Spotlight on the Cannes Yachting Festival
Although this year’s edition may be on hold due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, each September it’s all eyes on Cannes when the city hosts the Cannes Yachting Festival. Bringing together over 300 exhibitors, the Cannes Festival is a unique opportunity to meet with the key players in the international yachting industry and enjoy private preview events from the world’s biggest yachting groups.
The first show on the international calendar, the Festival officially marks the launch of the yachting season and there is no shortage of exciting events on offer during the six-day show. Cannes is the place to check out the global launch of new yachts from the world’s top luxury shipyards and enjoy exclusive preview events presenting this year’s new collection of tenders, water toys, gadgets and more.
Our Top Tips for making the best of the Cannes Yachting Festival:
To really make the most of your trip to the Cannes Yachting Festival, we recommend checking out the show’s prestigious VIP programme. Dedicated to offering visitors the ultimate Festival experience, the VIP Card can be purchased for one, two or six days and includes VIP access to the show and the Club restaurants plus use of the courtesy cars and a full concierge service.
If you’re looking to take it to the next level while you’re in town, the VIP programme also includes the exclusive Riviera Card. With all the benefits of the VIP card, the Riviera Card also offers access to all the yachts on display, a boat tour and lunch at either the Panoramic or Skipper Restaurants. As a Riviera Card holder, you can also enjoy a helicopter transfer from the airport to the yacht show with panoramic views of the Croisette and the Lérins islands below.
Here’s everything you could possibly need to know about the Cannes Yachting Festival:
- Venue: Palais des Festivals, Port Pierre Canto and the Vieux Port
- Location: Cannes, France Currency: Euro Time zone: CET Travel: Bus, Plane, Helicopter, Car, Taxi, Train,
- Yacht Participants: Shipyards, Brokers, Architects, Designers, Luxury Lifestyle Brands
- Visitors: 50 000 plus Services: Boat shuttle, Concierge Service, Business Centre, VIP Programme, Photo & Video Service
With a full line-up of yachts plus an impressive programme of events, the Cannes Festival is always an unmissable date in the global calendar. The ideal location for yachting professionals to see and be seen, there are many unique event venues available across the city from luxury villas to boutique hotels and chic waterfront apartments, all set against the glittering background of the Mediterranean.
Whilst the show may be on hold for this year, planning for the 2021 season is already underway and next year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. To find your perfect venue for Cannes and Monaco 2021, why not check out our selection of hand-picked spaces below and then click through to check pricing and availability for next September in 3 easy steps :
Incredible Penthouse on the Croisette:
Set on the 8th floor of a luxury building on the Croisette, this incredible penthouse apartment is the perfect spot for hosting events, presentations and more during the yacht show. The light-filled interior boasts a spacious open-plan living space with 5 ensuite bedrooms while the private swimming pool on the 100m² rooftop terrace offers breathtaking views of the Croisette and the Mediterranean beyond.
Capable of hosting up to 120 people onboard for events and parties, this spacious and open catamaran is a truly unique venue choice. With 2 terraces and a large interior living area, the catamaran is fully equipped with Wifi and has a high-tech entertainment system for onboard presentations. Designed to get you closer to the water, the catamaran also comes with paddle boards and kayaks for use by guests.
Ultra-modern Villa in Vallauris:
Located in the hills around Cannes, this stunning villa is impeccably finished in ultra-modern style. Glass doors seamlessly connect the interior with the outdoor living space which includes a spacious terrace, a heated pool and a beautifully-manicured garden. Offering panoramic views over the city and the Iles de Lérins, the villa is just a short drive away from the port and the Palais des Festivals.
Once the curtain closes on the Cannes Festival, the superyacht fun continues as the Monaco Yacht Show takes over the Principality for four days at the end of September. Held in the iconic Port Hercules, MYS showcases the very best of the yachting industry and the world’s leading luxury lifestyle companies confirming once again the French Riviera’s reputation as the most prestigious yachting destination in the world.
Modern Motor Yacht
Why not get up close with all the action during festival week aboard this powerful motor boat. Designed to impress, this sleek modern yacht has an onboard capacity of 12 people and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots out on the water. Featuring a triple sunpad plus a semi-automatic Bimini top, the yacht can also be used for overnight cruising thanks to her queen-size cabin and galley station.
