The French Riviera is famed worldwide for its unrivaled beauty, and the Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel, is no exception. It’s the type of place that sparks stories in even the most seasoned of travelers. From Le Suquet to the Lerins Islands, there is history, art and unspoiled nature at your fingertips.

Adorned in a bespoke, off-white uniform that pays homage to the rich heritage of Carlton Cannes, our Iconic Doorkeeper Samuel exudes an air of timeless elegance. As he approaches, a simple touch of the cap is all it takes to convey a warm greeting. Renowned for his remarkable ability to remember faces, he effortlessly forges personal connections with each guest.

Entering the lobby, we make our way to the Concierge Desk, where we are met by the esteemed Chief Concierge, Maxime. As the “Président des Clefs d’Or Côte d’Azur et Monaco”, Maxime and his team are ready to make the seemingly impossible possible, ensuring our every request is handled with seamless efficiency.

Our journey continues as we connect with Matthias, the Director of Sales & Marketing, and Nicolas, the Senior Sales Manager. They guide us through the magnificent Grand Salon which is listed as an historic monument. It’s a place where history is continuously being written, and the Carlton Cannes serves as the backdrop for countless captivating stories. Here, we are reminded that this is not just any hotel—it is a canvas upon which we can write our own extraordinary tale.

The allure of the hotel extends beyond its luxurious interiors. Matthias and Nicolas lead us on a leisurely stroll through the enchanting Garden, nestled in the heart of the bay of Cannes. Surrounded by nature’s beauty, we surrender to a moment of tranquility, basking in the warm sun and immersing ourselves in the scents of the aromatic and floral notes that permeate the Mediterranean side of the garden.

While the city view rooms offer a glimpse of Cannes’ bustling atmosphere, the garden view rooms and suites offer a serene retreat overlooking the meticulously landscaped interior patio. But for those seeking a truly breathtaking vista, the Sea Views provide a panoramic spectacle of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, inviting us to indulge in the ultimate coastal escape. Entering our suite, we are greeted by the impeccable work of Kalina, the dedicated housekeeper.

As we settle in, we have the pleasure of connecting with Cathy, the Guest Relations Manager. Her genuine passion for taking care of guests shines through as she shares her personal favorite part of the suites – the bay windows which create the perfect space for guests to immerse themselves in the view, from sunrise to sunset. Historic balconies and spacious terraces create even more spots to enjoy relaxing (and intimate) magic moments.

Indulging in the ultimate luxury, we have the pleasure of experiencing an in-room cocktail crafted by the talented mixologist, Bastien. As we settle into our room, Bastien arrives ready to create the best Negroni in town right before our eyes. The aroma of carefully selected ingredients fills the air as he expertly combines the perfect balance of gin, Campari, and vermouth. Sipping on the exquisite libation, we are transported to a realm of pure bliss, where the boundaries between hotel and home fade away, and every desire is catered to with unrivaled elegance and flair.

We have the pleasure of encountering Gouvernante Murielle, the epitome of meticulousness and attention to detail at the Carlton Cannes. Murielle’s unwavering commitment to perfection is evident in every aspect of the hotel’s presentation. She suggests that we visit the esteemed Carlton Beach Club, the ultimate spot to rest and relax, a place where time seems to stand still.

 Whether we choose a deckchair with our toes buried in the sand or a beach bed on the central pontoon, we are guaranteed an ephemeral escape through the rhythm of the waves. The Carlton Beach Club team, led by Kevin, invites us to embrace La Douceur de Vivre—a warm atmosphere, perfectly chilled cocktails, and a delightful cuisine crafted to be savored closer to the sea.

During the 76th Cannes Film Festival, Carlton Cannes is set to host the exclusive unveiling of a new spirit, a collaboration between Brad Pitt, the Perrin Family, and gin legend Tom Nichol. Known as “the French Riviera Gin,” The Gardener Gin has joined forces with the talented mixologists of Carlton Cannes to create a signature cocktail known as the “Secret Garden.” This exquisite beverage, made with lemon juice, orange juice, strawberry syrup, and an egg white, beautifully complements the premium dry London-style gin, which draws inspiration from the flavors of the nearby Cap d’Antibes—a stunning peninsula just a short coastal drive away.

Reluctantly, it’s time to bid farewell to the Carlton Cannes, knowing that our visit has been nothing short of extraordinary. The memories we have created, the people we have met, and the experiences we have cherished will forever be woven into the tapestry of our travel tales.