Explore the fairytale kingdom of Monte Carlo on a honeymoon or romantic getaway in Monaco.
The city-state of Monaco is the second smallest country in the world (after the Vatican City) at 4.8km long by 2.4km wide (about the size of New York’s Central Park).
Glittering with opulence and jet-set glamour, the action of Monte Carlo often centres around the ornate Belle Epoque Casino de Monte Carlo.
Elsewhere in Monte Carlo, explore the 13th century Palais du Prince where the Grimaldi dynasty has ruled from since 1297 AD, the cathedral where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier and the Rock of Monaco, where colourful gardens cascade to the sea.
Stroll through the narrow winding streets of the Old Town, with its vaulted passageways and bronze cannons or go clubbing and dance the night away.
Time your visit to Monte Carlo with a special event: arrive in January to see the famous Monte Carlo Rally; in May, when the Formula 1 Grand Prix kicks off; and in July to witness stars such as Ricky Martin, Ray Charles, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Jose Feliciano and many more take to the stage at Monaco’s annual Summer Festival.
Monte Carlo offers honeymoon couples an excellent selection of 5- and 4-star hotels, including the following…
Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Location: Place du Casino, Monte-Carlo
Prices: from AUD1060 per room
Description: Hôtel de Paris is situated on the Place du Casino, adjacent to the famous Casino de Monte Carlo. Built in 1864, this traditional grand hotel exudes an atmosphere of a bygone era and features opulent public and private areas and boasts panoramic Mediterranean views. Luxuriously appointed guest accommodations, impeccable service and superb location have earned the Hôtel de Paris its fine reputation. Guests are greeted by marble pillars, statues, crystal chandeliers, sumptuous carpets, Louis XVI chairs and a wall-size mural. Guestrooms come with period or contemporary furnishings. Bathrooms are large, with marble and elegant brass fittings. Each uniquely and elegantly decorated rooms and suite at Hôtel de Paris includes a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and video games. Each air-conditioned room or suite features period furniture and a minibar. The restaurant "Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris" has 3 Michelin stars, and the "Salle Empire" serves breakfast and dinner throughout the year. Guests receive a pass allowing free or reduced admission for properties run by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. It includes free entry to the 7,000 m² Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa. Free shuttles are provided for access to the private beach in high season. Facilities incl.: 3 restaurants, bar, indoor pool, concierge, health club, full-service spa and 24-hour room service. A 4-minute drive from Monaco-Monte Carlo Train Station, Hôtel de Paris is 30 minutes by car from Nice Airport and 7 minutes by helicopter.
Location: Square Beaumarchais, Monte-Carlo
Prices: from AUD536 per room
Description: Set in a palace in Monaco listed as an historic monument, Hôtel Hermitage is a luxurious five-star hotel featuring Belle-Époque décor just 200 m from Monte-Carlo Casino. It features a winter garden and guests can access the 7,000 m² spa. A minibar, flat-screen TV and period furnishings feature in the individually decorated and air-conditioned rooms at Hôtel Hermitage. Each room has a view of the city, garden or sea. A DVD player and video games are available upon request. A selection of vintage wines and spirits are served in the Crystal Bar, with its leather armchairs. Savour gastronomic cuisine in the Vistamar restaurant, which has a terrace offering harbour views, and enjoy freshly made pastries in the Limùn Bar. You can request seawater treatments and enjoy a sauna session, and the fitness centre offers a panoramic sea view. Free WiFi is available in the hotel lobby. Facilities incl.: restaurant, 2 bars, concierge, indoor pool, health club w/sauna, full-service spa and 24-hour room service. Nice Airport is a 40-minute drive from the hotel and a helicopter service is possible upon request. Free shuttles are provided for access to the private beach.
Location: 4 Ave. de la Madone, Monte-Carlo
Prices: from AUD524 per room
Description: Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is located in the Carré d'Or in Monaco, less than 100 m from the luxury boutiques and the Casino Square. With a mix of classical and modern architecture, this hotel offers 126 rooms and suites decorated by interior designer Jacques Garcia. Rooms are furnished with a satellite flat-screen TV and a minibar. It offers elegant marble bathrooms and a bathrobe and slippers are provided. Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo features 3 restaurants, all managed by Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon. Guests can enjoy gastronomic cuisine at the Joël Robuchon restaurant, go to Yoshi for modern Japanese dishes or taste Odyssey's Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can relax at the 2000 m² Métropole ESPA, which offers a large selection of holistic and therapeutic treatments. Guests are also invited to discover the haute couture exterior space including a heated sea water pool, gardens, a bar and a pool-house. Facilities incl.: 2 restaurants, bar, concierge, indoor pool, health club w/sauna, full-service spa, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. With private parking on site, the hotel is 2 km from Monte-Carlo Golf Course. Nice Côte-d’Azur Airport is 19 km away.
Hôtel Port Palace
Location: 7 Ave. John F. Kennedy, Monte-Carlo
Prices: from AUD357 per room
Description: Port Palace is a 4-star boutique hotel in Monaco overlooking Port Hercule. It features a location at the epicentre of Monaco's legendary Grand Prix circuit and the Monaco Yacht Show. Guests can relax at the on-site spa with a hot tub and hammam. All of the luxury air-conditioned guest rooms at Port Palace offer satellite TV and a minibar. Each has a private dressing closet and en suite bathroom complete with a whirlpool bath, bathrobe and slippers. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. Restaurant La Marée serves fresh fish and seafood, and guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the marina. Guests can shop in Monaco’s large range of luxury stores nearby and the famous Monte Carlo casino is just a 6-minute walk away. Facilities incl.: restaurant, bar, concierge, health club, full-service spa and 24-hour room service. Access to Monaco Train Station is a 5-minute walk from the property. Private parking is possible on site and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
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The best months to visit Monte Carlo (and the French Riviera) are May, June, September and October when it’s still warm, around 26°C (79°F), and you can avoid the crowds, noise, traffic jams, high prices and scorching heat of July and August when temperatures average 30°C (86°F) but can soar to 40°C (104°F).
For more climate info: French Riviera Weather Guide…
Monte Carlo is located on the French Riviera around 20km from Nice, 55km from Cannes and 133km from St Tropez. The best way to get to Monte Carlo is by car from Nice.
Nice is the gateway to the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) and offers daily connecting flights to and from Paris on Air France as well as numerous direct flights from several capital cities in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Information about how to get to Nice…
Latest update: Honeymoon in Monte Carlo: 18 November, 2018
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