Monte-Carlos crown jewel knows how to up the ante for celebs, socialites and F1 drivers hitting up Monaco for the Mediterranean season highlight of the Grand Prix. Belle Epoque in both grace and style and sitting close by to the Hotel De Paris, this is the perfect spot for those who want to party in pearls but sleep in bliss.
In less than a minute you can be in the heart of the Monte-Carlo action, rolling the dice at the casino, hitting the finest restaurant spots, and splurging up a storm at the beautiful designer boutiques. The Hotel Hermitage has one foot in the action and the other on the serene shores. You can stretch out on the sunny patio to nurse champagne-soaked headaches and gaze out over the superyachts adorning the harbor.
There’s lashings of 19th century style woven into the palatial like feel of Hotel Hermitage. From the soaring marble pillars to the touches of gilded gold leaf, the clang of the mantle clocks and the sublime glass atrium that breaks the sunlight into shards of pure poetry.
Bedrooms and suites are commendable, studded with Louis XV furnishings, tasteful wall panels and splashes of fun and feisty color that lends a Marie Antoinette air to the elegant shades of cream, ivory and talcum powder white. Perfumed marble bathrooms bring an air of cool calm, and some junior suits even come with their own outdoor Jacuzzis.
The Princely Diamond Suite is truly one of a kind, even in a five-star city like Monaco. Filled with the bloom of exotic flowers, three bedrooms, and a generous lounge – this is your own private palace perched above the world’s most distinctive bay. Three terraces deliver more than enough al-fresco space and with a welcome of Lauduree macaroons, vintage champagne and your own private butler on call, you can count on a regal welcome.
Dining in Monaco wouldn’t be worth it without a Michelin star, fortunately the Vistamar boasts its own. If the south coast weather is playing nice then be sure to book a table on the terrace where delicate seafood dishes are served with sommelier placed wine and whimsical views of the bright blue sea.
The gourmet menu invites tender vegetables with a truffle dressing, sweet courgette and med fresh John Dory followed by artisan cheeses, fruit and marmalades. Execution is bright and breezy to match the chic and intimate appeal of the restaurant. Take your aperitif in the aptly named Le Crystal Bar, where têtes de cuvées come by the glass and cigars are on offer to be enjoyed in the cozy winter terrace.
Take the underground tunnel and pop up at the staggeringly large hideaway of the Thremes Marins Monte-Carlo. Over 7,000 sqm of space boasts a world of wellness and a myriad of treatments so far-reaching you can truly get every inch of your mind, body and soul back on track. From caviar lifting treatments to four handed table shower massages, cellcosmet swiss body detoxes and oxygen treatments – no stone is left uncovered at the Thremes Marins.
Alongside signature and super specific science treatments, you can lounge in the gorgeous jacuzzi, duck into the spa, and enjoy all sauna of facilities.
Back at the hotel and those who want to venture further afield can take the shuttle to the private beach club for a whirlwind of watersports and afternoons of causal tennis matches. Days at the Hotel Hermitage seem to disappear in a powder puff of pure perfection.