Monaco and money. Never have two words fit together so perfectly. Known as the most expensive and the wealthiest place in the world, Monaco is a magnet for high-rollers and the one percent. Those seeking luxury, with a well-stocked bank account, go to Monaco. More specifically, they go to Monte Carlo. This stunning section of the French Riviera is the definition of luxury. There are more Lamborghinis and Bentleys, Cartier and Harry Winston, Oscar de la Renta and Hermes on display in Monte Carlo than almost anywhere else in the world. From arrival to hosting a yacht party, here’s your billionaire’s guide to Monaco.
There are only two ways a billionaire should arrive in Monaco – by helicopter or by yacht. Or if you really want to make a statement, do both. Most international travellers will land at Nice airport. From Nice, it’s easy to organise a private helicopter, with the flight lasting only seven minutes. The flight offers some of the most breathtaking views of Monaco, Monte Carlo and the harbour, so organising a bottle of bubbles to toast the French Riviera from the skies above, is a must.
Whether you own a private yacht or are renting one, nothing screams luxury so loud as a beautifully designed and fitted yacht. Monte Carlo has an impressive marina for yachts to be moored. For those who want to have it all, combining a helicopter flight from Nice to Monte Carlo and arriving on a luxurious yacht is possible. Just make sure your yacht has a helipad and you can soar the skies and the seas.
Everywhere important has valet, and everyone important owns or rents a top-of-the-line car. Monaco is a country full of Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Ferraris and Rolls Royces. And if you really want to make a statement, cruise the streets in a limited-edition concept super car. These luxurious cars and sports cars are the epitome of a grandiose display of wealth in a country where extravagance is essential.
The supercars of locals and visitors are often found parked on display outside a hotel or casino. So, if you have the car – show it off. You’re in Monaco after all.
In a place like Monte Carlo, there are plenty of hotels and hotel suites to choose from. But choosing the right one is key. Depending on your style, and whether you prefer unfiltered opulence or a more subtle and modern take on luxury, you’re likely to opt for a hotel that suites you. Our top two favourite hotels and their finest suites are:
This is one of the most iconic and popular hotels in Monaco. With its belle-époque charm, soft elegance and supreme refinement, Hôtel Hermitage is a stay to remember. When it comes to their suites, you are in for a treat. The top two suites at the Hôtel Hermitage are the Diamond Suite – Presidential (from €20,000/night) and the Diamond Suite – Princely (from €25,000).
Hôtel de Paris
Hôtel de Paris is legendary. The hotel was completed in 1864 (although it has been renovated since of course), when Monaco was just beginning to develop it’s opulent reputation. Over the years the hotel has housed, kings and queens, princes and princesses, heads of state, and celebrated people in government, science and the arts. With unbeatable harbour views and undeniable luxury, Hôtel de Paris is exceptional. The top two suites are: Diamond Suite – Princess Grace (from €30,000/night) and Diamond Suite – Prince Rainier III (from €40,000/night).
Leaving your suite without the appropriate designer bling is not an option in Monaco. If there’s a place you can show off, its Monaco. Locals and visitors are not shy about donning the diamonds here. But if you’re in need of something special, or looking for a priceless souvenir of your trip to Monaco, then it’s time to hit the shops.
One of the finest jewellery stores in Monaco is ORLOV. Their bold, decadent jewellery embodies the essence of refinement. ORLOV is considered a high jewellery maison for a new generation, and the only high jewellery company in existence today. They have been awarded this honour due to the quality of each diamond and precious gemstone in their creations.
The Private Casino Rooms
With betting chips starting at around €500,000, very high stakes and private rooms full of the rich and famous, the Casino de Monte Carlo is the social and gambling hub of Monaco. Considered one of the grandest and certainly most famous casinos in the world, Casino de Monte Carlo is a place to see and be seen. As with any exclusive venue, you’ll need to dress to impress to get through the doors. And although the interiors are beyond gorgeous, you’ll have to store a mental image because there is no photography allowed. The Casino de Monte Carlo truly became a household name thanks to a certain secret agent by the name of “Bond, James Bond”.
The Yacht Party
Whether you host or you attend, a trip to Monaco isn’t complete without a yacht party. The French Riviera truly is the place to be if you have a superyacht, playing host to more than 50% of the world’s superyacht fleet. Which means, when it comes to a yacht party, Monaco is your playground.
For those who don’t have their own yacht, or those that would prefer to rent a yacht for the party, charters typically costs between $250,000 and $1 million per week (plus expenses). The cuisine and beverages served are always of the highest calibre. And the guests, well they aren’t called the one percent for nothing. Yacht parties in Monaco always have a exclusive list of millionaires, billionaires, celebrities, business leaders, socialites, and artists in attendance.
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