Yachts and Football – of sorts.

Yachts and all things nautical are crucial down here. Brokerages are as common as estate agents and the stock is palatial. I have also come to realise that a man’s boat is comparable to our garden sheds at home. A place to contemplate and potter, just with a watery azure backdrop rather than conifers. From the beach in Cannes, the near horizon is lined with them and the great and good just hop from ship to shore and back again. Whilst down here I am putting together a full programme for guests to experience three classic regattas in September across the South of France. Please do leave a comment if you would like more information.

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On Sunday night it was  down to Cannes for two parties. Axis Stars is a social media platform for the sporting elite fronted by ex-Manchester United player Louis Saha.

Photo Credit Bruno de Marquis
Photo Credit Bruno de Marquis

The sparkling event (thanks to endless champagne) was held at the Carlton Hotel and Robbie Williams sauntered through just before us.

Then it was on to the Limelight Party at Gotha. A top table there will set you back a minimum of 6000 euros with the mandatory confetti shower and fanfare when someone decides its time for bubbles and a table is preferable as the dance floor was a heaving scrum.

Take me back to the boat…and where is Victor with those drinks?

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Cannes, Cocktails and Contemporary Art

Descending into the Cannes Film Festival is like heading into the eye of the storm. A bow tied and bejewelled storm. My team for this trip is the ebullient proprietress of Boutique Village Mme Clotilde Taillefer and the handsome Jules, her wonderful assistant and our designated driver.

On Friday night we headed down to the Croisette, with an invitation to an art exhibition on the beach of the super-fly Hotel 3.14. Our hosts were Karine et Patrick Partouche, the power couple at the helm of Partouche Group controlling over 45 casinos across the world. They are stalwarts of the scene down here and pull in a glamorous crowd. Stephane Cipre a rising star of contemporary art, was the man of the hour showcasing cinema inspired sculptures and paintings.

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As the rose flowed (and flowed and flowed) and the sun set, so the music pumped and dancing ensued. There is something so terribly chic about watching women pour sand from their Valentino “Rockstud” Shoes. 

Amongst the revellers and schmoozers was the wonderful Victor Delpierre, The World Cocktail and Barista Champion. Victor travels the world, consulting for bars, creating concepts and mixing damn fine drinks along the way.

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Bearing more than a startling resemblance to the maestro of French fashion, Yves Saint Laurent, where Victor goes, so does the party. And the after party relocated to the main hotel of 3.14.

It takes a Circus theme in the bar and each floor is dedicated to a country for its decor. Moreover, rumour has it that instead of bibles, each room comes with rather more, shall we say, sensual offerings…I mean trust the French.

They had a magician turning parking tickets into 100Euro bills and a photo booth for the shy and retiring. Why can we never resist the opportunity? Click for evidence… 

With the weekend hours away, and the weather reports set to be unusually hot, I was off to see a  man about a boat…

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Introducing Chiave Lifestyle Chronicles

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Chiave Lifestyle Chronicles. An account in words and pictures of some of the things I get to arrange, see and experience.

In the interests of starting with a bang, over the month of May, I will be writing from the Côte d’Azur in the South of France.

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Chiave Concierge has partnered with Boutique Village, a collection of beautiful rental properties in the idyllic and very chic village of Valbonne, twenty minutes north of Cannes to provide guests with concierge services throughout their stay.

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Boutique Village and Chiave share the principle that every guest is unique and that experience is everything. With the 68th Cannes Film Festival and the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco (a firm personal favourite of mine) the French Riviera is the playground for the glitterati.

In a valiant effort to prepare for my trip, I dusted off a competent GSCE level French with the Duolingo language app with romantic images of ordering my pain, croissant and grand creme with a sufficient air of authenticity. But due to it’s proximity to Nice and Sophia Antipolis – the Silicon Valley of France – Valbonne is a centre for stylish international ex-pats sensibly enjoying the excellent international schools in the area and laid back, expensive cotton way of life. It’s almost hard to hear french as one sups in the square.

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Having done more than a little shoulder rubbing of late, if theres one thing the glitterati hate, it’s traffic and waiting. Step-up UberCopter – click for video.

We all have a guilty penchant for the highly convenient taxi app and they just made it even easier to hop from hot spot to hot spot. Throughout the Cannes Film Festival a seven minute flight will set you back €160 (£115) and for those who can, it’s practically a bargain. Choppers away…

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Natalie Macaluso