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Why Monaco Continues To Be One Of The World’s Most Glamorous Destinations @Forbes

By Bridget Arsenault

Seemingly reserved for the upper echelons of society, Monaco has forever been a stomping ground for glitz and glamour. A picturesque microstate of opal, coral and periwinkle blue-coloured buildings, from the historic opera house – designed by Charles Garnier – the same architect behind Paris’s Palais Garnier, to the concentration of designer shops and the meticulously manicured gardens, there’s no shortage to see or do. Take in the summer air from the retractable roof of a fire-engine-red Ferrari or simply stare across the shimmering Mediterranean sea. And for the quintessential Monte-Carlo experience, decamp along the fabled Casino Square. The intricate Belle Époque building impresses both inside and out. 

Hôtel de Paris
Hôtel de Paris

Decadence is sewn into the lining of every experience in Monaco. Founded in 1864, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is truly just as its founder François Blanc imagined, a “hotel that surpasses everything”. In 2014, the iconic property closed in order to undergo an intensive four-year transformation, and today, the grande dame has returned. This palace hotel abuts the Casino and Opera House, as well as boasting the best position in Monaco to watch the F1 Grand Prix blister past. It’s somewhere you would have found Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Roger Moore among its regulars and now, you would be well-placed to walk past the likes of Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell or Julia Roberts. 

A view from the Princess Grace Suite
A view from the Princess Grace Suite HÔTEL DE PARIS MONTE-CARLO

The gorgeous and gilded interiors now house 207 rooms, 96 of which are suites. The design cues are classic with hints of modernity and with every contemporary technology you can imagine. Every room has a terrace, a brilliant addition considering Monaco’s bright and temperate year-round climate. The generous rooms feature white marble floors, Louis XVI-style furnishings and Murano glass chandeliers and lamps. It is worth noting that the Winston Churchill suite includes furniture that once belonged to the statesman himself. 

The American bar
The American bar HÔTEL DE PARIS MONTE-CARLO

Two of the most impressive suites in Europe if not the world sit in this hotel – the Princess Grace and the Prince Rainier III suites. Each multi-floored suite measures in at  close to 11,000 square feet and features a gargantuan terrace with an impressive outdoor pool and hot tub. Here the interiors and the exteriors compete, as the rooftop views are sublime. Inside the floor-to-ceiling windows let in reams of natural light and this palatial two bedroom suite with dressing rooms, two bathrooms complete with sauna and steam room, multiple lounges, a dining room and an office is unlike any other. The Princess Grace suite was designed with the support of the Monaco royal family, and it includes artwork and family photos, as well as her favourite literary and poetic works, all donated directly from the royal household’s private collection.

A sea view suite
A sea view suite HÔTEL DE PARIS MONTE-CARLO

For those seeking an alternative form of respite, the Themes Marins (connected to the hotel by a tunnel) is 75,000-square feet of heaven. The expansive facilities include a heated saltwater pool and a hammam and an extensive programme for preventative health care and wellness.

Le Grill is located on the eighth floor and offers a serious punch of Mediterranean views. The roof peels back providing a 360-degree panoramic view of the azure sea, fulfilling a wish of Maria Callas’s to dine overlooking three countries at once. And do not leave without trying one of the fluffy soufflés.

A new addition to the hotel is Ômer, the ground-floor garden restaurant. The intuitive design from Pierre-Yves Rochon is reminiscent of a  boat, made up of three distinct alcoves, as well as the spectacular casino-facing garden and terrace created by France’s preeminent landscape artist Jean Mus. Helmed by Alain Ducasse, inside you’ll find a contemporary twists on credible Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes are designed to be shared and combine the essential flavours of Greece, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as Morocco, Spain, Nice and Malta. Breakfast, however, is distinctly French, with baskets of teeming pastries and flaky delights. 

