A Luxury-Focused Tour of Monaco
The Principality of Monaco with its famous Rock has something to dream about. And it is real. The fame and status of this charming area reach well beyond its borders. Have a sneak-peak of Monaco with this A luxury-focused tour.
A Luxury-Focused Tour Tale
Itinerary and Destinations
- Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo
- Michelin starred restaurant: Le Vistamar
- A fashion store: Loona
- Photo shooting at Sporting Monte-Carlo with Victoria Silvstedt
- A restaurant between land and sea: Sensais
- Luxury apartments in Odéon tower with the expert of real estate in Monaco: Lorenza Von Stein agency
- Meeting in a villa with Marie-Olga Charriol: watches and jewels Charriol
- Relaxation break and zen ambiance in a spa center: Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo
- Discovering architectural masterpiece: Casino de Monte-Carlo
- Buddha bar
Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo and Le Vistamar
For the moment, we drop our bags and enter one of the primary hotels of the Société Bains Des Mer, the Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo. It is one of the most private halls of the Principality. It is home to about 278 rooms, 76 suites, and junior suites as well as 12 Monte Carlo Diamond suites. And with all superb palaces, the Vistamar and its chef, offer us a filled taste of flavors. It takes a quick two-minute walk to be face to face with the Monte-Carlo pavilions. Here, the most high-end brands have their showcase, whether it’s haute couture, timepieces, or jewelry. The nerve center of the Principality, three mythical buildings surrounds the Place du Casino: the Hotel de Paris, the Café de Paris, and the Monte-Carlo Casino. Between exploring the sea or walking along the Champions Promenade, there is always something to do.
At Loona with Victoria Silvstedt
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 personage Victoria Silvstedt. The Swedish beauty spent some time shopping here before going to a photo shoot at the Sporting Monte-Carlo.
High up, on rue de Portier, we reach Sensais for our first gourmet pause of the day. The owner Jean-Pierre Escande is waiting for us. His idea is to have us explore new tastes. The concept is simple, rediscover the real flavor of seasonal products. A square sesame bread, Italian cuttlefish salad with local citrus fruits serves as a starter. Then we had a Piedmontese potato as large gnocchi, comté cheese slices, roasted porcini mushrooms in Madeira and Catalan Picada. All spread over two dishes. It stirs our senses.
Lorenza Von Stein Agency and Marie-Olga Charriol
But there are no seasons when it comes to real estate. In Monaco, in summer or winter, the need for real estate is steady. Apartments are sold at prices that are sometimes, surreal. It is on the 42nd floor of the Odeon Tower, the most costly and the highest building in Monaco. There we found Angela Kleiber and two members of her team. According to the owner of Lorenza von Stein Agency, real estate in Monaco still has many lovely days ahead. We cross the Monegasque border, and head to Menton, where we meet Marie-Olga Charriol. She is having a photo shoot. It is for the new campaign of her collection of bracelets called Les Debutantes.
Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo
We head back for a moment of pure rest 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. It is also a preventive healthcare hub of the Hotel de Paris and the Hôtel Hermitage. Amongst other things, a saltwater pool heated to 30 degrees, a hammam, and an outdoor jacuzzi furnish it. Also, there’s a cryotherapy unit. The Thermes Marin Monte-Carlo also has a restaurant and a fitness center. It is the right place to burn a few calories before the poker chips burn a hole in your pocket in the grand Monte-Carlo Casino. A true work of art built in 1863 that we owe to famed architect Charles Garnier.
Casino de Monte-Carlo and Buddha bar
From the Europe Room to the White Room and the Médecin Room, there is the symbolic private room of the Monte-Carlo Casino. The air here is great. Built 1910 by Monegasque François Médecin, this private game room houses the old elevator cage in cast iron. It used to lead directly to the Cabaret. Still in good condition, today it leads to the Buddha Bar that turned into an icon in Monaco since its opening in 2010. At night, many people come to enjoy its cozy mood and cocktails.
It is time for us to return to the hotel after this busy day on the Princely Rock.
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