3 reasons why Monaco remains the number one luxury destination in Europe

Monaco is a unique destination along the French Riviera that exudes opulence at every turn, from super luxurious yachts moored in the harbor to magnificent hotels atop the hill. Anyone who has visited will know just how lavish the pristine principality is, and this carries over to its restaurants, designer shops, public spaces and the activities that can be undertaken here too.

Here we take a look at how Monaco is still the top luxury destination in Europe.

Luxury hotels in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is home to historic luxury hotels that offer the crème de la crème in opulent suites. Image credit: Luziana55/Bigstock.com

In Monaco, you’ll want to experience true luxury in all its glory, and one of the best ways to do that is to check into one of the Diamond Suites at the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. Luxury hotels in Monte Carlo offer exceptional suites, the real creme de la creme, and these are known as Diamond Suites.

The Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, famous throughout the world because it is located on the Place du Casino, where the Casino de Monte-Carlo is also located, houses the Princess Grace suite. Created in honor of the former American actress and later Princess Consort of Monaco, the suite epitomizes her sophistication and includes some of her favorite poems and books in its setting. Sitting on two floors and covering some 1,000 square meters, visitors will be wowed as soon as they step onto the terrace and catch a glimpse of the 180 degree view of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, offers the Diamond Suite Sea View and is the ideal refuge for honeymooners or those looking for a romantic setting. Benefiting from a jacuzzi, decorated in light purple and grey, the terrace will impress with its view, in particular of the Prince’s Palace and the Old Town.

The Diamond Suite Sunshine, at Monte-Carlo Beach, is the favorite of those who come to Monaco to enjoy its sunny climate. This high-level suite has a 100 m² terrace with jacuzzi and a sumptuous setting. On top of that, a limo will be on hand, so if you fancy heading into town, you can rest assured that you’ll arrive in style.

Finally, the Diamond Suite Eleven Sea View, at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort, is an elegant offering with luxurious interiors with marble, eucalyptus wood, natural stone and mosaic materials. The 11the– the ground floor suite is accessible via your own private lift and there are two bedrooms and a spacious living/dining room. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave.

Luxury restaurants

The Louis XV, three Michelin stars, is located in the famous Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo. Image credit: Luziana55/Bigstock.com

The Louis XV – Alain Ducasse

The Louis XV – Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris is Monaco’s restaurant par excellence. With three Michelin stars to its credit, proof that the trip is worthwhile, this restaurant will seduce with its modern gastronomy. Expect fresh fruits and vegetables from nearby small farmers, as well as fresh fish and meat. The cuisine is Mediterranean and light and, accompanied by the best wines suggested by head sommelier Maxime Pastor, guests will be amazed by this culinary experience.

The blue bay

If you are looking to sample exquisite and creative cuisine, the Blue Bay at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort is the place to dine. Chef Marcel Ravin has combined the flavors of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean to create divine cuisine that has been awarded two Michelin stars. Moreover, guests can eat these delicious dishes outside on a terrace when the sun is shining and enjoy a panoramic view of the sea while dining.

High-end activities

The Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place here in the spring. Image credit: Marcorubino/Bigstock.com

Along with great food and splendid places to live, there are plenty of ways to keep busy on a trip to Monaco and expect them to be elevated to a new level of luxury as well.

Shopping on the Promenade Monte-Carlo will appeal to anyone with luxurious tastes. If you are looking for the ultimate in jewelry, you can stop at Cartier, Chanel or Bulgari and for watch specialists, head to Audemars Piguet, Boucheron or Rolex. If it’s clothes you’re looking for, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Boghossian are some of the big names gracing the storefronts here, but there are plenty more places to spend the money here.

There are also the famous casinos, reserved for visitors; a selection of relaxing gardens to enjoy a moment of calm among plants and statues; the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, built into a cliff; and the Formula 1 Grand Prix that takes place here in the spring is one of the most iconic circuits of the season, if not the most iconic.

Elisha A. Tilghman