Monaco – 48 hrs as a Millionaire in Monte Carlo
Monaco – 48 hrs as a Millionaire in Monte Carlo
Where? Monte Carlo, Monaco
When? May 18
Why? When the gorgeous guys at Style Lab asked me if I’d be interested in spending the weekend in Monaco and samplling some incredible luxury experiences, it didn’t take me long to decide.
From flying in on a helicopter with Monacair, to spending a glorious day on board a stunning Riva yacht courtesy of Monaco Boat Service, to dining at the truly splendid Rampoldi Restaurant, which is rumoured to be one of Prince Albert of Monaco’s favourite restaurants, and so much more. The whole experience was beyond decadent and mind blowingly fabulous! Keep scrolling to see what I got up to.
Here’s my Style Traveller guide to spending 48 hours in Monte Carlo as a millionaire…
Opening image – me arriving into Monaco on board a Monacair helicopter wearing a Lazul dress.
Say the words Monte Carlo and images of indulgent luxury, helicopters, yachts, fine dining, casinos, designer shopping and pampering spa treatments are just a few of the activities that spring to mind. So when the Style Lab invited me to Monaco to experience the ultimate millionaires lifestyle in one weekend, I thought it only right to investigate further, for research purposes only of course and deliver my findings to you in this weeks blog post!
So here’s a break down of the ultimate luxury lifestyle experiences to be had in Monaco. And how I spent my lavish 48 hours in the beautiful principality.
Monaco Boat Service & Riva Yachts Charter
Monaco Boat Service (MBS) started in 1959 and is the exclusive Riva boat dealer for France and the Principality of Monaco. It is home to some of the world’s most beautiful boats.
A Riva Yacht, with its wood panelling, luxury interiors and retro styling is one of the sailing worlds most treasured and beautifully designed vintage-inspired boats.
No stranger to famous passengers Riva owners have included Sean Connery, George Clooney, Claudia Schiffer, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Kings, Queens and Sultans. Princess Grace of Monaco was famously gifted a beautiful ‘Aquarama’ as a wedding gift from designer and innovator Carlo Riva.
MBS offer daily and weekly chartering services. We sailed on a Rivamare yacht, purchase prices start from 1 million Euros and chartering starts from around 5000 Euros per day. I’m sold! I wish :)
Above a Bonnie wears white swim suit from Asos pretending to be captain!
Charlie and I sail by the Oceanographic Society Building on board the Rivamare.
Where to Eat – Rampoldi Restaurant
Monaco has some incredible restaurants but perhaps THE place to see and be seen is the Rampoldi Restaurant. Located right in the centre of Monte Carlo, around the corner from Casino Square, The Rampoldi opened it’s revered doors in 1946 and has since been a favourite amongst Hollywood celebrities, sporting icons and even The Princess Grace of Monaco and the rest of the royal family.
Recently the kitchen was taken on by Michelin star trained and San Pellegrino’s Young Chef finalist, Antonio Salvatore. So the Rampoldi just landed itself an even higher place on the worlds gastronomic charts.
The food is an innovative mix of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine mixed with beautifully artistic presentation, but what stands out the most are the incredible flavours and tastes on the plate, as they’ve been created with the finest, freshest quality ingredients. This is a foodie’s dream where the theatre is as good as the taste.We were treated to an incredible signature menu created just for us. We indulged in five courses of deliciousness included the most divine eggplant pasta and a succulent octopus main dish, but my favourite course of all has to be dessert with a steamy liquid nitrogen fruit box, just for pure theatre of it all!
The private members club, smoking room (pictured above) downstairs at Rampoldi houses a beautiful wall of wooden lockers for members to store their favourite wines and cigars in, each with the initials of the owner inscribed on the door. One of the boxes (the one with the gold panelled inscription) belongs to Prince Albert of Monaco!
Givenchy Spa at the Metropole Hotel
When leading a millionaire lifestyle one should expect to be pampered like a princess, so I popped in to the Givenchy Spa at the very splendid Metropole Hotel for a full body massage and a chilled relaxing swim in the Karl Lagerfeld designed spa and roof top swimming pool.
The treatment was incredible, starting with a scent choosing session and a mood survey on the i-pad, so I could pick the music and the pressure to make the massage a signature experience. Followed by the massage itself and then a post treatment refreshing swim in the beautiful pool.
Chilling on the grand steps of the Metropole Hotel.
Where to stay
From the Metropole (above), to The Hermitage to Monte Carlo Bay, Monaco is filled with excellent luxury hotels. It’s very hard to choose. I think for style travellers and people looking for the perfect instagrammable hotel, it has to be The Hermitage for an unparalleled luxury experience in a spectacular setting. Pictured above and below, me in the stunning hallway and the lobby of the Hermitage.
Monte Carlo Bay
We also stayed at Monte Carlo Bay which is a lovely friendly property. It has an excellent location on the water front and it’s not far from the centre of Monte Carlo. A cab will set you back exactly 15 Euros into town, as this is the rate for all journeys in Monte Carlo regardless of distance or time.
