Discover the top beach bars run by Cannes’ famous La Croisette hotels

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The long list of luxury hotels that line Cannes’ famous La Croisette is impressive, but did you know that many of these high-end hospitality addresses also come with their very own private beach?  

The word “private” is perhaps a bit miselading in this case, as many of the beach bars and restaurants are also open to the public. You’d needn’t be a guest at a five-star hotel to enjoy them, but a reservation will be absolutely key if you wish to do so as spaces at these sumptuous beachside venues are in high demand. 

First up on our list of beaches to visit this summer is The Beach Club from the freshly renovated Carlton Cannes. Choose the deck, the sand or the pontoon, but make sure to sample the “sunny” and locally-inspired carte from Chefs Alexandra Delamare and Laurent Bunel, along with one of the very enticing “Spritz” from the drinks menu, such as the 1930 with Gin d’Azur, Suze bitters, lemon, rosemary, bay leaf syrup and champagne.  

The Carlton Hotel reopened its doors earlier this year after a significant remodel, but the timeless style of The Beach Club remains. Photo source: Carlton Cannes / Facebook

Next up are two delectable offerings from the Barrière Group: La Plage Barrière Le Majestic and Mademoiselle Gray Plage Barrière.  

The former is the more sporty of the two, with a plethora of watersports activities on offer from its pontoon, but the beach also has strong appeal on the gourmet side of things. Le Majestic’s private beach is home to the BFire restaurant from the iconic and award-winning Chef Mauro Colagreco. There’s music every night down on the seafront, and special menus for big occasions, such as the upcoming fireworks events out in the Baie de Cannes. 

Le Majestic’s beach bar is the place to go for the fun at heart. Photo source: Barrière Group / Facebook

Mademoiselle Gray describes itself as “gentle and bohemian”, a place for complete relaxation. Its fusion-style menu, created by Pierrick Cizeron, the Executive Chef for the Barrière Group in Cannes, features favourites from across the Mediterranean as well as the East. So appreciated is the vibe here that the beach even has its own music record available for purchase on Apple Music

On to another well-known Cannes address now, La Plage du Martinez from the Hyatt hotel of the same name. This beach destination officially reopened during the 2023 Cannes Film Festival after a considerable makeover, and is something of a passion project for new-to-the-scene Chef Jean Imbert. His menus are a work of art – literally – and display a creative take on the usual Mediterranean fare served up along the coast. There’s music every night of the summer, from 8pm until midnight, with special events planned for the fireworks nights.

The new-look La Plage du Martinez. Photo source: Hotel Martinez

Another big hitter is the JW Marriott‘s partner beach, the Palais Stéphanie Beach. It’s a five-star experience with easily one of the best locations; the view from the pontoon splits the Lérins Islands to one side and the Vieux Port and hills of the Esterel to the other. The food is the pull here, like with many of the others, and is a result of a collaboration between Chefs Stéphane Bichon and Phailinh Ouparavong for an epic Mediterranean-Japanese vibe. The sushi should be high on your list.  

Freshness and flavour rule at the JW Marriott’s partner beach, Palais Stéphanie Beach. Photo source: Palais Stéphanie Beach / Facebook

Next is the Mondrian Cannes’ Hyde Beach. The beach club is tasteful in the extreme, with rows of beach loungers in cream and pale Tiffany blue, giving it a clean, bright feel. The menu has a real Italian slant, and there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy, from silky pasta dishes to fresh fish and generous meat courses.  


And finally we come to the 3.14 Hotel’s Plage, a favourite amongst event planners for the many fabulous parties organised year-round in Cannes. Serene, stylish and contemporary, the menu here is equally modern, and Chefs Bruno Laplace and Frédéric Nortier have made sure to cater for every diet. There’s a great selection of gluten-free and organic dishes on offer as well as some excellent desserts of the same calibre by Pastry Chef Olivia Kakou.  


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Source for featured photo of Mademoiselle Gray beach bar and restaurant: Barrière Group

How to travel to and from Monaco in style

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Between trains, planes, taxis and even helicopters, getting to Monaco couldn’t be any easier. Here’s a closer look at the options available for every budget.   

The glamour, culture and allure of Monaco draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, who come to the Principality for its events, conferences, tourist attractions and even just a fun night out at the Casino or in one of the top-notch restaurants.  

Whether travelling locally or from abroad, there are many fast and convenient ways to reach the Principality without having to get behind the wheel yourself.  


Whilst Monaco hasn’t got its own airport, it does have one a mere 45 minutes away. The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport services cities all over Europe along with multiple direct international flights to destinations such as New York, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Montreal, Atlanta and Kuwait. Connecting flights from European airports expand the list considerably, meaning it is a snap to get to the region from just about anywhere on Earth.   

