Monaco is renowned for its untold luxury, stunning scenery and Mediterranean lifestyle. Even if you can only visit for a weekend, there is a lot you can pack in. A helicopter from Nice to Monaco takes just 7 minutes and with shared flights every 15 minutes, it makes transferring at Nice Airport a breeze. Alternatively, hire a private transfer for yourself and up to five friends to arrive as near as possible to your preferred destination in Monaco. Once, you arrive in Monaco, we recommend you do the following things during your short stay:
Stay in a top class hotel
The Monte Carlo Bay Hôtel & Resort has a magnificent peninsula location with 10 acres of gardens and breathtaking sea views. Its neo-classical architecture and exclusive facilities are among the best in the Principality with a lagoon pool, a fitness club and a 900m2 spa, It even has its own private helipad to make access quick and simple. The Monte Carlo Bay Hotel belongs to the prestigious Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, which owns casinos, golf clubs, restaurants and spas in addition to hotels. You will never be far from a meal since there are three superb restaurants on site, including the chic Blue Bay, run by Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin.
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Dine at a world class restaurant
Monaco is a gourmet foodie’s heaven and offers some of the finest dining opportunities on the Riviera. The palatial opulence of Le Louis XV makes it the most luxurious restaurant in the city-state and also the most celebrated with an incredible three Michelin Stars. Alain Ducasse runs his kitchen with practicality and panache, offering an exclusive menu of Mediterranean haute cuisine and rare vintage wines to match. If you want to dine with views of the harbour rather than just famous faces, head to La Maree, which occupies the sixth floor of the Port Palace hotel. With views over Port Hercule and the sea beyond Monaco-Ville from floor-to-ceiling windows and a beautiful terrace, the elegant restaurant is perfectly located a short distance from Place-du-Casino.
Explore the surrounding roads
“Les Trois Corniches” are three cliff roads between Nice in the west and Menton in the east that offer beautiful views of Monaco and the sea. The mountainous High Corniche (La Grande Corniche) is the highest of the three and offers spectacular views of the beautiful estates and villas down below against an azure Mediterranean backdrop. Hire a car or bike to feast your eyes on the unique Riviera scenery. You will be following in the footsteps (or tyre marks) of Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond.
Attend one of Monaco’s dazzling events
Monaco is a small country, but it packs a lot of events into 12 months and two square kilometres of space. It has a rich sports and cultural programme that benefits from no expense being spared. There is a host of big and small events, exhibitions and shows to look forward to throughout the year. Whatever time of year you visit, you are sure to find an event to enjoy.
In January, the International Circus Festival, one of the most prestigious circus events in the world, arrives and is presided over by Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Adults and children alike are awestruck by the talented circus acts performing acrobatics and other entertaining and amazing feats. Petrolheads will love the Monte-Carlo Rally in winter and the world famous Grand Prix in May. There are also two prestigious car shows, Monaco International Motor Show (SIAM) and Top Marques
Other highlights include the Tennis Masters in April, the Longines Showjumping Championship and various music festivals. However, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo is an essential activity and has a year-round programme of highly-esteemed singers and composers. Plus, Charles Garnier’s resplendent architecture will impress even those who aren’t opera aficionados.
Nobody goes to Monaco for bargains, but they do go for a cosmopolitan shopping experience. It has a huge selection of big designer brands that fill the Cercle d’Or district around Place du Casino. Shopping doesn’t get any more refined than at the Promenade Monte-Carlo, which brings together 40 fashion, haute couture, perfume and jewellery brands. The Galerie Metropole (Avenue Spélugues) is also in the heart of Monte Carlo and has 80 shops across four floors.
If you would like to book a seat or private luxury helicopter to Monaco, please contact Monacair for more information.