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The Hôtel Majestic Barrière, Cannes

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Replete with historical import as well as charismatic allure, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière is a celebrated sojourn on an iconic stretch of the French Riviera, with a solid-gold reputation for making you feel every inch the movie star.

In a city renowned for its legendary cinematic associations, this hotel stands tall as part of the prestigious Lucien Barrière brand, a deluxe heavyweight franchise of casinos and resorts loaded with entrepreneurial spirit and suavity in abundance. With all the trappings of modern privilege swathed in a striking Art Deco sensibility, its renovated 1930s palatial idyll extends an exclusive VIP pass to a lavish Cannes lifestyle. Offering world-class gastronomic escapades, endless stretches of luxury boutiques, intoxicating spa treatments, a heated outdoor pool and a stunning private beach, this cynosure of cosmopolitan sophistication is, quite, simply, the place to be. An emblematic Hollywood showcase with enduring appeal, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière is your ticket to old-world glamour and new-wave indulgence of the highest order.

The location
For those craving overt celebrity enticements, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière is ideally situated, being just moments from the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, home of the iconic Cannes Film Festival, and towering over the illustrious Promenade de la Croisette (Croisette Boulevard), a veritable jewel amidst the glitterati.

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Enjoying a prime spot in this glamour capital – which is also the home of famed events such as Midem and the Lions International Festival of Creativity – puts you within easy reach of Casino Barrière Les Princes and Casino Barrière Le Croisette, as well as a dizzying array of haute-couture boutiques, eateries and celebrity-spotting opportunities. If you need a respite from all that glitz, you're just a few blocks away from the Suquet, the old, cobbled quarter of Provence, and you can easily stroll to the Allées de la Liberté's fragrant flower market or the lively Forville and Gambetta stalls to sample an earthy Provençal traditionalism that is no less compelling. Alternatively, if you just wish to soak up the rays on the beach, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière is a minute's walk from the shimmering allures of the seemingly endless Mediterranean coastline.

The highlight
There's simply no getting around it: this destination is a veritable Mecca for megastars, and the Hôtel Majestic Barrière is your place to rub shoulders with some of the Hollywood elite while indulging your own craving for celeb-style glamour and prestige.

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You don't need to hang out at the Boulevard de la Croisette to catch a glimpse of one of your beloved icons, as this opulent address is the first choice for celebrities flocking to the Cannes Film Festival. The Presidential Suite has offered a pre-eminent situ for the likes of Woody Allen and Madonna to strike a pose, and Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda and Paris Hilton have all stayed here in recent times. This year alone, its hallowed palatial walls have given sanctuary to Sophie Marceau, Jake Gyllenhaal and Guillermo Del Toro, three members of the festival jury, plus Isabella Rossellini and Catherine Deneuve. The hotel also hosted the illustrious jury cocktail event as well as a closing event of 1,400 guests which was graced by winners of awards such as the Palme d'Or. Guests who weren't lucky enough to spot their favourite film stars on the sunny hotel terraces would certainly have enjoyed the chance to attend the hotel's exclusive movie screening, which took place on the beach and featured 35,000 industry professionals. And if all that couldn't tempt you, the hotel's private projection room gives you the chance to enjoy a more intimate cinematic experience while indulging your own fantasies of being a star.

The style
Anyone seeking the red-carpet treatment will be immediately beguiled by the extravagant and decadent embellishments of the Hôtel Majestic Barrière, a bastion of Art Deco innovation with its gleaming white facade and opulent interiors, bold shapes and lavish details.

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Delicate chandeliers twinkle in the hotel lobby, resplendent with gleaming floors, amber-hued columns, towering floral sculptures, exquisite gold-leaf detail and antique-encrusted seating areas, to say nothing of the delightful black-and-white photos of Hollywood royalty which decorate the walls. This unabashed palatial splendour continues in the rooms, suites and penthouses, many of which feature state-of-the-art touches such as iPod docks, minibars and Nespresso machines.