In all, there are nearly 145,000 flights per year landing and departing from the airport. More than 12 million passengers flew through Nice in 2022.   

Another air option that will take you right to the shores of Monaco is the short seven-minute helicopter ride direct to the Principality from Nice’s airport. These can be booked with local companies like Monacair, Blade and Helipass. You will skip all the coastal traffic and enjoy a unique perspective of the Principality as you fly in!  


Trains are also a great way to get to Monaco, with a high-speed TGV from Paris taking around six and a half hours, and from London, via the Eurostar and TGV, taking about 10 hours. There are also regular connections to the Principality from other parts of France, Italy and Europe as a whole. 

For guests staying locally, the TER trains in the French Riviera are well-priced and run 45 routes per day to and from Monaco, starting at 5.40am and ending in the late evening. A trip to Nice Ville takes about 25 minutes, a ride down to Cannes takes roughly an hour, and most of the route runs along the coast. The Italian market town of Ventimiglia is serviced as well, and it takes just under a half an hour. 


Monaco is also situated along a handy and inexpensive bus service between Nice and Menton that stops off in all the towns in-between. The route is currently split into two routes – the 607 and the 608, until April 2024 – and it takes around 45 minutes to travel from Nice’s port to Monaco along the Basse Corniche. Buses run every 15 to 30 minutes on weekdays and every 20 to 45 on weekends and holidays, starting just after 6am and running until 9pm.  

If you are staying in Nice, there is also the 601 night bus, formerly called the Harry Potter-sounding Noctambus, that runs every Thursday through to Saturday, and every night in July and August. Buses leave from Place d’Armes in Monaco.  


Services such as Uber can be complicated and few and far between in the Principality, so it is best to use the official Monegasque taxi operator or hire a private car. Rates fluctuate significantly, from €130 in quieter periods to well into the hundreds of euros at peak times.  

For the intrepid, a week in a hire car can cost as low as €325, but remember to calculate in the cost of petrol and parking, which in many places in Monaco and the French Riviera can be elevated.    

With so many ways to get to and from the Principality, visitors are spoilt for choice when making a quick jaunt or a longer stay in the region. What will be your route in? 


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New “blue economy” report produced in Monaco to make it into the hands of policymakers  

A new report on the “blue economy” produced during Monaco Ocean Week has been released for policymakers, and will now form part of key climate change conferences across the world.

The report, titled First Blue Economy Round Table, was produced from a workshop co-organised by the Environmental Economics section of the Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM) and the Meri Foundation during Monaco Ocean Week in March.

It focuses on achieving an economic, social, political and environmental approach to fishing by establishing methods for sustainable resource management and mitigation measures to limit losses and restore biodiversity.

What is the blue economy?

The ocean contributes to the global economy with an annual added value of 1.5 trillion dollars.

Meanwhile, through blue carbon sinks, the ocean absorbs up to 30% of CO2 emissions.

This is why experts say that the interaction between the fishing industry and the world ocean needs to be carefully considered.

Blue economy report

The workshop focused on five themes for a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the issue, each belonging to different dimensions.

Firstly, the Environmental/Ecological dimension, which looks at overfishing and its effects on biodiversity as well as the role of subsidies and marine ecosystem services; the Public Policy dimension including Ocean Literacy: how to address gaps in policymakers’ common understanding of the oceans; the Public Policy/Governance dimension: marine protected areas as a tool for controlling and conserving biomass, solutions and governance; the Economic Dimension: towards a sustainable economy considering marine ecosystem services; and the Economic/Finance dimension: financial markets and investments in biodiversity.

Who will use the report?

The report will be presented at international conferences, including COP 28 in November in Dubai and COP 16 on biodiversity in Turkey 2024. The aim is to place the fundamental theme of the blue economy and fishing at the heart of discussions about the future of the global ocean. It addresses issues related to food and economic security, biodiversity, and combating climate change.


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Football: Monaco sign Mohammed Salisu from Southampton

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AS Monaco have confirmed the signing of Ghanaian international Mohammed Salisu. The 24-year-old joins from Championship side Southampton. 

Salisu joins for what is being reported in the media as a €15m fee. Les Monégasques have secured a cut-price deal after Southampton’s relegation from the Premier League to the Championship last season.

He will reinforce a defence that was in need of strengthening. The defensive wall that had been constructed over these past years was, at times, dismantled last season. Monaco finished the Ligue 1 season with the seventh worse defence in the division.

One in, one out?

