Absolutely Fabulous: Where to find the Bubble Palace and those plush hotels

Fancy a dip in that divine pool, darling?

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In their big-screen debut, Patsy and Eddy head to some, well, fabulous locations.

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While the TV series mostly took place in Eddy’s flat, the movie sees Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley’s decadent duo living it up on the Cote d’Azur after fleeing London.

“Patsy and Eddy are wildly hedonistic creatures and to them the South of France is a sort of nirvana,” explains producer Jon Plowman.

“It’s got all the ingredients for their sort of good life: yachts, sea, sun, booze, hotels that are beyond the dreams of ordinary mortals where drinking huge amounts of champagne before breakfast is absolutely the done thing. It’s the life that they have been looking for since 1991, when we made the first pilot for the series.”

So where are those hotels and how much does it cost ordinary mortals to stay there? We did a little investigating…


Hotel Martinez

You’ll spy the plush foyer and terrace of this 5-star hotel, which presides over the exclusive Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes. Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders are small fry compared to the Hollywood A-listers who descend on the hotel during Cannes’s annual film festival.

It has 409 rooms, including 27 suites and one of the largest suites in Europe. It also boasts a 2-star Michelin restaurant, spa and private beach. Hotel Martinez is just one of several luxury hotels that line the boulevard, which overlooks the Bay of Cannes. There are also enough boutiques to sate even Eddy’s extravagant tastes. Look out for cameos from the Croisette and the beach, too.

Cheapest room available on Saturday 1 July: 400 euros 

Address: 73, Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes

For more information, go to: cannesmartinez.grand.hyatt.com


Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

20 minutes’ drive east of Nice is the millionaire’s peninsula: St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Built in 1908, it has 74 rooms, 24 suites, a villa, four restaurants, a spa, a pool and 17 acres of immaculate gardens and pine woods.

In the movie, you’ll glimpse the foyer and the swimming pool, which Saunders and Lumley had to themselves for a whole day. It’s not just any old pool: The Dolphin Club, as it’s known, has a stunning view of the Med and is filled with sea water heated to exactly 28 degrees.

Cheapest room available on Saturday 1 July: 2570 euros

Address: 71 boulevard du Général de Gaulle 06230

For more information, go to: fourseasons.com/fr/capferrat


Palais Bulles

That crazy villa belongs to French fashion designer Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace. It was built in 1984 and sits above the beach of Théoule-sur-Mer in the Esterel mountains.

“The villa has a glamour and a sort of exuberant bonkers-ness to it that we just thought was very Ab Fab,” explains the film’s production designer Harry Banks.

Sadly, Palais Bulles isn’t open to the public, so you’ll need to take a leaf out of Patsy’s book and schmooze your way in there.

Where: 33 boulevard de l’Estérel 06590

For more information, go to: palaisbulles.com


Villefranche-sur-mer

Finally, if you fancy following in Patsy and Eddy’s tracks and braving a car chase down narrow cobbled alleyways, head for Villefranche-sur-mer, a pretty town near Cap Ferrat. The harbour and gorgeous St Peter’s Chapel also make appearances.

Look out for Palais Bulles in the trailer:

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is in cinemas from 1st July

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