The regal kingdom slotted between the Maritime Alps of Italy and the golden summer coastline of France needs little introduction. For centuries Monaco has been the calling card for superyacht sailors and celebrities all seeking a slice of the good life.
From the tip of the medieval cliffside of Monaco Ville, down into the sweeping marinas and excess heavy neighborhood of Monte Carlo, the Principality of this lavish playground has certainly left its stamp on the world. Hotels in the heart of Monaco capture the essence of five-stars with big names like the infamous Hotel de Paris and the magical Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel.
The other two major spots that make up the wealthy shores of the Riviera are Nice and Cannes. Cannes is the place for the glitzy film festival and celebrity watching on La Croisette, whereas Nice for its emblematic Promenade des Anglais.
Tucked in between Nice and Monaco, the magic unfolds in Beaulieu sur Mer – beloved spot of both Queen Victoria and F Scott Fitzgerald. Belle Époque grace and botanical walks dress the tiny village to leave a grand impression.
St Jean Cap Ferrat is close by and home to the fabulous Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel. Villefranche sur Mer is home to the eye-wateringly wealthy Villa La Leopolda, said to be the most expensive home in the world.
Antibes is also a must for its pretty little old town and its dazzling beach scene at the infamous Cap d’Antibes.
A little further along the coast and you come to sleepy Menton, suddenly superyacht vibes are swapped for hillside charm just before you disappear across the border to Italy. Home to the dazzling restaurant Mirazur, this is the spot to sample some of the Riviera’s finest dining.
Whether in town for business or pleasure – the social calendar around Monaco doesn’t fall short of style. With everything from the Formula 1 Grand Prix to the annual Yacht Show and the Red Cross Gala Ball, life on the French Riviera can be a heady whirlwind of champagne and pearls.
Even without a grand event during your visit, the bright lights of the casino are sure to keep you well entertained