Where to Eat, Stay and Play (Like Bey and Jay) at the Cannes Lions Fest, Hosting Its First-Ever Music Program

Courtesy of Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc

Located in Antibes (about 30 minutes from Cannes), the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc offers guests the ultimate blue-on-blue experience: a heated infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Known for its über-elegant film festival, Cannes prepares to focus on music this month.

It was where Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin vacationed in the early 1970s, where Elton John shot the 1983 video for "I'm Still Standing" -- but Cannes soon will cast a different spotlight on music with first-ever ­programming at this year's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (June 18-25). The 62nd annual branded ­content and advertising festival will include ­panels that focus on music's ability to ­connect with consumers, so after catching speakers such as Iggy Pop, Steve Angello, Brian Eno and Spotify founder/CEO Daniel Ek, soak in the Côte d'Azur's dazzling surroundings at these glamorous spots.

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Where to Stay

La Colombe d'Or

Founded in 1920 as a cafe-bar and three-room inn in Saint-Paul de Vence, La Colombe is steeped in art. Miro, Matisse and Calder were known to exchange paintings for a stay or meals -- Picasso and James Baldwin also were known to spend time there. But in recent years stars like Bono and The Edge have enjoyed the ­tranquil property where the now 25 rooms start at €340 ($386) per night.

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Referenced by F. Scott Fitzgerald in Tender Is the Night, the century-plus-old retreat most recently had Katy Perry pose on its stunning marble ­staircase. Of the 116 guest rooms (which start at €970 [$1,103] per night), many include panoramic Mediterranean views, an outdoor jacuzzi and ­dressing rooms.

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Where to Eat

La Guérite

You'll have to hop on a boat and travel half a mile off the coast of Cannes to reach this ­destination, but the outdoor seating and ­stunning seascape view are well worth the trip. Beyoncé and Jay Z are among the VIP clientele who have enjoyed the Mediterranean-inflected dishes.

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Nestled in the five-star Grand Hôtel, the Michelin-starred cuisine of chef Sébastien Broda is best enjoyed en terrasse overlooking the water. Satisfy seafood cravings with the king crab and baby octopus in a seafood bisque for €42 ($48).

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Beyond The Beach

?Abbaye de Lérins

Île St-Honorat, the "middle child" of the three Lérins Islands off the Cannes coast, easily is reachable by a 15-minute ferry ride (€14 [$16]) and has been home to a ­community of monks since the fifth century. Aside from the breathtaking grounds at the Lérins Abbey, the ­fortified monastery sells wine and honey ­produced on the island.


After all that azure, hit this dimly lit nightspot complete with a multilevel VIP section and no shortage of smoke machines. Rita Ora, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Busta Rhymes all have performed here.

This article originally appeared in the June 18 issue of Billboard.


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