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An aerial view of the Principality of Monaco, a sovereign city-state that is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Hermitage, Square Beaumarchais, 98000 Monaco
Monaco is not the place for minimalist designs. However, unlike other flash cities such as Dubai or Las Vegas, there is at least the temperance of beautiful Belle-Époque architecture and design, Mediterranean foliage and the permanent backdrop of the sea. The Hotel Hermitage embraces its old-world opulence with flair, sitting close enough to the Casino to be walking distance but out of the reach of heavy traffic.
A recent renovation has contributed an additional 50 rooms to the Hermitage, bringing the total up to 278. The style of décor is a modern take on French elegance, with muted Mediterranean colours, many with balconies facing the sea. The room sizes are generous from standard doubles all the way up to the suites, which are exponentially lavish with each increase in category. The hotel has a wonderful seafood restaurant and a 7,000 m2 spa & leisure complex that includes a pool and private beach.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Monte Carlo Beach, Avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Although the location of the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel is a mere matter of minutes by car (the drive along the corniche in order to reach it is quite pleasant), the feel of this property could not be further from its Belle-Époque sister properties that are closer to the casino. The striking terracotta colour of the exterior, its proximity to the ocean and the dramatic Olympic sized swimming pool are all centred on the concept of bathing, relaxation and water sports.
Completely redesigned by architect designer India Madhavi, Monte -Carlo Beach is an ode to the Mediterranean. The 40 rooms and suites are part of a theme that creates a feeling of space and weightlessness, but each is different. “For Monte-Carlo Beach, I imagined a romance, a sentimental timeless story, nourished by the imagery of the Riviera and the spirit of the golden age of the 30’s to revive this mythical place with modernity and elegance” says India Madhavi.
Where to Eat
Blue bay, Monte-Carlo Bay, Hotel & Resort, 40 avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
With Chef Marcel Ravin at the helm, the Blue Bay restaurant in the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is a place where Ravin shares his love for creativity and innovation, inspired by local Mediterranean and his native Caribbean flavours. He uses a subtle mix of herbs and spices to maintain balance and avoid confusion of flavours. An art, which led the Blue Bay to obtaining a Michelin star.
Muted Mediterranean tones and avant-garde tableware set the tone for this restaurant and its style of cuisine. With a focus on flavor, Ravin has managed to find the perfect tipping point for blending diverse influences that impart a delicate taste profile to his cuisine. Dishes such as oven-roasted pike moistened with a periwinkle and lime dressing, spicy cocoa- roasted free-range pigeon and almond condiment and hibiscus fig are just some examples of his heartfelt cuisine.
Where to explore
Opera & Casino, Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco
Although it might seem anachronistic to have an opera house located within the same building as a gambling hall, the wonderful Beaux-Arts architecture of the building, both inside and out, helps to form a seamless blend between the two institutions under one roof. The magnificent Salle Garnier (named after the very same Charles Garnier who designed the Paris Opera) was completely restored from 2003-2005 and hosts a regular roster of opera and theatre companies, whose performances can be enjoyed by an audience that can also gaze out of large windows overlooking the sea.
Monaco’s legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo is one of the most prestigious in Europe and features a wide range of table games such as European Roulette, Black Jack and Punto Banco, Craps and American roulette. Rather incongruously, there is also a selection of slot machines that look like they’ve been transported from a Las Vegas mega-casino but apparently are increasingly in demand.
The Casino de Monte-Carlo is such an integral part of Monacan life and heritage that it would be impossible to imagine the Principality of Monaco without it. The man behind this world-renowned gaming centre, without which the layout and particularity of this country would simply not be the same, is François Blanc, founder of the Société des Bains de Mer. His international vision took shape in the middle of the 19th century, in under three years. Jewel of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Salle Garnier continues to embody the excess and boldness that characterised the building of the Casino de Monte-Carlo.
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