Of course, Alain Ducasse has long had a place at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo – thanks to his world-renowned three-Michelin-starred restaurant. From its hulking 30ft-high ceilings to its gold-gilded walls and Baccarat chandeliers, Le Louis XV is an impressive spot at every level. Also home to the world’s largest wine cellar, this icon of a dining establishment attracts everyone from Bond stars to lithe French ingenues.

A view of the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel
A view of the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel 

Not more than a 20 minute drive from the esteemed Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, you will find the property’s delightful sister hotel. The Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel has been a paean to society scene since the 1920s. Set amidst the whimsical Cap Martin coastline and sheltered under a blanket of green pines, this dolce vita property is the epitome of French glamour and charm.

Elsa
Elsa

Moments from the Monaco tennis club, there is no where better to book when the annual The Rolex Monte Carlo Masters rolls around.  part of the ATP World Tour Masters, this elite competition brings the world’s best male professional players to Monaco. Over the years, this clay-court competition has been won by such talented players as Gustavo Kuerten, Cedric Pioline, Andrei Chesnokov, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Guillermo Coria, Ivan Lendl, Novak Djokovic and the unrivalled Rafael Nadal, who won the tournament 8 times in a row from 2005 to 2012.

Monte-Carlo Beach Double Suite
Monte-Carlo Beach Double Suite

Open from March to October, the Monte-Carlo Beach blends French chic with Californian style. First opened in the 1920s, it was the legendary architect Roger Seassal who designed this now historic marmalade-coloured hotel.

And it was the chimerical Parisian designer India Mahdavi whose recent overhaul of the design has brought the hotel into its next phase. Frescoes inspired by Matisse and Cocteau decorate the walls of the 40 individually designed rooms and suites. An upmarket beach property, you’ll find soft white furnishings and Breton stripes punctuating the room and restaurant designs. The superior rooms have a terrace with steps down to La Vigie promenade – giving a sense of space and scope. And if you have time head outside and dangle your feet over hotel’s private jetty or do a lap across the Olympic-sized outdoor pool.

The Riviera’s finest sea vistas are gulped in from Le Deck restaurant, an idyllic outdoor spot serving salads and grilled fish or for a more laissez-faire experience pull up a table at La Pizzeria, for a crispy organic focaccia and a piquant pizza.

The true culinary wow factor happens at Elsa, the world’s first 100 percent organic Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect old-school charm – waiters in white dinner jackets – and a menu of unending delights. Expect a rainbow of colours and flavours on your plate and a focus on local, seasonal produce almost goes without saying. Breakfast is outstanding, a beautiful buffet of succulent meats and cheeses alongside an extensive hot menu made-to-order.

Health and wellness is a big part of the conversation here, most of which takes place in the spa – a separate terracotta-coloured building – 80 metres squared dedicated to all things wellbeing. Inside you will find  three massage cabins, a hammam, and a host of treatments and programmes designed by La Prairie and eco-certified Ymalia treatments.

A place to show off, splurge and be seen, of course Monaco is all of these things, but it also proves an exciting getaway destination with heaps to do – from the tennis to the F1 racing to the Longines Global Champions equestrian tour – all while ending the day off at an extraordinary hotel truly fit for a king.

The Spa at the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel
The Spa at the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel 

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The 65th annual Rose Ball, imagined design concept by Karl Lagerfeld, will be held on Saturday, 30th March 2019 @montecarlosbm

The Rose Ball was created by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1954. It is organised every year in March by the Monte-Carlo SBM Group in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

The 65th annual Rose Ball, imagined design concept by Karl Lagerfeld, will be held on Saturday, 30th March 2019 in the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

  • Place: Salle des Étoiles
  • Dress code: Black tie and evening dress
  • Doors open: 20:00
  • Fully booked : (on waiting list)

A social gathering

This exceptional event brings together the elite and international high society for the first important social event of the year. For just one evening, it bathes the Principality in splendour and lights, plunging it in an ambience of radiance and festivity.

Currently presided by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince Albert II and H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, the Rose Ball is a symbol of glamour that maintains the fascinating Monte-Carlo legend that it has helped create. The aura is such that it attracts many people who wish to be part of the dream and enchantment of Monaco.

