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Carpets are red, sky is blue, Cupid's in Cannes

...and so are you! Top romantic hotspots for Valentine's Day 2017

Jo Morgan | Cannes Reporter | Published: 20th January 2017

Make the most of Valentine’s Day with a romantic mini-break in glamorous Cannes. With its grand Art Deco hotels, fine restaurants and stunning scenery, there are few cities on earth more conducive to romance than this glittering gem on the Mediterranean. 

A lazy breakfast in bed in your sea-view hotel room, relaxing with a couple’s massage at a luxury spa, or dining at decadent Michelin-star restaurants, Cupid has plenty in store for you. If you can tear yourself away from all the pampering, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun activity together- whether it’s exploring the local flower markets, going on a wine tour or even heading up to the nearby ski fields. 

Here are our top picks for making your Valentine’s Day in Cannes one you’ll remember forever. 

Where to Stay

You’ll find quite a few Valentine’s specials on offer in Cannes, with romantic deals including free couple’s massages and in-room welcome packages including bottles of champagne, flowers and chocolates. Some hotels are also offering meals into the bargain, so definitely shop around. 

Having said that, there are some standout properties in Cannes that really deserve your attention. Going for five-star luxury; be enthralled by a weekend escape at the Hotel Carlton Intercontinental Hotel, that timeless haunt of film stars and royalty. Put champagne and flowers on the menu at the Tiara Miramar Hotel, or enjoy the best-kept secret in Cannes at the Five Seas Hotel

You could take the plunge at Hotel Splendid with a special 'Diving offer'...although this is February so it might be best to stick to the hotel spa and enjoy a massage instead! As well as being situated in the heart of Cannes, Hotel Le Canberra offers a lovely Valentines Day package that includes a romantic room, half bottle of champagne and rose petals over the bed. 

See our selection of Hotels in Cannes for more details. 

Hotel Tiara Miramar in cannes

Where to Eat

The hottest table in town on Valentine’s Day is without a doubt at the Carlton Restaurant. Dress up in your finery and get swept up in the glamour of days gone by as you enjoy Valentine’s Day brunch, lunch or dinner in the sumptuous surroundings.

For the ultimate in gourmet extravagance then head to one of Cannes’ best restaurants, the Michelin star Le Park 45 Restaurant at the Grand Hotel Cannes. They are open only for a select few days in February so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Have a fondness for desserts? Head to the Sea Sens Restaurant on the rooftop at Five Seas Hotel, where the World Pastry Champion will create masterpiece desserts for Valentine’s Day. 

If 5-star dining is out of reach, there are plenty of other great restaurants around Cannes, see our Cannes eating guide for details. 

food at Palme d'Or restaurant in Cannes

Where to Drink

For a quintessentially Cannes experience, put on your Sunday best and head to the piano bar at Hotel Grand Hyatt Martinez. This plush bar is a Cannes institution: Frank Sinatra and Madonna are just two of the stars who have sung here. There’s an afternoon tea each day from 3pm, and the live music starts at 7pm. 

For something a bit more low-key but also wonderfully atmospheric, rug up and take a front table at the iconic Le 72 Croisette Bar. Drink a cocktail and watch the world go by, then take a stroll under the stars before heading back to your warm hotel room.

Carlton bar in cannes

Where to be Pampered

This is a town with more spas than you can throw a Herme’s handbag at, so you’re spoilt for choice when it’s time to book your massage, body scrub or mud wrap. The 5 star hotels all have a great spa option, but my pick of the bunch is the Thalassotherapy spa at Radisson Blu hotel. For a 3-star option head to the spa at hotel Beau de Sejour, or you can avail yourself of one of the many massage and beauty services that will visit your hotel room. 

Clarins spa at Majestic Barriere in Cannes

What to do

Maybe you’d like to take a helicopter flight over the coast, marvelling at the Alps rising up behind, the medieval villages perched on hilltops near the sparkling Mediterranean- and of course the blanket of yellow mimosa flowers that carpet the rolling hills in the winter-time. 

Those who enjoy a Sunday afternoon drive should follow the Route du Mimosa to see the landscape in all its glory, stopping in a medieval village for lunch. 

For wine-lovers, the South is prime wine country, so you can drive to one of the local vineyards for wine tasting and lunch among the vines, or take a tour.

Jump on the ferry and head over to Cannes islands (Les Isles de Lerins) to enjoy the pine forest and crystal coves of pretty Sainte-Marguerite, or venture to Saint-Honorat for wine-tasting in the vineyard run by Cisterian monks. 

If the sun’s out, why not take in the beautiful coastal scenery along the stunning coastal walk around Cap d’Antibes.

Golf is a year-round activity in the mild climate of the Riviera, and there are some cracking golf courses in these parts. Royal Mougins Golf Club is a particularly swish affair- and you can enjoy a fabulous lunch in their restaurant overlooking the landscape.

Helicopter over the french riviera

Gifts & Preparation

Why not leave Hallmark in the dust and find one of those wonderful vintage postcards of Cannes to write a Valentine card, or go lingerie shopping in Cannes’ famous boutiques.

Head up into the perfume-scented hills of Grasse to make your own perfume for your love at the Galimard workshop. Cannes also has a wonderful flower market on a Sunday morning- perfect for decorating the hotel room or finding that perfect bunch of roses for Valentine’s morning. 

Rose petals on a bed

And if all else fails...head to a boulangerie to stock up on French pastries, and then drop by a chocolatier to fill a box with handmade chocolates and macarons. Make a final stop at the deli for local wine and cheese and then stroll back to your hotel room for a blissful afternoon. Sometimes all you need is French pastries, a bottle of good wine and someone you love.