Even along the glitzy French Riviera, the principality of Monaco shines brighter than the rest. Whether it’s the yacht-lined harbor, iconic Monte-Carlo Casino or dazzling blend of luxury hotels, restaurants and events, this tiny independent city-state is universally recognized as an ultra-glamorous playground among the world’s rich and famous. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s nothing short of over-the-top glamor in Monaco, making it one of Europe’s most legendary destinations. With the 2019 edition of the Prestigious Monaco Yacht Show right after the corner, here’s a complete breakdown of how you can enjoy Monaco to the fullest.
Monaco Yacht Show 2019
Taking place at Port Hercules against the stunning backdrop of Monaco, the Monaco Yacht Show is the ultimate in-water display that features spectacular exhibitions from superyacht builders, award-winning yacht designers, luxury suppliers and other industry leaders. Between September 25 and 28, the exhibition will host more than 100 superyachts for show-goers to admire with nearly 40 of those making their worldwide debut and various vessels available to see at anchor off the Monaco coast. The MYS is the flagship event of the international yachting calendar and really represents the pinnacle of luxury and achievement, attracting thousands of affluent enthusiasts, celebrities and socialites to one of the world’s most respected ports to bask in the exciting atmosphere of the four-day event.
Arrive in Style
Taking a private helicopter from the airport of Nice, the main hub of international travel on the Côte d’Azur, to Monaco will whir you above the waters, past the stuffy crowds and traffic, and on your way to make a grand entrance at the Monaco Yacht Show. Monacair is one of the major players in the private helicopter business along the French Riviera. This private helicopter transfer will get you from Nice to Monaco in just seven minutes, and with certified and well-established pilots in the driver’s seat, you can kick back and watch the yachts glide across the blue from a pristine bird’s eye vantage point. Costs start around 130€ per person. Be sure to check out our Private Helicopter Guide to Monaco to get a detailed overview of your charter options.
Where to Stay
Overlooking the peaceful waters of the Mediterranean, Hôtel Metropole Monte Carlo is the place you want to be when staying in Monaco. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Port Hercules and a short distance away from the renowned Monte-Carlo Casino as well. Built in 1886 and renovated in 2004 by famous French designer Jacques Garcia, Hôtel Metropole exudes sheer magnificence and luxurious elegance. 126 rooms and 64 suites mix glamour, sophistication, and elegance keeping with the Mediterranean charm, topped off with an exquisite 2,500 square-foot Penthouse, La Suite Carré d’Or, which features a 1,200 square-foot terrace. The award-winning restaurants around the property allow you to enjoy only the best dishes and ingredients this region has to offer, whereas you can also immerse yourself in the ultimate relaxation at Givenchy Spa. Check out our Luxury Hotel Guide to Monaco for a complete breakdown of accommodation.
Villa Monaco is a spectacular seaside villa offering an enthralling view across the Mediterranean and to the neighboring peninsula of Cap Ferrat with a large heated infinity pool and expansive terrace from which to take it in. Just three minutes from Monte Carlo the villa offers a private, secure retreat while still close to the action. Boasting seven ensuite seaview bedrooms and a separate guest house there will be ample space for every member of your party and plenty of amenities to keep them entertained including a home theatre, a game room, large trampoline and a gym. Check out our Guide to Monaco Luxury Homes for rent or sale for a detailed breakdown of recommended options.
Where to Dine
La Marée, with locations also in Moscow and St. Petersburg, is internationally renowned for its elegant seafood menu and refined techniques. In a chic and elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, you can not only enjoy exquisite flavors but also feast your eyes on a beautiful view of Port Hercules. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Hotel Port Palace, a unique spot from which you can admire the best yachts in the waters below. The concept of sharing is embraced throughout the Mediterranean and the same is true at La Marée. Fresh seafood platters accompanied by refreshing white wine and conversations well into the night. Beautiful fish, sea urchins, lobster and king crab all feature in the menu. For an expanded list of gastronomic experiences, be sure to check out our Restaurant Guide to Monaco ahead of your stay.
What to Do
When it comes to famous sites, it’s hard to top Monaco. Whether you consider yourself a high-roller or not, the iconic Monte-Carlo casino is an absolute must-see during any visit to Monaco. The legendary casino is decked out in lavish marble and gold, while it’s hard not to marvel over the fascinating display of Belle Époque architecture. Elsewhere, Monaco Ville, also known as Le Rocher, is the only part of Monaco that’s retained its original Old Town. Trek through the narrow cobblestone streets that wind upwards on a pistol-shaped rock, its strategic location overlooking the sea that became the stronghold of the Grimaldi dynasty. At the top, you’ll find a 13th-century fortress complex that once housed the Grimaldi family. Protected by blue-helmeted, white-socked Carabiniers du Prince, the changing of the guard takes place daily at 11:55am.
What to Wear
When it’s time for some rest and relaxation, Monaco boasts a lovely beach season that lasts from May through October. The fabulous weather means that these months are characterized by lots of sun, blue skies and little rain, whereas the exquisite seascapes offer the deep blues of the Mediterranean. To take you seamlessly from yacht to yacht, the Lela Rose Ruffled Printed Cotton Maxi Dress features a flowing silhouette for a dramatic yet whimsical finish. Breathable and comfortable the design is fluid yet feminine whether you choose to wear it day or night during the MYS. With a lot of walking involved during the four-day extravaganza, you can’t go wrong with a desert-inspired sandal. The Ahmed Flats by Carrie Forbes are handmade in Morocco and feature two woven straps across the front for ultimate comfort and wearability. Designed in a chain-link construction from sleek tortoiseshell and gold-tone acrylic, this Cult Gaia Mia Gold-Tone Tote is the perfect form-meets-function daytime essential for Monaco. Check out our Style Sheet for Monaco for the complete low-down on what to pack for Monaco in the summer.