Published on September 17, 2020Updated on June 19, 2023
Tempted by a luxurious getaway on the Côte d’Azur in the Principality of Monaco but not sure what to do when you get there? Here is a wealth of activities for you to pick from. Sports, relaxation, family-friendly fun, and gourmet food are all on the agenda.
Monaco is the ideal place to go if you’re looking to relax and indulge in some self-care. Its wellness centers are world-famous, like the temple of wellness that is the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. The establishment provides targeted body and facial treatments in a luxurious setting with views of the Mediterranean sea. Let our team of experts treat you to a bespoke seaweed body wrap, massage, firming treatment, and more. Or enjoy a day package: beauty or detox treatments, massages and access to the Wellness Area will allow you to indulge in a truly relaxing getaway.
The spa Monte-Carlo Beach offers a relaxing cocoon in the heart of a soothing natural setting. Personalised services including massages, treatments with luxury products that are eco-ethical, organic and made in France: PAOMA, and private yoga, pilates or meditation classes on request... in a magical setting between the pines and the Mediterranean.
The 900 m² Cinq Mondes spa at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort takes you on a sensory journey with the best beauty treatments in the world.
Last but not least, as a guest at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, you can enjoy access to the most prestigious wellness area on the French Riviera: the Wellness Sky Club found on the top floor of this luxury hotel. You can also enjoy a personal training session in the private fitness room.
Taking a family vacation to Monaco? The Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer luxury hotels are the ideal place to stay for enchanting experiences. The hotels offer a wide array of family-friendly activities. The Family Friendly Club program at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo offers a whole host of activities for children such as movie screenings, games, and access to the heated indoor pool and the private beach (in summer). The club also spoils young foodies with free fruit juice and chocolate lollipops when they arrive, as well as a delicious afternoon tea at the Limùn Bar.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy tasty dishes rustled up by great chefs in Monaco. Spice up your Sundays with a delicious brunch at one of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer establishments. Choose from chic, family-friendly winter brunches at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, or Champagne Brunch Parties at Blue Bay with a sea view.
If you want to indulge in haute cuisine, head to the Louis XV - Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris, where the Riviera Lunches masterminded by chef Dominique Lory on Saturdays and Sundays are a must. Another unforgettable gourmet experience is dinner at the Table de Marcel at Blue Bay, in the heart of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Get behind the scenes by dining at chef Marcel Ravin’s table and discover the culinary secrets of this two Michelin-starred restaurant.
How should you fill your free time in Monaco? It’s certainly tempting to lounge by one of the most beautiful hotel pools in the world. The sandy lagoon at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is one such pool, meandering between terraces, waterfalls and islands of greenery. It is a unique, magical landscape where you can while away summer days in perfect happiness. Enjoy a pizza and a few cocktails beside the water. Or maybe the exclusive spaces of Cocoon Bay with their exquisite Balinese-style beds and premium services are more your style.
All year round, you can also enjoy the hotel complex’s magnificent heated indoor pool nestled at the heart of an oasis-like tropical garden that opens out onto the heated outdoor pool.
Other enchanting pools include the 27°C Olympic seawater pool at the Monte-Carlo Beach, which is open from April to October, and the pool at the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, which offers breathtaking, picturesque sea views all year round.
A day relaxing in the sun awaits guests of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo at the rooftop Wellness Sky Club. The Sunbed & Cabana package lets you reserve a sunbed with a view of the luxury yachts in Port Hercules or one near the pool – it’s your choice! Enjoy this VIP experience to the full as your every care is met in this exceptional setting.
With indoor and outdoor sports activities available, Monaco satisfies even the most demanding fitness buffs. The Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo offers a wide range of group and private fitness classes, including muscle strengthening and stretching, and a fitness center with top-of-the-range equipment. Aqua aerobics classes are also taught in the heated seawater pool.
The best outdoor sports in Monaco include golf on the renowned greens of the Monte-Carlo Golf Club in the hills, and tennis at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, with its clay courts overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The club also has squash courts and table tennis facilities.
A night out in Monaco is, of course, a must. From the Casino de Monte-Carlo and the Sun Casino to the Casino Café de Paris, gambling in Monaco is an experience like no other. Visiting Monaco for a weekend or a week is a golden opportunity to try your luck and experience the thrill of a lucky roll of the dice!
All year round, international celebrities perform concerts and shows in the Principality at a range of venues, including the Grimaldi Forum, the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo, and the prestigious Salle des Étoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo.
And Monaco’s nightlife needs no introduction. Experience the glamorous party atmosphere at the most popular bars and clubs. Take a trip to Latin America with a drink at the Coya Monte-Carlo bar, then get on the dance floor at nearby Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo, a legendary Monegasque institution. Don’t forget to sample the house cocktails at Blue Gin with its weekend DJ sets, or the electro-lounge evenings at the Buddha Bar Monte-Carlo.
When in Monaco, there are a few must-see sights. If you’re only in town for a day, don’t miss Le Rocher. Watch the changing of the Carabinier guard in front of the Palais Princier, then stroll through the streets of the old town with its colorful buildings. Then head to Port Hercules to admire the sailing boats and superyachts before visiting the Place du Casino, where you can join a guided tour of the legendary Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and Casino de Monte-Carlo (available every morning).
If you’re staying for longer, learn something new at one of the museums, such as the Musée Océanographique de Monaco or Musée Naval de Monaco. And make the most of incredible green spaces, like the Jardin Exotique and the Jardin Animalier on the Terrasses de Fontvieille. Meanwhile, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco is the place to go for art exhibitions. Whether you come in summer or winter, there’s always something going on in Monaco!
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