Photo:  Cannes Film Festival 2017

Have you visited Cannes Film Festival? No, well, it is great fun and well worth a visit.  I find it is like entering a parallel universe for a few days!  It is super busy, the town packed with film crews, movie executives, directors, actors and everyone you can possibly think working in the film industry.  Throw, hundreds of film enthusiasts into the mix and it is jam packed.

If you don’t work in the film industry, you will feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole!  The film industry is all consuming for those connected with the industry and the whole point of a film festival is to sell your film! Everywhere you go people are doing deals, discussing movies and it is all quite extraordinary.

Photo: Crowds waiting outside Martinez Hotel Cannes for movie stars

I thoroughly enjoyed my time and fun events ranging from a fabulous face treatment at L Raphael Luxury Spa at the Martinez hotel to watching movies, parties and even a private viewing in a gorgeous villa.  I always enjoy meeting young and enthusiastic professionals and so it was a delight to meet the Film Director J P Mandarino and star, Drew Lipson of the new movie The Kaos Brief.  

Photo: JP Mandarino, Drew Lipson and me

They kindly invited me to their gorgeous villa in Cannes and were the best fun.  We enjoyed a private viewing of the movie and a lovely chat afterwards.  The film is and exciting SciFi/horror movie and you will be drawn into the plot and be left wanting more when the movie ends! The young star, Drew Lipson is surely one to watch for the future and I look forward to seeing him in more movies soon.  Handsome and talented, always a great combination.

Photo: Director and Star of The Kaos Brief

This is Drew’s first lead role in a movie and his first time in Cannes.  He was delighted to be “living the dream!”, he told us that the small cast of 4 major characters lived together during filming.  The film took only 2 weeks to make and the cast were firm friends by the end of the movie.

The Kaos Brief is available for worldwide distribution.  JP Mandarin is looking for funding for his next two projects. http://www.thekaosbrief.com

Video: The Kaos Brief

Snippet from Drew Jepson interview

Tips for Cannes Film Festival:

A few tips for you, if you plan to attend next year.

  • The big stars do not stay in Cannes.  The ones who don’t want or need the publicity stay in Monaco.
  • Go early, security really hots up going into hotels etc after Saturday so go for the first few days.
  • Make sure people know you plan to attend and you will receive invitations to screenings, use the cannes hashtags on social media.

Prices shoot up in Cannes so it is a good idea to stay nearby rather than pay inflated price, unless you want to be immersed in the experience totally and pay for it!

Photo: Freddie and me enjoying drinks at The Carlton Hotel Cannes during the Festival

Contact: http:jpmandarino.com

 

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L Raphael Beauty Spa Martinez Hotel Cannes

How about a wonderful morning at L Raphael Beauty Spa in the fabulous Martinez Hotel in Cannes? Well, who could resist!  I experienced a very effective treatment called Oxy-Peel Anti-Age Treatment.  I am now Red Carpet ready for my busy week at Cannes Film Festival 2017 with the help of L Raphael revolutionary technology and advanced anti ageing skincare products.

L Raphael Beauty Spa Treatments

The treatment lasted over an hour and was so relaxing in a super luxe treatment room with dimmed lights to make me relax and is a multi step treatment using oxygen as well as L Raphael complex LEC-40 to rejuvenate my skin and reverse the visible signs of ageing.

LEFT: After my treatment and hair styling and RIGHT: My Treatment session

The results of my Anti-Age treatment were immediately visible and I’ms sure my skin looked refreshed, smooth and visibly younger!  Infact, I was so pleased that I am seriously considering going to Geneva to L Raphael Geneva to investigate the full 4D Soft Facelift Treatment!

4D Soft Facelift combines 4 different treatments to lift and rejuvenate the skin with an exclusive non-invasive treatment.

The Cannes Film Festival is an action packed couple of weeks, hectic and busy with lots of parties, films, events and crowds!  It was wonderful to enter the peaceful haven of L Raphael and experience the luxury Spa.  I was lucky enough to have a hairstyling with Patrick Nicolieri, who was such a professional and gave me very helpful advice about my hair.

