It is less than two weeks until the most glamorous, most highly anticipated and fastest weekend of the year – the Monaco Grand Prix 2012. The glitterati are descending on the exclusive principality for the prestigious event’s 70th anniversary.
The effortlessly cool and fabulous Monte-Carlo Beach – Splendia’s hotel of the month – is stocking up on jars of Osetra caviar, bottles of Dom Perignon 1966 and kilos of Rougié foie gras with which to welcome its discerning incoming guests.
Boasting a heritage older than the Monaco Grand Prix itself, the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel has been an iconic landmark of the area since 1929. Commissioned by René Léon, designed by award winning architect Roger Seassal and overseen by high society queen Elsa Maxwell, the Monte-Carlo Beach’s resounding success was perhaps unsurprising. Euphoria continued to grow from one summer to the next, as politicians to playboys swarmed upon the fashionable hotel to bathe on Lorvotto Beach, swim in the Olympic pool and live the Riviera dream.
80 years later, the Monte-Carlo Beach has undergone a state-of-the-art makeover to appeal to the A-listers and international jet setters of today. The in-demand designer, India Mahdavi, has given the historic hotel an injection of 21st century luxury…
Timless charm awaits in each of the hotel’s rooms and suites, as effortlessly cool 1920s furnishings are combined with chic artistic murals. Splendia recommend reserving a Loft Suite, where you can enjoy views of the sparkling Mediterranean from your very own private hamman.
Unwind at the Spa du Monte-Carlo Beach and spoil yourself with a caviar treatment, where the luxurious delicacy is massaged into your body. Show off your newly shimmering skin at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club as you relax on an elegant sun lounger, whilst your other half makes the most of the vast water sports available and the little ones are kept entertained at the fun-filled children’s club.
“Serve the dinner backwards, do anything – but for goodness sake, do something weird” was Elsa Maxwell’s famous statement when advising on the cuisine for Monte-Carlo Beach. Today, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant ‘Elsa’ offers a carefully thought-out menu – one that changes with the seasons, uses only the finest local produce and, most importantly, heeds the instructions of its original founder. Discover a banquet fit for the Grimaldis and local Monegasques at La Vigie! Their famous Sunday Brunch is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch, whilst being tempted with plate after plate of international culinary delights.
As night falls, dust off your tux, pick out your glitziest Roberto Cavalli dress and glint with gold as you try your luck at the many casino’s of Monaco. Afterwards, head back to the super stylish Sea Lounge and join in the party of Monte Carlo! Snack on delicious tapas, sip innovative cocktails and dance the night away as you watch the million-euro yachts, bobbing in the distance…