Ready for some luxury, glamour and the sunshine of the Mediterranean? Then read on for our Project Manager Cherry’s report on her short, but wonderfully insightful trip to Cannes and Monaco.
Cannes and Monaco Trip in conjunction with: M&I Forums
Flight: London Gatwick – Nice, France
Flight Time: 2 hours
Population: Cannes: 70,011 / Monaco: 39,036
Climate: Cannes: Summer 25°C / Winter 8°C and Monaco: Summer 25°C / Winter 8°C
Following on from a brilliant M&I Forum, I was extremely fortunate to be invited to a FAM trip where we would be exploring Cannes and the very swish Monaco.
All About Cannes:
The first stop on our tour of Cannes was at the Hotel Martinez, which is where we would stay for one night. This five-star, Art Deco inspired hotel, is really one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels I had ever been to and delivers the wow factor in abundance. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, the Hotel Martinez, also offers a diverse range of meeting spaces and can cater for conventions, large conferences, product launches, gala dinners or smaller scale meetings.
The next day, after a great overnight stay, the group was served a lovely buffet lunch in the Version Originale, a beautiful and relaxing environment to enjoy the tasty cuisine served. Suitably full, we were given some free time to go and explore the stunning and glamourous Côte d'Azur for ourselves…
It was then time to move onto the 5* JW Marriott Cannes, who kindly hosted us for a group dinner at the JW Grill. This hotel is set in a picturesque location and boasts a breath-taking rooftop space hosting its own swimming pool, which overlooks the coast – we certainly recommend a visit as the views are just amazing.
This venue would make a fantastic location for conferences and meetings; with an 820 auditorium and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment and services offered, the enticing looks of this hotel are well complemented by its practical functionality as an event space.
What’s more, some of Cannes most popular attractions, including: Palais des Festivals et des Congres, Boulevard de la Croisette and Festival de Cannes are all within walking distance, which is fantastic as it gives guests the perfect opportunity to soak up the Mediterranean culture and to uncover the beauty and history of this world-famous destination.
Next Stop: Antibes
After our delicious dinner at the JW Marriott Cannes, we took a short transfer to Antibes and checked into our next hotel: The AC Ambassadeur Juan les Pins. Just like the other hotels visited on our trip, this venue was also incredible; situated close to a private beach, the property offers a perfect place to relax in a tranquil and idyllic setting.
On Saturday, following on from breakfast and a show round of the ample and flexible event spaces the hotel offered, we ventured into the Old City of Antibes with a guide. Our guide was great and conveyed the facts and history of old Antibes in an interesting and compelling way. We visited the market and of course the iconic harbour, where we saw some mega Yachts! The tour also allowed us to visit some of the most attractive points of the French Riviera, including Saint Paul de Vence and Eze, which are places that everyone visiting the area should take the time to stop at.
Next, we travelled up the coast to Monaco. Renowned for its glamour, elegance and prestige, our final destination didn’t disappoint and neither did the hotel: the Meridien Monaco Beach Plaza.
After having a chance see our fabulous accommodation, the group was given an in-depth overview of the venue’s rooms, dining areas and meeting spaces. Attached to the hotel, the Sea Club Conference Centre offers 16 event rooms and 19 breakout rooms spread over four floors; the largest of the spaces can accommodate up to 570 pax. The space, as a whole, is remarkable and, just as with the other hotels we visited, provides a venue that can offer a first-class meeting location, combined with the sensational scenery of the Med on the doorstep.
That evening the Meridien hosted us for private three-course dinner, which was delicious and sumptuous. True to style the meal was accompanied by beautiful French wines and we were provided with a sommelier to tell us all about them!
After another exceptional stay in another exceptional hotel, it was sadly nearly time to depart. Following our final breakfast together, we dropped back south to Nice, where we were taken for a final group lunch. Although our visit to Nice was brief, it’s clearly a city that has a lot to offer visitors.
After a whirl-wind weekend it was time to say, “au revoir” and make our departures back to the UK.
Oui to France:
We were really spoilt on this trip and given the chance to stay in some truly exquisite hotels, that reflected perfectly the glamour of the French Riviera.
Both Cannes and Monaco were as glamorous as I’d anticipated them to be, but beyond the glitz, they are incredibly gorgeous places to visit. They are definitely locations I will be looking into for any incentive and conference enquiries that I receive.