Monaco is best known today for its refined art de vivre and festive spirit. Yet there is another aspect to life in the Principality that should not be overlooked: its countless beach-going possibilities. With its many secret coves, lush pine forests, and deep-blue waters, Monaco is indeed the crown jewel of the French Riviera. And more so now that ever before, thanks to a number of new, exclusive waterfront projects designed to highlight the beauty of its shores. Isn’t it high time for you to come and enjoy them?
Is there anything in the world more relaxing than a lazy afternoon spent lounging by the shore? We think not. Those who agree will certainly fall in love with the many beach options which dot the beautiful coastline in and around Monaco. And especially the newly-opened beach at Monte-Carlo Beach, an exclusive, 1920s-themed spot designed to encourage absolute farniente. Whether you wish to unwind by the water or perfect your tan on the solarium, this is the ideal spot to get in touch with your Mediterranean self. Those with a sensitive soul will adore the Cabanas, a small collection of private bungalows hidden among the pine trees and accompanied by perfect service, including high-quality meal options. The best way to enjoy a unique beachgoing moment, Monaco-style.
Dolce Vita is also highly encouraged at the Larvotto, another worthwhile site for sea aficionados. With its long stretch of white sand and picture-perfect turquoise waters, this hot spot of Monegasque beachcombing is indeed guaranteed to delight sea-seekers of all ages. Foodies and shopping lovers will be equally pleased, thanks to the amazing selection of stores and restaurants which line the freshly-renovated, greenery-filled seafront promenade designed by star architect Renzo Piano.
Last but certainly not least, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort offers the perfect spot for those with a hedonistic turn of mind. Come and enjoy the Sea Bay, an exclusive area equipped with private sea beds and access to a unique sand-bottomed lagoon. Lie down, feel the sun gently kissing your skin, and listen to the soft crash of the waves on the jetty. Isn’t life just a beautiful dream?
Finally, those who wish to broaden their horizons will love venturing around the Principality and laying their towels on the amazing beach of La Buse, a peaceful stretch of sand bordered by turquoise waters. Mala Beach, at Cap d’Ail, is another fantastic option, a picture-perfect cove which is considered by many as the most beautiful one on the Riviera. And that’s saying something.
While we at Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer certainly enjoy lounging by the sea, we also love getting the adrenaline flowing with a variety of fun water sports. The Monte-Carlo Beach club is without a doubt the best place to stay for the athletically minded, with its high-quality equipment dedicated to jet skiing, parasailing, tubing, and more. Our favourite activity is probably be the Fly Fish, a light boat which leaps from wave to wave and makes for fantastic – and safe - family fun.
Sailing, of course, is also highly recommended. Thanks to a century-long seafaring tradition, Monaco is home to a wide variety of boats ready to take you on superb cruises. Whether you prefer classic wooden sailboats, luxury motor yachts, or anything in between, you are sure to find the perfect ship for an unforgettable getaway. Setting sails will allow you to feel like a true explorer, leaving the world behind and discovering the beauty of the Riviera from afar. And perhaps come back to town in the golden light of a Mediterranean dusk with your head full of lasting memories. A dreamy outing indeed.
As any gourmet will tell you, no seaside sojourn is complete without a taste of local seafood. Luckily, Monaco has more than its share of upscale restaurants dedicated to fresh fish and tasty shells. And you’ll certainly be happy to know that our resort is a proud member of Mr Goodfish, a programme dedicated to encourage sustainable seafood consumption.
Those seeking a relaxed meal with a fantastic view should head to La Vigie, the summer restaurant of the Monte-Carlo Beach and an absolute must for grilled fish. If you are craving something more exotic, book a table at Las Brisas, at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, and let Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin
surprise you with his signature Carribean fusion recipes. Here lobster, seabass and swordfish combine with unexpected spices and fresh fruits to create a unique gourmet experience.
Finally, those who truly want to indulge must choose the Louis XV-Alain Ducasse at Hôtel de Paris, a world-famous restaurant graced with no less than 3 Michelin stars. Seabass and blue lobster are regulars on the menu, sided with tasty Mediterranean vegetables and made sublime by Alain Ducasse’s famous creative touch. The masterpiece here is certainly the Gamberoni San Remo, a rare and delicious shellfish usually found in the namesake port of San Remo, just 37 kilometers away from Monaco. The perfect finishing touch to a truly unique stay on the sun-kissed Mediterranean shores.
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