Upon arrival at Nice airport (with a great approach over the water), a very comfortable limousine was waiting for us to take us to Cannes – it took just 25 min to arrive to our beautiful, full of history Martinez hotel.
The Grand Hyatt Martinez hotel (https://cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com) is so full of history and you can see it immediately from the multitude of photographs of some of the celebrities that have stayed there over the years. In a way, the pictures are constantly reminding and showing you the movie history which Cannes itself, and the Martinez, are so very much a part of.
I also love that the hotel very successfully combines the beautiful old building with some modern twist. The service was excellent throughout our stay and we have to point out Phillipe the concierge who was very helpful and full of great ideas on how to make our stay in Cannes even more interesting and unforgettable.
The location of The Martinez is perfect for long evening walks. Surprisingly, the hotel beach is so nicely organized and private that you can enjoy in peace the crystal blue sea, listen to the soft music and relax – although pretty much in the middle of the Cannes promenade. The food and the drinks at the Z Plage restaurant on the beach (https://cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/restaurant-zplage.html) were also greatly complementing the whole Martinez hotel experience. We tried the King Prawn Skewers from Tandoori oven and the New York Salad. They were both to die for. And their Straw basil and Passion fruit mojitos were wonderfully accompanying the food. Just a perfect combination for relaxing and enjoying food at the beach.
We spent the rest of the day just swimming and reading at the beach. In the late afternoon we took a walk along the promenade and could just not help ourselves not to do some shopping since along the promenade you will find all the main brands with their very own clothing and shoe shops.
Food in Cannes – an amazing experience in the Indonesian stile
We had heard a lot about the Bâoli restaurant and club so we just had to try it. Located in the Cannes marina, it is a wonderful exotic restaurant, bar and club decorated in Indonesian style. You can hear the music beat both in and outside. The music is velvety and relaxed in the restaurant while pretty haywire on the dance floor later on in the night.
The food menu includes some of their signature dishes. We love trying and sharing different dishes and we have to say that single dish we tried was a unique combination of amazing flavours. To give you a taste: amongst others, we tried the duck foie gras with muscat as well as whole lobster, avocado and mango tatar. They were delicious and very fresh. The pan-seared scallops on a truffle potato puree and some wild rocket leaves is something that you must not miss out on.
All in all, Le Baoli is one of the Côte d’Azur’s key spots, worth every minute you spend there.
Unfortunately, our stay in Cannes was very short and was more of a couple escape. On the second day we has an afternoon flight which meant we could still use the morning for some more beach time. Again we swam, relaxed and enjoyed the music in the sun.
I would definitely recommend to go to Cannes in September, as the weather is absolutely prefect for swimming and relaxing on the beach, but you will avoid the fuss and craziness of the overcrowded high season. And the prices of the very best hotels are much more affordable. What is more: you can get to Cannes from most places in Europe quite easily which makes it a perfect escape even for a day or two both in or out of the main season. We are most certainly coming back!