Published on February 27, 2019Updated on June 19, 2023
A wind of change is blowing in Monaco. The start of the year saw the opening of One Monte-Carlo, a new district nestled between the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and the Place du Casino. Shopping, culture, a conference center, luxury real estate: it offers the very best of each for a complete and totally exclusive experience. In some 60,000 m2 of space, you'll find…
#1 The biggest names in fashion and jewelry
Prada, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Valentino and Hermès - to name just a few! Haute couture, accessories, a hair spa, well-being... Beauty’s leading brands have taken up residence on a unique shopping promenade designed with public safety in mind. The experience continues in the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo’s jewelers’ courtyard. In this sublime open-roofed setting, Harry Winston, Graff and Stardust unveil their finest creations in all their sparkling glory. And just a few steps away, savor some delicious and sophisticated moments of well-being at the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.
#2 Real estate at its most luxurious
One Monte-Carlo is also an incomparable vacation destination with six top-end residential buildings. From superb quality parquet floors to marble bathrooms, marquetry doors and outstanding services —37 ultra-luxurious apartments are preparing to welcome occupants. Those enjoying apartments on the upper floors will love the incredible view over the Casino de Monte-Carlo, Hercule Harbour, the Prince’s Palace and Mediterranean Sea. Last but not least: don’t forget the private rooftop pools! The price per m2 reflects the prime location and architectural achievement, both of which have made it Europe’s most expensive residential building.
#3 An arty, cultural setting for the conference center
With around 1,445 m2 dedicated to business tourism and events, One Monte-Carlo is set to become a major venue for anyone organizing a seminar, a convention or a product launch. The legendary Salle des Arts has been reconstructed to exactly replicate its previous incarnation as a 301 m2 Art Deco hall accommodating 300 people. The conference center rooms have been given names such as Callas, Cocteau and Arman in honor of the great artists who indelibly marked Monaco, so that they too can become a part of this illustrious story. As for the auditorium, it will be able to accommodate 80 people for the opening and closing of the seminar. And we mustn’t forget the light-filled 250 m2 art gallery which will play host to major cultural events throughout the year.
#4 A haute couture snack
From healthy breakfasts to fun after-work drinks and gourmet shopping breaks, there is always a reason to head to Mada One, whatever the time of day. The menu for this new concept-restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin is sensitively devised, healthy and, of course, delicious. Don’t miss out on the “rendez-vous du jeudi” session that runs from 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm, where you can try a signature cocktail along with some of the chef’s sweet and savory bites.
#5 The resort gets its own bakery and pastry shop...
In One Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer has set up its own bakery and pastry shop right in the heart of the resort. It has been quite a logistical challenge to meet the demands of every last hotel and restaurant! At the helm is chef Philippe Joannes, an official Meilleur Ouvrier de France artisan and MOF chairman for the south of the country. With a finger in every pie, Joannes is also supervising Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer’s all-new catering service.
#6 Some greenery…
The One Monte-Carlo urban space has been designed to bring a real breath of fresh air to the heart of Monaco. Nature is everywhere here, from the streets to the buildings’ facades, roofs and terraces. Princess Grace planted a tree here, and urban designers and architects have risen to the challenge of making it a part of One Monte-Carlo’s landscape. It is now flourishing in its new environment as a symbol of tradition and continuity, and Mediterranean and exotic plants comingle in the space around it.
Focus on sustainable development
Luxurious—but not trivial: One Monte-Carlo is playing its part in the global sustainable development movement. To give one example, it respects the RT2012 energy efficiency standard and has secured European BREEAM certification, while new-generation solar panels have been installed on the office building’s roof.
#7 … And some glass
One Monte-Carlo’s architecture is the work of Sir Richard Rogers—creator of Paris’s Pompidou Center, among other projects—and Alexandre Giraldi, designer of Monaco's Odéon Tower. Its structures pay luminous homage to the Riviera that gives pride of place to superior materials and glass. With fluid and ethereal lines, transparency reigns supreme: the interiors are bathed in sunlight from morning to evening. The ground floor’s convex windows are 7.5 m high and an incredible technical feat in themselves!