On a sun filled weekend in October I went on a familiarisation to the legendary cinema town Cannes. Celebrated for hosting the world’s most glamourous and ritzy film festival since 1932, Cannes is one of France’s most sought-after destinations for Mediterranean sunshine on the French Riviera. As Cannes MICE venues have also catered to such international events as the staging of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, it looks like there is plenty of versatility within the city’s collection of luxury hotels.
Arriving into Nice Airport which is approximately 15 miles from Cannes we were transferred to our hotel Le Majestic Barriere. Part of the Vine Tree Connections portfolio and located on the Croisette, facing the Mediterranean and the Palais des Festivals, the Majestic Barrier, is one of the city’s most prestigious hotels.
The hotel offers 258 rooms, 89 suites and 2 opulent penthouses (including the Christian Dior Suite designed by the famous Parisian fashion house). Along with 18 meeting rooms Le Majestic Barriere brings you all the comforts of a Palace as well as the luxury of a terrace, private beach for dinners and cocktails and a large auditorium with integrated audio and video facilities to host your special event.
Around the corner is the hotel Barriere Le Gray D’Albion Cannes; the sister property to Le Majestic which offers a further 199 bedrooms and 8 function spaces for events up to 200 guests.
The restaurants here are pretty grand and memorable, too. In all, Le Majestic Barrier features four restaurants: In addition to the beach, we dined on the first night at the La Petite Maison de Nicole, where the dishes like Mediterranean lobster focus on locally sourced ingredients and a live band performed classic hits while walking in the restaurant going from table to table. On the second evening we experienced the indoor-outdoor Fouquet’s Cannes, the Riviera’s version of the famous Paris eatery, where we enjoyed French cuisine served with a light touch.
Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alpine mountains, Cannes is the ideal destination for water and winter sports. The typical Provencal villages in the surrounding area offer lovely walks, markets and museums. And don’t forget the must-do game of ‘Pétanque’ that can be played in various open air alleys in the city centre – simple and fun!
One of the highlights for me during the weekend was a trip to the Île Saint-Honorat, a tiny island visible from shore that has housed Cistercian monks for a thousand years. The island features the picturesque ruins of an 11th century monastery overlooking the Mediterranean, the monks’ current monastery and a vineyard where they have been making highly regarded wines for centuries and where wine tastings are available for visitors. Taking a private boat from the hotels beach front to this Island and having lunch at the famous La Tonnelle, was simply stunning and a great way to relax and see the gorgeous views of the Cote d’Azur and the blue waters.
I had an amazing time in Cannes and it’s certainly a destination I can recommend for Incentives and Events.