A New Year’s Eve in Monaco guarantees a night to remember. From glamorous clubbing to festive dinners and fireworks, here are a few Monaco events to pave your way to a sparkling 2019.
Take to the skies
First of all, if you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve in Monaco, why not make a celebrity-style entry aboard a helicopter? With the Principality’s helicopter company Monacair, you can enjoy a Monaco airport transfer from Nice airport for a little more than the cost of a taxi and you’ll be chauffeur-driven to your accommodation.
If you’re already in Monaco, Monacair is offering a five-minute panoramic flight for just 35 euros per person until 6 January 2019. The tours are available every day except 25 December and 1 January, which means you can seize this opportunity on 31 January. Taking off from Monacair’s base at the sea-facing heliport in Fontvieille, you’ll fly from Monaco to the dramatic coastline Cap Martin and back. You’ll be transported in a six-passenger capacity Airbus H130, so you can share the spectacular aerial views with friends and family.
Dance, laugh and enjoy the magic
The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort has transformed its Blue Gin Bar into a mountain chalet with a contemporary twist for the festive season. Various events and activities are lined up from now until 6 January, with New Year’s Eve offering a DJ set and a magic show. Magician and trained actor Simeon Wolfgang is known for injecting a huge dose of humour into his tricks and involving the public. At midnight, take a break from the dancing to admire the fireworks from the comfort of the Blue Gin Bar’s heated terrace.
Festive fine dining at Monaco’s luxury hotels
On New Year’s Eve in Monaco, restaurants in the luxury hotels will be pulling out all the stops and now is the time to book. A step away from the Monte-Carlo Casino, Le Grill, on the eighth floor of the legendary Hôtel de Paris, offers a menu of foie gras, lobster and other festive fare. When you arrive in the lobby, look out for the Chopard Christmas tree, with its ethical gold decorations, before you ascend to dine and admire the spectacular view over the Mediterranean Sea.
The Hôtel Hermitage invites revellers to its Le Vistamar restaurant for a New Year’s Eve dinner prepared by Michelin-starred chef Benoît Witz. The gourmet menu, in the sumptuous setting of this hotel dating back to the 1900s, costs 450 euros per person. And, if you’re wondering where to eat in style on the first day of 2019, the Hermitage will be serving a New Year’s Day brunch for 185 euros.
The three restaurants of Fairmont Monte Carlo will also be concocting New Year’s Eve delicacies. At the bistro-style Saphir24, you can share a tasting platter for up to four people. Choose from Lebanese, French, Italian and seafood themes or indulge in a selection of desserts. From 11pm, your group can enjoy these dishes for 350 euros (including a bottle of wine) before dancing to sounds served up by a DJ. At the Nobu, the Omakase menu offers Japanese food with a seasonal twist and costs 260 euros per person. The price doesn’t include drinks but gives diners entry to the party at Saphir24. Finally, at the hotel’s Salle de la Mer restaurant, live music and a sumptuous buffet with a decidedly Italian influence costs 280 euros per person, including coffee, mineral water and a glass of champagne.
Party by the harbour
Port Hercules is an at-least-once-in-a-lifetime must-see, with its superb superyachts and lively harbourside venues. During the festive season, a Christmas Village takes up residence by this world famous harbour and it’s here that you should head for Monaco’s traditional New Year’s Eve party. Two DJs will get everyone dancing from 9.30pm and will be hard at work on the turntables until 3am. After the countdown to the New Year, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky and cityscape with a riot of colours, while the sound of yacht horns fills the air.
Jimmy’z is Monaco’s most famous club, which has been frequented by celebrities from the worlds of music, fashion, film and sport since its inauguration in the early 1970s.
The New Year’s Eve soundscape comes courtesy of resident DJs Carmine, Ollie and guest DJ Alexandre Billard. The club promises surprises for this end of year celebration, so if you’re seeking a made-in-Monaco experience, dress up and wander this way.
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