48 hours in Monaco during the World Superyacht Awards

The World Superyacht Awards will take place on Sunday, September 5, 2021, honouring the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the most remarkable luxury yachts from across the world. From the best spa treatments to the most stunning sunset views, discover another world to Monaco outside of the World Superyacht Awards.

PM: Check in to Monte Carlo Beach

Credit: Monte Carlo Beach

Waking up on board your yacht with the shimmering water mere metres away is one of those life experiences that simply cannot be beaten. However, if you’re prone to occasional seasickness or are simply craving some time on solid ground, then checking in to Monte Carlo Beach — one of the best hotels in Monaco — should be at the top of your agenda.

With luxurious French Riviera-inspired furnishings and the added bonus of opening your balcony doors to hear the sea lapping beneath you — this hotel really is an obvious choice for those attending the iconic World Superyacht Awards

AM: Revitalise at Thermes Marins spa

Once you’ve indulged in a delicious, organic breakfast at Monte-Carlo Beach, request for your chauffeur to take you to the Thermes Marins spa. It has four floors covering 7,000m² and is one of the best luxury spas in the Mediterranean — a true haven of tranquillity amid the bustling streets of Monaco.

Life at sea can take its toll on your skin — excessive amounts of sun exposure and salt water can result in premature ageing. So, whilst it may be tempting to opt for a more traditional treatment such as a relaxing massage or a facial, we would thoroughly recommend a session of cryotherapy. It is worth mentioning that this does involve standing inside a -110°C chamber for three minutes in nothing but your underwear, socks and Crocs. Admittedly, this may not sound like your idea of a relaxing morning at a premium spa — and it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted — but we can say from experience that the results are worth it.

You are left with a healthy glow and improved circulation — the intense rush of blood through your body revitalises your collagen levels, which is claimed to be brilliant for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Plus, once you’ve got over the shock and are back in your comfort zone, ideally sat by the pool with a glass of rosé Champagne in hand, the release of endorphins has been compared to the feeling of completing a marathon.

PM: Revel in the Monegasque nightlife

It would be a shame to put your newfound, cryotherapy-induced energy to waste with an early bedtime, so it's now time to get your glad rags on and prepare for a night on the town.

Begin your night at the Hôtel Hermitage Crystal Bar — sip on an aperitif and taste some of the world’s finest caviar, while watching the sun slip away behind the mountainous skyline. Once darkness falls, head to Buddha Bar, which is one of the best bars in Monaco, for impressive cocktail flaring and sharing platters of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi.

AM: Soak up the sense of community

In a world of superyachts, supercars and helicopters, the idea of walking anywhere can seem like a memory in the distant past. However, because of the principality’s somewhat petite size, everything is within walking distance, so there’s no excuse not to dust off your most comfortable shoes and set out for a stroll. By foot is by far the best way of exploring Monaco — look around and you will notice things that you’ve never seen before, such as locals filling baskets at the weekly farmers' market, children harvesting pesticide-free produce grown on La Route Du Goût’s floating garden, old friends catching up over a croissant and coffee… you might even discover a new favourite café hidden off the beaten track.

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