Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel and Resort
The Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel and Resort, set on a peninsula, offers a more relaxed version of luxury. Stroll through beautiful gardens, lounge by the sandy-bottom lagoon, or gaze out at the Mediterranean.
With four restaurants, three bars, a Cinq Mondes spa and casino, you may never want to leave the property.
40 Avenue Princesse Grace –MC 98000 Monaco
Overlooking the sea, enjoy the serene luxury of these modern suites. Some suites offer two-level layouts, with one or two terraces.
Located on the corner of the resort, this suite offers a 180 degree view of the sea and city, plus two terraces.
Dining at Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel and Resort
Le Blue Bay
Le Blue Bay offers Mediterranean flavors and spicy world cuisine with contemporary ambiance, and a view of the sea.
Las Brisas is an outdoor restaurant, facing the lagoon, and open for lunch and Sunday brunch in the summer.
L’Orange Verte serves light gourmet snacks, plus a wide selection of teas and pastries, in the luxuriant setting of the Winter Garden.
Blue Gin Bar
The Blue Gin Bar serves highly original cocktails in a spacious lounge with a terrace by the sea.
In and Around Monaco
On the Rock of Monaco (the Old Town)
The Prince’s Palace
The ancient ramparts and narrow streets of Monaco-Ville
The Old Town on the Rock of Monaco is characterized by its narrow streets, vaulted passageways and ancient houses with numerous sculpted lintels.
Built in 1875, it contains the tombs of former Princes.
Chapelle de la Miséricorde
Built in 1639, this chapel was the seat of the Brotherhood of Black Penitents.
Musée de la Chapelle de la Visitation
Baroque chapel built in the 17th century which now houses part of a collection of religious artworks belonging to Mme. Barbara Piasecka-Johnson, including paintings by Rubens, Zurbaran…
Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs and the Palace’s Collection of Historic Archives
Collection of over 1,000 objects from the First Empire and documents relating to the history of the Principality
Museum of Oceanography
world-famous for its collections but above all for its aquariums, including the much-visited “Shark Lagoon”
Garnier Opera House
National Museum: Collection of 19th-century dolls and automats
Japanese Garden: A quiet, serene park blending stone, plants and water in classic harmony.
A la Condamine
Church of Sainte-Dévote
Dedicated to the Patron Saint of Monaco.
Several thousand species of so-called “succulent” plants.
Observatory’s Prehistoric Grotto.
Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology
The Vintage car collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco
Museum of Stamps and Coins
Park of Fontvieille and Princess Grace Rose Garden
About 4,000 rose bushes
“Chemin des Sculptures”
Outside of Monaco / the French Riviera
Beaulieu sur Mer
Situated 10 km from Nice, nestling in the midst of luxuriant vegetation, Beaulieu (“Beautiful Place”) bears an appropriate name. Its beaches bordered with palm-trees, its superb light and mild temperatures for most of the year, make it one of the most privileged sites on the Côte d’Azur.
Don’t forget to go visit the Greek Villa Kérylos. This faithful reproduction of a luxurious villa from the Age of Antiquity will enchant you for the beautiful decoration of each of its rooms. Once a favorite destination for members of royalty, Beaulieu is still a town of Mediterranean tradition and a town offering certain sumptuousness. Its luxurious properties, lovely parks and gardens, as well as the magnificent limousines that you’ll spot in Beaulieu will all remind you that you’re right at the heart of the Côte d’Azur.
Cap d’Ail is a peaceful spot on the coast, at the very gateway to the Principality of Monaco. It has been classified as a climatic resort since 1921. The quality of its sea water has won it the “Pavillon bleu” for its 3 beaches :
– Plage Marquet is the most suitable for families. On a gentle slope and with easy access, it is home to the “Cercle Nautique” and offers 2 restaurants.
– Plage Mala is a little cove surrounded by vegetation, accessible on foot down a very steep path. It is also suitable for families and offers 2 restaurants.
– The Plage des Pissarelles is reserved for more sporty types : it is flanked by rocks and is reached via a path that is rather daunting for children.
You can also visit the “Centre Mediterranéen” with its amphitheatre designed by Jean Cocteau and, very close to the sea, the Sacha Guitry Park laid out in terraced embankments next to the villa which once belonged to this famous author. He was not, in fact, the only one to fall beneath the charm of Cap d’Ail. Its 3 km shoreline was also appreciated by many other personalities such as the Prince of Wales, the son of the Czar, the Lumière brothers, Greta Garbo, Apollinaire and, of course, Jean Cocteau… .
Eze Village extends from the seafront to the Grande Corniche… A steep path links Eze Village to the seaside resort. Eze is one of the loveliest villages on the Côte d’Azur, offering a panoramic view of the entire Riviera… On some winter mornings, from the highest point of this “eagle’s nest”, you can make out Corsica. Stroll along its ramparts, admire the view from the castle ruins, explore the steep narrow streets, only accessible on foot, and discover Mediterranean flora and cacti in the recently refurbished Exotic Gardens.
Menton is situated between the Principality of Monaco and the Italian Riviera, in a kind of amphitheater of mountains facing the sea, Menton is one of the foremost “Towns of Art and History” on the Côte d’Azur. Benefitting from a subtropical climate, its magnificent gardens have largely contributed to its renown. All categories of accommodation, restaurants, a casino, gardens, museums, beaches, sport and water sports…. all the amenities one could possibly need for a really enjoyable stay.
A blend of elegant and casual, Nice has all the charm of Mediterranean towns where an enjoyable life-style is explained by the beauty of the town itself as well as its exceptional climate. Here, even in winter, one can relax on café terraces and admire the world-famous Promenade des Anglais, always brimming with flowers all along the sweeping curve of the Bay of Angels, with pebbly beaches on one side, luxurious hotels on the other. Nice surprises visitors for the baroque architecture of some of its residences, the châteaux on the slopes of Mont Boron and the outright exaggerations of its “Belle Époque” architecture.