The Chaplaincy in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
A truly exceptional venue with a long and colourful history, the Chaplaincy is a wonderful haven of peace and tranquility just minutes away from the principality of Monaco. Set in spectacular grounds overlooking Monte Carlo, the house features a spacious living area with accommodation for 14. With multiple terraces for outdoor living plus a heated swimming pool, this enchanting space is the ideal choice for your stay on the French Riviera during Superyacht September.
The Tour de France comes to the French Riviera
Tour de France 2020
The biggest and most exciting cycling event in the world, for 3 days this summer the French Riviera will play host to the iconic Tour de France bicycle race. Starting in Nice on the 29th August, this year’s competitors will cycle through some of the Riviera’s most spectacular scenery before winding their way up through the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence to the pretty town of Sisteron for the next stage of the race.
Always a popular event, the 107th edition of the Tour de France promises to be an unforgettable race as the opening stages showcase the beautiful countryside of the French Riviera. From the iconic mountain pass of the Col de Turini to the Medieval villages perched in the hills around Grasse, this year’s route offers spectators a fabulous blend of culture and history right here on the Côte d’Azur.
To join in the fun, drive through the Tinée valley to catch the riders at one of the midpoints in the Gorges de la Vésubie or head up to the Col d’Eze with its magnificent views of the Mediterranean coastline. Discover the picturesque villages dotted along the Route Napoléon then make your way back down to Nice for the all-important stage finish before checking out the fun on offer at the Fan Park on the Promenade du Paillon.
To help you really make the most of race week, we’ve put together an exclusive collection of unique spaces to stay across the French Riviera. Simply browse our selection below and then click through to check pricing and availability for your favourite space before confirming your reservation on our website in 3 easy steps :
Superb Architect’s Villa in St Paul de Vence:
Set in the countryside just outside the pretty village of St Paul de Vence with easy access to the autoroute, this superb contemporary villa will be an ideal base during your stay in the French Riviera. Beautifully decorated in chic modern style, the villa is designed with a vast open-plan living area and is surrounded by grounds of over 2500 m² with a heated pool and a fabulous rooftop terrace.
State-of-the-art Wider 42 Yacht:
The perfect way to catch all the race action along the coast, why not charter this state-of-the-art Wider 42 yacht for a day out to remember. A high performance boat with an impressive top speed of 50 knots, the Wider 42 features a unique expanding cockpit which opens up to offer guests an 18m² deck terrace for onboard socialising. Equipped with an outdoor music system, the yacht also comes with a supercharged Yamaha jet ski, a stand up paddle board, inflatables and snorkelling equipment.
Sublime Villa in St Paul de Vence:
An exceptional villa located within a private residence, this sublime property will be a wonderful home away from home during race week. Set in the heights of Saint Paul de Vence with panoramic views of the mountains and the Mediterranean, the villa is surrounded by a beautifully-kept garden with a large heated swimming pool and pool bar plus a jacuzzi and sauna for total relaxation during your stay.
Stunning Countryside Villa in Mouans-Sartoux:
Situated in the countryside around Grasse, this stunning villa is conveniently located just minutes away from this year’s Tour de France route. Surrounded by over 5000m² of landscaped garden, the vast Provençal-style villa boasts six bedrooms, five bathrooms and two guest houses and offers guests multiple patios and al fresco dining areas plus a huge outdoor swimming pool.
Sleek modern 31m yacht
Leave the crowds behind and experience the Tour de France from a whole different perspective by chartering this sleek 31m yacht for the weekend. With 5 luxurious staterooms onboard plus spacious interior and exterior living areas, cruise the Riviera coastline and watch all the action onshore before enjoying the yacht’s thrilling collection of water toys which includes water skis, wakeboards, jet skis, inflatables and more.
How to Throw an Unforgettable Virtual Party - Our Top Tips for Hosting Events Online
With people across the world currently living in lockdown due to the novel Coronavirus, one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic is the increase in online communication. As we learn to cope with new stay-at-home guidelines, going online to keep up with friends and family has never been so important
while virtual events like birthday parties and weddings are helping people around the world stay connected during social distancing.