Thank you L Raphael Beauty Spa for a wonderful day and I will be back!

The Grand Hyatt Martinez Hotel Cannes is a magnet for Film Festival crowds, with movie fans waiting for a glimpse of their favourite movie stars as they leave the hotel!  I was greeted by hundreds of people outside the hotel waiting to see their favourite move stars.

Photo: The crowds of Film Fans waiting outside Martinez Hotel, Cannes

Useful information:

Website: http://www.l-raphael.com Telephone: +33 (0)492987490 email: cannes@l-raphael.com

Grand Hyatt Martinez Hotel Cannes http://www.cannesmartinez.com

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Beautiful Abbaye de Lerins                http://www.abbayedelerins.com

My favourite things to do on Ile St Honorat

Visit Ile St Honnorat.  If you are staying anywhere near Cannes on the Cote d’Azur, I recommend a visit to Ile St Honorat.  Spend a day on this peaceful and beautiful island and you will have very special day.

Firstly, you have to get there and ferries run from the port of Cannes every hour on the hour in summer time and the trip is very short,just 15 minutes.  You can of course hire your own boat and moor off shore or in a tiny harbour on the island.  The waters between the two Iles de Lerin are really popular with yachts and there is a veritable traffic jam in the summer months as people all enjoy the crystal clear sea water and beautiful environment.

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The water between the two Iles Lerins is always popular in summer!

I like to take a stroll round the island taking a peek at the immaculate vineyards, growing a variety of grapes which are then turned into delicious wine by the monks living on the island.  The plants and flowers are wonderful and a lot of work must go into making everything look so perfect.

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Perfectly tended vineyards

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Lavender growing on the island

The olives from the trees, grapes from vines and lavender growing in the gardens are turned into wonderful products by the monks and you can buy these online if you aren’t lucky enough to visit the island.  The quality is superb and I recommend them all! http://www.excellencedelerins.com

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I adore the feeling of peace and tranquility on the island, as soon as I step ashore all stress seems to  miraculously vanish.  There is a very special atmosphere here, after Saint Honoratus founded a monestery in the year 410 and 16 centuries of monastic life on the island interrupted here and there.  The Cistercian monks have lived and worked on the island and living a life of prayer in the Abbaye since 1869.

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Dogs are welcome on the island, Freddie and Zarya enjoyed their day out.

After a walk, visit the Abbaye which is absolutely stunning with the most beautiful gardens.  I can’t honestly say I have ever considered becoming a monk but a visit to Ile St Honnarat makes me think that it is a very wonderful way of life.

IMG_3019-2The Abbaye organises retreats for people to go and stay on the island, which must be a perfect place for contemplation.

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Every plant is beautiful here

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A short stroll away teetering on the sea edge is a 15th century fortified monastery which you can also visit. Don’t forget to pop into the shop by the Abbaye and buy some products made on the island by the monks, including honey and olive oil.

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Then Time for lunch at Le Tonnelle Restaurant a short 5 minute stroll away.  The food is delicious, as is the wine.  The island and the restaurant allow dogs, so Freddie and Zarya were able to come along and enjoy the day too.

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You can buy some wine to take home at a pretty shop right by the restaurant.

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After lunch, time for a little nap and swim in one of the pretty coves that you find dotted around the island so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

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Beautiful little coves for swimming

 

You can wear a swimsuit for a little swim but dress respectfully everywhere on the island and don’t wander around scantily clad.

After a reviving cup of tea back at Le Tonnelle restaurant, head back to Cannes on the ferry.  The end of a perfect day!

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The view on the boat ride home to Cannes at the end of a lovely day!

