The Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is still enthralling and enticing 150 years after it was first founded, thanks to its incredible capacity to inspire dreams, emotions and pleasure. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is one of its latest additions, and is a case in point. This contemporary hotel on the Plage du Larvotto beach is barely ten years old, and yet has already become one of the French Riviera’s most impressive luxury establishments. This enviable reputation was forged by the hotel shifting away from Riviera tradition, opening itself up to cosmopolitan influences that intertwine to create an atmosphere that exists nowhere else.
The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is a dazzling patchwork of different sources of inspiration: its Mediterranean spirit shines through in its rooms, terraces and the Sea Bay spa space, with guests treated to all the fragrant luminosity of the Riviera. Its Latin side is expressed through its architecture, in arches and colonnades that evoke Italian palaces and mansions. A hint of something tropical is reflected in its palm-lined pool heated to 29°C and topped by a vast dome, complete with a white-sand lagoon (non-heated and open May to September), which basks amidst a gorgeous garden planted with 1,500 different species. Finally, Caribbean soul is poured into the establishment by Michelin-starred Blue Bay chef Marcel Ravin, who whips up dishes that pair the Mediterranean’s remarkable culinary heritage with the Creole flavours of his childhood.
If the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort had to be resumed in a single component, it would be the Cinq Mondes spa. The name means ‘Five Worlds’ in French, and refers to the way in which the spa draws beauty inspiration from around the globe. From the Revitalising Tropical Ritual to the Moroccan Rites, from the Siam Ritual to the Japanese Fragrance and Flower Bath: well-being here is a journey of discovery