Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer’s Autumn Allure

Indian Summer in the Principality is always one of the most pleasurable times of the year. There’s a softness in the breeze and the sea is like warm silk. As haze of August heat dissolves into clear blue skies, the vibrant colours of autumn come alive.

Come the end of September, the seasonal excitement kicked off at the Port Hercule with the annual Monaco Yacht Show (September 26-29), a stupendous showcase of the latest high-tech floating palaces, featuring over 120 plush superyachts and 40 launches of newly-designed models.  

But you don’t have to climb aboard a yacht to enjoy a spectacular sea view. One of the delectable highlights of Monaco’s “endless summer” was a new concept mixing, from midday to midnight gastronomy, cocktail and music al fresco at La Vigie, at the Monte-Carlo Beach. Hidden away at the tip of a mini-peninsula, the restaurant features a terrace at the water’s edge, plus a sleek outdoor lounge with sweeping views of the coast. Headed by Michelin-starred chef Paolo Sari, the lunch and dinner menus offer starters including sea bass ceviche and mango to ultra-fresh San Remo prawns; main courses range from lobster spaghetti to grilled fish, topped off by a feather light red berry pavlova for dessert.

La Vigie Restaurant – Monte-Carlo Beach

 

Launched last May during Monaco’s annual Grand Prix, the new internationally renowned restaurant COYA Monte-Carlo quickly became the latest festive hot spot for contemporary Peruvian cuisine with cultural experience, it’s unique Pisco cocktails library and live music. Located in the seafront Sporting d’Eté complex, next to the legendary nightclub Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo, the inventive Peruvian-inspired menu features dishes such as sea bass with white corn and sweet potatoes, roast garlic chicken, and refreshing desserts like coconut mousse with cucumber and pineapple sorbet.

COYA Monte-Carlo

 

Up on the Opera de Monte-Carlo Square, the landmark Café de Paris Monte-Carlo was buzzing with a newly-launched unique dining experience dreamed up by chef Paolo Sari, whose innovative, organic, Mediterranean cuisine is known for its top quality locally- sourced products. The concept: A Gourmet Market on the café terrace, chock-a-block with a dazzling array of seafood, fine cheeses, cold cuts, pastries and homemade ice-cream.

L’Epicerie – Café de Paris Monte-Carlo

 

The sun was shining even brighter than usual thanks to the exclusive performance of the prestigious Canadian troupe, Cirque du Soleil, especially created a show named Monte-Carlo for Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer—an unforgettable artistic show featuring jugglers, acrobats and clowns.  

Cirque du Soleil – Monte-Carlo Show

 

On Saturday, November 24th, sports fans will have a chance to experience the Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza in a glamourous gilded décor. Organized with Matchroom Boxing, this prestigious black-tie event provides the opportunity to watch world title and international fights at close range.

Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza

       

The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival (November 13th to December 2nd) held inside the gilded walls of the jewel box Monte-Carlo Opera Garnier will resonate with an eclectic mix of musical trends in jazz that embraces both classic and world music.  This year’s star-studded line-up include singers Bobby Mc Ferrin, and the legendary Boy George and Culture Club, as well as the guitarist extraordinaire, John Mc Laughlin with his group the 4th Dimension and an exceptional performance by Russian concert pianist, Denis Matsuev. 

Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

 

Looking ahead, the glittery end-of-the-year festivities in the Principality will be celebrated along with another much-awaited event: the reopening of the completely refurbished mythic palace, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. And for those who dream of palatial penthouse luxury, the recently opened Princess Grace Suite is the ultimate embodiment of sober elegance.  Housed on the two upper floors of the new wing, this opulent 910m2 suite comes with a private heated rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, a lush garden and a breath-taking 180° view from the Prince’s Palace to the Italian Riviera. A dream come true.   

Princess Grace Suite – Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo