A red-carpet-worthy spa in Cannes
5 Treatment Rooms
The secret to getting through marathon high-profile events, like the Cannes Film Festival, with flawless skin is more than genetics — having a good skincare routine (and facialist) is just as important in France as red wine and cheese. And one leader on the luxury beauty front is Clarins, whose Spa Diane Barrière by Clarins at Hotel Barrière Le Majestic in Cannes is one of just two in France. Walk down the tucked-away corridor in the newer part of the grand 1920s hotel to reach an urban spa that feels much more like a sanctuary conveniently located on the famous Boulevard de la Croisette.
The famous red carpet is just steps away from the hotel, the very spot where you'll eye many celebs, and not just during the annual film festival. Luckily, the Cannes spa gives its signature star treatment to all of its clients, celebrity or not. Looking out at the hotel's gardens facing La Croisette, the 4,843-square-foot spa radiates natural light. The contemporary relaxation room is lined with dark hardwood floors, soft white walls and an inviting couch that stretches from one end of the space to the other. While waiting for a treatment or decompressing from a massage, you can spread out here in a Majestic robe sipping on fresh juice or tea and glancing at one of the cinema-themed books on the bookshelves.
Hotel guests can access the fitness area for free. (You can also book a personal training session with a coach if you need to keep up your fitness routine while on the road.) Take advantage of the complimentary amenities like the co-ed hammam, sauna and steam room, or book one of the beauty treatments ranging from manicures and pedicures to makeup and hair styling featuring luxe Leonor Greyl products.
Treatment rooms at the luxury spa embody the chic all-white look found in most of Cannes' clubs, both on and off the beach. Each of the five rooms, including two couples' suites with in-room showers, feature mood lighting that can be set to one of 15 colors, giving the space a different feel depending on the type of treatment you choose. Candles are also lit as the colored lights dim to create quite a soothing setting.
While some soothing massages on the menu are designed to provide jet lag relief or release energy through deep pressure, other treatments veer on the medical side using state-of-the-art technology. Don't worry — a personal spa coach will guide you through a customized treatment program. My Blend facial treatments start with a skin diagnosis on a digital tablet that analyzes your skin on the spot and designs a formula to help stimulate cell cycles and improve your complexion. Other spa options combine holistic and Asian elements in treatments designed just for the Majestic, including one sure to get you prepped for any event on the Croisette — the Red Carpet Signature Treatment, a facial that finishes with a long-lasting makeup look so you appear movie-star-fresh all evening long.