Monaco is renowned for its offerings of untold luxury, its stunning scenery and its indulgent Mediterranean lifestyle. Fortunately, for residents and visitors with a taste for luxury, this includes some of the finest dining opportunities on the Riviera. An abundance of fresh ingredients, easy access to the sea and panoramic views from spectacularly decorated restaurants combine to make Monaco a gourmet foodie’s heaven. Unsurprisingly, its glamour and classic appeal make it one of the best places to see and be seen, so a luxurious means of transport is an essential accessory to enhance the five-star dining experience. We’ve selected 5 of the best restaurants in the Principality and the best luxury supercar rentals in which to arrive.
1. Le Louis XV at Hotel de Paris
Run by one of the world’s most renowned chefs, Alain Ducasse, the sumptuous Le Louis XV was the first hotel restaurant to be awarded three Michelin Stars, which it has managed to retain. Its high ceilings and chandeliers evoke a palatial luxuriousness that delights the eyes as much as the haute cuisine delights the palate. Try a rare vintage wine from the exclusive menu whilst dining on the summer terrace, drinking in the spectacular views. A classic and sophisticated restaurant like this deserves a timeless car to match, and the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is a perfect choice. Not only can it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds thanks to the most powerful GT production engine in the history of the marque, but also this ultra-luxurious supercar is unbelievably comfortable and looks divine.
2. Le Blue Bay, Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
This elegant hotel occupies some prime Monaco real estate, which overlooks the Mediterranean and has earned a Michelin star for its flavourful dishes, prepared by Marcel Ravin. The aptly named Blue Bay restaurant boasts a terrace with superb views over the sea. Everything from the fusion cuisine to the decor is artfully presented and unique. Naturally, you’ll want to arrive in a car that complements your surroundings; the McLaren 650 S is visually appealing and offers a smooth ride to the restaurant due to its high-quality chassis.
3. Elsa, Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel
Elsa stands out for its dedication to sourcing the highest quality ingredients and a commitment to providing 100% certified organic food. The one Michelin-starred restaurant’s talented executive chef, Paolo Sari, takes a seasonal approach to cuisine and it really shows in the flavours with which the artfully presented food bursts. Its magical setting by the sea in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a big draw for discerning customers who appreciate quality. Fine wines and a private dining experience away from the crowds attract others. Roll up to the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel in a Ferrari 458 Spider. It’s a stylish blend of the latest technology, great design and even better aesthetics.
4. Joel Robuchon Monte-Carlo, Metropole Hotel
This 2-star Michelin restaurant is the height of luxury and is difficult to beat in terms of style, ambience and quality. The open-plan kitchen invites diners to watch Head Chef Christophe Cussac prepare some of the world’s finest cuisine (and perhaps even Robuchon himself); the well-considered menu of Mediterranean cuisine does not disappoint. Joel Robuchon is famous for his relentless pursuit of perfection and it shows in the Monte-Carlo restaurant’s attention to detail and its decadent decor. This is a once in a lifetime experience so why not enjoy the drive of a lifetime by arriving in a Ferrari California, the first Ferrari road car to have a front-mounted V8 engine and a dual-clutch gearbox. The redesigned interior and a new infotainment system are added bonuses to this beautifully designed, grand-touring sports car.
5. La Maree, Port Palace
Located by Port Hercule, a stopping point for the world’s most luxurious superyachts, La Maree occupies the sixth floor of the Port Palace hotel. Both the menu and the decor are contemporary and the large picture windows and welcoming terrace give the restaurant a spacious and airy appeal. Perfectly located in close proximity to the Place-du-Casino, the restaurant offers sensational views. Diners can look across the port to Monaco and out to sea. The Mercedes SLS is an ideal ride to get you to La Maree. It’s a sleek, 2-seater, modern convertible, which is recognisable for its gullwing doors and classic Mercedes styling. Its performance is better still.