While creating an online event may sound daunting at first, it’s actually never been easier to go virtual thanks to the wide range of digital media platforms available online. Whether you want to host a virtual baby shower or wedding, plan an online quiz night with friends or live-stream your next lockdown party, the options are endless and the only limit is your own imagination. Read on to discover our top tips to ensure your next virtual event is a success, no matter what the occasion:
Choose your platform
If you’re looking for a simple and easy-to-use video conferencing solution to share your special moment with friends and family, you can’t go wrong with apps like UberConference, HouseParty, Google Hangouts and Zoom. Offering a range of both free and paid options, these apps allow you to make video calls with up to 100 participants from your computer, phone or tablet. The perfect way to keep in touch while you’re social distancing, most video calls also come with a range of exciting features including screen sharing and call recording to make sure you and your guests don’t miss out on any of the important details during the evening.
How to Host a Successful Professional Virtual Event - Our Top Tips for Moving Online
With the impact of Coronavirus being felt across the globe, moving events and services online is fast becoming the new normal. From business presentations and launches to networking events and even Happy Hour sessions, more and more companies are opting to host their events online to keep their employees and customers engaged during the quarantine period.
While hosting an online event might present new challenges, pivoting to digital can also offer you some exciting new benefits. Moving your event online enables you to minimise your impact on the environment and reduce your carbon footprint whilst allowing you to redefine the target audience for your event by reaching out to new users and building a more global community.
As we all learn to adapt to this new situation and meet the challenges of planning a virtual event, we’ve put together a few tips below to help ensure that your transition from live to virtual events goes as smoothly as possible:
Create pre-event buzz whilst ensuring your guests know exactly where and when to log on
by using an application to schedule your meeting or party. Create a fully customised landing page or evite with apps like Splash, Socio and Bizzabo then upload your programme, images, attendee list and more. Once you’re ready to go, the app will help you to send out all the important event info to your attendees, update them about any changes or delays to the agenda and even send you live updates as and when guests login to make sure you’ve got all the attendance info you need at the touch of a button.
Planning a Product Launch at the Tax Free World Exhibition
Every great product deserves a great product launch and there’s no better place for a successful launch party than Cannes. Celebrating the very best in global creativity, Cannes plays host to some of the most important industry conferences in the world each year including the annual Tax Free World Exhibition.
Held at the Palais des Festivals overlooking the Croisette, the Tax Free World Exhibition is tailored around the duty-free and retail travel sectors. Bringing together over 12,000 professionals each October, this week-long event includes panels, workshops and presentations from key figures within the industry.
The conference addresses the state of the tax free industry with a series of workshops throughout the week dedicated to market analysis. With a strong focus on new technology, Digital Village sessions are also on offer to help you discover new digital solutions and services for your business.
Weddings on the French Riviera: Useful Tips
Congratulations! You’ve said yes to the love of your life and now it’s time to start thinking about your big day. As romantic as it is beautiful, the French Riviera is the ideal location to enjoy a truly unique wedding. To help you organise your dream day, we’ve put together a useful guide to planning your ceremony and reception in the South of France. We’ve covered it all from when to start planning to how to how to find the very best venues across the Riviera plus with top tips from people who’ve been there and done it themselves. Read on to learn more about planning the perfect French Riviera wedding celebration below:
Make a timeline:
As with any big event, the earlier you start to plan, the more time you’ll have to organise all those little details which will make your big day so special. We recommend planning your French Riviera wedding around a year in advance if possible to ensure you have plenty of time but we also know that sometimes time is of the essence so if necessary we can help you make decisions and keep you on track with the planning process.
“I’m American and I married my French husband in Ramatuelle in 2018.
My best piece of advice is if you are having a civil ceremony, try to
get your paperwork together as soon as possible, especially if you are
a foreign citizen. You may need to travel to your consulate or order
copies of your birth certificate from your home country before having
them translated into French. I didn’t wait until the last minute, but
I do wish I had started getting everything together earlier.”
How to make your mark in Cannes this year
Tired of booking the usual villa or throwing the same parties every year?
This year Native Spaces are offering Cannes festival-goers a few hand-picked and extraordinary spaces we’ve chosen for their unique story, design or location. These are properties with that elusive ‘wow’ factor - wonderful places to host events or use as a base during the festival.
What’s more, we’re here to lead you on a pain-free saunter through the logistics. We take care of the myriad of ‘stuff’ - so your only job is to enjoy the festival and the sunshine with complete peace of mind.
