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Our Expert Guide to Visiting Cannes Film Festival 2018

Our Expert Guide to Visiting Cannes Film Festival 2018

Sharp tuxedos, dazzling couture, sparkling coastlines and 1000s of flashing cameras – Welcome to the annual Cannes Film Festival.

This famously glamorous event, held each May, is one that is in all actors, filmmakers and A-lister’s diaries as the place to mingle, promote and showcase their films in front of the worlds most renowned directors and producers, hoping to win the most prestigious award; the Palme D’or. If it isn’t already, this magnificent film festival should definitely be on your bucket list to attend and see (or hopefully mingle with!) your favourite stars on the dazzling Cote d’Azur. Continue reading…

Famous Villas of the French Riviera

As one of the most sought-after and beautiful destinations in the world, the French Riviera garners the attention of many well-known and historical figures throughout the years. With a stunning coastline, vast history and the Mediterranean sunshine all creating an incredible atmosphere and setting, it’s not hard to understand why so many people choose to live along the Cote d’Azur. Continue reading…

Cate Blanchett to chair the Cannes Film Festival 2018 jury

Exciting news for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in May.

It’s been announced that Oscar-winning actress, Cate Blanchett will be heading the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. She will be leading the panel, made up of film-makers, actors and actress to decide who will win the awards, including the most influential award, the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett herself has won 2 Oscars and is no stranger to attending the awards ceremony itself, whether as an actress or a producer. She is also the jury’s 3rd female president in the last 10 years, making her already important role even more significant.


We can’t wait for the glitzy event, the films, the outfits and of course, who wins the prestigious awards this coming May!


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the team at Elegant Address South of France!

We hope you enjoyed your festivities over the Christmas and New Year break. We’re super excited to see what 2018 brings!

Contact our expert South of France luxury villa and apartment consultants today and let us inspire you for your next French Riviera retreat!

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Experience the Glitz & Glamour of the French Riviera

The Cote d’Azur is world-renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, incredible coastlines and the glittering Mediterranean Sea. As amazing as those things are, they’re not the only things that continue to keep the region on the radar of some of the world’s most famous celebrities and richest individuals. The French Riviera is home to exciting towns where big events take place annually as well as reams of historical stories that reveal so much about its past. Designer boutiques, fine cuisine and miles of vineyards are just some of the things that attract people from all over the world to visit this truly captivating destination.

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Celebrity Homes on the French Riviera

It’s hard for anyone not to fall in love with the French Riviera after a sun-filled trip with beautiful white sandy beaches, busy local markets stocked with fresh produce, lush vineyards and stunning landscapes to view. The South of France has been a fashionable destination for decades, luring in celebrities and big names through the years. Many people are drawn to the region for luxurious holidays in the Mediterranean sunshine with family friends to for either the privacy or to mingle with the famous faces. Luxury rentals and holiday homes became a million-pound investment after celebrities got a taste for the wonderful Cote d’Azur lifestyle. Continue reading…

5 Steps to Buying a Property in France


Beautiful Villa on the Coastline

France is one of the most popular countries for people looking to buy property abroad. With its beautiful coastlines and beaches, rich history, incredible food and the world-famous wine, it’s not hard to guess why.

Whether you are looking for a holiday home or relocating to sunnier climes; buying a property in France is simple as long as you know the process. Here are our tips to consider when buying property in France. Continue reading…

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

As one of the biggest events in the Cannes congress calendar, Lions International Festival of Creativity is a massive draw to the city and the French Riviera with big name stars coming to speak at the event as well as thousands of applicants entering their hard work in hopes of winning a coveted Lions statue. In addition to that, Lions winners can be invited to join the Cannes Lions jury; a career-defining opportunity for any of the talented and inspiring people that attend. The events are held in the famous Palais des Festivals in Cannes with 4 award ceremonies, an opening and a closing ceremony.


What is Lions Festival?

Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity was established in 1954 and brings together the creative communications industry annually to learn, connect and network. The June festival marks the start of the creative year and, as well as bringing together some of the most talented and inventive people in the world, it’s used to outline the year ahead. Each year almost 11,000 registered delegates from 90 different countries enter and attend the 7-day long festivities in a bid to earn the most well-respected award in the advertising industry.

The mission of Cannes Lions is to celebrate the powerful force that is creativity in businesses and the change it can bring to the world. Through a global network of official Lions representatives and a series of awards, events and training, the aim of inspiring and challenging the industry is ongoing.

In the 1990’s the festival added a programme of learning in the form of seminars and workshops. The festival has since grown immensely with 2013 featuring nearly 130 different seminars over the 7-day event. Famous and well-known names come to speak and share words of wisdom from all over the industry and include musician, Jack Black, F1 driver Jenson Button, photographer Annie Leibovitz and founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington.

How are the awards given?

Each jury in the Cannes Lions Festival is made up of industry experts in each field from all over the world. Jurors are instructed to reward advertising that is both creative in its idea and in its execution and advertisements are usually entered by the agencies that created them.

The categories awarded include Film, Media, Press, Radio, Mobile, PR  and Creative Effectiveness among a whole range of others. The festival launched a brand new category in 2013 for innovative technology that facilitates creativity and named it ‘Innovation Lions’. Global start ups can now also apply for the Start Up Academy in order to receive festival passes and mentorship sessions that will come in handy for the future.

The Young Lions competitions are open to advertising professionals up to the age of 28 years old to work in teams of 2 across a series of categories including print, PR, design and young marketers. Regional competitions are held in each country to select teams to go forward. The winners of those rounds then go on to the final round of competitions at the Cannes Lions Festival.

Specialist Events

Cannes Lions offers 3 specialist events to help those working in specific sectors to work on their skills and knowledge they need to move forward in the industry.

Lions Health – Dedicated to showcasing inspiring ideas and connects global healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals in order for them to share problems, knowledge and advice.

Lions Innovation – This kick starts collaborations between investors and start up companies as well as exploring the technology and data that enables creativity.

Lions Entertainment – Bringing together people who revel in sound and vision; Lions Entertainment creates compelling brands with partnerships and inescapable creativity within platforms, agents and agencies, studios and labels.

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9 Reasons Why You Need to Visit France

In 2016, there were 1.235 billion tourists travelling around the world and France’s arrivals accounted for 82.6 million of them, beating the United States, Germany, Thailand and the UK for international tourist visitors. Germans are the biggest visitors with over 13 million followed by Belgium and Italy. The Brits love it too with 12.5 millon jetting over to see what all the fuss is about.

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La Reserve Hotel Spa & Villas – Ramatuelle, St Tropez

One of our fabulous South of France consultant, Rebekah, was invited to stay at the truly incredible La Reserve Hotel Spa and Villas in Ramatuelle, St Tropez.

We couldn’t wait to hear more about her trip in the sunshine!

“There is no better feeling than walking through Nice airport on a sunny Friday afternoon to be greeted by your very own private chauffeur. After collecting my bags and escorting me to a luxurious Mercedes-Benz, my weekend had officially begun and off to Ramatuelle I went!”

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Everything You Need To Know About The Hotel Metropole In Monaco

What’s the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo all about?

The illustrious and beautifully imagined hotel is a spectacular gem on the Cote d’Azur. Blending a rich and interesting history with contemporary style, the Hotel Metropole embodies the modern charm of Monte-Carlo with old school attraction.

Located in the Carre d’Or of the Principality, the property is just steps away from the luxury boutiques and the casino square. Built in 1886 and originally opened on land belonging to Pope Leon XIII, the building was soon in demand by international clientele who were seduced by the Belle Epoque style. Continue reading…