Before I settle comfortably into my annual hot chocolate, cosy blanket and Ugg filled autumn hibernation, I couldn’t ignore my last little weekend away of the Summer season (it’s pretty safe to say that we ended things on a high!)
The end of the Summer found us in Monaco, called by the promise of soaring temperatures, crystal clear water and just a touch of old school glamour. And, I have to say, Monaco delivered everything we hoped for and more. From glamorous cocktail bars and idyllic sunset dinners to whiling away afternoons soaking up the sun in chic beach clubs. Today I’ll be talking through some of my favourite spots and tips for a trip to Monte-Carlo.
From its perfect location, just moments from both the Casino and the luxury shops that surround it, to the service, which was wonderful throughout the length of our stay, I simply could not fault the Hôtel Hermitage.
This is a hotel that truly has what can only be described as the ‘wow’ factor. From the moment you pull up to the Hermitage’s much photographed driveway (a car lover’s absolute dream), you are welcomed by the sheer excess and beauty of this Belle Époque palace.
The room itself was sizeable and traditionally decorated to reflect the glamourous décor of the rest of the hotel, without being overbearing or stuffy. The pièce de résistance came in the form of the huge marble bathroom and luxurious bath, that provided the perfect place to soak and relax with a glass of champagne before heading out for a Monte-Carlo night!
Aside from the fabulous bars, beautiful rooms and sheer glamour of the Hôtel Hermitage, there is something else that would tempt me back there on any future visits. As a member of Société des Bains de Mer (a group comprising the Hôtel Hermitage, Hôtel de Paris and Monte-Carlo Bay) along with the nightly room price, staying in one of these hotels gives you free access to the spa (Thermes Marins – usual entrance price €150 per person), as well as the Casino de Monte Caro and the Monte-Carlo Beach Club (€140 per person in peak season), which were all well worth a visit!
Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, Square Beaumarchais, 98000 Monaco, France
From €244.00 per night
The food in Monte-Carlo can be truly wonderful and in a place such as this it is even more important that you find a good spot for dinner. Indeed, choosing the wrong place could be a costly mistake!
Having done the painstaking work of sampling several of the culinary offerings of Monte-Carlo, I feel truly comfortable in recommending one absolute gem of a spot. Blue Bay restaurant, located in the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel is simply wonderful.
We opted for the seven course ‘Escapade Menu,’ priced at €112 per person before wine. Each course of the tasting menu was generously portioned, with the flow of dishes working perfectly in unison. Whilst the menu changes regularly, highlights from our visit included the Duck foie gras and the John Dory poached in champagne stock (both pictured below). The service was wonderful and the view, breath-taking, as the sun set slowly over the waters of the Cote d’Azur.
Blue Bay, 40 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
This is a simple one, tick off a few of the must visit sights such as the Casino de Monte-Carlo, and obviously have a little splurge in some of the shops. But a visit to the glamorous Cote D’azur would not be complete without a trip to a beach club. The Monte-Carlo Beach club is perfect for this. Offering an impressive selection of restaurants to choose from, ranging from the Michelin starred Elsa, perched atop a picture perfect cliffside, to the wonderfully authentic pizzeria that caught our eye, you could spend all day here and want for nothing!
I hope you enjoyed this last little touch of summer before the most wonderful time of the year takes over!
See you next summer, Monaco!
Love, Sophia x