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Monaco: A Principality of Congeniality

Posted: Mar. 15th, 2008  |  By JustLuxe Team


Luxury Vacations: Monaco, the Rock, is arguably one of the most idyllic dream spots to vacation on the entire planet. The principality is located between the Swiss Alps and the most southern tip of France. Medieval French villages that surround the area offer up unbelievable sites to see. In Peille, the feel of the 13th and 14th centuries still remains intact with its narrow streets, gothic fountains, and the remains of a fortress that surrounds the Consul's palace. Peillon, which is between Monaco and Nice, has the White Penitent's chapel of the 12th century, while Coaraze is renowned known for its longstanding and numerous sundials and historic chapels. La Turbie, a small town situated at the foot of Mount Agel that overlooks Monaco, is famous for the Trophee de Alpes. The monument was raised around 6 BC to commemorate tribes subjugated between 44 and 29 BC. It was deemed "too pagan" and destroyed by monks. However, it was dug out and partially restored in the 1930s by archaeologist.

Four key areas make up the majority of Monaco. La Condamine is at the foot of the Rock and bustles with numerous boutiques and specialty shops, while Monte-Carlo is most renowned for its decadence. Located at the center of the Rock, this is where the majority of upscale luxury hotels, nightclubs, and casinos are situated. Monaco is where the Prince's palace is located. The views from either side of the majestic palace are breathtaking. The newest area is Fontvieille. It appears as if one day it just rose out of the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea. It is a yacht harbor where various boating- and business-related affairs occur.

There are approximately 2,250 hotel rooms on the Rock, and over 75 percent of the rooms are four-star quality. The craggy rock has 482 acres of surface area and a population of approximately 32,000 plus. Monaco offers so much more than just 10 months plus of spectacular weather. Outstanding cuisine, arts, cultural and musical events are on the calendar year round. It is a replenishing and rejuvenating center for the mind and soul. This is probably why the VIP Travel Club of the Monaco Government Tourist Office, in association with Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco, is currently auctioning Monaco-vacation packages from some of the most desirable luxury hotels and resorts.

A stay at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is on the auction block, offering a three-night stay for two, a complimentary helicopter transfer for two, and a free pass to all of the area's prestigious museums. The Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, and the Fairmont Monte-Carlo are also offering luxury vacation packages. A complimentary card from Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco is also issued to winners of the auctions. Complete info is available at Le Club website.

Recommended places of interest to visit include the Casino de Monte-Carlo, which just may be the most acclaimed casino in the world with its all-encompassing opulence and huge players. The Prince's Palace & Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs, constructed in 1215, is more than just a sight for tourists' eyes. The Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium, founded in 1910 by Prince Albert I, is magnificent with its façade that floats just above the Mediterranean Sea. The Prince's private collection of 100 classic cars, which include a 1929 Bugatti, a 1952 Rolls Royce, a 1903 Dion Bouton and then some, merits more than a quick drive-by too. Speaking of cars, the Monaco Grand Prix is a major yearly motor-sports event. The summer months feature the Monte-Carlo Ballets, the Saint-Jean Festival and the Croix Rouge Gala. There is no such thing as an off-season in Monaco. The fall marks the beginning of the season of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Swiss International Airlines is the preferred airline of the VIP Travel Club of the Monaco Government Tourist Office and Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco. Blue Star Jets, a private jet and helicopter chartering service, is a highlighted partner of the Le Club.

Take in as much of Monaco as there is time available. The Grimaldi's principality dates back to the 13th century. This year, 2008, is its 710th anniversary, which is nearly one-half as long as the Roman Empire's 1,500 years. And it just keeps getting better and better. I guess that travel club knows its stuff.

For LxM James Rothaar
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