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It's all about attitude at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière, and the rooms here are impeccably modern and peerlessly luxuriant, with dark wood furniture and black marble bath fittings, splashes of champagne-gold or crimson-red, delicate soft fabrics and other artful monochromatic touches. All rooms offer delightful views of the sea, pool or promenade, while the Christian Dior suite includes a projector and giant screen, and the Prestige suite has an inviting terrace vista of the Riviera and the Palais des Festivals.

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The cinema stylings find another level in the Presidential suite, with its homage to the 1963 film Mélodie en Sous-sol, which was filmed at the hotel. This rotunda-shaped sanctum is accented in different shades of blue and offers enchanting views of the Lerin Isles and the Esteral Mountains.

The service
If the service at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière is anything to go by, you don't have to be famous to enjoy a world-class pampering. In keeping with this hotel's premier standing as one of the illustrious 'Leading Hotels of the World', staff members are efficient, professional and friendly at all times, dedicated to ensuring that you feel like a star.

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Thanks to the hotel's own Infinitely Barrière program, you can enjoy the perks of personalised benefits which extend to a range of restaurants and casinos, as well as exclusive invites to local events and pleasure deals. There are gift certificates for gourmet experiences and casino nights, and a hotel credit for any stay over three nights, plus complimentary airport transfer and private parking. There's also special consideration for younger guests, who receive a briefcase filled with games on arrival.

TOP 4 REASONS TO STAY AT THE HÔTEL MAJESTIC BARRIÈRE

Delightful private sandy beach
Hanging out with the beautiful people is an unavoidable and irresistible luxury at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière, which treats guests to their very own exclusive beach.

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This idyllic and innovative space, designed by celebrated interior decorator Jean-Philippe Nuel, resplendent with soft white sands and bedecked in elegant parasols, is one of the clear stars of the show and offers endless opportunities for perfecting that Riviera tan in the company of the Cannes movie faithful. Whether you're languishing by those azure waters, taking advantage of the hotel's water sport activities and nearby restaurants, or just catching up on your celebrity spotting, you're sure to be dazzled by this shimmering super-reflection of endless possibility.

Exquisite and varied dining
Sumptuous gastronomical feasts are an essential part of the Hôtel Majestic Barrière experience. Fouquet's Cannes, developed with fusion specialist Pierre Gagnaire, enfolds creative cuisine in the ambient charms of a traditional brasserie and his mouth-watering Merlan Colbert and seductive Rum Baba are just two culinary pleasures.

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La Petite Maison de Nicole offers tantalising Mediterranean flavour in a Pop Art rendering of Hollywood glamor, while Restaurant La Plage serves seafood in a beachside setting, and Japanese restaurant Kinugawa showcases the innovations of Toyofumi Ozuru, former chef at Nobu Paris.

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For celebrity-soaked drinking opportunities, there's Fouquet's Gallery Bar and the Rotonde Louise Pommery Bar, where you can sup champagne and indulge in star-gazing of a very special kind.

Luxurious beauty facilities
In order to get yourself looking and feeling divine for that potential red carpet invitation, a visit to the hotel's Spa Diane Barrière by Clarins is a must. Here you can let yourself get truly pampered with a range of reviving and anti-ageing treatments featuring specially blended ingredients.

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A choice of nearly a dozen packages is tailored to your skin type, after which you can put yourself in the capable hands of a spa therapist as they demonstrate the Clarins 'art of touch', a ritual that soothes and revitalises body and mind. For true local refinement, the Light Cannes treatment repairs and replenishes with a combination of tri-active therapy and deep honey fudge. There's also the chance to cocoon yourself with aromatherapy, relax in mineral springs, mellow in the steam room or chill with the multi-sensory 'experience path'.

Endless stretches of luxury boutiques
Once you've replenished your senses at the exclusive beach and spa, you'll be itching to hit the hotel's own luxury boutiques.

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Located in the new wing of the Hôtel Majestic Barrière, you'll find endless opportunities to splash your cash on a unique boulevard of bounty, bringing together the finest French and international brands in a staggering array of choice. Clustered along the 1,300 square metres of this deluxe shopping route, you can spoil yourself senseless with all manner of haute couture, jewellery and beauty treats from big-name brands such as Chanel, Prada and Gucci, to ensure you make the best impression when you stroll down La Croisette.

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