their mansions and villas and soak up the atmosphere of a millionaires lifestyle close up and personal. So where should you start?
For the serious celebrity spotters you have to check out the 3 km main seafront boulevard called La Croisette. This is absolutely chocker with super lavish hotels favoured by stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron to name drop a few. Keep an eye on the Martinez and Carlton hotels and you should know that the exclusive Eden Roc Hotel is where Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz stayed and Naomi Campbell had her 40th birthday party there. Talking of the Martinez Hotel, if you stay there be prepared to bump into Penelope Cruz or Eva Longeria and if celebrity spotting gets tedious then have a look at the sumptuous Art Deco furnishings of this amazing landmark of Cannes With it’s sweeping staircase and top service, you’ll feel like you are making a grand entrance every time you get ready to attend breakfast!
Keeping up with the celebrity theme, as in Hollywood, there is also celebrity handprints footpath at the entrance of the Palais des Festivals on La Croisette. If you are a movie and film fans then check out your favourite movie stars who have their prints on the footpath. If you want to relax whilst you keep your eyes glued for famous faces then head out to Le Mas de Candille. Here you will find a luxury boutique bolt-hole frequented by the likes of Daisy and Pearl Lowe and Brad Pitt. This beautiful complex is situated in the hills about 7km away from Cannes and is surrounded by the most amazing manicured gardens. Originally the buildings were part of an old farmhouse but have been lovingly restored to create a boutique hotel experience with 46 bedrooms and a Michelin starred restaurant. It also has France’s only Shiseido spa. Oh just imagine if Brad walked in draped in only a towel! Cameras at the ready!
So will it cost the earth to live life like your favourite celebrities? Not at all. Rooms at the five star Martinez Hotel cost around £142 a night www.hotel-martinez.com and for the Le Mas de Candille you are looking at around £192 a night. Visit www.lemascandille.com for more details. To get there check out Easyjet (I doubt if you’ll bump into Brad or Ange on the plane) or BMI Baby and British Airways all fly to Nice from the UK.