Famed for it’s glamorous film festival, luxurious hotels and chic boutique shopping along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette…Cannes is a playground for the rich and famous and the perfect destination for the Silver family holiday. The entire Silver clan had descended on the city in the French Riviera to celebrate the momentous occasion of Mr Silver Snr’s 80th birthday! It’s a bit of first for my blog as my travels are usually focussed around my romantic adventures with my husband but I’m planning on introducing you to the family in the next couple of posts. Firstly, I wanted to write about our arrival in Cannes and about the stunning Majestic Barriere hotel where we stayed for the duration of the holiday.
The Majestic Barriere is a huge favourite of celebrities during the Cannes film festival and it’s the hotel of choice for Hollywood Royalty such as Robert de Niro, Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone.
The outdoor terrace area is simply beautifully, the main restaurants and bars are centred around a glittering pool area, surrounded by deep red elegant sunshades and parasols.
One night we dined at the stylish Fouquet’s right by the pool, soaking in the glorious ambiance of the hotel but there’s also the option for more formal dining inside at Le Petite Maison de Nicole.
The outside of the hotel was my favourite bit, there’s the beautiful Rotonde Lousie Pommery Bar, the perfect place to sip Louise Vintage champagne…
…and take in the dazzling scene…
The hotel also has a perfect location right on the Croisette and next to the Palais des Festivals….
We headed down the Croisette….admiring unusual artwork…
Fabulous designer shops and beautiful people…
We were meeting Mr Silver’s parents at their hotel, another one of Cannes’ grand dames, the Intercontinental Carlton, where we sat on the terrace and drank champagne and ate macarons late into the night. We had actually been torn between staying in the Majestic or the Carlton as the latter is one of the most iconic hotels on the Croisette it’s even registered as a historical monument and it was the site of Grace Kelly’s first date with Prince Rainier during the 1955 film festival!
However, I was really glad that we chose The Majestic as I loved pool area and the more modern look, whereas the Carlton has no pool and looked a little retro. The bar area did have a great atmosphere but it was a struggle to get a table even though there was plenty of free space. Both have great locations though and are only a few minutes walk away from each other.
We had breakfast at Fouquet’s in the gorgeous pool area where they serve a full buffet, there’s no a la carte menu but they will bring you eggs to order, and I suspect anything else that you may request. We found the service at the hotel really excellent!
The pool area is just as beautiful by day and the interior of the bar and restaurant is decked out in opulent velvet and silks in rich blue and gold tones…it really is a place for royalty…perfect for Princess Angie 😉
The hotel also has it’s own Beach Club, where we popped for lunch on the first day…
Here you can relax on a beautiful private beach far less crowded than the surrounding sand. There’s also the option of sitting on on the jetty watching the fabulous yachts and cruise ships go by….
The bar, called La Folie Douce serves drinks as you lay out on the sand and as the sun starts to dip, performers arrive and dancing and an after-dinner show begins. As the night goes on the bar and beach area turn into a full-blown night club which unfortunately we didn’t get to experience.
There was a lovely vibe at lunch too and I love the sushi and sashimi platters, though I found the whole sea bass a little overcooked.
We really loved the hotel and it was the perfect choice for us. There was one negative though and that was the room…
It really was very small in size and bad value for money at the price that we paid for it; the furnishing were a little outdated and it was in need of a refit…
Our small window let in very little light though it did have a beautiful view of the rooftops and the leafy hills in the background.
Our bathroom was terribly old-fashioned too, though it was quite large with lots of space to move around in. Moans aside the service was wonderful…
As we arrived we had this beautiful tray of treats delivered to us and every night the room was beautifully turned with a delicious slab of dark chocolate placed on our pillows. Mr and Mrs Silver Snr didn’t have much better luck with their room and they were paying even more than us so I think that you just have to manage you expectations on the value for money for the room.
Overall Mr S and I loved The Majestic and it was the perfect place for us to stay for our week in Cannes.
Hotel Le Cannes Majestic
10, La Croisette
+33 (0)970 820 900