It’s been a cracking start to Cannes Film Festival 2015 with film premieres, fashion and plenty of flashiness over the past 3 days and Access Riviera is lapping it up!
Understandably, my top posts this week for views include An Advanced Guide to Cannes Film Festival and Cinéma de la Plage so I am fielding lots of reader enquiries for more information.
Due to these requests, I have curated a list of Cannes Film Festival suppliers that Access Riviera recommends if you need to ensure your event or Cannes promotion is a success while here.
Disclaimer: None of these companies have paid to appear on this list; I’m not a sales person for any of them or a booking agent – I’m recommending them because they have local knowledge and high standards of service and/or products. If you use them, please mention you saw them on Access Riviera. Happy Festival!
For villa rentals, holiday accommodation and luxury hotels, get in touch with Experience the French Riviera
For holiday apartment rentals across the French Riviera, contact Sunlight Properties. Their website also has useful city guides and tourist information.
Dan Shuttle Drivers – bilingual French-English airport transfers
Riviera Transfer – bilingual French-English airport transfers
Customised catering menus for private events including on board yachts, get in touch with Adams & Adams
For prime meat cuts including Wagyu beef, drop a line to the oldest butchers shop in the south of France based right in Cannes, Boucherie Fabre
Top grade meat supplier French Riviera – Boucherie Fabre, Cannes (image: Boucherie Fabre)
For superb bespoke catering, contact Bridie Roberts
For luxury film production and drone helicopter videos, contact Jocelyn Passeron (Yacht Photographer)
For aerial photos and videos, contact MLV Drone to discuss.
Beautiful floral arrangement for parties (yachts, villas, product and film releases) contact Tasha at Azur Flowers
Hair and Beauty
If you’re looking for a professional beautician to glam you up for Festival, contact Natalie Williams (mobile beautician) offering eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures, waxing and spray tans.
Looking for a mobile hairdresser? Book an appointment with Kellee MacDonald (mobile hairdresser, 15+ years experience)
If you require a make up artist for a special event, Nice-based make up artist Irina Awad can help you.
If you require local press releases or copy writing including promotion to Festival sites, email Becks to discuss firstname.lastname@example.org
For destination images, events and portraits, contact French Riviera Wedding Photographer
French Riviera Wedding Photographer – Abbie Spencer (www.belovedlovephotography.com)
For yachting photography and events, contact Jocelyn Passeron (Yacht Photographer)
For events, fashion and product photography, contact Justin Gage from Justin Gage Photo Studio
For events, fashion, music and portraits, contact Naneen Rossi from Naneen Photography
Sightseeing / Tours
For Harley Davidson and scooter rental, book via Riviera Touring
Scooter and Harley Davidson hire French Riviera – Riviera Touring (image: TripAdvisor)
Join a wine tour to local vineyards with Riviera Wine Tours – customised group tours also available by request
Cruise on the Mediterranean with Trans Côte d’Azur including short ferry trips to the Lerin Islands or day trips to St Tropez and Monaco
Boat trips French Riviera – Trans Côte d’Azur (map: Trans Côte d’Azur)
Jump on board a Tuk Tuk for a sightseeing trip with a difference with Tuk Tuk Azur
Classic car hire including a Mustang, Morgan 4/4, Triumph T3 with Riviera Classic Car Hire
Helicopter transfers between Nice and Cannes with Uber and Hélipass
UberCopter (image: lesnewseco.fr)
Sport, health and wellness
Osteopath treatments via recommended osteopaths – English Osteopath or Riviera Osteo
Professional sports massage or massage for events, contact Massage Goldfinger
Massage for events French Riviera – Massage Goldfinger (image: massagegoldfinger.fr)
For homeopathic and naturopathy consultations, contact Julia at Vie for Vitality
Yoga sessions including on board yachts, book via Revitalize
Yoga sessions French Riviera (image: revitalize.fr)
Yacht charter between St Tropez and Monaco, contact Experience the French Riviera
Yacht charter for French Riviera including Cannes and Monaco, contact Bespoke Yacht Charter
Access Riviera loves to mention other Riviera-based companies who strive to promote this beautiful region in the best light. I was lucky enough to grab some time recently to interview Jameson Farn, owner of bespoke company Experience the French Riviera who are featured in this Cannes Film Festival 2015 Supplier List:
Jet and yacht charter, villas, liaison advisors – Experience the French Riviera
1. What is your number one tip for first-time visitors to the French Riviera on how to source the best travel information?
Many people I have spoken to from around the world seem to go through TripAdvisor first, which is an excellent source. Another very good option is to go through the numerous local tourism websites as they not only provide information but offer deals on museum passes and such too. We also make it our job to know what is happening locally because we want a first-time visitor to have the best experience ever.
2. Can you share your best hidden secret for Cannes? For example – the name of a little-known bar with great atmosphere/drinks, a less visited-tourist attraction, etc.
I enjoy the Mantel Restaurant in Le Suquet. It’s intimate for both meetings and gatherings with friends and the service, food and wine are always excellent! To get a break from all the excitement in Cannes during the film festival, I would suggest going to Vieux Cannet where you can wander through the narrow streets, visit some shops and find more wonderful restaurants. Many tourists do not seem to know of the area and it has a real community atmosphere.
3. What sets Experience The French Riviera apart from the other local companies?
I believe what sets us apart is we want to work with other companies, not as a competitor. We want to continue to build business partnerships (at the moment we have 26 partners) throughout the region for everything a visitor or investor may potentially require once they arrive. Through working with each other and bringing clients to one another that keeps the work flow and economy moving and then each business can grow and become stronger for the long haul. We also want visitors to feel this region is there second home so that they keep coming back to the place they were best treated.
Experience The French Riviera is a boutique style of service offering custom detail-oriented travel resource planning to this most beautiful part of the world.
We believe in going to the source. Consider the team at Experience The French Riviera your personal informed liaison advisors. We are passionate about everything that makes up the region and it is our work mission to help individuals get the most out of their time and money so they can expand upon their stay and truly Experience The French Riviera.
In the French Riviera, we work with and continually develop a large number of trusted partnerships to help bring you the best of services available in most any industry imaginable.
If you have an idea of what you would like your time in the region to be about, we can work with you privately to bring your thoughts to fruition, whether you require a holiday apartment for your family or hidden beach side villa, the chartering of a luxury yacht or have an interest in the real estate market, our contacts are here to help.
We will call on our extensive network of local insiders and tourism professionals to guarantee that you have the most unique (and repeat) visit ever, bridging the gap between local and global.
Thank you to Jameson for his time and knowledge contributing to this article.