As travel continues its triumphant rebound – around 70% of leisure travelers in countries including the US, UK and Canada expect to spend more on travel in 2022 than they did in five years, according to a recent report – globetrotters climbing the walls after two years of lockdown are ready to splurge for extravagant getaways.
It’s one of the reasons why a getaway to Monaco makes a great addition to a luxurious European vacation this year. The jewel of the French Riviera is widely considered to be one of the wealthiest and most expensive places in the world. And the story Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo– one of its most opulent addresses and ones most sought after by visitors and locals for nearly 140 years – has just launched a host of new reasons to visit in the coming months.
Built in 1886 in the Carré d’Or, the country’s most exclusive enclave, the 125-room Belle Époque-style property, renovated in 2004 by renowned French architect Jacques Garcia, combines Monegasque glamor and sophistication with Mediterranean charm , attracting an audacious list of VIPs from around the world for decades.
All inspired by bespoke hotel experiences, Just for you, highlight its unique location. When it comes to world-class jet-set glamour, there’s none better than the “From Metropole with Love” experience: a private visit to the famous Monte Carlo casino, a helicopter flight over the municipality rarefied and candlelit dinner on the terrace of the Carré d’Or suite – complete with tuxedo, evening dress, shaken martinis and butler service – will leave intrepid couples feeling like a real James Bond and his leading lady .
Recently unveiled additions to the program include an exclusive partnership with prestigious French leather goods maker Berluti, where guests meet an artisan and learn about the art of ‘patina’, a revolutionary method that improves the appearance of leather, developed by the shoemaker and artistic director Olga Berluti in the 1980s, through a private studio. There is also a new private portrait painting experience with renowned contemporary French painter David Djiango, dubbed “the architect of the portrait” for his dynamic and elegant work.
“Exclusiveness and personalization are at the heart of our Just for you program, and we are delighted to announce these unique additions for our guests ahead of one of Monte-Carlo’s busiest seasons,” Serge Ethuin, the hotel’s general manager, said in a press release.
Beyond these exalted experiences, a long list of not ultra the facilities, including the Spa Métropole by Givenchy and Yoshi, the only Japanese restaurant on the Côte d’Azur to have obtained a Michelin star, also appeal to discerning travellers. Sun-seekers will want to head to the charming Karl Lagerfeld-designed pool area, which includes the Odyssey Lounge and Restaurant, serving modern Mediterranean cuisine from mid-April.
On the occasion of the next Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix on May 28, the oldest and most prestigious automobile race in Monaco, the Veuve Clicquot Lounge at the Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo will offer its guests a breathtaking view of the most thrilling corner of the race.
Even the hotel’s most loyal clientele can expect an element of surprise with every return thanks to ‘Metropole Moods’. The program brings the rarefied aesthetic of the French Riviera to life throughout the property via stunning floral arrangements and creative decor vignettes, immersing guests in an entirely unique environment with each visit.
For more information on special offers and programming for Spring and Summer 2022, visit the hotel’s website.