Looking for a luxe stay in a beautiful, central hotel in Cannes, complete with rooftop pool? Look no further than the Five Seas. City by City Associate Editor Emily Cater reports
Situated just 5 minutes from Cannes’ Plage de la Croisette beach, and the famous Boulevard de la Croisette, the luxurious Five Seas Cannes is in a prime position for some serious resort style-stalking, and a great choice to stay in whether you are travelling for work (Cannes Lions anyone?) or pleasure.
Where: 1 rue Notre Dame 06400 / 33 (0)463360505
If planning a trip to Cannes, here’s three reasons to book at the Five Seas:
1.The Interior Concept
The boutique hotel offers 45 rooms, half of which are suites, with an overall theme of global travel, evident in details such as desks and televisions designed to look like leather luggage trunks, and globes on bedside tables. The ‘Suite so Suite’ room harks back to the atmosphere of luxury bivouacs from 19th century expeditions, while common areas including the lobby reflect Japanese influences, and other floors Indian and Thai.
Of course, given the city’s history as a destination for the rich and famous, it is perhaps unsurprising that guests will also find numerous portraits of famous actresses and singers like Jane Birkin hanging on various floors of the hotel, adding a touch of glamour to the proceedings.
2. Its proximity to the best retail
Aside from being the glitzy location of the Cannes film festival and other events including Cannes Lions, the famous resort city is also a mecca for luxury shopping, the best of which can be found on the legendary boulevard de la Croisette. Along this stretch sits the renowned Hotel Martinez and InterContinental Carlton hotels, and with them a whole slew of designer boutiques including Chanel, Valentino, Prada and Hermes among others. Meanwhile if its mid-market, chains and premium shopping you are after, it’s best to head to the nearby rue d’Antibes, just a 30 second walk from the hotel. Here you’ll find stores like Princesse Tam Tam and Pain du Sucre for great swimwear and lingerie, Marese and Tartine et Chocolat for kidswear, Sneakerium for trendy trainers, and Baldinini for quality women’s bags and accessories.
3. The facilities including rooftop pool
Expect to be seriously impressed by its range of different facilities, including valet and concierge service, a spa offering Cinq Mondes and Carita treatments, such as Polynesian massage and high-precision facial treatments, a restaurant, brasserie, and bar, as well as a sleek rooftop pool with views over the city and sea.
Guests can also reserve sunbeds, towels and parasols on the hotel’s partner beach, the Plage du Festival on request, meaning relaxation here is made easy. We’d particularly recommend the SeaSens Restaurant’s five course tasting menu by revered Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Tabarec. The menu features fresh seasonal market produce and spices from five continents, inspired by his frequent travels, with signature dishes including a starter of free-range hen’s egg cooked at 63 degrees with fried Shimeji mushrooms and meat jus, and an utterly delectable dessert of deconstructed strawberry mousse with shortbread, cream and strawberry jus.
Five Seas Cannes is a member of Design Hotels who specialise in original, individual hotels with unique stories.
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