France’s sun-kissed Mediterranean coast is home to the mini, but mighty country, Monaco. As one of the richest places in the Mediterranean, the city of Monte Carlo attracts high-rollers, celebrities and the ultra-rich to its glistening coast – by way of yacht or private jet.
Hotels and residences rise into the hills, each dominating each other, surrounded by glass and concrete sporting big names such as Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. Its extravagant casinos bring a new meaning to luxury gaming, with some hidden in palaces and others in multi-billion dollar resort developments.
The cities prodigious wealth shows no signs of slowing down as luxury establishments continue to thrive. Here’s what to look forward to in Monte Carlo in 2020.
Casino de Monte-Carlo
For high-rollers, it doesn’t get better than Casino de Monte-Carlo, the epitome of luxury and where all James Bond dreams come true. Its Belle Époque architecture is a reference for gaming and entertainment, not just in Europe but around the world. Enjoy an exceptional selection of games from French roulette and baccarat to Trente et Quarante – all under the warm glow of Bohemian crystal chandeliers. The gaming tables are crafted by artisans in the Société des Bains de Mer’s own workshops and the croupiers ensure players receive world-class service. From seasoned players to newcomers, there is something for everyone. “While this renowned establishment isn’t new, it’s on the bucket list of every discerning gambler,” leading online casino review website New Casino Offers told Luxury Lifestyle Magazine. “It oozes class and sophistication and will continue to be a big favourite in 2020.”
Monte-Carlo Bay Casino
Known as the pit-stop for thrill-seekers, the Monte-Carlo Bay Casino, located in the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort, has over 150 slot machines, electronic roulettes and all-year round gaming on the terrace. Famous for its majestic view overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort is part of the elite hotels in Monaco with the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and Monte-Carlo Beach, which provides guests access to several amenities from restaurants, bars and lounges. “Get ready for a little taste of casino paradise at the spectacular Monte-Carlo Bay Casino in 2020,” said Casino Viking – a website which compares and lists the most reliable and noteworthy online casinos. “It’s the crème de la crème of European casinos and attracts high-net-worth individuals from across the globe.”
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
After an unparalleled metamorphosis, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo unveils a brand-new experience of its renowned venues and the introduction of new facilities— two exceptional suites with breathtaking views, a private wellness space, a fine jewellery patio, ÔMER by Alain Ducasse and Le Grill, which was just awarded a Michelin star. The majestic Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is set like a breathtaking tableau on the Casino Square, with the scenic Prince’s Palace and Mediterranean as a backdrop. Its prime location, newly refurbished contemporary interiors, and ultra-personalized service inspire relaxation, harmony, and well-being. The hotel is also home to one of the world’s premier restaurants, Le Louis XV—Alain Ducasse, which takes Riviera cuisine to a whole new exquisite level, elevating it with the finest ingredients, authentic, mouth-watering flavors, and flawless execution.
Hotel Monte-Carlo Bay
Taste a little slice of paradise at Hotel Monte-Carlo Bay, an exclusive resort on the peninsula with four hectares of garden feature waterfalls, solariums, a pool and turquoise sandy-bottom lagoon. Here, the best of Monte Carlo luxury is offered to guests who seek the finer things in life. For Michelin-starred cuisine and sparkling tables, head to Blue Bay Run by Marcel Ravin, who serves Caribbean and Mediterranean culinary delights. The accommodations range from mountain view to seaside view duplex suites, each warmed by Mediterranean pastels, white oak furnishings and sandstone floors.
Monte Carlo’s wealth goes hand-in-hand with its reputation for throwing the world’s most epic parties – some rival Mykonos. Jimmy’z is a venue that not only attracts the rich, but the royal too. The super exclusive club has seen the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio, Shaggy, Eva Longoria and Justin Bieber sitting in the VIP lounge. On the stage, Jimmy’z has welcomed Some of the hottest names in electronic dance music including Robin Schulz, Michael Calfan, Lost Frequencies, Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar, Mark Ronson, FatBoy Slim, Big Ali and Benny Benassi.
Métropole Shopping Center
Located a stone’s throw away from Place du Casino, the Métropole Shopping Center is as ostentatious as the shops within, including Hugo Boss, Pierre Herme and much more. Surrounded by marble and chandeliers, shoppers hop from luxury designers to world-class jewellers – all under the one roof. In between trying on time pieces at Tag Heur and bracelets at Swarovski, there are several restaurants to fuel up at.