The Best Views, Best Parties and Hidden Gems
/ The Monaco Grand Prix is the race that every Formula One driver dreams of winning. It is also one of the best spectacles in motor racing with 20 of the planet’s fastest cars speeding around the winding streets of the glamorous city-state. But with thousands of guests attending every year, how can visitors make the most of this heady weekend? Here is a list of insider tips for the Sunday 27th May event from the locals who know it all:
The Manicure and Pedicure with panoramic views of the track:
Seen to be believed, the nail salon at the Fairmont Monte Carlo spa has front row views of one of the Monaco Grand Prix’s most exciting bends. With floor to ceilings windows, guests can sit back and relax whilst simultaneous enjoying their mani/pedi and watching one of the most iconic spectacles in motor racing.
How to avoid the airport traffic like a VIP
Monaco is the perfect place to arrive by helicopter and feel like a VIP, but visitors may be surprised to know that this glamorous form of transport can cost little more than a taxi in the French Riviera. The seven-minute flight with Monacair from Nice to Monaco costs €130 with transfers to your hotel from the helipad included. When in Monaco…
The suites where you can watch the cars speed underneath you:
The Fairmont Monte Carlo has a number of VIP suites overlooking the famous Fairmont Hairpin bend and when the F1 cars roar through the tunnel underneath the hotel it practically shakes! With views of one of the most technically challenging sections of the track there is often plenty of hair raising incidents to watch from the hotel’s balconies.
Where to stay get away from the cars – and spot a racing driver
A favourite of F1 drivers, the lucky Columbus Monte-Carlo hotel hosted winning drivers for four consecutive years: Jenson button 2009, Mark Webber 2010, Sebastian Vettel 2011, Mark Webber 2012. What is the hotel’s secret? In part, its location. The Columbus Monte-Carlo is located in a quiet area of Monaco away from the crowds, while remaining only a 10-minute drive from the race circuit. For guests looking for a more authentic taste of Monaco, the Fontvieille area where the hotel is located is a place to slow down and soak up the atmosphere of the Riviera.
Get a Taste of the Action:
Guests staying at Hotel Metropole can partake in one of the hotel’s ‘Just for You’ experiences that includes a trip to the circuit of Luc in Provence where they can try their hand at driving their very own F3 and F1 cars. In addition to driving from 0 to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds, guests can visit the workshops, attend a theory course and will receive a driver’s certificate following their timed race around the track. For anyone looking to impress their friends with their motor car knowledge on race day, this is the perfect pre-Grand Prix activity.
Where to drink like a local
Whilst the glamorous parties, Michelin dining and casino nights are all part of the Monaco experience, if visitors want to see where the local Monegasques hang-out, they should head down to the Brasserie De Monaco. The harbour front, laid-back bar has housed its own brewery since 1905 creating what it describes as the world’s first luxury beer. Serving delicious pizzas and local specialities including Monaco’s national dish, Barbajuan, guests will get a taste of authentic Monaco.
The Pool Party that overlooks the tracks:
Nikki Beach at the Fairmont Monte Carlo is located track-side between the sea and the famous Monte-Carlo casino. With a rooftop pool, front row views of the Grand Prix and DJs spinning music till late, this is the perfect place to soak up the sun and the infectious Grand Prix atmosphere.
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