Practical Info:

Ferry information: http://www.trans-cote-azur.com   Abbey: http://www.abbayedelerins.com  Restaurant La Tonnelle (reservation recommended: http://www.tonnelle-abbayedelerins.fr

 

 

Where are you planning to visit next year?  Are you joining us on the beautiful Cote d’Azur?  Here you will find the most glamorous and beautiful places to stay in the world.  From the tiny, jetset Principality of Monaco to the super chic St Tropez there is something to suit everyone.  The best restaurants, most beautiful beaches and action packed with adventures, or just laze on a sun lounger gazing at the beautiful sea views.

I have found some of the best villas for you to rent in the most perfect locations.  Just take a look at these fabulous villas and tell me you would not love to stay here!

picture-595432-23Villa Cap d’Antibes

This amazing state of the art villa dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and was entirely renovated by award winning designers.

This 420sq m property is ideally located on the West side of Cap d’Antibes within walking distance to the beach and Port Gallice.
It is comprised of 4 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom including a large 100sq m Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, lounge area and dressing room and offers a separate staff quarters.
It also consists of a TV lounge, a fully equipped modern designer kitchen, an office, a lounge as well as a dining area.

The property is set in a beautiful garden with a 15m heated infinity swimming pool with a fountain and air-jet spa. This villa combines charm, sophistication, modernity and style; it is one of a kind!

Cost: 28,000 euros a week

picture-960531-3Villa in Cannes

GUESTS SLEEPING: 12 pax
LIVING AREA: 500 sq m  Price on Application

picture-1066426-1Luxurious Contemporary Villa, Vaullauris 

6 Bedrooms
Swimming Pool
GUESTS SLEEPING: 16 pax
VIEW: Panoramic Sea
This spectacular 660m2 property is one of the most stunning contemporary villas in Cannes. The magnificently designed, open-plan, living space captures the beauty of the landscaped gardens and panoramic sea views and really ‘draws the outdoors in’. Boasting an impressive master suite with two bathrooms and two dressing rooms, a jacuzzi, gym, hammam and infinity pool, this villa ensures a wonderful holiday experience.

Layout –
Floor 1:
Entrance with cloak room, guest toilet, living room with TV, sitting room, dining room x6, kitchen with separate staff access
Bedroom 1: King bed (200), TV, dressing room x2, bathroom x2, lounge room, fireplace, safe, terrace access, panoramic sea views
Bedroom 2: Queen bed (160), TV, closet, ensuite, outdoor access, garden view
Terrace: dining x14, outdoor living room, panoramic sea views

Ground floor:
Kitchenette, living room, outdoor terrace with dining x 12, pool access, laundry, enclosed garage x2, large storage area
Bedroom 3: Queen bed (180), TV, dressing room, ensuite, seating, outdoor access, panoramic sea views
Bedroom 4: King bed (200), TV, dressing room, bathroom, seating, desk, outdoor access, panoramic sea views
Staff apartment: Separate access, 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4), kitchenette, living room, dining x4, TV

Floor 2:
Bedroom 5: Double bed (140), ensuite, large terrace, dressing room, outdoor seating, garden views-terrace has panoramic sea views
Bedroom 6: Queen bed (160), bathroom, seating, terrace, panoramic sea views

Extras:
Gym room: outdoor access, shower room, hammam
Bose music system, TV in dining and kitchen, large outdoor parking space, landscaped gardens, grass area
Infinity pool, jacuzzi, BBQ, outdoor lighting

Price on Application

 

picture-1077663-1-1Villa in Mougins

GUESTS SLEEPING: 10 pax
LIVING AREA: 450 sq m
VIEW: Panoramic Sea, Hills
ORIENTATION: South
Main level:
Entrance – Guests toilets & dressing – Office –
Living room, TV with flat screen, international channels, wifi
Dining room
Kitchen fully equipped + cellar (with staff private entrance) – laundry
Outdoor dining room on covered terrasse with fireplace & bbq
Master bedroom: double dressing for Mr & Mrs, bathroom with separate toilets, double sink, office room
King size bed, A/C, private outdoor area

