As a chill enters the London air, our thoughts turn to how we can jet away to warmer climes. If you are searching for the perfect Autumn escape for 2019, look no further than the ultra-glamorous Principality of Monaco, where the sun shines and the weather is delightfully mild all year round. As winter city breaks go, you couldn’t ask for a more chic destination; here’s all you need to know for the perfect holiday.
What to do?
Monte Carlo Jazz Festival 2019, 16th Nov – 1st Dec
This celebration of all that is jazz is now in its 14th edition! 2019 is set to bring together so many fantastic musicians for a night-after-night party. Buy tickets for internationally-renowned artists and pass a delightful evening soaking up this rich, cultural genre.
National Day Of Monaco, 19th Nov
Every year on the 19th November, the people of Monaco celebrate their royal family with a fun-filled national holiday. Festivities are organised throughout the city including a magnificent fireworks display, concerts, parades on the Place du Palais and medal ceremonies. This is a particularly great place to bring kids.
Casino Monte-Carlo, Everyday
Monaco’s famous Casino is a must-visit on your Autumn escape, but remember that ‘proper’ attire’ is required – that means no shorts, sports shoes or flip flops. You’ll enjoy a James- Bond-style evening as you try your luck at poker, marvel at the beautiful architecture and sip exquisite cocktails.
Prince’s Palace of Monaco, Everyday
The Prince’s Palace is located in the beautiful Rock region on Monaco, otherwise known as Monaco Ville. With medieval narrow streets that take you back to the Principality’s past, property for sale in Monaco Ville is rich in historic architecture, and the Prince’s Palace is the district’s crowning jewel. Although the Palace itself closes for tours over the Autumn/Winter, you can see the Prince’s collection of stunning classic cars all year round.
Where to eat & drink?
Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo
Head to the stunning Hotel Metropole for an extraordinary culinary experience devised by the ultra-talented Joël Robuchon. Weekend city breaks aren’t complete without sampling the local produce, and here you’ll be treated to Robuchon signatures such as quail stuffed with foie gras and truffled mashed potatoes, all made from fresh, local ingredients.
This exotic venue at the heart of Monte Carlo draws Monaco’s most glamorous crowd, with its decor inspired by the Garnier Opera House in Paris. The perfect place to start your night, the Buddha Bar offers delicious cocktails, fresh sushi and a fantastic cheesecake dessert.
Horizon Deck, Restaurant and Champagne Bar
Atop the famous Hôtel Fairmont you’ll find Horizon Deck, a luxurious bar offering breathtaking panoramas of the Mediterranean sea, the Opera House, the Prince’s Palace, and the Casino. Savour delicious seafood created by Executive Chef and Meilleur Ouvrier de France Didier Aniès, and his team.
Where to stay?
Hôtel de Paris
Situated on the lively Place du Casino, the iconic Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is the perfect resting place for an Autumn escape in the heart of all the action. Featuring over-the-top decadence including the world’s largest wine cellar and a three-Michelin-star restaurant, you’ll feel like an A-Lister from the moment you enter the building.
Since the 1920s the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel has been the place to see and be seen. Its Art Deco design gives it a unique feel, while frescoes inspired by Matisse and Cocteau embellish the walls. If you’re feeling ultra-swanky, arrive by boat and pull into the hotel’s private jetty – quite a way to make an entrance!
Comprising 278 elegant rooms spread across 5 floors, the Hôtel Hermitage conjures romance at every turn, from the winter garden infused with gentle light to the sweeping views from the Crystal Bar. Don’t miss the amazing Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa, offering relaxing treatments to help you wind down as your weekend city break comes to a close.