Aerial View-Cathédrale de Monaco ,Monaco, Monaco

Cathédrale de Monaco

This grand neo-Romanesque structure, situated on the Rock, has become something of a shrine since Princess Grace was buried there under a simple slab of white marble. You’ll also find tombs of Monaco’s former princes and a 15th-century altarpiece by local artist Louis Bréa.

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Cinq Mondes Spa

Located in the Monte-Carlo Bay hotel, the Cinq Mondes Spa offers beauty and therapeutic treatments and ritual baths from five continents. The menu includes Balinese, Taoist and Thai massages, but the two most popular items are the Oriental hot-oil massage and the Brazilian crème de café cellulite “draining” using a coffee-bean-based cream. The red-and-black Asian-inspired treatment rooms are just steps are away from the hotel’s heated indoor pool under a spectacular glass dome.

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Grimaldi Forum

Situated at the water’s edge, just beyond the Larvotto beaches, this multileveled pyramid of stone and glass is the principality’s cutting-edge business and cultural center. It regularly hosts conferences, concerts, ballets, operas and spectacular summer shows of modern art held in a vast modular exhibition space.

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Indagare Tours: Boat Charters

Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team for assistance arranging a private boat charter.

Indagare Tours: Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Atelier Visit

Princess Caroline founded the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in 1985 in honor of her mother, Grace Kelly, who had always wanted a ballet company. In 1997, an Atelier opened where young dancers from around the world come to study. Indagare can arrange for members to peek into a ballet lessons and tour the Atelier, which spreads across several floors that includes a cafeteria and a costume workshop. Contact Indagare's Bookings Team to arrange for a tour of the facilities.

Indagare Tours: Monte-Carlo Guided Tour

Indagare members can contact our bookings team to set up a private guided tour of Monte-Carlo, including seeing the changing of the guards outside the palace, the cathedral and Princess Grace memorial, the racetrack and casino. Contact our Bookings Team for more information.

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Jardin Exotique

Perched on the cliffs on the Moyenne Corniche road, this subtropical paradise contains about 1,000 species of succulent plants, including agaves, aloes and flowering cacti. You might find it a peaceful respite from Monte-Carlo shopping fatigue, although you’ll need to drive or take a bus or taxi to get there. For paleontology buffs, there’s also a prehistory museum, exhibiting Cro-Magnon skeletons from the Grimaldi Caves, plus a refreshingly cool stalactite- and stalagmite-filled grotto, formerly a Neolithic dwelling.

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Jimmy’z

This Monegasque disco has been an institution ever since its creation in the 1970s, and it’s still going strong. Depending on the night and the season, you might be brushing elbows with actors, European or Middle Eastern royalty princes or local mini-skirted demoiselles and slick bachelors. Its gold décor, bay windows and open-air ceiling are all part of the show. Be prepared to plunk down a considerable number of euros for drinks.

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Exterior View-La Villa Sauber in Larvotto ,Monaco, Monaco-Courtesy Mauro Magliani and Barbara Piovan

La Villa Sauber in Larvotto

Along with Villa Paloma, Villa Sauber is one of the two contemporary art venues that make up the New National Museum of Monaco. Housed in one of the first Belle Époque buildings in the city (constructed in the early 1900s), the villa was originally home to the prominent Blanc family, known for their role in the Monte Carlo Casino development. The immaculate gardens are ideal for strolling after a visit to one of the rotating exhibits, of which there are two yearly. A popular recent exhibition, Princess Grace: More Than an Image, chronicled the style icon’s enviable wardrobe.

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Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, this enormous high-concept palace of pink marble, wood and glass is one of the principality’s star attractions. After a massive facelift, the spa offers both thalassotherapy and a wide selection of high-tech beauty and well-being treatments, plus a heated indoor seawater pool, a hammam, a sauna and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Among the latest cutting-edge highlights is the Miha Body Tech, a treatment that tones and strengthens through electro-stimulation. There is also the extravagant Monte-Carlo Diamond treatment, a massage and scrub with genuine diamond powder and essential rose oils; the Tonic Minceur treatment, with detox algae wraps; and the six-day “for men only” program, with everything from cardio training to anti-aging facials using La Prairie products. The numerous day spa options range from seaweed wraps and Dead Sea mud packs to diverse massage techniques, including Shiatsu and fasciatherapy a deep kneading that keeps guests energized for weeks. If you’re staying at either the Hôtel de Paris or the Hôtel Hermitage, you have free access to the pool and the lovely solarium terrace overlooking the harbor.

