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How to Spend a Million Dollars at Cannes Film Festival

Live luxuriously during the star-studded festival by chartering a private jet from New York, renting a personal stone villa and sipping on a $34,400 bottle of champagne.
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The sun-kissed, highbrow beach town of Cannes in the French Riviera has served as the French elite’s stomping grounds for decades. While the Cannes Film Festival debuted in 1946, Hollywood didn’t fully take notice until the 1950s when stars like Kirk Douglas, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot graced the festival’s red carpet. Since, the annual festival has become iconic for big spenders, notorious for champagne baths on mega-yachts, throwing wild events at exclusive nightclubs and of course, attending celebrity-studded movie screenings. Here’s a millionaire’s (and billionaire’s) guide to going big during the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.

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1. Charter a private jet from New York City

From New York City, a Gulfstream GIVSP, booked through Hollywood-favored Clay Lacy Aviation, seats up to 13 with divans that transform into double beds.

Gulfstream GIVSP private jet with Clay Lacy Aviation for three nights: $225,000

2. Rent a stone villa in La Colle Sur Loupe hills

While A-listers shack up at top hotels like the Martinez and the Majestic Barriere, rooms sell out months in advance. Among the best private home rentals in the area is a 850,000-square-foot stone-built Provencal estate which has been favored by directors and celebrities alike thanks to a private pool and tennis courts, spa with Moroccan hammam, cinema room and private gardens with a small lake. The 9-bedroom/8-bathroom private home is available with Home Away, a vacation-rental marketplace that recently launched a micosite offering luxury homes approved by travel company Andrew Harper.

Private 9-bedroom estate with Home Away: $107,000

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3. Baller up with a private yacht

A trip to Cannes Film Festival isn’t official without throwing exclusive events on an extravagant yacht. A weekly yacht charter alone can run up to $1.3 million. The fairly new, 215-foot Imagine (built in 2011) starts at a somewhat more reasonable $643,600 for the week. With seven spacious double cabins for 14 guests, the multi-deck yacht was designed by famed British yacht designer Tim Heywood and is equipped with a pool, Jacuzzi, massive sundeck and 16 crew members.

Imagine rental for the week with B & Y Charters: $643,600

4. Exclusive Cristal Roederer Brut at Nikki Beach

Lifestyle brand Nikki Beach, known for raucous parties with socialites and celebrities alike, is returning to Cannes for its 12th consecutive year with two pop-up Nikki Beach locations: Nikki Beach La Plage (located on the beach of the Carlton) and Nikki Beach Le Petit Bar by Grey Goose (located in the Carlton’s lobby). Celebrities like Tilda Swinton, Robin Thicke, Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Naomi Watts have all made cameos. There are no set prices for VIP tables but final bills can reach five digits. The most expensive champagne offered is Cristal Roederer Brut, Methuselah, at $34,400 per bottle.

Four bottles of Cristal Roederer Brut: $137,600

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5. Reserve private tables at VIP Room

Guests who can actually get on the list for VIP Room, one of Cannes’ most famous nightclubs, are guaranteed to rub elbows with A-list celebrities. This year’s hosts include Jamie Foxx and Rosario Dawson, while top artists like Snoop Dogg and DJ Ruckus are slated to perform. VIP Room rivals Baoli and Cosy Box) as an exclusive after-hours spots, and is one of the most expensive for private tables. Prices average $3,000 but depending on the volume of liquor bought and table reserved, guests can spend up to more than $20,000.

Table at VIP Room: $20,000

6. Rent a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Make like Kanye West, who was spotted at Cannes in his 75 Mercedes McLaren SLR Stirling Moss in 2011, and rent a flashy vehicle. Cars available through AAA Luxury & Sports Car Rental in the French Riviera include a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. It’s the most expensive Rolls Royce model at $570,000 (David Beckham owns one), and the convertible sports a 6.8-liter, V-12 engine with 460-hp and 531 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. It can go from 0 to 60 pm in less than 6 seconds, and the craftsmanship is a stunner.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe for five days at $4,800 per day: $24,000

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7. Splurge at Two-Michelin-Starred La Palme d’Or

La Palme d’Or at Hotel Martinez is the most awarded, two-Michelin-starred hot spot on the French Riviera and home to the Cannes Jury dinner every year (which this year includes president Jane Campion and members Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal among others). Helmed by executive Christian Sinicropi, La Palme d’Or offers seasonal, Mediterranean/French-inspired menus with a six-course “collection” menu for $282 per person.

Dinner for six at La Palme d’Or at $282 per person: $1,692

8. Enjoy the Grand Prix aboard a super yacht

Just down the shore and coincidentally overlapping the dates of the film festival, The Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix 2014 will be taking place on May 25. Chartered by Prestige Yachts and Properties Limited, the 164-foot, tri-deck super yacht La Pelligrina (named after the famous necklace Richard Burton bought Elizabeth Taylor) will host a number of events during the race weekend, including fashion shows, live music by Grammy winner DJ Sammy, viewings of the competition and an exclusive sneak-peak of Porsche’s new 918 Spyder. The guest of honor will be Mandla Mandela, the eldest grandson of late Nelson Mandela. Tickets start at $4,800 per person, and a VVIP Yacht Hospitality Package for $103,200 includes a private flybridge for up to 12 guests, a 12-L Balthazar bottle of champagne per day (in addition to unlimited drinks), three-course dinners and exclusive use of a beach club.

Hospitality Package aboard La Pelligrina: $103,200

Total Spend: $1,262,092

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