Monte-Carlo When It Sizzles: A Summer Extravaganza of Invention and Re-invention

The stars will be shining even more brightly in Monaco this summer when a cascade of stellar events and newly re-imagined elegant landmarks illuminate the Principality.

Up at the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer central place, the exciting unveiling of the dazzling white circular New Rotonde wing of the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo marks the first stage in the elegant metamorphosis of Monaco’s historic architecture. Slated for completion by December 2018, there are now new design rooms and suites to choose from, including this magnificently restored « Alice Wing », which offers clients spacious stylish rooms in a « Timeless » or « Classic » decor, plus with sweeping sea vistas. 

Add to that the much-awaited re-opening of Monte-Carlo’s longtime popular gastronomic haunt, Le Grill, located on the 8th floor of the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Freshly spruced up in a contemporary medley of pure clean lines and a midnight blue decor, the winning concept has remained the same: a mouthwatering menu of Provencal cuisine that combines simplicity and sophistication, headed by talented Alain Ducasse-trained Franck Cerutti. Expect classic dishes including fresh prawns from San Remo with spelt, pasta Casareccia with clams, squid and shellfish, or rack of lamb jazzed up in a wild herb- seasoned crust, followed by Le Grill’s signature dessert—a Grand Marnier or red berry soufflé. Another feature is the high-tech rotisserie for the finest cuts of grilled meat or local fish, washed down with an impressive choice of exclusive regional vintages. 


You’ll want to linger in the prettily refurbished bar and large outdoor terrace there’s also a Churchill private room (the great statesman was a frequent guest at the Hôtel de Paris) but that’s not all.  What makes Le Grill’s dining experience so memorable is the building’s celebrated roof ceiling that opens onto a starlit sky on balmy evenings.  


Surrealist Dinner

Across the street at the renowned the mythical building housing the Opera de Monte-Carlo, another unique dining experience took place to showcase the timeless elegance of the Salle Belle Époque, where high rollers, tourists and dignitaries mix freely in a James Bond movie-meets—gilded splendor decor. This past April, Monte-Carlo hosted its first« Surrealist Dinner », orchestrated by ultra-creative wunderkind, Belgian designer Charles Kaisin.  With 120 guests, including H. S. S.  Prince Albert II and H. R. H. Princess Caroline of Hanover and a glamorous list of movie stars and artists, the avant-garde choreography of the evening (think a ballet of waiters serving in ever-changing extravagant costumes). The whimsical innovative menu was dreamed up by Michelin-starred chef, Marcel Ravin of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.


Down by the beaches of the Larvotto district, the after-dark scene in Monaco swings into full gear with The Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival (June 28- August 20) held at the Sporting d’Eté complex, home of the celebrated nightclub Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo – which just reopened with a complete new design - and the glittery Salle des Etoiles. You can indulge in a sumptuous sit-down dinner and listen to some of the world’s greatest musical talents at close range in the intimacy of the ballroom, or opt for a more informal venue in glided splendor at Monte-Carlo’s jewel box Opera Garnier. This summer’s highlights include legendary artists from Deep Purple, Kool and the Gang and George Benson to French actor Gerard Depardieu (singing the most celebrated songs of French chanteuse Barbara), the Cranberries, and Italian crooner, Paolo Conte.

Monte-Carlo Beach

In between all the culinary fireworks and unforgettable concerts, have a swim in the shimmering warm-as-silk turquoise sea, then laze in your own private cabana at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club to the tune of thrumming cicadas in the surrounding pine forest.