Ah, Monaco… I haven’t been here since 4 years ago! I was 19 and spent only one afternoon here just to visit the famous casino, the Port Hercule, Monte-Carlo, and dreaming about this incredible gem! Monaco is well known as the glamorous principality of Europe bringing many of us looking for a bit of magic and Grace Kelly feels.
This time, invited by the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo (from The Leading Hotels of the World) to discover their new Spa Givenchy and pool area signed Karl Lagerfeld, I came not for an afternoon but for an entire weekend from Friday to Monday.
After Marseille, Monaco was a big contrast. Located near the Italian border, Monaco is extremely small (as big as a city) but there is a lot of incredible lounges, dining options, and a beautiful crowd that makes it extremely hard to dislike! One of the new trendiest spots is the restaurant Odyssey set just front of the pool at the Metropole.Being myself vegan I really loved the fact they prepared us a degustation menu totally Vegan! The vibe was incredible and the dishes delicious! Ah… How much I miss this upper and friendly service from Monaco!
During the day, I would spend my afternoons around the pool chilling, walking around the Place du Casino, or discovering new coffee shops and lounges around the Port. For vegans alike, I also recommend the vegan restaurant Eqvita.
Another reason why I came here (and you probably saw it on my Insta-Stories) was to be reunited with one of my bestie from Riyadh. She travels a lot due of her work and we were always missing each other until now! Finally, we met up in Monaco at the Cafe de Paris !During my last day in Monaco, Diogo and I took a 10mins train to go to Menton – the first French city after the Italian border with beautiful colorful houses (you can read my story about Menton here).
Have you ever been in Monaco? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!
See you soon!
Photography: Diogo Novo
Where I stayed: Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo