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The Final Lap of Luxury: Monaco Grand Prix
  • May 11, 2014 : 12:05
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Monaco. Just the name conjures up images of wealth and extravagance, old money elegance and beautiful women sunbathing on luxury yachts. Whether it’s James Bond playing Baccarat in the Monte Carlo Casino or Grace Kelly’s royal wedding to Prince Rainier III, the tiny principality (only 0.78 square miles, about the size of Central Park!) has more than its fair share of glitz and glamour.

Once a year, the city-state blocks off its narrow and winding main streets for four days to host the most prestigious automobile race in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix, considered one of the most challenging courses of Formula One racing. If you want to experience the ultimate Grand Prix weekend, we suggest you make yourself familiar with all the opulence Monaco has to offer.

ACCOMMODATIONS


The Fairmont Hotel, formerly the Loews, is one of the grandest hotels in Monte Carlo and offers the best view of the race’s famous Grand Hotel Hairpin. Their Grand Prix Formula One Experience package includes access to their rooftop terrace, two VIP seats in the grandstand and two tickets to the Billionaire Club. Sea-view suites start at €10391 per night.


     "Grand Prix Monaco Formula 1 2011" © 2011 Cyril Attias, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The five-star Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo will pamper you as you overlook the harbor and the track from the midi terrace or take part in the special Formula One events in the Paddock Lounge, including a Formula 1 Simulator Workshop and a buffet with TVs broadcasting the practice sessions and races. Their four-night suite package starts at €12000 a night.


     "2007 Monaco Grand Prix" © 2007 Mark Hintsa, (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Of course, the ultimate way to stay in Monaco is aboard your very own luxury yacht. The port of Monte Carlo will be chock-a-block with incredible superyachts filled with the world’s most beautiful people, so reserve your slip early. Or just book a berth on Drive Monaco Grand Prix’s tri-deck superyacht and enjoy their hospitality. Cabins start at £15,000 a night.

WATCH THE RACE


If your hotel isn’t perfectly suited to view the race, you have options. The Ermanno Penthouse Terrace has been voted the best spot in Monte Carlo for taking in the Grand Prix, and they offer everything you need to do it in style. Book the VIP package to get access to the penthouse terrace, which offers views of 80 percent of the course, a champagne breakfast and catered cuisine, all-day open bar and more. The two-day package is €3000 per person.


Dry land isn’t the only place to watch the race. Many yachts have prime trackside mooring, with an ideal view of the course where drivers exit the tunnel onto the Chicane. Even if you aren’t staying aboard the Drive Monaco yacht, you can still come aboard to watch all the action. With the exclusive four-day VIP hospitality package you’ll be whisked aboard in the morning for champagne breakfast followed by gourmet lunch, afternoon tea, evening cocktail parties and a chauffeured limousine to take you back to your hotel. The four-day package is £3000 per person.

NIGHTLIFE


    "Monte Carlo Casino" © 2010 Glen Scarborough (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Casino de Monte Carlo is a gambling institution. The most prestigious casino in Europe features glamorous Belle Epoque architecture, table games and slot machines. This isn’t Vegas, so leave the shorts and flip-flops in your hotel, and make sure you’re wearing a jacket and proper footwear if you want to gamble in the private rooms. Entry is a reasonable €10 per person, with an additional €10 charge to enter the private rooms. Don’t expect to meet any native Monégasques at the gaming table—citizens of Monaco are not allowed to gamble at the casino.


Jimmy’z is a Monaco institution. Whether you’re partying at Jimmy’z Place du Casino after a big win or dancing all night at Jimmy’z Sporting Monte-Carlo on the Avenue Princesse Grace, which has been attracting revelers for 40 years, chances are you’ll be sharing the dancefloor with celebs as one of the world’s best DJs spins until the wee hours. Jimmy’z opens at 11:30 P.M. and the party goes on till dawn.


     "Cocktails" © 2010 Ilya, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Living Room calls itself a mixture of a piano bar and a discotheque, but this exclusive lounge is a must-visit since only the best-looking and best-dressed are granted admittance. Don’t show up looking anything other than perfectly put together, guys. DJ Kriss spins an eclectic mix that keeps the party going from 11 P.M. to dawn. We love watching the sun come up from the heated terrace (open year-round).


    "Monte Carlo waterfront lounge" © 2013 Lorraine Tan, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Life is the only club in Monte Carlo you can access by boat, so when you want off your yacht just tie up at the club’s jetty. The early opening time (5 P.M.) makes it ideal for a quieter crowd who want a drink and dinner while taking in the views from the seaside terrace, but as the night goes on the younger crowd appears to join the debauchery at their beach parties every night during Grand Prix weekend.

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