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
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 (www.montecarlomeeting.com) 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
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.
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
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 www.visitmonaco.com for more information.