Here’s a taster of what we’re talking about:
Ultimate luxury, overlooking Cannes
This amazing villa has a large heated swimming pool, huge gardens, a spa, cinema, wine cellar, you name it…
Our seasonal offers
Discover a set of unique spaces available as part of special summer offers!
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In an urban atmosphere, located only steps from the Palais des Festivals and La Croisette, in the busiest part of Cannes… this is the perfect, central location for a pop-up concept store, film screening, buzzing cocktail party, catwalk show or marketing and launch events.
@ the trendiest Fashion houses – want to expose your creations to the Cannes crowd this summer and be amongst the established designers in the centre of luxury? A pop-up store here (and why not together with a rooftop a bar concept) may be your perfect opportunity.
A special promotion deal is available for those of you who book the summer months, enquire here.
The Very Best Creative Experiences in Cannes
Cannes - Let your creativity shine
A focal point for the creative communications industry, Cannes has been inspiring artists, writers and storytellers since forever. The ideal setting to showcase projects, host events and network, Cannes is also the perfect place to reset your batteries and get a fresh perspective on life.
Here are a few of our recommendations for the very best creative experiences to enjoy while you’re in town:
Take a masterclass in creativity by enrolling in the Cannes Lions Creative Academy. An exceptional programme overseen by legendary advertising director Bob Isherwood, the Creative Academy is designed to help students achieve their full potential. Attend classroom sessions and workshops lead by some of the biggest creative talent in the world and get full access to all the Cannes Lions talks, events and awards ceremonies. A one-of-a-kind opportunity, why not expand your creative horizons in Cannes.
Capture that Riviera lifestyle and discover hidden Cannes with an exclusive photoshoot shot by American photographer James Pouliot. Based on the Cote d’Azur and specialising in portrait photography, James will introduce you to the authentic side of city life during your trip. Stroll along the Croisette or wind your way through the streets of Le Suquet as James shoots original headshots or photos for your professional portfolio. The perfect location to take unique and memorable images, turn this stunning resort town into your ultimate backdrop.
Hidden away in the streets of Le Suquet, the Association des Beaux Arts in Cannes is a paradise for artists of all genres. Founded in 1902 by Louis Pastour, the association runs art classes in the stunning former Ecole de la Castre which overlooks the Bay of Cannes. Let your imagination run wild in a sculpture workshop or express yourself in watercolours, pastels, oils and more in a private painting class. Lead by the association’s highly-qualified and dedicated art teachers, increase your creativity and open-mindedness at the Association des Beaux Arts.
Take a break from your everyday life and use your time in Cannes to press the pause button with a silent retreat held at the magnificent Lérins Abbey. Located on the tiny island of Saint-Honorat just off the coast of Cannes, the 5th Century Abbey offers mindful meditation set against breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. An increasingly popular way to escape from the modern world, spend a few days in silent contemplation on this glorious island. At the end of your stay, head back to Cannes fully energised and creatively inspired for your next adventure.
Christmas company and team events - tips and ideas
Christmas is right around the corner - literally one week from now it will be time for presents. I don't know about you but the Christmas spirit got me as stressed out as excited this year.
If you are like me and you will be spending the holidays with a bunch of people, no matter if they are friends, family or coworkers, you probably know it could get a bit overwhelming. That's why we at Native Spaces decided to share with you some of our tips and tricks on how to make the best of the holiday season.
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TIP #1 CHOOSING THE PERFECT VENUE
If you are the one to organize the event, you need to choose the venue very strategically so that everyone can enjoy. You should start with deciding who is going to make it to the invitation list and basically figure out how you can make them happy.
NATIVE SPACES SOLUTION: This beautiful château with calm Provencal atmosphere situated amidst vineyard and history, is ideal for a team-building party weekend to celebrate the end of the year.
TIP #2 ACTIVITIES
If we are talking about work Christmas party maybe a venue that proposes multiple activities would be the best option. When bringing people with different interests that also might be from different generations, it could get tricky to organize a pleasant experience for everyone.
NATIVE SPACES SOLUTION: Build you team spirit by benefiting from the various activities available onsite including wine tasting, hiking, quad rides and cycles. If that isn't enough next door you can find a golf and spa resort as well as a medieval village.