Monte Carlo

Best City Secret

Japanese Garden

This garden, set in the heart of the Principality, was designed at the request of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, by Japanese landscape architect Yasuo Beppu, winner of the Osaka Flower Exhibition.

Museum Must-See
Antique Cars
HSH Prince Rainier III has a collection of more than 100 vehicles, from a 1935 Packard to Maseratis, and they are on display and open to the public. (377) 92-05-28-56; www.palais.mc.
Best View
L’Horizon Deck
Providing an amazing view over three countries—Italy, France and Monaco—the deck has an adjacent game room with movies and video games so parents can enjoy the view in peace. (377) 93-50-65-00.
Best Cultural Secret
The Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, this ballet school also has an internationally-acclaimed dance company, which performs regularly at the Grimaldi Forum. www.balletsdemontecarlo.com.
Best Activity/Excursion
Casino de Monte Carlo
The legendary casino and Belle Époque jewel is the gold standard and the most prestigious in Europe.
Best Family Activity
Monaco International Circus Festival
The circus extravaganza championed by Princess Stephanie has become the most important big-top festival in the world. It’s the annual rendezvous for the international circus community. (377-92) 05-23-45; www.montecarlofestival.mc/en/.
Best Restaurant for a Celebration
Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse
This restaurant is dedicated to good taste and fantasy. Authenticity and culinary elegance have always been subtly combined in a truly unique setting. Indeed, outstanding menus and an excellent wine list guarantee rare moments that diners will never forget.
Best Restaurant for a Celebration
Buddha Bar
An exotic ambiance and unusual flavors in a chic setting best describes this charming restaurant. An elegant musical atmosphere perfectly completes Buddha Bar experience (+37-7)98061919 www.buddhabar.com/en/restaurant-bar-buddha-bar-monte-carlo-11.

Hotels

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo sits in the heart of Monaco, with the best position on the F1 Grand Prix racetrack and a roster of such famous past guests as Cary Grant, Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary in its private wine cellar, one of the largest and oldest in the world. Today they might have opted instead for Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV restaurant, with its soaring painted ceilings, low chandeliers and heavy draperies. At the one-Michelin-starred Le Grill, stunning panoramic views provide a breathtaking backdrop, while Le Bar Américain offers a cozy, low-key setting in which to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of one of the more than 300,000 Champagne vintages. Le Côté Jardin is a lovely garden restaurant in the middle of the city.

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Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is all Belle Époque splendor, with a pale corbelled façade, decorative blue bas-relief friezes and French doors that open onto fanciful wrought-iron balconies with harbor views. Gorgeous public spaces include the winter garden with a soaring Art Nouveau glass-and-steel cupola, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and La Salle Belle Époque, opulent with pink marble columns and Fragonard-esque frescoes. By contrast, the guestrooms in palettes of red, blue or beige, are studies in restrained elegance. The hotel is one of Monaco's main social hubs and the public spaces are always buzzing with a chic clientele. Guests are made to feel like they are part of the glam scene by being given the “Monte-Carlo Cercle” card, offering free admission to the Casino, the spa Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, the Beach club, 50-percent discount at the Tennis Club and the Golf Club.

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Leading Spa Hôtel Métropole, Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Since opening on the legendary casino square in 2004, the Hôtel Métropole has embodied the old-world glamour and modern allure of Monte-Carlo. Star chef Joël Robuchon heads three destination restaurants, including the two-Michelin-star Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo and his first-ever Japanese restaurant, the Michelinstarred Yoshi. The Lobby Bar remains one of the most buzzing destinations in the commune, and royalty and celebrities alike have been dazzled by the luxurious Jacques Garcia–designed interiors and ESPA. At the latter, guests can unwind with customized therapies, including signature facials, hot-stone massages and full-body salt and oil scrubs. There are also two therapy rooms with private hammams and baths and the only saltwater pool in Monte-Carlo.

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