The newest kid on Monaco’s four-star luxury block is the exuberant Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort. With its sandy-bottomed lagoon and its endless sun terraces bordering the Mediterranean Sea, it’s a year-round playground for groups of friends and families alike.
Sheltered amidst umbrella pines atop a rocky promontory in the French village of Roquebrune-Cap- Martin, the Monte Carlo Beach arcs around the Cap Martin coastline towards the Monaco border. It’s a five-minute walk to the Monaco tennis club, while restaurants, casinos and designer shops in central Monte Carlo are a 10-minute shuttle ride.
The French Riviera meets Vegas in this lavishly designed hotel. Everything is on a grand scale from the entrance way to the five acres of landscaped gardens extending towards the sea. It feels as though the whole hotel is achingly dressed to impress: bright-coloured furnishings abound from the lime-green leather in L’Orange Verte restaurant to the blue and turquoise fabrics in the Blue Gin bar.
The swimming-pool complex extends from an indoor pool and whirlpool tub inside a gigantic glass-panelled conservatory through a bridge towards a sandy-bottomed lagoon, cascades and outdoor pools bordered by sun terraces. There’s a plush spa with 12 treatment rooms: think Zen-inducing cream-covered sofas and pale-wood crescents. Fitness freaks will like the well-equipped fitness room and yoga classes that are held outside in warmer months. The hotel even has its own casino with 150 slot machines.
ll of the 334 rooms are spacious. Generous describes everything about Superior and Deluxe rooms: from the over-sized wardrobes to the large alcove-style balconies and the bathrooms that boast separate shower, bath and toilet. Bathroom products are from the hotel’s Cinq Mondes spa. It’s worth noting that not all sea views are equal: some include a sizeable view over the hotel’s pool complex so ask for an even-numbered room between 2 and 20 to ensure the best Cap Martin vistas.