Discover Monaco’s essential seasonal guide to the best of 2018 year-end celebration.
#1 Dream Getaway
Follow in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and ring in the New Year on the French Riviera. Surround yourself in one of Monaco’s sumptuous settings for an unparalleled New Year experience. Choose a two-night stay at the newly renovated Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, and live the experience of this internationally renowned icon. Enjoy a complimentary fresh and fuelling breakfast to see you through to the evening’s entertainment at the Salles des Etoiles where you’ll celebrate the end of the year in style with a stellar dinner and an exclusive live performance.
#2 Sweet Moments
It’s the season of goodwill and after a hard day’s Christmas shopping a little treat is due. Take a break at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo’s Limun Bar where they’re going all out to get you into the festive spirit. A delicious afternoon tea of home-made pastries, exquisite cakes and traditional finger food is served for sustenance and unlimited champagne refills for jolly good fun. It’ll be a very merry Christmas!
#3 Festive Lights
Monaco is known for its glittering reputation, be it the shine of the supercars to the shimmer of the Mediterranean Sea via the many luminaries residing here. It’s a starry sort of place but this Christmas the Principality will literally light up in a celestial blaze. Decorating everything throughout the streets and covering the hotel facades, a twinkling galaxy of stars will create an immersive and spectacular Christmas experience. The illustrious Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo will feature further sparkling décor with a festive Christmas tree installation by luxury jewellery and watchmaker of the stars Chopard. Chopard will also add their brilliant touch to the newly renovated Bar Américain and Le Grill restaurant.
#4 A Sparkling Shopping Experience
Who wouldn’t want to find a polished, sparkly gemstone under the tree this Christmas? Thanks to the dazzling new interior patio area of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo there will be no excuse not to with three haute joaillerie doyens having opened their stores in the newly modernized area. Newcomer to Monaco is “King of Diamonds” Harry Winston. Today the brand is considered to be arguably the most prestigious jewellers cementing its glamour status when Marilyn Monroe sang, in Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, “Talk to me Harry Winston, tell me all about it!” Standing alongside him is “the Harry Winston of the 21st century”, Graff. This exceptional diamond and jewellery brand has a rare and extraordinary affinity with diamonds and gems creating superlative pieces that truly wow! Completing the triumvirate is the magnificent home-grown talent Stardust, the official jewellers of the Principality. Family run for over three generations Stardust are notable pearl experts with one of the world’s largest collections of conch and Melo pearls.
#5 Brilliant Gift Ideas
The search for the perfect present can be difficult so when in doubt go luxurious. Follow Monaco’s Christmas Promenade Monte-Carlo Shopping for some fantasy fashion and fairytale gifts. A heart shaped Saint Laurent clutch would make a charming addition to any party look or make a statement with oversized, gold toned star earrings by Balenciaga. Go further afield and find everyone’s favourite Cartier Love bracelet, made to never to be taken off, or perhaps a little more unusual but equally iconic is the cable bracelet from Fred. For him, the perfect Prada knit will stealthily update his style and who wouldn’t love a Dior book tote or Hermes rug?
#6 Winter Cocoon
For some pre- or post-Christmas relaxation the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is offering some much-needed refuge in the midst of the most indulgent time of the year. Take a day off from the Christmas hustle and bustle and choose two treatments, cocooning body wraps, hydro massage bath, winter skin exfoliation or relaxing massage all within your own private spa suite. Enjoy access to one of the best spas in Europe, take a dip in the heated seawater pool and luxuriate in the jacuzzi, sauna and hammam. If you’ve worked up an appetite then the L’Hirondelle Restaurant is ideal for a healthy and delicious lunch with not a buche de noel or turkey in sight.
#7 Have Some Fun
The Blue Gin Bar is named after it’s breathtaking terrace views of the cobalt Mediterranean Sea. Known for its delicious and distinctive cocktails the bar has a relaxed but stylish feel. Intimate and cosy (with outdoor heating on the terrace) it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and unwind with a drink. This year the bar will have a Christmas makeover in a Chalet Chic style, complementing its usual snug feel. Grab your Christmas jumper (see Gucci for inspiration) and make like you’re in the mountains.
#8 Bet on Your Lucky Star
The site of many a James Bond plot the Casino de Monte-Carlo has all the glamour and thrill of a classy spy movie. It’s the bedrock of the country’s history originally attracting the rich and famous from all over Europe. With stars twinkling all over Monaco, one is sure to be lucky. Make a wish, then roll your dice for a movie star feel to the end of the year.
#9 Stars in the Eyes
The 70 million plus record selling, Grammy and Latin Grammy award winning multi-lingual Italian superstar Laura Pausini is here to sing you into the New Year. Her melodic love songs, a delightful mix of flamboyance and tenderness, are remarkably life affirming and her clear, powerful voice has been described as “the voice of love”. Singing in Spanish, Italian, English, Portuguese and French her music is universal and you’ll start 2019 full of love for the world.
Just like Father Christmas, Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo is a legend with his own sack full of fun. It’s the coolest club in Monaco, attracting celebrities, superstars and personalities with the best DJ sets and many, many Methuselah’s of champagne. In it’s amazing home, the Sporting Monte-Carlo, revel in an end of year party like no other.