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Five ideas for celebrating your birthday like you're in Monaco

Since big festivities are off the table for the moment, here are a few bright ideas for celebrating your birthday at home, Monte Carlo-style.

And for those who’ll be celebrating their birthday during the lockdown, we recommend replacing your ideal festivities with some new ideas designed to care of your own well-being, at least until events can be re-scheduled.  

Start your day with something nice

Imagine waking up at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, or the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort. Whenever a guest has a birthday, our team always has something nice prepared for this special day. So why not prepare yourself something nice to start off the morning, or let your partner know you’d like to get the ball rolling as soon as you wake up? This is, after all, a day for you to feel special. Even something as simple as a bouquet of seasonal flowers (like we provide our hotels), a small chocolate, a birthday card, or breakfast in bed, are important in this time of social distancing. For just a brief moment, these small, Monte Carlo-style touches will carry you away from the worries of the world, and make you feel like you’re away on holiday in Monaco.

You can also set aside some “you” time with one of our experts, who are live-streaming their sessions throughout this period. Whether it’s yoga, cooking, or art, enjoy a special moment to yourself. View our selection here.

 

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An at-home spa

Grab your best bathrobe and a few heavenly candles and settle into your bathroom, a place that will forever belong to you. To help you relax, here are a few, all-natural concoctions from Martine Malcape, Beauty Salon Manager at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, that will make you feel like you’re staying at a luxury spa in Monaco.

Regenerative, nourishing mask – packed with vitamins A, B & E | Ingredients: Half an avocado (very ripe), 1 spoonful of honey, 1 banana. Mix until creamy, leave on for 10 minutes. This soothing regimen is very effective for dry skin.  

Radiance mask – featuring mineral salts and vitamins | Ingredients: Egg, honey, lemon, and crème fraîche. Beat the egg whites, add 1 tbsp of liquid honey and 1 tbsp of crème fraîche. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse, then marvel at the instant, healthy glow!

You can find even more all-natural recipes here.

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A virtual happy hour with friends

In this time of social distancing, our relationships have never been more important. There’s also no shortage of niche social networks, with enough ideas to keep you entertained for hours—including challenges and games that will bring you those virtual human connections you crave. So how about a little happy hour challenge between friends, to see who can whip up the best cocktail? The Resort has plenty of trendy and chic ideas to help you out, including a few recipes from some of the best cocktail bars around. 

So grab your shakers and get ready to enjoy these Made-in-Monaco recipes!

  • You can also check out the three favourite cocktails of Khalid El-Hajraoui, head barman at the Hôtel de Paris’s Bar Américain, a veritable institution in Monegasque cocktail design.

 

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A home-made cake from a Michelin-starred chef

No birthday is complete without a birthday cake! For this special day, Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin has prepared a coco-pinapple dessert recipe that is sure to dazzle and delight your taste buds. 

You can find the recipe here.  

You can find even more recipes by pastry chef Nicolas Baygourry at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo here.

 

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Throw your own special bash

Let’s be honest, when you’re stuck at home, it can be easy to fall into a certain routine.  But since it’s your birthday, you deserve to make this day a celebration.  So go ahead and try on that fancy dress or that casual suit...and while you're at it, why not set the table for nice, lovely dinner? Table setting is an art form at our dining establishments, and a good opportunity for you to dust off your best china and an inject the kind of elegance your birthday needs.

For a bit of musical ambiance, check out this playlist by Nicolas Saad, a DJ at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort’s Blue Gin bar.

And finally, to add a bit of excitement to your evening, try hosting a casino party with your partner or family. Blackjack and Craps have something in common: they can be played with accessories we all have at home! You just need cards and dice to get your strategic brain working...So pick your favourite and play the night away! If you prefer a family night instead, then we’ve got a few traditional games that will take you back to your childhood and give you some nice, heart-warming moments with your loved ones. Check them out HERE

 

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In this time of social distancing, make your birthday the most beautiful house party you can. And for those of us at the Resort , we promise to do everything we can to give you the celebration you deserve.

In the meantime, happy birthday!

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