A Ball between tradition and modernity

A radiant spectacle in a fabulous decor, the Rose Ball has a different theme each year with artists and new trends. Big names help organise the creative aspects of the event, bringing their talents to life on the stage in an almost dreamlike ambience to the delight of spectators.

A fundraiser for the Princesse Grace Foundation

The Ball isn’t just a simple social event or another pretext to have a party. It is first and foremost an internationally recognised charity event with all proceeds and other exceptional prizes (sculptures, paintings etc.) going to the Princess Grace Foundation since 1964. This foundation’s vocation is to help people and children in need by developing humanitarian and philanthropic projects.

For more information visit Monte Carlo SBM website here

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60 Minutes goes “Inside Monaco” @monacolife_

By Cassandra Tanti – March 18, 2019

CBS News Anderson Cooper reports from the country with the most multi-millionaires per square foot and no income tax

A utopia. A myth. A perfect society. That’s how Monaco has been described in a new 60 Minutes story that aired across the globe this weekend. In his report, journalist Anderson Cooper highlighted the positive perspective locals have of the Principality, while adding his own impression of Monaco as a “country club rather than a country” and Prince Albert as its “luxury landlord”.

Screenshot 60 Minutes report with Anderson Cooper

American television network CBS aired the 60 Minutes segment, titled Inside Monaco: the ultimate playground for the rich, on Sunday 17th March. In it, Anderson Cooper interviews a number of Monaco personalities: Steven Saltzman, Yann-Antony Noghès, Pieter van Naeltwijck, Flavio Briatore and, of course, Prince Albert of Monaco.

“Monaco is a utopia,” says Steven Saltzman from the back of a speeding boat, “It’s a country with no sovereign debt, where about 100 nationalities live together, protected in peace by a planet-loving prince. It’s a perfect society.”

But he was, somewhat, in awe of the legendary lifestyle of Monaco. “It feels as much like a country club as a country,” says the iconic journalist.

Monegasque national Yann-Antony Noghès with Anderson Cooper

Cooper touches on the hot topic of taxes and the perception that Monaco is a tax haven, but that is rebuffed by Saltzman, who responds: “We pay our sales tax. We pay our property tax. We pay our tax on our employees and corporate profits. They don’t need more taxes.”

Cooper concedes that: “Prince Albert has pushed to get the country in line with nearly all international banking regulations.”

Anderson Cooper spoke with Prince Albert

The 14-minute report is quite comprehensive, covering everything from housing and security, to the Monaco Grand Prix and Princess Grace.

Anderson Cooper ends his report: “In this age of instability, uncertainty and inequality, it may seem strange this odd oasis of opulence still exists. But Monaco wants you to forget about all that. Have some champagne, enjoy the party, why worry? From here, the rest of the world is far, far away.”

Read the full article from Visit Monaco here and see the full report from 60 Minutes here

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Yacht Club de Monaco signs partnership with Nobiskrug @yachtclubmonaco

In the context of its La Belle Classe Academy training centre, set up to boost and promote development of yachting professions, the Yacht Club de Monaco has signed a partnership with German shipyard Nobiskrug.

19 February 2019

Founded in 1905, Nobiskrug is recognised as one of the most innovative yacht builders of recent years, a prime example being the 143m sailing yacht A. Delivered in 2018, she has won numerous awards for her revolutionary design and state-of-the-art technologies, such as the hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system and underwater observation pod. The next project to come out of the yard is Artefact, due to be delivered in 2019, another yacht bristling with new technology.

Innovation is a value Nobiskrug and the Yacht Club de Monaco share, as evidenced by the participation of a boat developed by this prestigious yard to compete in the 6th Solar and Energy Boat Challenge, organised by the YCM from 2-6 July 2019.

A key objective of this unique powerboat competition is to give free rein to the creativity of student engineers, combined with the experience of the shipbuilding industry. The goal is to design, build and optimise new propulsion methods for tomorrow’s yachting, using only clean energy sources.

