May, 2011

May 11

Where the Stars Check-In at Cannes

Hollywood has taken its annual working holiday to French Riviera for the International Cannes Film Festival and when the stars roll into town, more often than not, they check in to the glitzy Carlton Cannes International.



The Belle Epoch palace that is the Carlton Cannes has long been associated with the film festival and is the place to see and be seen in Cannes. The high-wattage hotel has sweeping views of the bay, a pool, casino, and gastronomic glamour at the seventh-floor La Belle Otero.






A veritable mother ship for decades of visiting movie moguls and super-celebs, its also a star in its own right having been the location for Hitchcock heist movie, To Catch a Thief, starring Cary and Grace Kelly.  During the film’s release at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier for the first time, at the Prince’s request. They married the following year in what was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century”.






The Cannes Carlton has a long list of celebrities who are regular clients and as a tribute to its illustrious guests, the hotel has named some of its most prestigious suites after celebrated celebrities, the Sean Connery and Sharon Stone suites are just two of the options.


The Sophie Marceau Suite


This year, Jack Black and Rachel MacAdams have been spotted in the lobby, as has Dustin Hoffman. Jamie Foxx, Kanye West and Lady Gaga have all performed there during the 2011 festival and Brangelina and their family are also said to have a set-up camp in a stunning sea-view suite.



May 11

The Royal Honeymoon Begins!

Well the secret’s out! It seems the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have jetted off to beautiful, and molto romantic, Seychelles for their honeymoon. We just knew that Kate’s bikini buying pointed to some upcoming fun in the sun – girls don’t buy beautiful beachwear for a splash in the local swimming pool! I’m so glad that they’ve not waited too long, there’s nothing sweeter than heading off on honeymoon while you’re still basking in the happy glow of your wedding day. And I do hope now that they will be able to spend the next two weeks just as every other honeymooning couple would – happy, together, and ALONE.





The world’s favourite couple tried to slip away quietly yesterday only to have their cover blown by the loose-lipped Seychelles tourist board who obviously couldn’t contain their excitement. St. James’ Palace is, of course, remaining tight-lipped.


This island of Mahe, where the royal couple touched down in the Seychelles













Rumour has it that the royal couple visited the Indian Ocean paradise in 2007, and it was here on their make-it-or-break-it holiday that they vowed to stay together forever, aaww. The main contender for the royal honeymoon hotel is the private island lodging, Desroches. This little drop scone in the sea is ringed by white sands, coral reefs and baby blue sea. There are only and handful of luxury beach villas hidden amidst verdant greenery, but the royal couple are bound to have bagged the Presidential Villa. Tastefully decorated in dark woods and soothing vanilla tones, featuring a four-poster bed, large dining and entertainment area, and  – honeymoon heaven! – an outdoor bathing area with monsoon shower. The villa also comes equipped with its own butler, chef and private swimming pool.




The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted buying some swimwear from high-street store, Goldenpoint, and is said to have opted for a black and white bikini and this cute pink two-piece. Kate is also said to be packing a selection of evening dresses from the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer range.



The royal honeymoon is not the only trip coming up for the dynamic duo, Canada is next on the cards, followed by a trip Hollywood to visit Wills’ pal, David Beckham so even if we don’t see them for the next fortnight – and hopefully we won’t – they’ll be plenty of opportunity to spot the happy couple this summer.

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