Silver Screen Magic
Each spring during the Cannes Film Festival
, silver screen royalty pose on the red carpet amidst flashing paparazzi bulbs, their jewelled couture gowns sparkling in the night. Epic superyacht parties
enter the realm of film festival legend, their decks transformed into scenes of enchanted gardens and Bollywood extravaganzas, with guest lists that read like a 'Who’s Who' of the world's elite. The Cannes Festival is one of the most exclusive yacht charter opportunities on the planet, and the marina is crowded with Cannes charter yachts docked in the shadow of the Palais des Festivals.
The magic of Cannes, however, is that the celebrity buzz lingers on right through the summer, as charter yachts float along the coast to Cannes, drawn by that electric atmosphere of decadence and glitzy fun under the palms. In Cannes, Kardashians and Di Caprio sun themselves on superyachts, it-girls and supermodels totter along in sky-high heels, and billionaires and their bodyguards crowd around velvet blackjack tables.
After sunset, fireworks light up the facades of the grand art deco hotels, whose opulent lobbies throw out golden circles of light across the Croisette
, and low, sleek supercars cruise along the streets with a throaty rumble. Even the cars gather a crowd here in Cannes, heads turning to see a diamond-dust-coated Koeninsegg here, a Ferrari La Ferrari
there. As the night wears on and the champagne flows, the music gets louder and inhibitions drift away on the warm evening breeze. Cannes is one of the biggest party towns in Europe, with super clubs and big name DJs ramping up the atmosphere to a roaring crowd.
There is a frisson of excitement in the air in Cannes in the long summer that builds almost to breaking point in the long, hot nights by a moonlit sea.