Monte-Carlo, or “Mount Charles” is the quintessential chic, luxury destination that never goes out of style. Situated on the French Riviera at the base of the maritime Alps, it offers extravagant luxury accommodations, shopping, beaches, casinos, an opera house, and the famous Circuit de Monaco, home to the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix.
Nestled between near the Italian border, Monaco has a fusion of some of the best elements of both countries, including stunning architecture, rich cultural heritage, and scrumptious Mediterranean-influenced cuisine.
A top destination for luxury experiences, many films have been shot at this location, including James Bond films Never Say Never Again and Golden Eye, Iron Man 2, and To Catch a Thief. While there are several nice rental homes and apartments, these resorts seem to offer the best luxury experiences….
Located at the Place du Casino just by the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the Hôtel de Paris offers guests a luxury stay in the heart of the action. Aside from the stunning views, the hotel also has a private beach, three restaurants, most notably Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse, a bar, a 600,000 bottle wine cellar, a salon, luxury boutiques, eight lounges, and a massive spa, the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, which offers a pool, fitness center, sauna, solarium, a Moroccan hammam, or steam room, and almost every spa and beauty treatment you could possibly fathom barring plastic surgery (although I’m sure they could arrange it!).
Accommodations are tiered, with the Diamond Suites offering the most luxury, with over 1,800 sq ft of the highest quality amenities. While the penthouse suite, known as the Winston Churchill is currently under renovations, you can stay at the second best Charles Garnier, which is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath suite with a 431 sq ft terrace with a stunning view of the Place du Casino.
Sister to the Hôtel de Paris, Hôtel Hermitage is another elegantly appointed luxury option for a lavish stay in Monte-Carlo. This hotel features beautiful early 20th century details in the woodwork of the interior as well as a stunning stained glass dome. It also has three restaurants and two bars/lounges, as well as access to the same spa, fitness center, pool, and private beach as the Hôtel de Paris. Le Limùn is a bright, beautifully-furnished cafe that offers afternoon tea and cocktail hour with amuse-bouches.
The best luxury accommodation in Hôtel Hermitage is the Diamond Presidential Suite, offering almost 2,000 sq ft, two bedrooms, a lounge, two loggia terraces overlooking the sea, and a dressing room.
Located in Carré d’Or near Casino Square, Hôtel Métropole features three restaurants all managed by the world’s most Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon. Enough said, right? Ok, I’ll tell you more. Odyssey is an al-fresco dining concept created by Karl Lagerfeld, featuring refined Mediterranean cuisine poolside. The hotel also offers a beautiful garden as well as an expansive spa with a relaxation lounge, steam and sauna room, full-service treatments, and fitness center offering pilates, yoga and personal training.
Top luxury accommodations for the Hôtel Métropole are the Carre D’Or Penthouse Suites. With 1,400 sq ft on the top floor, these suites have large terraces overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Casino Square and city of Monte-Carlo.