Published on June 20, 2023Updated on June 20, 2023
A legendary destination on the Riviera between France and Italy, Monaco and its remarkable heritage have been charming visitors since the Belle Epoque. From palaces to luxury hotels, its legendary locations immerse us in the art of living like few other places. But the Principality has lots of other things to offer too. Its enchanting coastline is all breathtaking panoramas, idyllic beaches and pools, water sports and more. Succumb to la dolce vita in your relaxing haven on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Monaco is a tiny diamond on the Riviera that is always looking out onto the ocean in every sense of the expression. In the shade of pine trees or on restaurant terraces, the azure blue of the Mediterranean is the backdrop to every moment you spend in the warmth of the southern sun, never too far from the ocean. Here, we take the time to enjoy life and celebrate the good weather that accompanies most days in the Principality. Every moment is worth savouring. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, a 4-star hotel set on the Larvotto peninsula, radiates a chic and relaxed atmosphere everywhere, from its paradise gardens to its heavenly lagoon. Take a dip in the protected waters of the Sea Bay or spend an afternoon relaxing in the shade of a Balinese-style four-poster bed by the pool and you will feel time melting away. The sun and warm sand are there to greet you at the private Monte-Carlo Beach, which looks so elegant with its stripy canvas huts. With its Olympic swimming pool, legendary diving board and its relaxing water sports centre, this 5-star boutique hotel feels like a villa on the sea and enchantingly promises an experience equal parts chilled-out and glamorous.
You can enjoy all the pleasures of beach life in Monaco. Take the time to eat on a terrace looking out over the sea. Whether you choose luxury gastronomy or somewhere a little more down-to-earth, expect a ravishing experience for body and soul. For an exceptional dinner, head out on a magnificent culinary journey guided by two-Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin. His cuisine, like an ode to life and nature, speaks to us of the 5 elements and is increasingly innovative, generous and sincere. Another poetic option: the delicate score, a tribute to nature, by chef Mélanie Serre at Elsa restaurant.
Beach life in Monaco invites you to take some time out with friends in oceanside bars and clubs. There is always something worth celebrating during “chic & chill” afternoons at the new Club La Vigie Monte-Carlo, a little paradise ringed by the dazzling blue sea accessible by boat - what better way to take in the Mediterranean! Monaco’s maritime culture also gives visitors the opportunity to experience the carefree spirit of the 1960s during chic, cosy evenings at Maona Monte-Carlo. Mixology and live music combine to keep you dancing all night long.
If you are looking for fusion cuisine, a pisco bar and a hip ambiance, head to COYA Monte-Carlo, or for beautiful people and cutting-edge music try Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo nightclub… at the water's edge, at the water's edge, the art of partying is intensely lived in Monaco.
One of the things that make Monaco so special is that, in just a few yards, you can go from a delicious seaside atmosphere to the beating heart of a city filled with treasures, legendary tales and famous destinations. While the Principality is known for its Prince’s Palace (which is always a genuine delight to visit), it also offers superb cultural options such as the Oceanographic Museum, the Villa Paloma, and the various art galleries dotted around the city. A stroll around the La Condamine district is also highly recommended thanks to its beautiful traditional streets and lively market, making it the place to go for a taste of the real Monaco and a few local specialities to nibble on as you go. And we mustn’t forget Hercule Harbour, which is the venue for so many events and attractions. Exquisite walks and natural oases also give you a glimpse of the city’s soul, with the latter including the exotic garden, Japanese garden, Princess Antoinette Park and the zoo.
The iconic Monte-Carlo district fans out around the famous Place du Casino. Take the time to admire its sumptuous Belle Epoque buildings and the gorgeous cars that weave their way around it. The Casino de Monte-Carlo and the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo have a seductive elegance that reflect Monaco's grand history. Step inside to feel the thrill of the card tables or the buzz of a prestigious concert. The iconically luxurious Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo runs majestically around the square. Its international reputation is matched only by its extraordinary services, which are both exceptional in nature and highly luxurious. Just a stone's throw away, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and its Belle Epoque architecture are every bit as fascinating. Connoisseurs appreciate it for its refined atmosphere and strong sense of romance. Both experiences let you celebrate the finer things in life in total comfort.
Here, around the Place du Casino, you will be able to drink in all the passion that accompanies life in Monaco. From the Red Cross Gala to outstanding concerts and sumptuous festive decorations, there is always something going on.
This essential part of local social life also glitters with star-studded tables. The Louis XV – Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris, the Grill or Pavyllon by Yannick Alléno are just some of the highly popular names, all of them full of surprises and creative ideas.
Monaco is an open-air city. One key meeting spot is the terrace of the legendary Café de Paris Monte-Carlo. The brasserie has a new chef and will soon return to its historic location, writing a new page in its illustrious history. In the next few months, Monaco will also see the launch of a new nightlife concept that is turning heads and making hearts skip a beat, Amazonico. It has already proved a hit in Madrid, London and Dubai.
The area around the Place du Casino in the heart of Monaco's Carré d'Or district is also the place to shop for fashion, jewellery and fragrances by top designers. Balenciaga, Cartier, Gucci, Hermès and Prada are just some of the beautiful brands you will find in One Monte-Carlo.