ADVERTORIAL • January 2021
Monaco might not be on your 2021 radar, but that’s all about to change. Thanks to its ‘Monaco Safe Label’, this tiny Mediterranean principality is working hard to keep you safe and get you ready to explore once again. So, no matter what your travel priorities are, here’s why sunny Monaco should be your next short-haul escape
Located between France and Italy, it’s no wonder that Monaco is a food lover’s haven. Among the countless offerings of French haute cuisine or hearty cucina italiana, Monaco has its own culinary specialities that are well worth a try. Live like a Monegasque and sample socca, a traditional crêpe made with chickpea flour, at the La Condamine market – or munch on a Swiss chard and ricotta-filled local fritter, barbagiuan, on the terrace facing the Prince’s Palace at Castelroc or at the charming U Cavagnetu in the old town. If Michelin stars are more your thing, be sure to make a reservation at the famous Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse or soak up Mediterranean views at Le Grill (pictured), both to be found at the five-star Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
When it comes to romantic boltholes, newlyweds are spoilt for choice in this most sexy of destinations. We make a beeline for the Belle-Époque Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo – a luxury hotel overlooking the Port Hercule in the heart of Monte-Carlo district. Be blown away by panoramic views as you enjoy a glass of bubbly on one of Monaco’s most beautiful terraces – or (why not?) from your own private terrace. Be sure to make the most of its spa and beauty facilities, too. We highly recommend Les Thermes Marins for a tender break to take care of your body and spirit, recharge your energy and restore you to a state of absolute wellbeing. If you can tear yourself away from this magnificent hotel, take a stroll through the enchanting Princess Grace Rose Garden (pictured) – a romantic tribute from Prince Rainier III to his wife that’s home to more than 150 varieties of rose.
Boasting more than 300 sunny days a year, beach holidays are what Monaco does best. Prepare to be seduced by Larvotto Beach or relax on a great selection of private beaches around the country, from the perfect getaway at Le Méridien Beach Plaza, the dream location of the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel (pictured) and the famous sandy bedded private lagoon of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Relax by the water’s edge of the world-famous Nikki Beach at Fairmont Monte-Carlo, soaking up the sun all day, and partying under the stars in the evening.
Start your visit on a high with a (pictured) from your airport directly to your hotel and take in the French Riviera from a heady new perspective. Once you’ve settled in, make your way over to the glitzy district of Monte-Carlo and check out the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino and its extravagant true Belle Époque setting. Go shopping in style at the brand-new fashion district, One Monte-Carlo, or enjoy a great selection of shops at the Metropole or Fontvieille shopping centres. If you can time your trip, adrenaline junkies love the famous Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, which takes place on the last weekend of May each year.
Standing proudly atop Monaco Rock, the Prince’s Palace offers hours of fun for those with little ones in tow. The magnificent State Apartments are open for snooping from April until the end of October and the kids will love the changing of the guard just before noon each day. High on the cliffs overlooking Monaco, the Exotic Garden (pictured) is home to thousands of cacti and succulent plants, with a fantastic observatory cave that’s a showcase for the exuberant strangeness and surrealism of nature. Or make tracks to Princess Antoinette Park, a green lung in the heart of the principality in which to relax and unwind while your children enjoy a great selection of safe play areas.