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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.

MillionaireAsia India - - Contents - By Rama Ahuja

– 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.

Mu­se­ums

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.

Yacht­ing

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

Oceano­graphic Mu­seum

Suite Carré d, Ho­tel Metropole MC

Yacht Show

Ja­panese Jardin

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