If you know NYLON, you should know Goldierocks--aka Sam Hall, the British DJ who has partied with everyone from Madonna to Jade Jagger (and made our ever-important It Girl list a few years back.
She's still making people dance at festivals around the world (not to mention hosting a weekly radio show), so who better to ask for an ultimate guide to Cannes? Especially since she'll be DJing at the Cannes Lions Festival today. "I've been to Cannes at least half a dozen times, but the south of France I've been going for the past six years," Hall explains.
In between shows--which aren't to be missed, since the blonde Brit says that "it's loads of parties on the beach and everyone's trying to compete with each other, which means that you'll have a really crazy time"--Hall's picked out a few of her must-see spots. And if you're not sure what to pack? "Just go for the classic south of France, European chic look--those images you see of vintage Italian films, with the big oversize sunglasses, floppy-brimmed hats, that goes so well. And sexy bikinis, beautiful caftans, and high heels are a must."
"The glorious thing about Cannes is that a handful of iconic French locations are all just a 30 minute drive from each other, so a day trip to Saint Tropez or dinner in Monaco is never out of the question."
Mas Provencal (243 Avenue Verdun, 06360 Eze)
"Probably the most romantic restaurant in the world. It's a living space, where the wall and ceiling is covered entirely in living plants. You feel like a fairy feasting in . Try the giant melted cheese!"
Iles de Lerins
In a hungover state, head on a boat trip to these little islands. Sainte-Marguerite and Sainte-Honorat are covered by eucalyptus and pine forests and are home to Fort Royal. Good for wondering and hiding from the city in the shade."
"This is the famous walkway along the beach. During Cannes Lions festival, maybe a hundred beach parties spring up, all competing for attention. Amazing live acts, free cocktails, and stuffed goodie bags. Try and get on as many guest lists as possible for the ultimate party hop, or simply take pitch overlooking one of the parties from the outside and witness Mark Ronson battling with Groove Armada.
Carlton Casino Club (58 La Croisette, 7th floor, Carlton Inter-Continental, Cannes)
"Wanna bag yourself a high baller? Head to the casino. It feels like being in a film, the billionaires of the world coming with money to burn. A spectacle in of itself, second only in brazenness to the Monaco Carlo Casino and the Billionaires Club in Monaco, a 20 minute drive away."
"The best way really to see the south of France is by yacht. Grab a glass of Laurent-Rerrier rose, lay back, and soak in the sunshine. My favorite yachts I've DJ'd on are the Mac Brew (for Richard Branson) and Talitha (for Rowan Atkinson)."
"Shopping the way only the French know how: luxurious, pampered shopping sessions at the some of the world's most exclusive boutiques, accompanied by more champagne and macarons."