Grand Prix, Mon Ami: Monaco’s Royal Riviera
There are races. And then there’s Monaco. An exceptional link in the Grand Prix circuit, this fabled event is the epitome of people, places, and things, all swirled into a dizzying experience embracing the best of the best. If you just have one destination this year and enjoy the thrill of the Grand Prix engine, curve, and nerve, it does not get any better than this.
The superstar of the weekend is, of course, the race itself. This narrow, twisting course makes exclusive demands even elite drivers find challenging. One of the slowest Grand Prix race courses with regard to speed, perception of this exciting series is enhanced by a tunnel, hairpin turns, and breathtaking scenery.
The event attracts an impressive guest list. Mixing it up between film stars, haute couture models, yachting aficionados, barons of industry, and the world’s most sought after personalities all gathered together around this historic event, there is trendsetting culture, style, intrigue, and drama crowding into every square inch of this tiny municipality on the French Riviera.
The principality of Monaco proffers a most eccentric backdrop, giving the race and the stars a regal playground for lavish parties and celebratory events surrounding the races. Whether watching from the deck at the iconic Hotel de Paris, a coveted perch at One Paddock Club, or a private luxury yacht charter tethered to a treasured spot along the racecourse, the thrills continue to come from all directions.
Shopping, elevated to high art, abounds along Carré d’Or and Avenue des Beaux-Arts. High style designer shops in multiples, from Chanel, Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and Valentino, to drop a few names, line the district. Similarly, dining becomes an event in itself, with superstar chefs, elegant wines, and incredible décor. Make certain that Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo are both at the top of your culinary list. Add Vistamar at the Hôtel Hermitage, Rampoldi at Casino Gardens, and Le Grill, just for fun.
Monaco’s clubs, glamour, and nightlife set the bar for the rest of the world, starting with La Rascasse, and the Havana Club. Buddha Bar and Stars and Bars have proven additional favorites, but not for watching the race itself. The absolute best spot to own is a private yacht, chartered specifically for the event.
The marina, rimming the edge of this elite enclave, is fully-reserved early on, but brilliant yacht charter specialists know how to earn coveted berths in just the right location for your individual needs. Equipped with amenities en masse, and outfitted for royalty, yachts in this harbour are every bit as luxurious as the finest hotels, but with a bit more privacy. Then there’s the convenience of watching the race from your bridge deck or sun deck, sipping, dining, and swimming at your leisure. As sun yields to moon, the parties begin. The social set hops from yacht to yacht, enjoying one after another in an endless string of celestial events, tendering in for a particularly intriguing invite or an evening at the Monte Carlo gaming tables.
Incomparable and inimitable, this Grand Prix experience offers four days of stunning sport, enhanced by all the right details. To book your private luxury yacht charter between May 21-24, 2015, contact Steve@TheBestofYachting.com soon.