One of the pillars of that defence, Axel Disasi, looks set to depart. The France international will join Chelsea imminently, according to media reports. Salisu’s arrival will compensate for Disasi’s impending departure, but there could be further defensive reinforcements arriving at the Stade Louis II before the end of the window. Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo is a prime target, according to L’Équipe. 

Photo of Axel Disasi by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life

Salisu has already arrived in Monaco, met his new teammates and given his first reactions to the club’s media channels.

“It is a very big club. I am very happy to be here and it’s a big step for me in my career. I’m looking forward to the journey and to winning matches,” said the Ghanaian defender.

He will likely make his debut when Monaco kick-off their 2023/24 campaign against Clermont Foot in under a fortnight’s time.


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Preview: Cannes Yachting Festival

If the summer flurry of yachts coming in and out of Monaco’s Port Hercule has left you wanting more, then head to Cannes this September to view the yachts on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Year-on-year, the glamourous seafront town of Cannes plays host to the annual Cannes Yachting Festival and its eclectic offering of motor and sailing yachts, old and new. The much-anticipated show signals the end of the summer yachting season and the beginning of the autumn sales season, with potential buyers and charterers coming from across the globe to view the newest yachts displayed by the leading shipyards and second-hand yachts exhibited by brokerage companies from all over the world.

Held from 12th to 17th September, the show is spread across two locations, with new yachts displayed in the Old Port, and sailing yachts and pre-owned yachts across the bay in Port Canto. Along with a fine selection of superyachts, experts from the leading brokerage houses, such as Northrop and Johnson, will be on hand to share their knowledge and insights on the market.

Cannes Yachting Festival, source CYF

The fabulous time to visit Cannes

The month of September is one of the most pleasant periods to visit Cannes – the summer crowds have largely dissipated, the climate is only slightly cooler than the peak summer temperatures, and most things remain open, but much less crowded than the preceding months. It’s a great time to discover the goings on of the city, aside from the show itself, of course. From beach clubs and grand hotels to the iconic La Croisette, take some time out from the show or spend a few days either before or after the event and discover all that Cannes has to offer with recommendations from yachting experts.

“If you only have a few hours to spare then a stroll along the famous Croisette is a must,” says broker Richard Higgins from Northrop and Johnson. “Stretching for over two miles from the Palais des Festival, where the Cannes Film Festival takes place, to Port Canto, the beachfront promenade is flanked by the sparkling Mediterranean on one side and some of the most iconic hotels to the other.”

The beach club scene along the French Riviera rivals that of the Balearics or the Greek Islands. In fact, nearby Saint Tropez is where the beach club scene first began, and the glamourous coastline has been attracting the jet set for decades. Many of the finest establishments along the Côte d’Azur are affiliated with the leading hotels, and in Cannes the famous beachfront promenade is lined with some of the best.

From the 1950s-style Carlton Beach Club and La Môme Plage to Madamoiselle Gray at La Plage Barrière, enjoy the dolce vita lifestyle with a long lunch beneath the shade of parasols while overlooking the Mediterranean and the yachts at anchor.

“Spend an afternoon enjoying the sunshine and sunset accompanied by chilled music, fantastic fare and cocktails,” recommends Patrick Coote from Northrop and Johnson. “With the largest jetty along the Croisette, the scene-stealing location of La Plage Barrière is ideal for those coming by tender from the show.”

Shop till you drop

Cannes also has a shopping scene to rival that of Monaco and Saint Tropez, with international brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel intermingling with independent boutiques along the Croisette and the Rue d’Antibes, which runs parallel to the seafront. And, for those looking for a more local “Cannois” experience, the Marché Forville covered market is the place to head for all manner of fresh Provençal produce.

What to do after the Cannes Yachting Festival

After a day pounding the docks on yacht viewings, head to one of the beautiful Belle Epoque hotels for some of finest cuisine along the Riviera. For a spectacular setting and superb Israeli cuisine, reserve a spot at the rooftop restaurant Bella at Hotel Belle Plage.

Alternatively, Le Fouquet at the Barrière or Riviera at the Carlton Cannes are both worthy of reservation.

Those seeking more local fare should head to the old town with the locals, where a number of family-run restaurants serve the quintessential cuisine of the region.

And, if you want to simply soak up the nightlife then join the yachting crowd at Le Bâoli. Begin the night with cocktails on the panoramic rooftop terrace, Cloud Nine, followed by dancing at the club.


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Photo: Bunty, 36.6m (120.1ft) Benetti, on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival with Northrop and Johnson, asking price €7,500,000

A guide to the best shopping malls in and around Monaco

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The Côte d’Azur and Monaco have some of the best shopping malls in the world – award-winning, in fact – and there are many destinations to suit every taste and style. Here are a few that are definitely worth a look!  

