While on a road trip on the French Riviera this past May, I had the pleasure of staying at the Majestic in Cannes, one of the Barriere Group’s 18 establishments worldwide. I already knew the famed Normandy in Deauville, which I discovered last year, but unsurprisingly, the Majestic is just as wonderful as the Normandy: impeccable service, rooms and suites that offer an exceptional view of the sea, a spa, and of course, a private beach. With delicious restaurants on top of the rest, you can be sure of a blissful stay along La Croisette!
Upon arriving in Cannes, I’m thrilled by the location of this five-star hotel: it’s situated along La Croisette boulevard across from the Palais des Festivals, which hosts the famous film festival every May. It goes without saying that the hotel’s position is an enormous advantage! After stepping out of our car, we admire the impressive building, entirely cloaked in white. Its Art Deco style comes from its early 20th-century construction, when the French Riviera was literally overrun by the Roaring Twenties. We step inside and discover a lobby of majestic proportions, decorated with enormous chandeliers that immediately catch my eye!
This establishment has everything a coastal luxury hotel should. While there are 349 rooms and suites, the service is optimal, from the parking valet’s warm welcome to being escorted to your room! The Majestic is obviously a place where numerous celebrities stay during events like the Cannes Film Festival, and you can see here that the personnel is used to receiving VIP guests.
My Junior Suite, a True Gem
The rooms and suites are divided into a wide range of categories, including the most prestigious accommodations on La Croisette, like the Christian Dior suite (450 m²). For this evening, I’ve allowed myself to be tempted by the Prestige Sea-View Terrace Junior Suite. As indicated in the name, this 45m² suite has a large balcony with an unobstructed view overlooking La Croisette and the beach: it’s the perfect place to enjoy your breakfast in the sun while admiring the surrounding city. On top of that, an extra-spacious bathroom made with dark marble offers a very modern look.
Relaxing at the Spa
As soon as we’ve thrown on our bathrobes, we head down a few floors and enter the spa. Spread out over 450 m², this urban spa dedicates itself to comfort and wellbeing, using beauty products from Biologique Recherche and Ligne St. Barth. Treatments are carried out in one of four treatment rooms, under the expert hands of the spa’s therapists, all of whom are trained in new and groundbreaking techniques. At the Normandy hotel, I was completely enchanted by the treatments offered at the spa Diane Barriere, and I’m excited to repeat the experience here! So we’ve chosen a massage in a couple’s room, using a signature product from Diane Barriere, the most recent addition to the catalogue. During an hour, the therapists alternate stretching, massaging, and applying pressure to gently soothe our bodies. The effect is immediate and absolutely divine, and we leave feeling very relaxed!
The weather doesn’t hold up during our visit, so unfortunately we can’t take advantage of other activities to prolong our relaxing experience. In nicer weather, we could opt for the outdoor heated pool (27° C) or for the private beach, where more than 300 deckchairs welcome guests to lounge in the sun. With 2600 m² set aside for lazing about and a restaurant called the Bfire, we could have a great time there! We’ll have to come back to the Majestic to try it out!
Dinner at the Petite Maison de Nicole
For dinner, we can choose between the legendary Fouquet’s restaurant, and the Petite Maison de Nicole. We decide on the latter, which specializes in southern French cuisine in a subdued ambiance. The style is fantastic. We can clearly see the southern French spirit, with each table decorated with a smattering of vegetables alongside a bottle of olive oil, but it’s also a very chic environment. The clientele is rather varied, just like at the hotel: a few couples, families with small children, and groups of girlfriends who’ve come to enjoy the place. The sun shines through the courses on offer here, such as fried zucchini flowers and stuffed vegetables. The cuisine is delicious and the ambiance perfect—a truly lovely evening, worthy of the glamorous Croisette.
To end the evening, there’s nothing like one last drink! During the high season, you can’t miss the Rotonde Veuve Cliquot bar. This famous champagne brand has set up its summer quarters at the Majestic, opposite La Croisette, and will thrill good vintage lovers. For a more intimate and refined atmosphere, it’s better to head to Fouquet’s bar, which offers a large selection of signature cocktails.
Breakfast in the Sun
The following morning, we take advantage of the better weather to eat our breakfast on the junior suite’s terrace. We opt for simplicity with the continental breakfast—no huge meals for us this morning! The quality of the products is excellent, and the view is top-notch. It’s an auspicious start to our day as we hit the road again, this time for Monaco!
The Majestic is without a doubt one of the most important luxury hotels on the Côte d’Azur, thanks to its ideal position along La Croisette as well as its prestige, which has not waned over the years. In addition, the personnel pays close attention to detail, and the rooms and suites with a sea-view provide a magnificent panorama. You could easily spend several days here without going farther than 300 meters from the hotel: the best boutiques are a stone’s throw away, and the establishment’s infrastructures, including a private beach, pool, spa, and restaurants, make for a perfect resort along the French Riviera.
- Even though the hotel has 349 rooms, the service is very high-quality
- The perfect location: along La Croisette, opposite the Palais des Festivals
- The terrace and its fantastic view from the Prestige Sea-View Terrace Junior Suite
- I imagine it must get very crowded during the high season, for example around the pool
- The restaurant is very good, but the prices are relatively high for the quality—but hey, this is Cannes!
- More information available on their website
- Superior Room from 299 €/night, Prestige Sea-View Terrace Junior Suite from 1071 €/night
Thank you to the Majestic Cannes for the invitation to explore their establishment. Of course, the content of this blogpost was left entirely up to me!