First floor:
Bedroom 1: attic bedroom, queen size bed with shower room, A/C
Bedroom 2: king size bedroom with terrace access, shower room, A/C, safe box, panoramic sea view
Bedroom 3:king size bedroom with terrace access, shower room, A/C, safe box, panoramic sea view
Bedroom 4: double bed (convertible with 2 twin beds), shower room, A/C

Pool level:
Panic room
Cinema room – huge range of DVD’s A/C
Gym room – modern fitness equipment, sauna cedar wood, steam room, shower room, toilets

Outdoor:
Small equipped outdoor kitchen, dining room table
Overflowing swimming pool with teck terrace
Petanque court, outdoor music system & ligthening
Entirely secured property with 2 gates. Parking up to 9 cars, private gardener access.

Price on application

picture-1241205-1Villa Cannes Californie

500 sqm  6 Bedroom Villa

Garden level:

Modern apartment with high quality finishings comprised of a dining room, a living room with flat screen TV, fully equipped kitchen, large terrace with diner area and lounge area.

Bedroom 1: double bed, flat screen TV, bathroom, separated Japanese toilets, terrace view
Bedroom 2: double bed (convertible twin), flat screen TV, double sink, bathroom, separated toilets
Bedroom 3: double bed with ensuite living room, flat screen TV, terrace / garden view, bathroom, separated toilets
Bedroom 4: double bed, flat screen TV, bathroom, separated japanese toilets
Bedroom 5: double bed (convertible twin), flat screen TV, bathroom, double sink, separated toilets (perfect for children or staff)

First floor:
Floor dedicated to the Master bedroom with dressing room for her/him, screen flat TV, bathroom with double sink, double rain shower, bath tub, enjoying sea views.
Private terrace with fitness equipment
Living room with screen flat TV, dining room (8 guests), fully equipped kitchen, utility room with staff entrance (with direct access to the parking area)

Numerous outdoor spaces, large dining table (12 guests), Weber BBQ, sea view, access to swimming pool n°1

Second floor:
Roof top, large space ideal for events, summer bar boasting panoramic sea views

Swimming Pool number 2  Price on application

All of the villas are available through:

Beauchamp Estates, 19 Rue des Etats Unis, Cannes   Contact  Tel. +330493944545

 

Gillon Hunter of Beauchamp Estates shares some of his tips for living life to the full on the Cote d’Azur:

Q. What are your favourite things about the Cote d’Azur

What’s not to like? The climate has to be one of the best in the world. I love that you go from beaches to big mountains in only a few kilometres. The landscape has everything.

Food wise, oh la la! There are more Michelin stars along this coastline than stars in the sky I think.

Being so central in Europe means it’s super easy to get to the Cote d’Azur and be in your villa within 4 hours of leaving London or wherever else in Europe.

If you’re coming from the US, there are plenty of direct flights into Nice too.

So in a nutshell, I love it all.

Q. What do you enjoy doing here?

It’s all about the Beach clubs in summer and eating out in all the amazing restos.

Sports wise, the French Riviera is ideal for road and mountain biking. There’s a lot of good golf courses too if you like a good walk spoiled!

I like heading to rocky coves to go snorkelling or paddle boarding out to the Cannes islands. Bliss.

Q. Which is your favourite area?

Tricky question. There are so many! I’d have to say the areas around St-Tropez and Pampelonne beach are up there.

Cannes is special there’s no doubt about that. I also like to get away from it all and head into the hills in the French Riviera hinterland. Places like St Paul de Vence have to be on your tick list when you visit.

Q. Packing recommendations for a visit.

Bring a camera! This area is more photographic than George Clooney and Julia Roberts on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

If you’re staying in one of these villas, you won’t need much other than your clothes and essentials. The villas are so well equipped with everything you could possibly need.

From April to October is warm. July and August being incredibly hot. So you won’t need to pack your woollies.

Unless of course, you decide to come in the winter. We have several good ski resorts within 2 hours drive of Cannes.