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10 Great Things to Do in Monte Carlo

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Also owned by SBM, the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel is set on a cove overlooking the principality's shoreline. This sleek, modern hotel first opened in 1929. Recently restored, it evokes the French Riviera of yesteryear, yet is as stylish as tomorrow. 

Oriented to the Riviera, the hotel offers a safe, gentle place to swim in the sea. Fans of watersports can jetski, waterski, and parasail here. Tents, cabins, and sun lounges are available for rent on the private beach. There's also an Olympic-size seawater swimming pool heated to 75 degrees.

The hotel holds only 40 rooms and suites. More than a satellite of its posh sibling the Hotel de Paris, it is a destination in itself and a member in the Relais & Chateaux group of extraordinary properties.

Tidy and nautical, standard guest rooms mimic the feel of being on one of the smaller yachts in Monte Carlo harbor. The shower, which is big enough for two, features a large round window that works like a porthole to the view.

Your room key card entitles you to free entrance to the Monte Carlo Casino and the free shuttle that travels between the various Société des Bains de Mer properties.

Treat yourselves to dinner at Michelin-starred Elsa's restaurant, named after the legendary hostess and yenta extraordinaire Elsa Maxwell, She was the first public relations representative of the Society des Bains de Mer.