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News from Cannes

News from Cannes
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vca director Tim Cocking has some updates from the South of France

Rue Felix Fauré pedestrianised

Rue Felix Fauré, the street opposite the Palais that houses Hotel Splendid, Le Caveau restaurant and Astoux, has been closed to traffic.

The change has made the environment much healthier and quieter. And the street’s restaurants now have more terrace space available to diners.

Don’t forget that vca can help with restaurant bookings. Email me direct to make sure you get the best table and service.

Carlton extension

Most visitors to Cannes will have noticed the construction work going on behind the Carlton. This is intended to increase the number of suites and provide more meeting space.

But, believe it or not, this project started four years ago. And for the last nine months, work has been at a standstill.

So neighbours, residents, shops and hotels are up in arms. Both the 3.14 and Croisette Beach hotels have had to lower rates (but probably not during the festivals!) to compensate for the loss of views. The 3.14 is even seeking legal compensation.

The Mayor arranged a meeting with the Carlton hotel’s owners and the construction company in September with no positive news. In fact, the construction permit finishes in February.

What’ll happen next? Watch this space.

Mougins – the food capital of the Côte d’Azur?

Mougins is famed for its wide range of restaurants and even has an annual culinary festival, les Etoiles de Mougins.

However, times are not easy for some and the Michelin-starred Paloma has just closed. We will miss this good venue that we have used from time to time. The owner, Jakub Sip, said that the restaurant had never actually made a profit in five years. That begs a question or two. It’s a shame of course, but especially not good news for the twenty staff.

Spoil yourselves with a helicopter trip

Use vca Cannes to book a daytime helicopter ride to a memorable restaurant in Provence. We can arrange departures from Cannes, Nice or Monaco.

Heli Air Monaco has a handy list of possible restaurants. that you can reach by helicopter. Then give us a call on +44 (0) 1797 227 225 or + 33 (6) 60 68 96 26 to chat through the pros and cons of each venue. We’ll give you the best advice. There’s more to a great day out than just booking online.

Cannes landmark changes hands

Palm Beach Casino has new owners with grand plans for this icon of the Cannes scene.

The new owners, Cannois themselves, acknowledge that Cannes has enough hotels but lacks entertainment space.

Located at the far end of the Croisette facing the Lérins Islands and Cap d’Antibes the iconic casino building is being transformed into an upscale entertainment hub for the city of Cannes.

The official opening is scheduled for May 2020 but The Palm Beach’s restaurant, nightclub and the private beach are already operational. Plans include adding meeting space as well as additional fine dining facilities. The new owners even hope to re-open the underground swimming pool.