The Annual Monaco Grand Prix | A Monegasque’s Perspective

by Charlotte Smith

The Annual Monaco Grand Prix

 Monaco Grand Prix perfectly captures the spirit of the Principality: high-octane entertainment, indulgent glamour, and an historic sense of tradition – hosted in one of the most exotic, spectacular destinations in the Mediterranean. It is little wonder, then, that the Monaco Grand Prix enjoys attention from over 400 million spectators worldwide, making it the most popular cultural event on the Cote d’Azur. Along with the smell of burning rubber, excitement and frivolity have filled the air of the 2km2 state since 1929, as the Principality transforms into a stage for sporting greatness for one weekend of each year.

In 2017, the event is to be held from the 25th to 28th May. Make the most of the illustrious occasion by following these insider tips from a local.     

The Annual Monaco Grand Prix | A Monegasque's Perspective

Watching the Race

While the racetrack meanders past the luxury real estate of Monaco, it is on the stretch of course around Port Hercules that most of the action unfurls. Space is at a premium in the port on the day of the race; luxury superyachts line every inch of the quay as discerning spectators flock to gain a glimpse of the event. As such, those in the know witness the day’s magic from the water, in ultimate style and comfort and away from the crowds. Tickets to view the race from the sun deck of a luxury vessel start from approximately €2,000 and include meals, drinks, exceptional service, and unimpeded views.

Five-Star Dining

Such adrenaline-inducing excitement calls for a spot of lunch. Head to Le Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris for a memorable meal. One of Monaco’s most lavish establishments, Alain Ducasse’s flagship restaurant exudes elegance and boasts three Michelin stars. The lavish interior of the restaurant is a sight to behold in itself. Admire the restaurant’s view of the Monte Carlo Casino while enjoying a sumptuous selection of dishes, made from the finest ingredients. Gentlemen must wear a jacket in this pillar of propriety and the restaurant’s Grand Prix lunch menu starts at €950 per person.

The Annual Monaco Grand Prix | A Monegasque's Perspective

Post-Race Celebrations

Anybody who is anybody frequents the Amber Lounge for an evening of glitzy debauchery after the race. Expect to rub shoulders with celebrities, royalty, and many of the racing drivers themselves. The night begins with a unique Formula One Driver Fashion Show, which will see many of the sportsmen strut down the catwalk. Past events have welcomed Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo. Guests can then enjoy a culinary masterpiece in the Amber Lounge’s al fresco setting, with the Mediterranean Sea providing diners with a scenic backdrop. Following a charity auction, the night gets into full swing with live entertainment and a go-all-night attitude. Individual entrance starts from €800, but memories of the party are priceless.

Sleep Tight

Hugging the world’s most famous bend, the Fairmont Hotel should be your hotel of choice; residents of the hotel enjoy a magnificent view of the bend from the building’s roof. The hairpin turn is the tightest in Formula One racing, and forces drivers to slow to a little over 30mph, making for an ideal spot from which to experience the preliminary races.  Standard rooms are offered from €9,990 per night (price for a 4 days stay), while rooms with a view of the track start from €35,990 per night (price for a 4 days stay)

Recognised as Monaco’s Leading Spa Resort at the World Travel Awards 2016, the Fairmont Hotel combines unreserved style with comfort and privacy to offer an exclusive experience, at an inimitable event, in a unique part of the world.


Photo Credit:

1st pic : © Michael Alesi
2nd pic: © Michael Alesi
3rd pic: © AmberLounge

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