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Monaco may be synonymous with Hollywood glamour and high-octane F1 action, but the boats will always draw the crowds. While there is no shortage of global yacht spots, the leviathan that is Port Hercules is a timeless classic, able to house yachts from four metres to 130 metres long, and it is also home to the annual Monaco Yacht Show in late September. This natural bay is one of the few deep-water ports in the French Riviera, with the seawall providing protection from the swells of the eastern sector. Everything here is carefully considered, including security from a port watchman to a 24-hour monitored VHF Channel 12. Amenities include fresh water, electricity, 20 showers, fuel and telephones.

 

COME ASHORE
Casino de Monte-Carlo
Set behind the Allée-des-Boulingrins Gardens, this Belle Époque venue is the stuff of dreams and movies. The casino houses various gaming rooms where roulette, black jack, craps and Ultimate Texas Hold’em can all be enjoyed. The casino’s private rooms – the Salle Touzet Nord & Sud and the Salons Super Privés – are where the high rollers should head, while gourmet dining comes in the shape of the Orient-Express-inspired Le Train Bleu, or Le Salon Rose brasserie, with its Mediterranean cuisine and sea views.
Place du Casino.
T: 00 377 98 06 21 21.
www.casinomontecarlo.com

Nov 22nd 2015
Travel

Cathédrale de Monaco
Built on the site of a 13th-century church dedicated to St. Nicholas, and housing the Grimaldi family tombs, this is the place where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace were married. Pontifical services take place on the major religious festivals such as the Feast of Saint Dévote, the patron saint of Monaco, on January 27.
4 Rue Colonel-Bellando-de-Castro.
T: 00 377 93 30 87 70.

Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Gardens are plentiful in Monaco but none are like this vertiginous wonder, situated 100 metres above sea level and offering bird’s eye views. Not only is it a home to year-round flowering cacti from far-flung continents, but it also has a prehistoric observatory cave with stalactite and stalagmites and evidence of Ancient man.
62 Boulevard du Jardin Exotique.
T: 00 377 93 15 29 80.
www.jardin-exotique.mc

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Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
The Villas Paloma and Sauber are home to contemporary art collections from famous artists such as Laure Prouvost and Guy de Cointet. Throughout the year, visitors can take part in informal meetings and readings, or simply enjoy exhibitions such as that of the multifaceted work of Fausto Melotti, one of Italy’s greatest artists of the inter-war and post-war periods. His work will be on show until January 17 at Villa Paloma.
Villa Paloma, 56 Boulevard du Jardin Exotique.
T: 00 377 98 98 48 60.

Villa Sauber, 17 Avenue Princesse Grace.
T: 00 377 98 98 91 26.
www.nmnm.mc

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
For a well-earned rest and recuperation off deck, get a grand dose of pampering at this state-of-the art treatment centre. Its à la carte spa menu offers everything from anti-ageing beauty treatments
to Shiatsu massage and there are two cryotherapy chambers in which you can enjoy the relaxing benefits of temperatures of minus 60 and minus 110 degrees celsius. Or zap the fat with some of the latest in cutting-edge tech to get glamour-ready.
2 Avenue de Monte-Carlo.
T: 00 377 98 06 69 00.
www.thermesmarinsmontecarlo.com

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