Nobiskrug is also aware of the need to help the younger generation develop and realise their dreams, and is showing support for the Monaco Sport Academy. Established on the initiative of YCM member Philippe Ghanem, this Academy has access to all the YCM Sports Section and La Belle Classe Academy facilities for its mission, which is to encourage the sporting, personal and professional development of talented young athletes.

It is through partnerships that the YCM intends to strengthen its vision to position Monaco as Capital of Yachting.

For more information go to Yacht Club De Monaco here

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Winter Chic Party at the Casino Café de Paris! @MonteCarloSBM

The chicest parties in Monaco on Friday, February 1st

Many of you immersed yourselves in the dazzling extravagance of the 1920s at the Roaring Twenties party on 23 June. 

Save the date: Casino Café de Paris has a surprise lined up for Friday 1 February 2019…  Informations :

  • Date: Friday 1 February 2019
  • Party reserved for My Monte-Carlo members from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Party open to the public from 9 pm
  • Subject to membership in the program My Monte-Carlo
  • ID Card required

Winter is chic in Monaco and Casino Café de Paris, in the heart of the Principality, is the perfect backdrop for an evening where winter goes hand in hand with festivities and savoir-faire!  

Casino de Paris is the epitome of partying, gambling and elegance – from the Place du Casino to your favourite fruit machine!  

To take part and get exclusive benefits, sign up to the My Monte-Carlo programme now free of charge. 

My Monte-Carlo is the loyalty programme for Monaco casinos. Earn My Points or Loyalty Points to discover an exclusive and intimate side of Monte-Carlo.

For more information from Monte Carlo SBM click here

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Royal Suites of Monaco @PeakLife

Royal Suites of Monaco promoting sustainable Tourism

Well-known for its extravagance, Monaco is home to some of the most exclusive and beautiful hotel suites in the world. Despite leading the way with its ‘Green is the New Glam’ sustainability campaign to make the Principality carbon neutral by 2050 and promote sustainable tourism, Monaco has lost none of its glamour. Some of the top suites in the world are located in the Principality, and Visit Monaco is pleased to share its pick of four of the best:

Diamond Princess Grace Suite at Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo

The most exclusive and extraordinary suite in the entire Riviera, the Diamond Princess Grace Suite at the Hotel De Paris opened in 2017 and is the epitome of sophistication. The vast two-floor, 910 square-metre suite pays tribute to its namesake who left her mark on the history of the Principality through her elegance, refinement, and generosity. With two bedrooms, three walk-in wardrobes, two lounges, a living room, dining room, kitchen, swimming pool, hammam and sauna, an office and spectacular terraces offering a 180° view of the Mediterranean, this is one of the most sought-after suites in the world. Its EUR30,000-a-night price tag comes with helicopter transfers, in-suite concierge service, complimentary mini bar, wine cellar and open bar, a dedicated private room at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo in winter, a tentat the Monte-Carlo Beach Club in summer and much more.

Hotel Metropole – Carre D’or Suite

The Carre D’or Suite at The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is a symbol of luxury and charm. Located on the top floor of the prestigious hotel, the exceptional 150 square metre apartment is exquisitely decorated with rich fabrics and wallpapers and houses a spacious living room, large bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, and voluminous marble and gold bathroom. Outside, a 110 square metre terrace offers some of Monaco’sbest and the most exclusive views of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, its garden and the Mediterranean Sea. Nightly rates at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s CarreD’r Suite start from £8,000 per night.

The Fairmont Monte-Carlo Grand Prix Suites

The Fairmont Monte-Carlo has three VIP suites inspired by formula one legends, Sir Stirling Moss, Jean Alesi, and David Coulthard. Racing fans can get close to their heroes in these suites with the legends’ personal racing memorabilia including race suits, helmets, and autographed books and photos on show. For the ultimate VIP experience, guests with deep pockets should consider booking during the Grand Prix when suites offer arguably the best seats in the Principality. Overlooking the famous F1 Fairmont Hairpin bend, the slowest turn of the entire F1 Championship, and the Louis II tunnel, guests are literally on top of the action as the hotel shakes while the cars speed underneath. Nightly rates for the Fairmont Monte-Carlo’s Grand Prix Suites are available upon request.