Like playing a sport or painting, there is an art to shopping that true connoisseurs of the activity endlessly appreciate.   

Some love the thrill of the sale, whilst others adore the thought of owning something few others have. Whatever the motivation, there are several amazing choices in and around Monaco where seasoned shoppers, and even those who only seldom set foot in the shops when strictly necessary, can find just about anything they want or need.  

Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo

Let’s kick things off with the Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo, Monaco’s own hometown mall. Situated right next to the Metropole Hotel, it is a beautiful chandelier-ed, marble and wrought iron space home to 80 shops from top-shelf brands like Kenzo, Gucci, Versace, Tom Ford and Boss, as well as more mainstream chains and a smattering of independents.  

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The whole Metropole experience oozes luxury. Photo source: Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo

In addition to clothing, shoes and accessories, there is also a selection of gourmet food options, jewellery, watches, homeware and décor, beauty and even antiques.

The glamourous locale alone is enough to make it worth a visit, but it’s the great selection of shopping options and boutiques that keeps customers coming back for more.  

There’s even a beauty salon amidst the boutiques, the recently opened Stori’S Monte Carlo. Photo source: Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo

Cap 3000

Cap 3000 is 135,000sqm of pure shopping heaven located on the seafront in Saint Laurent du Var, near Nice’s international airport. Voted “World’s Best Shopping Centre” at the 2022 MIPIM Awards, it includes over 300 shops, a food court that reads like an around-the-world tour, an events centre and a luxury “corso”, a wing featuring more than 45 premium brand name stores.   

First opened in 1969, it has changed with the times, but never more so than with its latest incarnation, which is all curved lines, light colours and open, airy space. Parking is plentiful and free for the first three hours. It is sleek, modern and just what the doctor ordered in terms of shopping in this part of the Riviera.   

The luxury brand “corso” within Cap 3000. Photo source: Cap 3000

The website calls it “a new generation centre for all generations, which promises its visitors a multi-purpose service that goes beyond the traditional experience of a shopping centre,” which sounds very lofty, but in fact is quite on the mark.

With all the usuals, such as womenswear and menswear, sporting goods, jewellery, beauty stores, opticians, homewares and every kind of accessory, there is also a massive Monoprix hypermarket, gaming stores, art and a spa, which help take Cap 3000 a step beyond the same old, same old.   

Additionally, the mall offers a special pass to international customers, giving them discounts of up to 50%, as well as tax-free shopping.   

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The beachfront restaurant section of Cap 3000. Photo source: Cap 3000


Part of the Westfield chain, Polygone Riviera has the shopping experience down pat. The Cagnes sur Mer-based mall opened in October 2015, but took a bit of time to catch on as traffic woes and location were slight obstacles. Today, however, it has really come into its own and now is immensely popular.   

The clean, outdoor concept is reminiscent of American-style malls, and has 172 shops and eateries of all varieties to choose from. 

This shopper’s haven also has incredible amenities and surprises, such as a babysitting service for parents who would like to browse in peace, a loyalty card programme for returning clients, a tax refund centre for international customers, an open-air museum and a huge cinema. Parking is also free for two hours.    


The Mall in Sanremo is just a hop-skip over the border from Monaco and features all the best designer brands, with some supremely amazing ups and extras.   

The facility houses a tax-free lounge, a VIP corner, electric vehicle charging stations, free parking and free wi-fi. The Mall is welcomingly open-handed, offering clients who need wheelchairs and pushchairs these services for free, and will also help with setting up in-store appointments for those who hate crowds and queuing. Additionally, there is a “shop-from-home” experience that can get items to customers no matter what time zone they find themselves in in great time.   

The Mall is also an events venue that has art, music and entertainment-based evenings, as well as a golf course, which hosts The Mall Sanremo Golf Cup in August.   

The stylish – and clearly Italian – mall in Sanremo. Photo source: The Mall Sanremo


Designer retail therapy only three hours from Monaco awaits at Serravalle Outlet mall. Part of the McArthur Glen group, which has 25 centres in all, this place really knows how to “do” shopping.   

It features designer brands at discounted prices, 14 restaurants and several amenities, such as a bag storage service, tax-free international shopping, a play area and water park for kids, and even a shuttle bus from Milan.   

Serrevalle Outlet also holds special performance evenings and has an eco-vibe, with a clothing recycling centre that hands donators 10% off vouchers to use at participating stores.   

Serrevalle has a real village vibe about it, with shops found in quintessential “houses” along the boulevards of the outlet. Photo source: Serrevalle Outlet


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Photo source: Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo