Open-air cinema this May at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort

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Sea, stars and cinema await at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort’s open-air screening evening of Le Grand Bleu in May.  

Save the date for 10th May, when Monte-Carlo Bay will host a special al fresco evening of cinema beneath the stars as part of the ongoing “The Sea is Green” programme.  

Guests will be immersed in comfort as they are seated in deckchairs near the lagoon and treated to a finger food menu featuring the “best of the sea” in a street food style to watch a screening of the 1988 cult classic Le Grand Bleu by celebrated director Luc Besson.  

Considered one of the most beautiful films ever made, the story is a heavily fictionalised drama about a rivalry between real-life free divers Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca, who both set “no limits” deep diving records, going below 100 metres without the use of any breathing equipment. Though they compete against each other to see who can go deeper and stay under longest, it is not contentious, and the pair are friends, though neither can resist the lure of trying to outdo the other, making for a seriously dangerous game. 

The story is gripping, but it is the underwater photography, which is visually astonishing, and the emotionally intense content that hooked people in back when it was first released.  

Doors open at 7.30pm and the cost is €65 for adults and €35 for children under 12. This includes the film plus a main dish and dessert from the menu.  

Ticket are required and can be purchased online here


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Garden inspiration at the Villa Ephrussi rose festival

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Full buds and flowers bursting into bloom, nothing says spring more in the garden than the arrival of roses. Enjoy them in all their glory at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild this weekend.  

Over the course of two days, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April, the gardens of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on Saint Jean Cap Ferrat will be throwing their gates open to the public for a special event on the roses and plants that grow within the boundaries.  

The head gardener will be hosting a series of workshops for adults and children, while an official guide will lead visitors on tours through the incredible property’s “nine sacred gardens”.  

Local farmers, rose growers and nurseries will also be on hand, selling everything from the plants themselves to equipment. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask the professionals any questions you have about your garden and growing roses.  

Inspiration in the gardens

And if that’s not inspiration enough, pianist Steve Villa Masonne will be setting up his signature red piano in the heart of the gardens for an unforgettable performance accompanied by the Lumin Art ballerina duo next to the Villa Ephrussi’s famous musical fountains.  

It’s the 12th edition of this successful – and scented – event. Tickets cost €16 per adult, €13 for seven to 17-year-olds and a family pass costs €45.  

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