We have just got back from the most incredible long weekend in Monte Carlo!
The flight from London Gatwick to Nice only took us 1.5 hours – before we knew it we were already there. We then got in a taxi from Nice airport to Monte Carlo taking us around 45 minutes. I do love how close the South of France is to England, within a matter of hours you can be sitting by a pool or on a beach with a cocktail in hand.
When we visited (in the first week of July) the weather was extremely hot, every day was at least 30 degrees and mostly pure sunshine. The days were long, and the evenings were warm, the sun didn’t set until 9.30pm. The most perfect weather! July is also a prime time to visit as the high season is in full swing. All of the bars and clubs are open, the crowds are large and atmosphere is buzzing.
In this blog post I will be sharing with you the best places to stay, eat and party!
We stayed in the Fairmont Monte Carlo for two nights, everything about this hotel was perfect. The location was great (most places were within walking distance), the selection of restaurants in the hotel were amazing and Nikki Beach was on the rooftop! We couldn’t have wished for any more. We stayed in the Fairmont room with a garden view on the fourth floor. The room was so spacious and comfortable and we had a large balcony where we could enjoy the sunset over a bottle of champagne in the evening.
The Fairmont is positioned right on the grand prix hairpin, which attracted many tourists outside of the hotel. There are quite a lot of large groups walking around Monte Carlo from the cruises that dock in the harbour.
Nikki Beach Monte Carlo was our favourite part about the Fairmont, it was incredible! The atmosphere was amazing every day we visited (who knew so many people wanted to party on a Monday afternoon).
It’s open every day of the week with different events on throughout the week. The sunbeds are complimentary and exclusively reserved for Fairmont hotel guests, available on a first come first served basis. However, if you are turning up later on in the day, there is an option to reserve a sunbed for 35€ a day. Although, we never found we had to do this as we always managed to get two sunbeds next to each other (even during the weekend). There are also lots of day beds positioned round the edge of the pool to book.
There is also a restaurant at Nikki Beach, serving delicious food all day long. The food and drinks were amazing, although a tad pricey – but definitely worth it when you look at the view.
Another amazing feature of the Fairmont, is that Nobu Monte Carlo is located on the ground floor of the hotel. We booked a table for 7pm and requested a table on the balcony outside so we could eat sushi and watch the sun set over Monaco. We were amazed by how beautiful the view was. It felt like we were on the very edge of a cruise ship, overlooking the vast waters.
To start, we had edamame… lots of edamame. Followed by a large selection of sushi rolls, including spicy tuna, soft shell crab, shrimp tempura and California. Nobu is my absolute favourite restaurant, the food is always exquisite wherever you are around the world.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with an amazing view and great food, then look no further… Nobu Monte Carlo is the place to go.
If you’re looking to go out afterwards, the Sun Casino is opposite Nobu in the Fairmont lobby. The casino had a very lively atmosphere, it felt like we were in Vegas.
The Fairmont offers a continental breakfast in the Horizon restaurant, on the top floor next to Nikki Beach. Most of the rooms have breakfast included in the package, which is amazing as the breakfast usually costs 40€ per person. This was definitely one of the best breakfast buffets I have ever had. There was an omelette and egg station, pancakes and waffles, every type of bread and pastry under the sun, delicious fruit salads, hams and cheeses and lots of fresh juice.
This place is such a hidden gem, nestled in a secret bay in Èze (a 20 minute drive from Monte Carlo). Anjuna offers a beautiful restaurant on the beach and sunbeds to rent for the day. We visited Anjuna on the Sunday as we had heard about its famous Sunday lunch. We arrived when it opened at 10am and set ourselves up on the sunbeds as we soaked in the stunning views of the South of France.
From the moment we stepped in to Anjuna we felt like we were being transported into an Indian Ocean dream. The radiant shades of blue and dangling dreamcatcher’s exuded bohemian chic. The décor was simply stunning.
From 12pm onwards, countless yachts began to line up along the bay, waiting to be collected by boat to bring them to Anjuna. By 2pm the restaurant was completely full with hundreds and hundreds of people enjoying the music and atmosphere that Anjuna is popularly known for. There was a live band, a DJ and dancers that entertained us throughout the afternoon.
For lunch we had a Caesar salad and lobster rolls with some frozen cocktails – it was perfect.
We had heard such amazing things about Anjuna and it was better than we could have expected, we never wanted this day to end.
Tip: If you want to visit Anjuna, book well in advance to avoid disappointment (especially on a Sunday). They had to turn many people away who hadn’t reserved a table or sunbeds.
On our last evening we chose Coya Monte Carlo, a Peruvian restaurant, for dinner. The décor was exceptional, we felt totally immersed in the Latin American culture.
Coya has only just recently opened in Monte Carlo, but you wouldn’t know this by the amazing service and food we received. It is situated in Sporting Monte-Carlo (next door to the Monte Carlo Bay hotel). We decided to walk from the Fairmont as it was such a lovely summer’s evening, taking us around 20 minutes.
The menu is predominantly made up of small sharing dishes, to be enjoyed and shared (I personally love this kind of meal as you get to try so many different types of dishes). We ordered the guacamole, which is chopped and smashed at the table by the waiter, calamari, the chicken and beef skewers with a selection of salads.
The restaurant turned clubby from 10.30pm onwards as the lights dimmed and the DJ turned the music up. Coya is also situated next to Jimmy’z, a famous nightclub that is open daily from 11.30pm. If you are looking for a fun dinner setting and want to go out after, Coya is the place to go.
On our last afternoon we visited Café de Paris for lunch, a beautiful restaurant in the heart of Monaco. The walk to Café de Paris from the Fairmont was under five minutes. It was great to pop out of the hotel and be so central!
The restaurant is positioned on the Place du Casino, in the centre of the hustle and bustle. We arrived at 2pm and the restaurant was already completely full inside and on the terrace. There was a very long queue to be seated but we had luckily booked a table and they showed us to our table immediately. The ambience was so authentic, a true Parisian bistro. I chose the chicken Caesar salad and Max opted for the special of the day, a seafood pasta – both dishes were spectacular.
After lunch, we visited the legendary, Casino de Monte Carlo. It is open all day and offers free admission into the casino, but you may have to queue for a while to get in as it can get very busy.
If you want to spend a few days living in luxury, Monte Carlo is the place to go. Take your pick of the beautiful hotels, fast cars and exquisite restaurants it has to offer.
The entire weekend was perfect. I can’t wait to return and explore more of the South of France.
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