Monaco – The secrets of a true luxury stay – LUXE.TV
Published – 08/11/2019 7:24 am
The Principality of Monaco and its famous Rock have something to dream about and it is real.
The prestige and reputation of this attractive territory extends well beyond its borders.For the moment, we drop our luggage and enter one of the flagship hotels of the Société Bains des Mer, the Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo. It is one of the most intimate palaces of the Principality.
The establishment is home to no less than 278 rooms, 76 suites and junior suites as well as 12 Monte Carlo Diamond suites. And with all self-respecting palaces, the Vistamar and its chef, offer us an explosive taste of flavours. A quick two minute walk is all that’s needed to be face to face with the Monte-Carlo pavilions. Here, the most prestigious brands have their showcase, whether it’s haute couture, timepieces, or jewellery. Nerve centre of the Principality, the Place du Casino is surrounded by 3 mythical buildings: the Hotel de Paris, the Café de Paris, and the Monte-Carlo Casino. Between exploring the sea depths or walking along the Champions Promenade, there is always something to do. On the way, we stop off at Loona. A very young ready-to-wear boutique that wants to stand out from the others. Among the VIP clients of the brand, model, actress and TV personality Victoria Silvstedt. The Swedish beauty spent some time shopping here before heading to a photo shoot at the Sporting Monte-Carlo. A little higher up, on rue de Portier, we arrive at Sensais for our first gourmet pause of the day. Jean-Pierre Escande, the owner, is waiting for us, with the idea of having us discover new flavours. The concept is simple, rediscover the real taste of seasonal products. Between this square sesame bread, Italian cuttlefish salad with local citrus fruits, as a starter, and this Piedmontese potato as large gnocchi, comté cheese slices, roasted porcini mushrooms in Madeira and Catalan Picada, spread over two dishes, all our senses were awakened.
There are, however, no seasons when it comes to real estate. In Monaco, in summer or winter, the demand for real estate is incessant and apartments are sold at prices that are sometimes… surreal. It is on the 42nd floor of the Odeon Tower, the most luxurious and the highest high rise in Monaco, that we find Angela Kleiber and 2 members of her team. According to the owner of Lorenza von Stein Agency, real estate in Monaco still has many beautiful days ahead.
We cross the Monegasque border, and head to Menton, where we have an appointment with Marie-Olga Charriol, who is in the middle of a photo shoot for the new campaign of her collection of bracelets called Les Debutantes. We head back for a moment of pure relaxation…. at the Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo. Spread over almost 6,600 m2 on 4 levels, the Thermes Marins is in fact a Spa and Wellness and preventive healthcare centre of the Hotel de Paris and the Hôtel Hermitage. Equipped with, amongst other things, a salt water pool heated to 30 degrees, a hamamm, an outdoor jacuzzi, and even a cryotherapy unit, the Thermes Marin Monte-Carlo also has a restaurant and a fitness centre…..the perfect place to burn a few calories before the poker chips burn a hole in your pocket in the sublime Monte-Carlo Casino. A true work of art built in 1863 that we owe to famous architect Charles Garnier. From the Europe Room to the White Room and the Médecin Room, the emblematic private room of the Monte-Carlo Casino, the atmosphere here is extraordinary. Built in 1910 by Monegasque François Médecin, this private game room houses the old elevator cage in cast iron that used to lead directly to the Cabaret. Still in perfect working order, today it leads to the Buddha Bar that has turned into an institution in Monaco since its opening in 2010. At night, many people come to enjoy its cosy atmosphere and cocktails. It is time for us to return to the hotel after this busy day on the Princely Rock.