For a cool €30,000-€40,000 (approximately AUD$46,000-$63,000) per night, Monte-Carlo’s newest, ultra luxury penthouse suite can be your next Monaco bolthole.
Dedicated to Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, arguably the most globally famous Monégasque, the Diamond Suite Princess Grace sprawls across Levels 7 and 8 of the legendary Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, developed and opened in 1864 by The Société des Bains de Mer (SBM). The hotel was a favourite of the Princess, who chose it as the venue for many special occasions in her lifetime, both public and private. Its impressive provenance spans decades hosting Hollywood’s leading actors, featuring in Hollywood films, and accommodating Sir Winston Churchill, in his own 6th floor residence, across many winter sojourns post-WWII.
In 2015, SBM began ‘the most important renovation and restructuring program in the hotel’s history’, commencing with the auction of over 4,000 lots from Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo – furniture to fittings. The unveiling of the new Princess Grace Suite is an integral part of that rolling transformation (scheduled for full completion in November 2018).
Refined and elegant, like its namesake, the décor of the Princess Grace Suite is subtly imbued with some of her work, framed photographs gifted by her family and the Palace, tasteful floral arrangements, and personal memorabilia, including displays of her favourite poems and books. The hotel says this extraordinary suite was designed to reflect the profound and lasting legacy left by ‘Grace of Monaco’ on the history of the Principality and on its people, and is “the most exclusive and extraordinary suite on the Riviera”.
At 910m², and with 180° views of the Mediterranean, the immense space includes in-suite reception and check-in, a private in-suite lift between the two floors, two bedrooms and an office, two living rooms and a dining room, kitchen, two full bathrooms with bathtubs and shower-hamman, sauna, wine cellar and open bar, four terraces and a heated infinity pool with a wave system, and a pool house, shower area and jacuzzi.
iPads in every room control the suite’s home automation system, with a centralised system for each of the two floors; there is also an in-suite concierge service, housekeeper to assist with unpacking and packing, daily laundry and dry cleaning services, dedicated 24/7 telephone number, and luxury car or helicopter transfers, with Meet and Greet services.
Additionally included in the Diamond Suite Princess Grace is a dedicated private room at the renowned Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa in winter, or a tent at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club in summer; and since Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is home to the Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse, an in-suite Alain Ducasse dinner can also be arranged.