Casinos, Formula One car racing, yachts, villas and no income tax for its citizens — Monaco’s always in style with the ultra-rich. For an aerial view, helicopter in from the Nice airport (as Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore recently did).
LE LOUIS XV
In a grand, mirrored salon with fin de siecle flourishes, Le Louis XV is culinary master Alain Ducasse’s rarefied stage within the historic Hotel de Paris. Here, elegant seasonal market-to-table menus are presented in the most formal of settings.
Where: Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino
Phone: +377 98 06 88 64
Restaurateur Joel Robuchon opened the chic but casual Yoshi in a former villa, in December. The contemporary-style dining room overlooks a tranquil Japanese garden; there are a four-seat sushi bar and modern Japanese specialties.
Where: 4 Avenue de la Madone
Phone: +377 93 15 13 13
MONTE CARLO BEACH HOTEL
The classic art deco hotel reopens May 19 after a renovation by Paris-based architect/designer India Mahdavi. Each of the 40 guest rooms and suites has a private sea-view terrace. A pontoon for yacht moorings adds more luxury.
Where: Avenue Princesse Grace, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Phone: (800) 595-0898
FAIRMONT MONTE CARLO
Remarkable views distinguish the Fairmont (once the Loews), the largest hotel on the Cote d’Azur with 602 guest rooms and suites. Rooms have a modernist nautical theme and were crisply renovated in cheerful beachy colors.
Where: 12 Avenue des Spelugues
Phone: (888) 270 6650
LES THERMES MARINS DE MONTE-CARLO
Marine-based spa therapies, such as seaweed body wraps and sea-salt scrubs, are the signature treatments at Les Thermes Marins, known for its views, heated saltwater pool and onsite cafe.
Where: 2 Avenue de Monte-Carlo
Phone: +377 98 06 69 00
SPA CINQ MONDES
(Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort)
An urban sanctuary, the Spa Cinq Mondes offers untraditional treatments that encompass global beauty rituals from Japanese baths to Balinese spiced body scrubs.
Where: 40 Avenue Princesse Grace
Phone: +377 98 06 01 80