Some destinations you visit to see, and some that you want to be seen at. That’s the difference between any luxury destination across the world and the one of a kind; Principality of Monaco.
– A trip through Principality of Monaco, known for its upscale casinos, yachtlined harbour and Grand Prix motor race
When you feel a beautiful, balmy breeze from the Mediterranean Sea caress your face and hear the sound of laughter amidst the clinking of champagne flutes with the unmistakable roar of a Lamborghini or a Ferrari in the distance, and chance upon the visual of seagulls lazily gliding across the sky almost reaching out to the many charter jets that zip across azure blue skies, you know you have arrived in the playground of the rich and famous; Principality of Monaco. With over 300 days of sunshine and more than 700 unmissable, exclusive events all year round, a holiday in Monaco is an aspiration that most only dream of. Here are some mustdo experiences would make your time in Monaco not just memorable, but unforgettable.
Try your Luck
Unanimously the world’s favourite location for lovers of casino gaming, Monaco offers you a number of casinos to choose from. Whether you enjoy casino gaming or not, a visit Monaco’s biggest and most iconic casino; Casino de Monte-Carlo, is a must. Having opened its doors for the first time in 1863 the indulgent atmosphere here remains as it ever was. It’s history, legendary décor and full range of table games and slot machines are mesmerising to say the least. For an experience with a twist, embark on a tour of Monte Carlo Casino, where its secrets are revealed bit by bit to groups in a culture-packed tour. If you prefer a casual setting, Sun Casino is the perfect spot to enjoy non-stop parties and discover the latest table games. For the slot machine enthusiast in you, find your way to Casino Café de Paris, which with its two outdoor terraces is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Room with a View
With a total capacity of more than 2,600 rooms and suites, the fourteen luxury hotels the Principality of Monaco, literally spoil you for choice. While all the properties cherish the values of hospitality and take great pride in offering you personalised service, you will notice the classical and elegant Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, is a destination in itself. A stay in one of its signature suites in an experience of a lifetime. Suite Carré d’Or at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is located on the top floor of the hotel and comprises of a spacious living room, large bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and voluminous marble and gold bathroom. Its 110 sq. meter terrace offers you unrivalled views of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, its gardens and even the Mediterranean Sea. The Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel, on
other hand, is one of the largest hotels in Europe, boasting 602 guest rooms, residences and suites, three restaurants, a bar, 18 meeting rooms, shopping arcade, in-house casino, and unique wellness facilities. Its four racing suites offer you unparalleled access to breath-taking views of the legendary Fairmont Hairpin turn during Formula One’s famed Monaco Grand Prix. The latest being the suite dedicated to World Championship driver Ayrton Senna. Decorated with signed photos and memorabilia of Ayrton‘s six victories in Monaco, a stay in this suite is literally every F1 fan’s dream come true.
Not restricting itself to glitz and glamour alone, Monaco does in fact boast of some rather interesting museums. Built on
Having opened its doors for the first time in 1863, Monte Carlo Casino with its history, legendary décor and full range of table games and slot machines are mesmerising to say the least
the side of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum has been watching over the oceans for over a century. Dedicated to Art and Science, it offers you a unique learning experience know, love and protect the oceans. HSH The Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection is located on the Terraces de Fontvieille, and this exhibition brings together almost 100 classic cars of all ages, made by the large companies in Europe as well as America.
Café De Paris
Whether you’re visiting Monaco for the day on business or are amongst the lucky few to be staying in one of its grand hotels, a visit to Café De Paris is a must. In fact, no visit to Monaco can be complete without stopover at the iconic Café de Paris. Located right on the legendary Place du Casino, the café boasts
Embark on an exhilarating helicopter tour over the French Riviera from Monaco for fantastic aerial views of the magnificent Mediterranean coastline
of a décor that features Belle Époque style windows, recalling the old Parisian bistros thereby creating a bright and friendly atmosphere. At any hour of the day, whether for coffee, lunch, dinner or drinks, the Brasserie is the venue where you’ll find locals, tourists and businessmen converge. Its varied menu, classy decor huge, lively terrace make it an essential portof-call at all times of day.
