Some say that true tokens of love and affection are paramount! So wear your heart on your sleeve and come to Monaco for February 14—or whenever takes your fancy! We have come up with the ideal Valentine’s Day trip. Follow our guide…
Why not start your romantic getaway with an illicit affair...with the Mediterranean Sea, at Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s latest restaurant Ômer? Inaugurated last January on the garden floor of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo’s Rotonde wing, it is the perfect place to start your special day with a generous breakfast featuring fresh fruit juice, assorted pastries, honey-dipped French toast, and eggs whichever way you like them. The nautical-themed dining room offers stunning views over the Mediterranean, with the hotel’s majestic gardens nestled in the foreground. They have been designed by Jean Mus who is, in the words of the hotel’s director, “the great Mediterranean gardener”.
Stay in your own little bubble and continue to contemplate the sea as you head for the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo thermal baths, a haven of peace dedicated to wellbeing and the benefits of natural marine ingredients. In this amazing luxury health destination, the ethos of ancient thermal baths is masterfully combined with cutting-edge high-tech equipment. You can gaze out over Mediterranean from the heated seawater pool, or, better still, sip on a fresh fruit juice as you unwind in the terrace jacuzzi and look out at Hercule harbor below. You can also relax with your partner during a wellbeing session for two in one of the double beauty and body treatment cabins.
Now you have relaxed your body and mind, you are ready for your first gourmet tête-à-tête—or almost ready! There's just time for a quick little detour, so take your loved one by the hand and enjoy a stroll through the Petite Afrique gardens, before heading for the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo, a popular and lively address in Monaco ideally situated on the Place du Casino. Here, you can treat yourselves to a blissful lunch in quintessential French brasserie style, featuring the finest quality foods served on the sunlit patio or in the warm, elegant dining room. The menu includes a vanilla-infused foie gras parfait with balsamic berries, a traditional minestrone soup with basil, and a praline and dark chocolate dessert with raspberry confit and sorbet.
There are several ways to spend the afternoon meditating on your delicious lunch: Breathe in the fresh air of the Côte d’Azur as you browse creations by some of the biggest names in fashion, haute couture, perfume and jewelry. Céline, Alexander McQueen, Cartier, and Chanel await at the Monte-Carlo Shopping Promenade. Afterwards, escape to the heights of the Saint-Martin gardens on The Rock, or to the heart of the Fontvieille landscaped park or the Princess Grace Rose Garden. The delicate Japanese garden blooming in the shade of the Grimaldi Forum is also an ideal setting for a romantic stroll. Then add a bit of warmth to the day by popping in to the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, where the indoor pool is kept at 28°C and the outdoor infinity pool heated all year round.
As soon as the sun has dipped below the horizon, the Principality’s nightlife starts to stir. Now is the moment to think big and make your Valentine’s Day a break to remember! Of all the places that have made Monaco the legendary destination it is, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo’s Bar Américain is undoubtedly one of the most famous. Its elegant, subtly glamorous atmosphere, its smooth live jazz sessions and its signature cocktails have all contributed to the renown of this wonderful bar. Come and sample one of these unique, artistic creations and get the party off to the best of starts.
There are so many stars in this town… Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer's best restaurants will pull out all the stops to provide you with an utterly delicious romantic Valentine's Day dinner. Make sure you explore their sophisticated gourmet menus designed especially for you. The only tricky part will be deciding which starred restaurant to go for. How about the Blue Bay at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, where chef Marcel Ravin has imagined an audacious fusion of Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines? Or the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, where Benoît Witz’s Le Vistamar serves exceptional romantic meals in a Belle Époque dining room? Then there's the Louis XV - Alain Ducasse restaurant in the Hôtel de Paris run by the eponymous chef with his 20 Michelin stars, or Le Grill, whose recently starred kitchens are run by chef Franck Cerutti, and which offers perfect views over the Mediterranean from the Hôtel de Paris’ 8th floor.
Once you have worked your taste buds up into a frenzy, savor the hushed lounge ambiance of Le Blue Gin and its special Valentine’s Day cocktails. Defy the old saying “lucky at cards, unlucky in love” as you try your hand at the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Unless, that is, you would prefer a taste of the east with a final drink at the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo.
A Monaco fairy tale
Tonight is the night when princes and princesses have their ball: On February 14, fairy tales come to life at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo during the Grand Bal des Princes et Princesses. With the ladies dressed in ball gowns and tiaras and the gentlemen in white tie or ceremonial military uniform, this evening celebrates love and beauty, under the illustrious patronage of HSH Albert II of Monaco.