France is a wonderful destination for your honeymoon, so this summer we are going to be touring France to bring you beautiful honeymoon inspiration from across France and Europe, and today we are starting with a summer honeymoon in Monaco with the help of Visit Monaco.
Any wonderful honeymoon starts with your accommodation and in Monaco you are in for a real treat! There are many wonderful places to stay in Monaco from apartments to luxury hotels, and here are a few to start with:
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
One of the hottest hotel addresses in town, the privately owned Hotel Metropole is situated just steps from Monte-Carlo’s legendary Grand Casino and offers the only outdoor heated seawater swimming pool on Casino Square.
Renowned for its illustrious guest-list, the hotel first welcomed guests in 1886 and quickly became synonymous with the ultimate glamour of Monaco. The property’s lavish Penthouse Suite offers unsurpassed views over the Cote d’Azur and Casino Square, as well as a private terrace able to accommodate a cocktail party for up to 50 guests.
The hotel’s spa by ESPA reopened on 1st November 2012; while the hotel’s culinary offering is world-renowned and includes the two Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon restaurant and the one Michelin-starred YOSHI (Joel Robuchon’s first Japanese restaurant). A third Joel Robuchon restaurant, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, called ODYSSEY offers fresh seasonal dishes in an al fresco setting next to a heated seawater swimming pool.
In 2012, Karl Lagerfled also redesigned the hotel’s outside premises, including the pool, terrace and gardens, in his first architectural / hotel design project.
Rates from 400 EUR per night.
Located in the heart of Monte-Carlo, overlooking Port Hercule, Hôtel Hermitage offers guests discreet and intimate luxury in magical surroundings. A stone’s throw from Casino Square, the 100-year old hotel has been granted historical monument status.
Extensive refurbishment took place between 2002 and 2010 with distinguished architect-designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon, overseeing the elegant transformation, which marries modernity with the Belle Époque spirit of the 1930’s.
The one Michelin-star Le Vistamar seafood restaurant, with one of the most beautiful terraces in Monte-Carlo, opened in September 2010 and the contemporary Salon Eiffel ballroom opened in late 2011. Guests of the Hôtel Hermitage also benefit from direct access to the renowned Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo – one of the finest medical spa’s in Europe.
The magnificent 4-floor spa has just undergone a multi million pound refurbishment and overlooks the Mediterranean sea. Acknowledged in Europe as the biggest and most innovative treatment centre of its generation, Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo experience is rooted in the science of regeneration.
Rates from 395 EUR per night
The Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel offers contemporary design with an elegant ambiance, which reflects the very soul of the Cote d’Azur. International interior designer India Mahdavi refurbished the 40-room hotel in 2009 and has managed to capture the golden age of the Riviera, though with a modern approach.
Elsa, a contempoary restaurant that is 100% organic has opened to great acclaim. Led by chef, Paolo Sari, Elsa has already achieved one Michelin star. Facilities include the Monte Carlo Beach Club, with private beach (watersports including jet skis, donuts, flyfishing and parachute experiences are available), an outdoor Olympic sized seawater pool, an extensive spa and fitness centre, and four restaurants and a private landing-dock providing direct access from the sea.
Guests can also enjoy aqua bike lessons, as well as golf and tennis at the neighbouring Monte Carlo Country Club. Open March-October.
Rates from 320 EUR per night
Top Places to Visit in Monaco
Exploring Monaco really is a delight and I loved when I visited with Mr T. Being huge F1 fans we had to visit Juan Manuel Fangio memorial and attending the Monaco Grand Prix is definitely on the wish list. However there is so much more to Monaco than racing and luxury, it is stepped in history and culture.
Here are our top places to visit in Monaco whilst on honeymoon:
Saint Nicholas Cathedral– Built with the stark white stones from La Turbie in 1875, this Roman-Byzantine-style building houses the burial places of past sovereigns, including Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.
The Monaco Marina – The famous harbour with one of the world’s most impressive selection of superyachts – the new Yacht de Club de Monaco has also recently launched.
The Oceonographic Museum – With its international reputation for excellence, this exceptional museum is dedicated to marine science and oceanography. Its collections of marine fauna collected by Monaco’s pioneering Navigator Prince Prince Albert 1 are both invaluable and unique.
Monte Carlo Casino & Opera House – It was built in 1893 by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House. Its marble paved atrium, surrounded with 28 Ionic columns made of onyx, gives access to the Opera Hall which is entirely decorated in red and gold, with bas-reliefs and sculptures.
Fort Antoine – This early XVIII century fortress, built on the northeastern tip of Le Rocher “the Rock,” is now used as a marvelous outdoor theater with a capacity of some 350 spectators in tiered seating built in a semi-circle. In this enchanting setting, high quality performances are given during the summer season.
The Prince’s Palace – Guardian of an ancient tradition, this Palace located in a unique setting upon the “Rock” of Monaco,was built on the site of a fortress erected by the Genoese in 1215.
Today the splendors of this Palace can be admired by all, such as its Italian-style gallery and its 15th century frescoes; its Louis XVth lounge all in yellow and gold, its blue room, a harmonious blend of glorious blue and gold; its Mazarin room covered with multicoloured wood-panelling; the Throne Room, decorated with an impressive Renaissance fireplace; the Palatine Chapel built in the 17th century; St-Mary’s Tower, built from the white stones of nearby La Turbie; the Main Courtyard and its 17th century Carrara marble double staircase.
Shopping in Monaco
It would be amiss if I didn’t mention the shopping! As you would expect shopping in Monaco is luxurious but in addition there is the new Pavillions Monte-Carlo.. These are five futuristic pavillions in the heart of Monaco that offer a new luxury shopping experience.
The ephemeral constructions will temporarily house some of the world’s most prestigious brands that were previously located on Avenue des Beaux-Arts. Shoppers can see the latest collections from iconic fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel, Miu Miu and Bottega Veneta.
The Pavillions are located in the “Boulingrins” Gardens – where a river like path meaders through the shops leading customers towards the famous Place de Casino.
For more ideas when planning your summer honeymoon to Monaco visit www.visitmonaco.com