The famous Cannes film festival takes place in the pretty French town every May. It is always packed with Hollywood A-listers who flock to the seaside town.When I visited the town a few months after the 2016 festival I was told by locals that the real stars don’t actually stay in the town center hotels, but rent villas and farm houses in the surrounding countryside. They do so to enjoy some privacy.
I was feeling like I deserved a little luxury, so I decided I’d do the same and live like Leonardo Di Caprio for a day or two. I headed online to Quality Villas’ website and booked myself a stay at a stunning sea-view villa near Cannes. The villa in question, L’Oursin, has an enviable position at the base of the Massif de l’Esterel mountains. The property also offers views out to the Mediterranean Sea.
That meant I got to enjoy quite a dramatic setting. I spent a few lazy hours gazing out over the ocean. It wasn’t just the mountains and sea view that made my surroundings so pleasant. I was also surrounded by mature Mediterranean gardens and nostalgic furnishings. The French Riviera beach villa remind me of a time gone by.
With a massive dining terrace, enormous reception rooms and an extravagantly equipped kitchen I felt like the place was wasted on just little old me. I would have loved to have family and friends with me for a party al fresco.
However, they were mostly across the Atlantic so I had to entertain myself by dipping myself in the pool, strolling to the nearby beach and generally living in the lap of luxury – a real hardship I assure you!
Exploring the surroundings
I got some company when I headed to the nearby hamlet of Miramar. I visited the small grocer’s and more when I headed a bit further afield to dine out in the superb French restaurants.
And on my final day I headed into Cannes. The object was to splurge on shopping and send some treats back to the USA for my friends to enjoy. It was fun to be a movie star for a few days!
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