Hotel Hermitage – Princely Diamond Suite

Hotel Hermitage’s Three-Bedroom Princely Diamond Suite, from EUR25,000 a night, is 330 square metres with three terraces, a living room, three bathrooms, and three dressing rooms. Highlight services included with this exclusive suite are a personal housekeeper to assist with unpacking and packing of cases, a private butler, and a limousine at guest’s beck and call for trips in Monte-Carlo. With a Michelin star restaurant located within the hotel and free access to the casinos, private Monte-Carlo SBM beach, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa and more, VIP guests will not be short of things to do in the Principality.

Learn more from PEAKLIFE here

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Enjoy a chic brunch at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo @MonteCarloSBM

Every Sunday, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo invites you to discover its Champagne brunch buffet

Every Sunday, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo offers a chic brunch experience under the majestic cupola of the hotel’s Eiffel Mezzanine.Information

  • Every Sunday from 9 December 2018 to 31 March 2019 inclusive (except 23 and 30 December)
  • From 12:30 to 16:00
  • Price: €105 per person, including all the champagne you can drink
  • Price: €53 per child for children ages 6 to 12
  • Free for children age 5 and under
  • In partnership with Ruinart

Every Sunday, Chef Benoit Witz and his teams invite you to an enjoyable gourmet brunch experience with champagne.

Soak up the atmosphere infused with a Parisian spirit like the cupola designed by Gustave Eiffel. It’s the perfect place to savour a plentiful and delicious buffet, complete with live cooking, with friends and family.

Children especially will love this Sunday family experience and the ‘kids buffet’ is laid out with them specifically in mind, not to mention the playroom, all of which will make for a fun and festive Sunday. 

Many delicious surprises await!

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A magical outing for all the family! @VisitMonaco

From Friday 7 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019, Port of Monaco

As every year, experience a unique atmosphere with free activities, festive decorations and magical entertainment to celebrate the seasonal holidays in Monaco, at the Christmas Village in Port Hercule.


• Monaco illuminated
• Christmas market: 25 chalets with gift ideas
• Food stalls – lunchtime and evening
• Rides for children and adults
• Big wheel with panoramic views
• Open-air skating rink
• Creative workshops for children
• Free shows
• Parades, etc.

Opening times:
Christmas market, skating rink and entertainments daily from 11 am:
• from Sunday to Thursday : from 11 am to 9 pm
• Friday and Saturday;: from 11 am to 10 pm

Special days:
• 24 December: from 11 am to 7.30 pm
• 25 December and 1 January: from 2.30 pm to 10 pm
Possible opening from 11 am
Access to the village is free, but there is a charge for the attractions.
Free parking available nearby.

Information: 
Tel.: (+377) 93 15 06 03
Email : animation@mairie.mc

Read the full article from Visit Monaco here

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Halloween 2018 at Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo @MonteCarloSBM

On Wednesday, 31 October, spooky creatures will overrun Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo, where Asian fusion cuisine, creatively carved pumpkins and other creations by our chefs will commingle.

Information
  • Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
  • Time: from 18:00
  • Place: Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo

Are you ready for this year’s special Halloween party at Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo? Get spooked with this year’s haunted house theme!

During this deliciously eerie evening, zombies, terrifying night creatures and haunted trees will take over the restaurant. Take a good look at the curious-looking pumpkins and vote for the best one: you may win a meal for two!

To celebrate Halloween, Chef Eric Guillemaud and World Sushi Cup second-place winner Wagner Spadaccio invite you to try, in addition to the menu, their deliciously spooky dishes specially prepared for this occasion.

The one and only DJ PAPA will be on the decks for the evening.

For more information from @MonteCarloSBM click here