Monte Carlo Beach Hotel

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Address: Avenue de Princesse Grace, Roquebrune Cap Martin, 06190, France

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.8

Elegance and the finest possible setting for the barefoot luxury brigade.

Away from Monaco centre, the villa-style spot curves round a rocky headland, its feet in the sea, its mind on a simple life refined for the exacting.

In truth, the Beach isn’t quite in Monaco, but a few feet over the border in France. It has, though, belonged to the principality’s SBM (see [node:141323]) since 1929. Pre- and post-war, it became frightfully popular with raffish chaps and perky starlets. Its appeal should broaden, now it’s been completely re-designed by India Mahdavi.

She’s managed to keep a 1930s Côte-d’Azur vibe while allowing the place to fill with light and colour. The ochre-red exterior fits splendidly into the rugged, wooded promontory. Within, the lobby soars up in a swirl of white and high arched windows, belying the fact that, for Monaco, this is a relatively cosy spot: a mere 40 rooms and suites.

Frisky elegance

There’s a stripped-back, sunlit and sensual feel amid the blues and stripes, greys and whites of the rooms in question. On the walls, discreet outlines of female nudes fit the frame. (At least, I think so. I haven’t asked my wife.) You are indisputably by the seaside, but a seaside steeped in decades of frisky elegance and well-heeled decadence, rather than winkles and donkeys. 

And all the rooms have the space in which to appreciate it, not least from their balconies.  But, beyond, it’s the Med which provides the main décor. It’s glorious, like having access to your private slice of paradise. The light and sense of infinity infuse the whole place. What a glorious way to wake up. There is much to be said for mixing with the moneyed.

Moonlit dancing

Should you be able to ease yourself from your balcony seat, you may oscillate between the Olympic-sized pool and private beach - before settling down once again at La Vigie restaurant pushing out over the rocks.

Or Le Deck bar and eatery, overlooking the pool. Or the brand new Elsa gastronomic outpost, all geometrical designs, maritime colours and fine Med food. Or, finally, the Sea Lounge for cocktails, fusion fare and moonlit dancing.

Naturally, there's a top-end spa to restore your soul, and other bits, to their rightful places. Then you may return to the fray - of sea, sun and shameless indulgence. You might even park the nippers at the kids' club on the beach. This will release you to be raffish or perky, according to your inclination.


 

Location
4.9
90%
Eating/drinking
4.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4.8
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

Location

Perched beautifully by the beach, a brisk 30-minuts walk (or, more likely, a taxi-ride) from the Casino Square.                                                                                          

Bedrooms

See text above.

Eating and drinking

                                                                                                   

Service

Politely informal - and as effective as you'd expect from a Monaco five-star.                                                                                               

Who stays there

Barefoot luxury seekers of all nations.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

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