by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 01, 2015
The Monte-Carlo Beach hotel's new restaurant, Elsa, has earned a Michelin star. The eatery, under chef Paolo Sari, specializes in 100 percent organic fare influenced by both the Italian and French rivieras.
Give meeting and incentive groups a taste of Monaco's legendary nightlife at one of its most famous watering holes, La Rascasse. The first floor of this trendy harborside venue can host private events for up to 150 guests; the entire facility, including the café, can accommodate 250 for cocktail receptions.

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Tiny Monaco (roughly the size of New York City's Central Park) is the epitome of European glamour. The principality is continually enhancing its allure by adding exquisite new venues and updating its existing treasures.

Among its newest attractions is the Yacht Club de Monaco. The elegant club, designed by Lord Norman Foster, brings together more than 1,200 members from 60 nationalities. While the venue is a private member club, outside groups may request to use it for their events; each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, according to the Monaco Government Tourist Office.

Another stunning space, the Princess Grace Rose Garden, has reopened following a yearlong refurbishment. Private events among some 8,000 rose bushes can be arranged through local destination management companies, with permission from the government.

On the hotel front, the grande dame of Monaco properties -- the luxurious Hôtel de Paris --  is in the midst of a several-year makeover. The 182-room property closed last fall for three months of preliminary work but has reopened for the duration of the renovations. The project is slated for completion in September 2018.

In April, the hotel's signature restaurant, Louis XV-Alain Ducasse, reopened as Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l'Hôtel de Paris. The restaurant has a contemporary new look, courtesy of designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, and a new menu by chefs Ducasse and Dominique Lory that focuses on fresh local ingredients.

Two properties in the principality have been lauded for their green efforts. The 334-room Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and the 40-room Monte-Carlo Beach have become the first hotels to receive the Green Globe certification, which is considered a key milestone toward sustainable development. Both properties met 70 percent of the certification criteria in four categories: management of sustainable development, social and economic aspects, cultural heritage and the environment.

The 602-room Fairmont Monte Carlo has completed a refurbishment of the Salle d'Or, its 15,000-square-foot ballroom. The space now has a more modern look and features new lighting. Last year, the hotel welcomed a branch of famed eatery Nobu, where groups of up to 40 can be accommodated.