The facades and reception areas are pretty with neoclassical details and the rooms are a good size. I would recommend it for families, especially with kids, as in the summer months they have a fun lagoon style swimming pool and the beach is right on your doorstep. (pictured below).
Me posing in the grounds of the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel.
What to do in the day
I highly recommend a visit up to Monte Carlo old town, at the top of the hill, near the palace. The streets are so pretty and quaint, painted in pastel colours. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat here, there’s a fantastic little open air French restaurant directly behind the cathedral (pictured below, no one knows the name!!) where you can get the most delicious freshly cooked fish in an authentically French atmosphere. What I love about Monte Carlo is that it’s so small you can literally ask directions to the palace or the cathedral and you’ll find your way.Monacair Helicopter
To truly arrive (and depart) in style head to Monacair and charter a heli transfer from Nice to Monaco. It felt like the ultimate jet set experience and is also super exciting to Monaco from an aerial view.
Below: Me getting out of the helicopter in Revolve silver coat, AQAQ lilac top and Silk Fred silver boots.
That’s all from Monaco. I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Style Lab for organising such an incredible trip! From the Monacair heli-transfer with Visit Monaco, eating at the famous Rampoldi Restaurant to sailing on a magnificent Riva yacht it was a truly magical experience. Thanks also to The Monte Carlo Bay for such a lovely stay.
Good bye Monaco, next stop Porto Montenegro…
Bon voyage xx
First of all you look gorgeous. 2ndly I loved this post. You have written it beautifully. It is soooooo well explained.
Oh thank you so so much!!
Oh wow loving the Monaco Luxe vibes! Looking gorgeous in every photo – take me there now!
How kind of you to say so x
All of your outfits are so stunning! I love your style. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!
Wow the photo of you in your gold dress looks insane! I love the photos again in this blog and sounds like you had an amazing time!! Also the photo by the helicopter I said YASS GIRL out loud your instagram must be looking amazing with all these lush photos!!!
WOW look at you! How stunning! I love Monte Carlo, I have been there a couple of times now and it is OOZING in money! Just a stunning location and so much to see and do!
You are stunning!!!! What an experience that was! This was a beautiful post, so fun to read. I’ll be looking forward to your adventures.
Thanks so much xx
WOooo…Wait wait wait! le me take in all the luxury first….. Seriously that’s utter luxurious experience I have only dreamed of so far
It was so dreamy x
I can’t help but mention how your beautiful Lazul dress takes it all. Though I love your white and gold dress too! Happy ladies are truly the prettiest.
What an amazing way to see Monte Carlo and you looked beautiful. Great pictures. Monte Carlo is definitely going on my to-do list.
thanks you should go x
Wow this is honestly like a dream come true! How amazing for you and your blog. You also looked stunning in every single picture!
What a great experience – and you obviously made the most of it. I especially love the pics in the evening dress – just like a Royalty!
hahah! Thank you xx
Great post hun! Really loved reading! X
Thanks so much x
What a way to spend 48 hours in Monaco! Looks like you did the most out of your stay there! It’s also definitely luxurious, it’s the kind of vacation you’ll never forget!
Oh my gosh! What an experience in Monaco! I also wanttttt! And I also want a photo opp with my crush, Prince Andrea Casigrahi!!!! waaaaa
Extremely luxe! I want to go to Monaco, too. Everything about it is gorgeous.
You’re too kind
I would love to be able to afford a trip like this! Between the food, the spa, and the gorgeous landscape of Monaco, I’m totally sold.
Wow this looks amazing!! Would love to have a day as a millionaire like that! great shots!
If I had millions to spare, Monte Carlo would definitely be on my list of places to travel to. It’s pretty amazing there. The spa looks amazing. So many incredible different views and spots to visit. Just an awesome trip I can see. And your pictures are all lovely.
I love the clothes you are wearing starting with the first Lazul dress! Everything was fabulous the helicopter, the boat, my favorite is the pool with the splendid psalm trees. All the motels from the Metropole to The Hermitage to Monte Carlo Bay were stunning and last but not least of love the buildings with the little balconies that have a thin drive between them.
Oh wow – I am so jealous! I’ve never been to Monte Carlo but it looks amazing. And what a day they treated you to. The helicopter ride, dinner and the ride on the yacht really looked like they were highlights of the day.
I agree x
This day seems like heaven. Your outfit choices are amazing. I’m in love with that jumper.
thanks so much
This is truly amazing and luxurious. I must say all your outfits are amazing and all the pictures are so beautifully captured :)
Monaca is such a beautiful pictures after seeing your pcitures and I love your glamorous look! You do look very much like a million dollars babe!
Omg you have a fantastic and bespoke experience. Am feeling jealous! Hope to visit Monaco soon!
How gorgeous is that gown lady and what better place to where than in beautiful Monaco.