Nightlife unlike any other
In times when most nightclubs don’t last for more than a couple of years, it’s quite telling that Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo has not only survived since it first started in 1970, but is stronger than ever. Thanks to its outstanding setting, electric atmosphere and cutting-edge programming, Jimmy’z is known as the temple of clubbing in Monte Carlo. Recently redone Jimmy’z boasts the best sound system in Europe, and offers you a unique sound experience with an edgy and eclectic line-up. The worldwide famous brand; Nikki Beach is located on the 7th floor of Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel and combines elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one. Overlooking the magnificent Riviera, here you can hobnob with celebrities, VIPs and yacht lovers as Nikki Beach at Fairmont is the hotspot of the Principality of Monaco.
One of a kind Perspective
While its always great to go see attractions up, close and personal, sometimes, seeing them from the sky can be a whole different ball game. Embark on an exhilarating 7-minute helicopter tour over the French Riviera from Monaco for fantastic aerial views of the magnificent Mediterranean coastline. Indulge in a bird’s eye view of the luxury yachts floating in Port Hercules, which was one filming locations of the James Bond movie, GoldenEye. See the Formula One Grand Prix racing circuit from above, and try to pick out the opulent Monte Carlo Casino. Simply gazing over the glittering Mediterranean Sea as you soar over the water, is magical in itself.
A Meal to Remember
Although Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, there is no dearth of outstanding restaurants to choose from. Overlooking the sea with luxuriously comfortable armchairs and an open Teppanyaki-style kitchen, Restaurant Joël Robuchon at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, offers you delectable Mediterranean-accented cuisine. Interestingly, the restaurant also offers a gluten-free and vegetarian menu for the health conscious. If you are craving some delicious fusion food, look no further than the Nobu Restaurant at the Fairmont Monte Carlo. Here you can indulge in traditional Japanese dishes with South American spices and aromas, in an elegant and cosy atmosphere featuring a magnificent bar, two exclusive private lounges and a unique terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. For some authentic Indian cuisine, find your way to Maya Jah; a newly opened restaurant that will charm you with its mouth-
watering flavours and admirable ambience. Their timeless recipes from different regions of India that include perfectly marinated kebabs, traditional curries and sweet Indian breads will certainly induce nostalgia of food back home.
Monaco is undoubtedly one of the greatest superyacht port of the world and needless to say, indulging in a luxury yachting experience is one of the finest ways to soak in its beauty. The annual Monaco Yacht Show is one of the Principality of Monaco’s iconic events since 1991, and an unmissable for the yachting aficionado in you. Here’s where the world’s most extraordinary superyachts and megayachts of the year are displayed. Billionaires and the leaders of the luxury yachting market congregate to admire, visit, and purchase outstanding one-off luxury vessels built by the world’s most respectful shipyards and meet with 580 of the world’s top yachting companies.
In Full Bloom
While Monaco is better known for its casinos, restaurants and fast paced lifestyle, a little known fact is that it boasts of some rather beautiful and well maintained gardens that captivate all of one’s senses. The Exotic Gardens and the Observation Cave brings together several million species of plants known as succulents and was opened in 1933. The plants not only bloom superbly, but also thrive to the admiration of botanists and garden aficionados alike. Its prehistoric cave reveals spectacular stalagmites and stalactites formed over the millennia! The Japanese Garden has been created by respecting the strictest principles of the Zen concept of compactness comes with a mountain, hill, waterfall, beach as well as a serene brook. The park is truly an authentic work of art and is a fantastic locale to relax and unwind in. Home to many species of exotic birds and animals, The Zoological Gardens were established in 1954 by Prince Rainier III and is home to over 250 animals including exotic birds, a black panther, a white tiger, hippopotamus, reptiles, primates, lemurians and more.
Restaurant Joel Robuchon
Table du Chef Restaurant Joel Robuchon
Terrasse Restaurant Joel Robuchon
Nikki Beach, Fairmont
Suite Carré d, Hotel Metropole MC