Other sumptuous achievements are also to be explored on strolls through flower-filled parks and gardens on the Colline du Château, Parc Chambrun and Masséna Gardens.
Proud of their history always marked by a certain independence, the Nicois have their own language (called “Nissart”) and a local cuisine with tasty savors, as typical as the town’s famous carnival : “pissaladière” (onion tart with anchovies and olives), “ratatouille” (tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes), “pan bagnat” (a round sandwich with tuna and salad) and “salad niçoise”, generously doused in olive-oil and garnished with Nice’s little black olives called “caillettes”.
Nice is also a city of art and culture : after Paris, it is the town with the most museums in France. It is lively by day and by night, with a famous Jazz Festival in summer, held in the superb arenas and gardens of Cimiez, battles of flowers on the Promenade des Anglais, thrown to the crowds by the prettiest girls on the Côte d’Azur. Every morning (except Monday), the Cours Saleya plays host to a big flower and fruit market. The color and liveliness of these neighborhoods with their markets in the midst of boutiques and restaurants is really exhilarating : entertainment guaranteed.
Roquebrune Cap Martin , situated between Monaco and Menton, at the foot of the Alps, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (about 2,333 acres) offers several neighborhoods rising upwards from the Mediterranean shore. With a seafront 7 kilometers long, it is a well-known resort on the French Riviera.
The old village combines traditional picturesque charm (one of the “perched villages”) with historic landmarks (10th-century castle) and evidence of the modern age (new neighbourhood of Le Rataou).
Cap Martin , a long peninsula with sheer sides, is composed of magnificent villas surrounded by wooded parks, the work of great architects who built houses for wealthy foreigners at the beginning of the 20th century (Tersling etc.), and examples of contemporary urban architecture (Plateau du Cap).
St Jean Cap Ferrat : situated on its enchanting cape, Saint-Jean is an old fishing village which encircles the little yacht harbor. You will also find here the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a sumptuous palace containing priceless works of art, set in the midst of seven kinds of gardens. The Villa is open year-round.
Villefranche sur Mer , in summer as in winter, shines with a certain stylishness, proud of its superb waterfront, reputed to be one of the loveliest in the Mediterranean. The port, the Citadelle, the old town and the curve of the shoreline all contribute to the picture-postcard charm of this village which dates back 130 years B.C. Its port serves both as a fishing harbor with colorful boats and nets, and as a tourist port for visiting cruise ships.
Monaco is widely recognized as an international capital for the world of luxury. The foremost names in fashion soon set up shop in the Principality; “haute couture”, perfumes, jewelery, the most beautiful attire had found a perfect backdrop : the Principality of Monaco. The famous “Golden Circle” stands at the heart of the town with its elegant, de-luxe boutiques proposing prestigious labels.
In the narrow streets of the Old Town where sellers display typical souvenirs, in the gleaming shopping mall at the Métropole, Les Allées Lumières and the Shopping Center in Fontvieille, with windows displaying ready-to-wear, items for home decor, leatherwear and gifts… all you could possibly wish for is to be found in the Principality !
Monte-Carlo’s “Cercle d’Or” (the “Golden Square”, comprised of Avenue Monte-Carlo, Avenue des Beaux Arts, Les Allées Lumières)
The boutiques in the “Cercle d’Or” and the Galerie des Allées Lumières carry the most prestigious brands and propose the latest collections from couturiers such as Hermès, Céline, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Ichthys…
The Place du Casino and adjacent streets form a prestigious showcase for jewelers: Cartier, Chopard, Van Cleef Arpels, Bulgari, Piaget, Repossi… And for art-lovers, well-known names in antiques and home interiors include Fersen, Adriano Ribolzi, Gismondi Pastor and many more…
Showcases of refinement (Boulevard des Moulins, Boulevard d’Italie, Avenue Princesse Grace). In the town center , on the Boulevard des Moulins, Boulevard d’Italie or along Avenue Princesse Grace and the Larvotto beaches, boutiques proposing ready-to-wear and home decor, as well as many bars, restaurants and tea-rooms all await your visit
Facing the Casino Gardens, the Galerie du Métropole with its 80 boutiques welcomes you beneath a magnificent period chandelier and amidst very beautiful marble floors..
La Condamine , the Port and their many boutiques (Rue Grimaldi, Rue Princesse Caroline, Rue Millo, Rue Terrazzani)
The shopping area known as La Condamine is the most diversified in the Principality ; with 200 boutiques in a typical neighborhood around the traditional market, Port Hercule, Rue Grimaldi, Rue Millo and Rue Terrazzani are favorite addresses for shops of all kinds. In the Princesse Caroline zone, you can do your shopping in peace and quiet, in an area where pedestrians have ousted cars.
Monaco-Ville , the historic part of Monaco
While exploring the Old Town and its rich heritage up on the Rock, you will come across boutiques where you can buy a modest or more impressive souvenir of your stay in Monaco. Facing the Prince’s Palace, near the Cathedral and museums, many inviting restaurants will also propose a taste of typical Monégasque cuisine.
Fontvieille shopping center
The Shopping Center at Fontvieille combines elegance with practicality and a wide array of products ; in fact, with its large car-park and 36 shops proposing hi-fi, records, furniture, clothes and various places to eat, you will find all you need on an everyday basis around the Carrefour hypermarket and a McDonalds.
While it is especially enjoyable to do one’s shopping on foot in the Principality, don’t forget the fact that dozens of car-parks are at your disposal all over town.