The first thing that strikes you about the Monegasque lifestyle is just how much is on offer in a country only 2 square kilometres in size. The second thing is the sheer epic nature of events held in Monaco, not simply in terms of scale but in quality too. But then this is Monaco, the world’s playground for the wealthy and the sophisticated. With its festivals, concerts, ballets, exhibitions, operas, sporting events and more, even the most discerning pleasure seeker can be sure of an exceptional experience.
Every September, the scenic Port Hercule becomes the home of the Monaco Yacht Show, perhaps the most prestigious luxury yacht event in the world. However, for sheer glamour, few events can match The Rose Ball. Established in 1954 by Princess Grace herself, the unmissable ‘Bal de la Rose’ continues to attract high society and royalty as an internationally recognised charity event.
With a circuit incorporating not just the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine but the harbour too, the Monaco Grand Prix is the one race of the year that every driver dreams of winning. Its unique geography leaves no margin for error, and demands more concentration than any other Formula One track. In June, there is a more traditional form of horse power on display beneath the celebrated Rock of Monaco, when ‘Jumping International de Monte Carlo’ plays host to the world’s 30 best riders for three days of unparalleled competition. If that is not enough to satisfy even the most ardent of sport enthusiasts, every spring brings the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 to the Principality with the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament.
When eating out in Monaco, the question is which Michelin-starred restaurant to dine in. Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse at Hôtel de Paris offers Mediterranean haute cuisine that truly astonishes, and a legendary 600,000 bottle-strong wine cellar to complement it. The world famous Buddha Bar Monte Carlo mixes eastern cuisine with a thriving music scene to create an unforgettable night. The globally acclaimed Nobu can be enjoyed at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, while few do fine Italian dining quite like the celebrity-favourite Cipriani Monte-Carlo.
When you need to keep the party going long after espressos have been served, Monaco delivers all-night entertainment. Jimmy’z was where it all began more than 40 years ago, and this huge and outrageous club still defines the unique Monegasque nightlife today. Le TWIGA is as hip and chic as any club along the Côte d’Azur, while for the international jet set there is one place you simply must be seen in; Sass Café.
Finally, for those wishing to mix business with pleasure, Monaco’s exceptional range of private clubs offers its members a diverse choice of environments to develop their professional network. The Monte Carlo Country Club and Thermes Marin de Monaco for instance specialise in tennis and spa treatments respectively, while the Yacht Club de Monaco and the Automobile Club de Monaco cater to those who enjoy their lives in the fast lane.