It wouldn't be the Cannes Film Festival without a stay at the iconic Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc, nestled along the stunning peninsula of Cap d'Antibes located between Nice and Cannes; it is the mecca of the Cote D'Azur. It's hard to put into words just how special this place is, but I will try.
From the moment you arrive, driving through the spectacular centuries-old pine forest and 22 acres of mature and exquisitely cultivated gardens, infused with rose and lavender, it's as though you're entering the era of Belle Epoque and old-world glamour, redolent of Hollywood's golden age.
It was our second visit to Du Cap and each time has been nothing short of mesmerising. Its refined charm and tranquillity is a welcome antidote to the relentless bustle of Cannes, whether you're poolside or taking a stroll through the enchanted gardens, it feels like another world - where time has almost stood still. Its refined elegance and exclusivity has, of course, attracted the world's A-list; from Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and Ernest Hemmingway to Winston Churchill, but its laid-back charisma makes it seem almost natural to be sat opposite Adrian Brody at lunch, while enjoying a view of the superyachts moored close-by.
The main hotel, a Napoleon III château is nothing short of spectacular, with a sweeping vista of the glittering Mediterranean sea and the Lérins Islands, beyond.
The rooms themselves are spacious; think historic 18th-century glamour meets with Mediterranean freshness. All rooms and suites have marble bathrooms and stunning garden views; its very hard not to feel incredibly spoilt!
The hotel is totally pet-friendly ( as is its sister hotel, The Lanesborough) and during our visit, we found no problem with adapting the existing menu with vegan options.
For me, the highlight is always the pool. Carved into the cliff, the heated infinity pool has 33 cabanas overlooking the glittering cerulean stretched out before you, while enjoying a glass of Whispering Angel. You can dive into the sea and swim out to the jetty, and if you're feeling adventurous enough try the rope challenge - apparently few have made it across the other side - although my husband did and I've never heard the last of it!