Beyond the Croisette: How to Make the Most of Cannes and Retain Your Sanity
Flitting between events at the Palais, beach drinks, meetings and parties can make the Cannes Lions a fun but exhausting experience. We caught up with some of the co-hosts of the LBB & Friends Beach to find out their tips for places in and around Cannes that will help you unwind and make the most of being in the beautiful French Riviera…
Native, Dan Neale
Not wanting to over plug, but we are also co-hosting the Hanging Gardens with Jungle at LBB & Friends Beach… We did it last year, and people loved the oasis of calm in amongst the festival madness. Masseurs, oxygen in cans, plus vitality attendants with face spritzers and chilled towels to keep you cool. From 11 until 3, Wednesday – Friday. Come and find us!
Felt Music, Natalie Dickens
Turn your back on the Croisette (you will be glad to believe me) and head to the shady hills, take a trip to fragrant Grasse, treat yourself, or even better get treated to dinner under the stars, with the stars at that rather lovely restaurant in St-Paul-De-Vence.
Take a short (cheap) boat ride from Cannes to Ile Sainte Marguerite and have a long lunch at Restaurant a Guerite.
Stay an extra day, visit the usual haunts and marvel at the sudden drop in your bar bill!
AnalogFolk London, Simon Richings, Executive Creative Director
Go and swim in the sea. Go on, it's right there. There's a billion people to meet, countless (mainly) inspiring talks to attend, endless partying to be done/endured - but a dip in the waves reminds you that you're human.
I’d say head off into the mountains on your bike - there’s some famous climbs in the hills behind Cannes (clearly not for everyone). Failing that you can always grab the chopper over to Monaco and hit the shops (it’s not as expensive as you think).
We’re big fans of unwinding at the Carlton Beach Terrace for lunch or Maschou for dinner. But you can’t visit Cannes without escaping for a little day trip to Ezre to walk amongst those narrow medieval streets... or grabbing a rose at La Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul de Vence.
Visit the oldest part of Cannes for sightseeing – there are countless monuments and museums. A bit of shopping and eat a meal in any of the quiet passages of the city to help you wind down followed by a swim in the warm ocean.
If you find yourself becoming accustomed to the French Riviera lifestyle, then you could always venture out on a private yacht to one of the little islands just off the shore of Cannes. Or, if you’ve spent all your money on magnums of Rosé and 20€ vodkas, a walk up to the Old Town will help you escape the Croisette chaos whilst taking in the rustic charm and views of the harbour. For a more chilled beach vibe head to the Eastern end of the Croisette to Bijou Plage - popular with the locals!
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If you’ve journeyed out to Cannes, then you might as well stay on to visit the Lerin Islands. The ‘Iles De Lerins’ as they’re known are just opposite the bay of Cannes and are a short boat ride away from the Croisette. You could either cruise the coast or visit the islands themselves, which are truly stunning and rich with history.
Debra Stubbs: The old town of Antibes for sundowners and drinks in a stunning setting, or the Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc in Juan-Les-Pins. A drive to Monaco or Saint Tropez.
Mel: Lunch at La Colombe D’Or in the town of St Paul De Vence is a must and the Picasso museum in Antibes.
Made in World, Carla Lizario
Spend the weekend resting and recovering at Theoule sur Mer – it’s a beautiful, picturesque small village near Cannes.
Just get yourselves home for a cup of tea and a Kit-Kat.
Or if relaxation isn’t your thing, take some advice from Chesterfield’s Matt Lawford:
Do not leave the Croisette, it is important to be seen, be heard and to have fun.