The principality has gained a reputation as the hot spot for those enjoying the finer things in life. Luxury hotels, unforgettable nightlife, a host of incredible events, Michelin-starred eateries, and copious amounts of sunshine await year-round. Read on for a carefully curated list of upcoming event highlights – but be warned, you may never want to leave.
Spring Has Sprung
Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer launches into spring with the event series Ma Vie en Rose named after the famous song by Edith Piaf. Celebrating old-world charm and modern glamour the programme brings together the best in creative, musical, gastronomic and festive experiences, including Rose is the Future, a fine dining experience by two-Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort on 30 April as well as Dita Von Teese’s show Glamonatrix on 7 May at Opera Garnier. And that’s not all, spring is also a time of gastronomic change with exciting new openings on the horizon: From 15 April, Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, a restaurant by Yannick Alléno, is taking up residence at Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo serving up free-spirited yet refined cuisine in a chic casual-cool setting. At the newly opened restaurant Em Sherif Monte-Carlo part of Hôtel de Paris Monte Carlo, chef Yasmina Hayek beautifully fuses the flavours of Lebanon and the Mediterranean. Then there is the Monaco Historic Grand Prix taking place from 13 to 15 May as well as the Monaco E-Prix at the end of April and, of course, the famous Grand Prix de Formule 1 also returns between 26 and 29 May 2022.
Monaco enjoys an average of 3,000 sun hours annually – and summer may have something to do with it! Temperatures regularly climb to 25°C or higher, but it’s not just the tropical weather that has travellers return year after year: The biggest event of the season, the Summer Festival, takes place between 13 July and 11 August. A-listers such Rita Ora, Imany, Pink Martini, the Black Eyed Peas and Simple Minds are set to deliver outstanding entertainment. On 18 July, Alicia Keys will perform on Casino Square as part of the Red Cross Gala – an event not to be missed. Those looking to relax a little will enjoy Monte-Carlo Beach Club’s brand new beach or basking in the sun at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, where you can start your day in a Balinese-style bed on the shores of the sandy-bottomed lagoon. Then there is the renowned Monegasque nightlife, where casinos, bars and clubs are right at your fingertips. Those looking for a culinary adventure will enjoy special Summer Dining events at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Afterwards, head to Buddha Bar, where East meets West, put your luck to the test at the Casino de Monte-Carlo or dance the night away, cocktail in hand, at one of the area’s trendiest spots, such as Blue Gin Bar, Coya Monte-Carlo or Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo.
Fall In Love
… with a slower pace, milder temperatures and a sense of relaxation during the autumn months. Perfect for those wanting to spend more time on self-care Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, Spa Cinq Mondes and the Monte-Carlo Beach Spa all offer indulgent wellness treatments. Then there is the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival in November – a fantastic way to indulge the senses. Prefer a more active vacation? Why not opt for yoga or water sports at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club, tennis as well as squash at the Monte-Carlo Country Club or golf at the Monte-Carlo Golf Club? Options are truly limitless. The absolute highlight in autumn is undoubtedly the Monte-Carlo Festival of Stars. Now in its second iteration, the fine-dining event returns with all-new culinary collaborations between chefs from the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurants and renowned chefs from around the globe. The festival will come to a delicious close on 11 November with an exquisite gala dinner.
A Winter Wonderland
Already dreading the winter blues? Fear not, even between December and February, when most of Europe is dipped in grey, the principality beckons with balmy Mediterranean temperatures and exciting events, such as Ballets de Monte Carlo’s wonderful performance of The Nutcracker. It’s also the perfect time for shopping or to explore the places that may have been too busy during the hotter seasons. Think Jardin Exotique, where you can also enjoy the views of the Fontvieille district, book an evening at the opera or theatre, or visit the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Nature lovers may want to head to the snowy peaks of the French or Italian Alps – just a sixty-minute helicopter flight from beautiful Monaco. During the holidays, Monaco turns up the allure with its magical end-of-year celebration conjuring a fairytale-like feeling across the city-state. From themed menus, delightful bites, enchanting decorations and light installations to giant Christmas trees and top-notch entertainment, your heart will be full of seasonal joy.
For years Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer has been offering a unique art of living, creating a one-of-a-kind resort. The group offers an incredible selection of events all year long. To discover more, watch the video below: