If you’re spending Christmas in the South of France or Monaco and you’re still racking your brains for a special gift, look no more.
A helicopter tour
If you’re looking for a spectacular gift that will never be forgotten, we at Monacair are offering a five-minute panoramic flight for just 35 euros per person until 6 January 2019. The tours are available every day except 25 December and 1 January.
The helicopter takes off from Monacair’s base at the sea-facing heliport in Fontvieille. It flies over the Principality’s iconic cityscape and on to Cap Martin – the French commune between Monaco and Menton – before making its homeward journey.
This luxury Monaco helicopter tour enables passengers to enjoy breathtaking views at any time of year but during the festive season, the entire Principality is dressed in its dazzling Christmas finery. As passengers fly over Port Hercules, Monaco’s biggest harbour, they will catch sight of the crowds visiting the picturesque chalets of the Christmas Village, which is open until 6 January, when Monacair’s special offer ends. A little further on, the mythical Monte Carlo Casino can be admired.
We’ve chosen our Airbus H130 helicopters for this tour, as they can transport six passengers and offer excellent visibility. Tours for groups of five or six people depart every 30 minutes between 9am and 4pm. For a smaller group, you can request a tour in the morning or afternoon and we will provide the schedule. This is an experience that can be shared with family or friends and allows plenty of opportunities to take photos or film the stunning aerial views.
A massage at home
Everyone deserves a moment of relaxation, so why not treat a loved one to a massage at home during Christmas in the South of France? Bertrand Poncet Massages is based in Le Cannet and can send practitioners anywhere in Monaco, the Var or the Alpes-Maritimes.
You can choose between a Thai Chair massage, Traditional Thai, a Traditional Thai foot massage, Traditional Chinese or Californian. The practitioner brings everything necessary for the perfect massage, including the table, towels, essential oils and even a selection of suitable music.
Each sessions lasts approximately one and a half hours. Your loved one will learn how to tune in to his or her mind and body by breathing correctly, which will help with managing stress long after the festive season. Practitioners can also give massages in hotels or aboard yachts in the region. The price for a massage at home starts at 150 euros; the yacht service costs 100 euros more.
Chocolates Made in Monaco
The Chocolaterie de Monaco was founded in 1920 and has delighted its visitors with its delicious chocolates ever since. In 1999, this chocolate-lovers’ paradise in the Old Town was appointed as an official supplier to the Palace of Monaco by Prince Rainier III.
You’ll find plenty of gift ideas in the shop or online. They range from a single Monaco chocolate in a tiny regal-themed box for 1.80 euros, to magnificent gift boxes. The theme of royalty is omnipresent, from crown-shaped chocolates to luxury selections created in tribute to different members of Monaco’s Princely Family. The Princess Charlene box, for example, contains a selection of chocolates bearing the colours of Her Serene Highness’ native South Africa. The Coffret Princier, at 229 euros brings together all the Chocolaterie de Monaco’s specialities.
A Spa Journey in Eze
The spa of the hotel Les Terrasses d’Eze is as stunning as the medieval village itself, which clings to the mountainside between Nice and Monaco. In this 500m2 oasis of calm, your loved one will be able to enjoy the high-tech facilities and unwind completely.
Among the many packages you can choose from is the “deep well-being spa journey”. It includes use of the indoor hydromassage pool, with its waterfalls, jacuzzi, jets and sea view terrace. Guests can also take a four-step detox journey in heat experience rooms or enjoy experimenting with the different colours, aromas and jets of the sensory showers.
Alternatively, a session of floating therapy is a chance to detach completely from the worries of everyday life. Guests lie down in a dark room in a tank filled with water at a temperature of 35°C. The water contains Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate), which make it denser and the floater more buoyant. After the initial strangeness of having no external distractions, the mind and body are transported. Floating therapy is becoming increasingly popular and is said to improve physical, mental and emotional health and boost creativity.
- Deep well-being spa journey: 55 euros for two hours for one person or 100 euros for two.
- Floating therapy: 65 euros for a one-hour session.