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THE VACATION REPORT a weekend in monaco

With opulent suites, haute gastronomy and a poolside designed by Karl Lagerfeld, the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is a haven for luxury lounging.

Words by Samantha Walker.

For a country roughly the size of New York’s Central Park and peppered with yachts and Ferraris, it’s hard to believe Monaco was once a humble location for olive oil farming. Now a hub for international visitors flocking for a calendar of social events, a yearly Formula 1 Grand Prix, and the location for fondly memorable James Bond films, Monaco has distinguished its presence and old-school glamour on the Côte d’Azur. Once home to Grace Kelly, the nation presents an old-world charm with a tightly packed pastel city neatly folded between the palace where Prince Albert II resides and bookmarked with the Musée Océangraphique that was once curated by Jacques Cousteau.

STAY

Tucked away in the heart of Monte-Carlo and just a short walk from its famous casino, the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo stands tall in its historical prestige with a grand façade exuding the prosperity of the Belle Epoque period. With 125 rooms and suites designed by Jacques Garcia, the hotel has retained a Mediterranean charm and sophistication as it sits overlooking the Côte d’Azur. Monaco is not known for its beaches, so the hotel’s heated pool and cabanas – designed by Karl Lagerfeld – provide a solid argument not to veer too far. Order a signature cocktail to start and then settle in with grilled salmon finished with finely shaved mango for a refreshing lunch at the poolside restaurant, Odyssey. After a day lounging in the sun, dinner becomes the focal point for the evening – the hotel offers two Michelin-star restaurants – and a night cap at the bustling Lobby Bar.

The Odyssey pool at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
The roof terrace of the Carré d’Or suite, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
The Carré d’Or suite, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
A suite at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
The Carré d’Or suite, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo

EAT & DRINK

Dinner is served at renowned chef Joël Robuchon’s namesake restaurant, where executive chef Christophe Cussac and his team offer signature French dishes, including an inventive foie gras sampling followed by a precise beetroot salad and green mustard sorbet and finished with tender John Dory fillet. Just next door, Roubouchon’s first Japanese restaurant, Yoshi, quells appetites with a more simplistic approach of fresh sashimi, sake and Japanese green teas led by chef Takeo Yamazaki. Begin with the chef’s selection of sushi followed by grilled black cod and the Tori No Teriyaki chicken. No room for dessert? The evening’s host will greet you with a lemon cake to take away as a sweet parting gift.

Joël Robuchon restaurant, Hotel Metropole
Joël Robuchon restaurant, Hotel Metropole
Yoshi, Hotel Metropole

RELAX

If you can steal yourself from your sun lounger, take refuge in restoration at the Spa Metropole by Givenchy. Designed by Didier Gomez, the neutral colours help replenish a sense of calmness. Start by choosing your favourite Givenchy scent, then unwind with the signature Le Soin Noir facial treatment that boats regenerative powers using active ingredients extracted from ancient algae that can survive in extreme ocean environments. After a 60-minute indulgent experience complete with a refreshing ritual of cryotherapy, take further refuge in the spa’s Heat Experience package featuring a sauna, hammam, caldarium and sensory showers, which allow you to choose between tropical rains and cool mist.

Spa Metropole by Givenchy
Spa Metropole by Givenchy
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