What a once in a lifetime experience this seems to be. Living like a millionaire in Monaco looks like heaven. I hope you had the best time!
This looks like it would be such an amazing experience. To live a luxurious life even for a day would be so awesome!
It so is!
What an amazing post! That dress is to die for. This trip seems so wonderful, I’d love to visit. Thanks for sharing! :)
This is one awesome vacation! I love the scenery, and your outfits are all gorgeous! :)
I would love to visit Monaco, although I don’t think I could afford to travel in this style. Your images are stunning, by the way.
I love it there too x
Monte Carlo looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I don’t get out as much as I would like to but this place seems like one that I could enjoy
Ah my parents were just there! It’s such a magical place, I love all your white/cream colored dresses!
thanks so much x
Your photos are gorgeous and your outfits on point! I adore the photo of the two of you in the boat. So cute!! :)
Woooow this is such a gorgeous post! What an amazing adventure, and you are soooo perf. I love your style!
Wow just wow, amazing experience. Monaco was one of the first places I visit with then my husband to be, and I felt in love with the beauty of it. This year, after many years we are going again and taking our teenagers with us. I’m looking forward to enjoy the luxury
It’s a wonderful place!
Now if I had to envision the ‘definition ‘ of a millionaires lifestyle, this Monaco experience would definitely come close. I love how Style Lab treated you to a stay in a luxurious Instagrammable hotel and also allowed you to have a helicopter ride as well. I have never been in a helicopter before, but I can imagine it must be an incredible experience.
Loves this post so much! Your writing is amazing!
Monte Carlo looks like so amazing …and your gorgeous pictures added more beauty in that…now this will be my big dream to stay over there!!!
Monte Carlo looks amazing. Absolutely love the photo of you both in the boat.
Looks like such an amazing experience! Such a blast you must have had! and all your outfits are so nice!
Oh my god you make me want to go traveling so much!!!
I’m so pleased x
Monaco seems very glitzy and glamorous. Love how you have styled your beautiful outfits :)
thank you so much x
THANK YOU FOR SUCH ELEGANT CLOTHING ON BEAUTIFUL LADIES,
I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TOO ATTEND A REAL FASHION SHOW,….. VIEWING THE DESIGNER CLOTHING IN STYLE AND LUXURY,
KEEP TRYING IS THE KEY WORD,……… LOTS OF LOVE. LORRAINE.
Thanks Lorraine this is great!
You look like you were living it up and having a fantastic time. Your orange outfit was one of my favorites. What a fun experience overall.
First let me start by saying you are absolutely gorgeous!! And the outfits you picked for the occasions just enhance you even more! I have never been to Monte Carlo but loved reading about it through your experiences. Luxury galore!
thank you so much x
Wow, this seems like the ultimate weekend! So luxe!
Thanks so much x
Lovely! So luxurious and relaxing vacation! Nice photos. Very inspiring. I wish to go and experience Monte Carlo too.
Oh please do go it’s lovely x
It looks like this was such an amazing experience! You also looked amazing in all of these photos! I loved the opening day outfit, the light pink dress. This is definitely a travel destination on the bucket list, thanks for sharing!
What a luxury trip this was, wow! I have to visit here soon!
Talk about luxury!!! For sure, I would even think twice before accepting such a treat. It’s just grand and you were definitely dressed for the occasion as always.
Bonnie this is an amazing write up. I love all the pictures here specially the first one in the floral blue dress which looks really beautiful. Keep up the good work and looking for more posts from you.
Oh wow. Reading your blog posts makes me dream of going to these places! What a luxurious vacation! Pretty outfits too!
Wow what an incredible experience. Whenever I think of Monaco I think of luxury and your photos just scream luxury. Would love to experience something similar but would find it hard going back to normal life afterwards.
I agree x
All your outfits are different shades of millionaire. Gush! You’re so pretty!
hahah thanks x
Such beautiful photos, I love monte carlo :)
me too x
What an amazing experience! I have always wanted to visit here. I hope to get the opportunity someday
I hope you do x
Ha, I’m not surprised it sounds amazing. I don’t think it would take me long to decide too. It sounds like you had a great trip, that food looks amazing! Love the little white dress.
Sounds amazing !! Loved your video too! That dress looks amazing on you xxx
thanks hon xx
Wow, this truly looks like you were living in the lap of luxury. What a beautiful place! Also your outfits are absolutely beautiful!
Dream vacation right there for me! By the way your style is amazing and I’m loving every picture you posted!
thank you xx
I will happily eat a vegetarian dish, but I guess I am usually one of those people that think “oooh, this would be really good with some pulled pork on it”. But that wasn’t an option in this cafe, so I went with the black bean stew. There is not a single thing that I would have changed about it, apart from double the portion because it was that good! It was just the comforting bowl of food that was needed after a long winter walk, but not so stodgy that you felt like 10lbs heavier after it.
hahah me too
I would love to visit Monaco, although I don’t think I could afford to travel