by Lisa Grimaldi | July 01, 2007

The Rose Garden

Amazing Grace:
The Rose Garden celebrates
the late princess.

Hard to believe, but it has been 25 years since Princess Grace, mother of Monaco’s reigning monarch, Prince Albert, tragically died in a car accident. In remembrance, her extraordinary life -- as socialite, Oscar-winning actress and princess -- is being celebrated this summer and fall in an exhibit at the Espace Ravel in the Grimaldi Forum, the principality’s main convention venue.

The exhibit is designed to resemble a series of 15 rooms, each decorated with Princess Grace’s clothes, memorabilia, letters and photos. They depict her Philadelphia childhood, the Hollywood years, her marriage to Prince Rainier and her colorful reign as the first lady of Monaco.


A new hotel, the Novotel Monaco Princess Charlotte, will debut in October. The 218-room property, in the heart of the principality and conveniently close to the train station, will feature 13 meeting rooms, a terrace that can be used for outdoor cocktails, a restaurant, a bar and a fitness center.

In other hotel news, the Restaurant Jo‘l Robuchon Monte-Carlo at the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo has been awarded a second Michelin star. In addition, five floors of the property have completed a refurbishment in the style of famed hotel designer Jacques Garcia; the remaining two floors will be redone this winter.

The 619-room Fairmont Monte-Carlo (formerly the Monte-Carlo Grande) is undergoing a US$51.1 million extreme makeover. The project, which is scheduled for completion in May 2009, includes the addition of Fairmont Gold, the chain’s hotel-within-a-hotel concept, featuring private check-in, a cozy VIP lounge and a dedicated concierge. The property offers a total of 18 meeting rooms, three restaurants, three bars and a fitness center.

The Societe des Bains de Mer, with a portfolio that includes five hotels, five casinos and three spas in the principality, has launched a new website ( for meeting and incentive planners. The site includes downloadable, detailed floor plans of all the company’s meeting space and venues.


From April to October, groups can tour the Prince’s Palace. The historic building’s numerous attractions include the Italian-style gallery that runs alongside the south facade; the yellow and gold Louis XV Salon; the Blue Room, where the prince hosts official receptions; and the Throne Room, where historic festivals and ceremonies have been held as far back as the 16th century.

Monaco is the perfect setting for participants to strut about in their tennis whites. Now, tournaments for groups of at least six players can be arranged at the elegant Monte-Carlo Country Club. The facility has 25 clay/hard courts laid out on terraces overlooking the Mediterranean.

In other venue news, the Grimaldi Forum has named Lorenzo Turco, CMP, business development manager for the U.S. market, in addition to his responsibilities for Great Britain and Ireland.

Special offers

The principality has extended its initiative to entice large meetings of 1,800 or more room nights through 2008. Accordingly, the government will sponsor complimentary bus transfers within Monaco for an evening function or a champagne cocktail reception and art exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum.

Another program popular with U.S. planners -- guaranteed meetings and incentives packages, priced in U.S. dollars -- also has been extended through 2008. Ten properties are participating in the offer. Go to for more information.