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Monte-Carlo Casino

Designed in 1863 by Charles Garnier, this legendary Belle Époque house of haute gambling still glitters with old-world glamour. Visited in the past by an endless list of royaly, statesmen, writers, artists, movie stars and models—everyone from the Prince of Wales, Prince Napoléon, Baron Rothschild and Winston Churchill to Alexandre Dumas, Anton Chekhov, Colette and Somerset Maugham—the casino continues to attract an elegant international clientele. Patrons plunk down serious money at the European, English, French and American roulette wheels as well as at the blackjack, poker, trente et quarante and craps tables. The bona fide high rollers head for the Salons Privés, four luxurious gaming rooms that are open until 8 A.M. and where the chef will whip up a cheese soufflé for a late-night snack.

Even if you’re not prepared to risk your euros, have a peek at the majestic atrium, bedecked with towering marble columns and ornate bronze candelabras. Should temptation strike, visit the small room of jangling slot machines. To gamble, you must be over 21, and you’ll need to present an identity card or passport at the entry desk. A sports jacket and tie are de rigueur for men and shorts and sneakers are forbidden.

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Aerial View-Monte-Carlo Golf Club ,Monaco, Monaco

Monte-Carlo Golf Club

In the heights of La Turbie, the club has two impeccably manicured eighteen-hole courses with soft green turf, lakes and oak-lined paths. The Dave Thomas-designed courses boast breathtaking views of the sea.

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Monte-Carlo Opera, la Salle Garnier

After a costly renovation, Garnier’s jewel box reopened in 2005, its heavily gilded décor (think Second Empire–style lyre-toting angels and an abundance of mythological frescoes and bronzes) restored to its former glory. Even the Lesage gold-embroidered velvet chairs and ribboned mohair curtains that graced the 522-seat concert hall have been reproduced exactly; now, though, there are also tiny lights for libretto-reading fans. Don’t forget to look up, if only to gape at the Grand Lustre, a five-ton chandelier of Bohemian crystal whose missing tiers have been perfectly replicated.

Highlights of the seasonal events include a top-notch opera series, Jazz and pop artists, and performances by the avant-garde Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Musée Océanographique

This cliff-top aquarium that looks more like a palace than an educational institution is guaranteed to please kids and intrigue visitors of any age. Once headed by Jacques Cousteau, it showcases some rarely seen, bizarre marine life and a bouillabaisse of sharks and compatible creatures circling endlessly in a giant tank.

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Exterior View-Palais Princier ,Monaco, Monaco-Courtesy Monaco Press Centre Photos

Palais Princier

Don’t leave the principality without taking in this salmon-pink fantasy, the Grimaldis’s seat of government, built over a 13th-century Genoese fortress. When the white-and-red banner is flying, Prince Albert II is in residence and the palace is closed to the public. But you still can admire the cannons (donated by Louis XIV) and check out the daily changing of the guard, at 11:55 A.M, on the huge square. During the summer months, there are thirty-minute tours of the throne room and the sumptuous state apartments, chockablock with Venetian antiques and frescoes. In the evening, the lovely mosaic courtyard is open to the public for starlit classical concerts. Closed November through May.

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SASS Café

After wandering through a canyon, you'll arrive at a seemingly hidden spot with lovely outdoor seating and a thorough coffee menu.
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The Monte-Carlo Beach Club

The club’s lovely patio restaurants, Le Deck and La Vigie, are favored by Hermès towel–toting socialites and tennis pros. Its huge seawater pool can be crowded during the holiday season, so splurge for a private cabana by the beach. Extras include jet skiing, parasailing, waterskiing and windsurfing.

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The Monte-Carlo Country Club

This might just be the swankest club on the Riviera, with clay tennis courts, squash courts and a heated open-air pool with air jets, waterfalls and a countercurrent basin for aquatic-workout enthusiasts. One-day admission includes use of all facilities.

Interior View-The Private Collection of Antique Cars of HSH Prince Rainier III,Monaco, Monaco-Courtesy Monaco Press Centre Photos

The Private Collection of Antique Cars of HSH Prince Rainier III

A car fanatic, Prince Rainier III spent more than thirty years collecting wonderful automobiles. His collection of more than 100 vehicles is open to the public for viewing. Standouts include a De Dion Bouton from 1903, a 1911 Renault, a 1924 Model T Ford and a 1953 Cadillac. Of course, there are also Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars, Mercedes and Rolls-Royce.

Villa Paloma

One of the two contemporary art museums of the New National Museum of Monaco, Villa Paloma is as much a destination for history buffs as it is for art enthusiasts. Built during the early 1900’s, the villa withstood severe damage during World War II. Today the museum hosts two carefully-curated exhibitions each year; a recent show highlighted the work of Russian contemporary artist Erik Bulatov, who developed his graphic, cryptic style to skirt the restrictions put on artists during the Soviet regime.

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