Winter Sparkle, diamond light: Monte-Carlo’s Société des Bains de Mer new effervescence

 

Winter usually means frosty temperatures and glistening snow, but in Monaco, the shimmering Mediterranean and clear starry skies are the perfect setting for this year’s bright holiday season.


Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo – Opéra de Monte-Carlo Square

The end-of-the-year festivities got off to an exhilarating start at the end of November when H.S.H. Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie inaugurated the eagerly-awaited Princess Grace Suite, located on the 7th and 8th floors of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo’s gorgeously restored Rotunda Wing.


Princess Grace Suite- Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Call it a shining moment in the ongoing 4-year transformation of this iconic palace, where refined luxury has evolved into a harmonious mix of contemporary elegance and timeless Old-World charm.


Princess Grace Suite- Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

More than a landmark, the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is embedded with cherished memories. When Prince Rainier and film star Grace Kelly were married in 1956, their wedding cake was served in the hotel’s glamourous Salle Belle Époque. For decades to come, the Princely couple’s friends-- tout Hollywood as well as heads of state and international celebrities were frequent guests.

Today, that welcoming spirit continues; the latest offerings, which showcase Monaco’s mesmerizing panoramic sea views from the renovated upper floors of the hotel, include the superbly renovated restaurant, Le Grill.


Princess Grace Suite- Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

And let’s face it:  nothing compares to the stunning 2-bedroom Princess Grace Duplex suite--the largest on the Riviera--boasting a whopping 910m2 of indoor and outdoor space.


Princess Grace Suite- Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Expect a medley of sober elegance, clean minimalist lines awash with soft gold, creamy white and pearl grey furnishings, plus top craftsmanship, from the marble bathrooms (with a steam room and a granite hot tub) to the stupendous infinity pool on one of the terraces. Scattered throughout the rooms and the spacious office are some of Princess Grace’s favourites, including shelves of literary classics, photographs and vases of fragrant apricot-coloured hybrid tea roses. Custom-designed to match your heart’s desire, this uber-luxurious suite proposes services such as a maître-d’hôtel, private chef or sommelier, and the list goes on…


Princess Grace Suite- Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Down on the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo Square, shoppers can experience a more accessible version of unmitigated glamour in the 40 boutiques on the Promenade Monte-Carlo Shopping, ablaze with light and seasonal decorations.

Gearing up for 2018, the entire Principality is hosting a constellation of celebrations, featuring special menus from holiday brunches to an irresistible All-Chocolate Christmas tea at the Salle Belle-Époque. The wide choice of specially-conceived Christmas and New Year’s Eve lunches and dinners cater to every taste, from a once-in-a-lifetime extravaganza at Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse to the lively atmosphere of the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo.

Add to that Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer’s luxurious gaming experience, which has been redesigned to offer clients a memorable mix of art, emotion.  You can’t miss this season’s whimsical “Art of Gaming” installation in the colours of Monaco’s coat of arms. Draped from floor to walls in 1400m2 of eye--popping red and white diamond-patterned fabric, the Atrium of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo is decked out in a « Let’s Fall in Diamonds » theme, dreamed up by Belgian designer extraordinaire, Charles Kaisin.


Opera de Monte-Carlo Atrium – Art Installation

And speaking of jaw-dropping spectacles…Kaisin orchestrated his second Surrealist dinner in Monaco   inside the private rooms of the the building housing the opera on December 9, 2017.

Attended by Princess Caroline and actresses Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Isabelle Huppert and other prestigious guests, the metamorphosis of the mythic Salle Blanche into a French garden was just the beginning of the surprises.


Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Charles Kaisin, Chiara Mastroianni


HRH The Princess of Hanover


Surrealist Dinner – December 9, 2017

Inspired by Marivaux’s classic play, « The Game of Love and Chance », the avant-garde dinner unfurled in several acts, served by scantily-clad ballet dancers under long white gauzy tents or waiters disguised as gardeners with bird cage hats (a nod to Belgian artist, Magritte), culminating in a game of table football using playing cards. The ultra-refined menu, which included local specialties such as seabass with spiny artichokes and truffles, was helmed by Franck Cerutti, Executive Chef of Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo.

Beyond the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo Square, there will also be much to do and see. Looking ahead to summer, visitors will discover the new seaside Restaurant Coya at the Sporting d’Eté, featuring an innovative fusion of gastronomic dishes from Peru, China and Spain.

So, let the corks pop and enjoy the heady spin into the new year bathed in the diamond light of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer’s artful conviviality.

The year 2018 kicked off with a new calendar of fantastic events:

From January 18-28, Monaco played host to the 42nd International Circus Festival, offering a program of outstanding numbers.

Monaco is also one of the world’s top places for automobile sports and this season begins with the legendary Monte-Carlo Rallye. In its 86th year, the race held on January 22, departing from the square in front of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.

The excitement continues with a series of major events that will take place in the early part of the 2018 season, including the famous Rose Ball, held on March 24 at the Salle des Etoiles du Sporting Monte-Carlo, followed by the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters tournament from April 14-22, and Art Monte-Carlo, held from April 27-29.


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