Emirates (www.emirates.com) flies from Dubai to Nice return from around Dh4,850. From Nice, book a Heli Air (www.heliairmonaco.com) transfer to Monte Carlo, which is a quick and spectacular seven-minute journey over the Med. As Monaco’s flag carrier, it also does pick-ups from the French and Italian Rivieras. For beautiful, spacious rooms, a Karl Lagerfield-designed restaurant and the occasional celebrity spotting, Hotel Metropole is very lovely indeed (www.metropole.com, rooms from Dh2,500 per night). The staff at the hotel are super-friendly – ask them to print you a Princess Grace tour map.
The writer travelled, stayed and ate courtesy of the Monaco Tourist Board (www.visitmonaco.com).