Design brand RH celebrates first foray into the world of luxury yachting

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Among the many luxury superyachts moored in Monaco’s Port Hercule during the recent Grand Prix, there was one in particular that stood out from the crowd: the RH Three. 

At the end of May, top design brand RH, formerly known as Restoration Hardware, hosted a very special event honouring the Princess Grace Foundation aboard its new flagship vessel, the first-of-its-kind luxury expedition yacht, RH Three. 

Among the esteemed guests invited to join RH for the event was Prince Albert II of Monaco, the son of Princess Grace, and former F1 driver Mick Schumacher.  

Among the VIP guests invited aboard RH Three for its Princess Grace Foundation event were Prince Albert II of Monaco and former F1 driver Mick Schumacher. Photo supplied

The VIPs were invited to explore the beautifully appointed interiors of the 38.7m yacht, which boasts four guest cabins and a one-to-one guest-to-crew ratio, while sipping on Cipriani London’s signature bellinis, wines by Rumor Rosé and Ruinart champagne.  

All aboard the RH Three 

This elegant expedition yacht represents a new era for its parent brand.  

RH is a well-established name in the world of luxury design thanks to its wide range of high-end home furnishings. Over the years, the company has expanded its reach, with this latest foray into the world of yachting following RH Contemporary, RH Interiors and two jet ventures, RH One Gulfstream 650ER and RH Gulfstream 550, as well as other lifestyle experiences linked to the international arts and gastronomy scenes.  

The elegant traditions and art de vivre heritage of the brand are clearly visible in aesthetics of the expedition yacht, which boasts a striking metallic grey exterior and warm caramel and champagne-hued interior.  

RH Three is available for charter in the Mediterranean during summer and the Bahamas in winter. For more information, click here

The glamourous style of RH is played out in the interior of the vessel. Photo supplied

Style meets philanthropy

While the spotlight was certainly on the yacht during the recent event, the brand also made sure to highlight the efforts of the Princess Grace Foundation, which supports emerging theatre, dance and film talent through grants and scholarships. As such, a portion of the proceeds raised on the night were donated to the Foundation.  


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Oval chainrings used by Wiggins and Froome among innovations to be showcased at Le Sport & La Tech

Six French companies with innovative ideas for the world of sport will be presenting their concepts at the upcoming Le Sport & La Tech event in Monaco later this month. Here’s what to expect.  

On 25th June, La Maison de France on Rue Grimaldi will host Le Sport & La Tech, an event that is part showcase and part conference. It is being organised by the French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCE) organisation with the support of Jean d’Haussonville, France’s official Ambassador to the Principality of Monaco, and will see six companies from across the border present their innovative ideas and concepts to an audience of entrepreneurs and investors. 

Among those who will feature at the event is a Nice-based cycling company called Osymetric that has developed an oval chainring. The device received worldwide attention when two top stars of the sports, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, used the signature Osymetric rings during their victorious Tour de France campaigns.

Fit Immersion, another company set to appear at the event, combines physical activity with virtual reality, allowing users to travel virtually while using a stationary exercise bike. Neurathletics, meanwhile, develops real-time neurofeedback software for brain training in athletes, a practice said to enhance focus and efficiency, while the Jooks team will be promoting their interactive app.  

Wattsgood will be demonstrating how physical activity can be converted into renewable energy; its cardio equipment generates electricity during workouts.

Finally, Second Relais, which sells second-hand sports equipment, will be introducing guests at the event to its take on the circular economy, one that could help make quality gear more affordable and accessible.  

For more information about the event, click here.  

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Ocean Space Forum to explore the tech intersection of these two frontiers

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The innovative Ocean Space Forum will be returning to Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum next month on a quest to explore how technologies developed for space exploration could be used to advance ocean conservation efforts.  

On 2nd July, between 9am and 6.30pm, the Musée Océanographique de Monaco will host the second edition of the Ocean Space Forum.

The event is set to unite experts and top figures from the worlds of scientific research, politics and economics for a series of roundtable discussions and conferences centred on the contributions that new space technologies could make towards the enhanced preservation and sustainable management of our seas.  

On the agenda will be topics such as the Blue Economy, marine resource conservation, the safeguarding of marine ecosystems, and the fight against climate change and its negative impacts on the oceans. 

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Jointly organised by Prométée Earth Intelligence, France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and the Monaco Space Affairs Office, this year’s forum is being presented as an important precursor to the United Nations Ocean Conference, which will be held in Nice in June next year.  

For more information on the event or to find out how to register as a participant, click here

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Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation unveils the RE.GENERATION Future Leaders Class of 2024

RE.GENERATION Future Leaders

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has introduced the truly exceptional cohort of international young people who have been chosen for this year’s RE.GENERATION Future Leaders programme. These 13 “inspiring young minds” will now spend 10 days in the Principality as they attend an intensive training course on everything from communication and leadership skills to the art of networking. 

From a French sailor and engineer to a Malawian advocate for solar solutions and from an environmentally-aware Italian athlete to a grassroots activist dreaming of a clean energy transition in rural India, the 2024 intake of “inspiring young minds” who make up this year’s RE.GENERATION Future Leaders is incredibly diverse.  

The stories of these 13 young people are different in almost every way, yet they are all bound by a shared passion for environmental protection. As put by representatives for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, “They are poised to become the architects of a sustainable future.” 

And helping these young people achieve their goals is the main objective of the Foundation’s RE.GENERATION Future Leaders programme, which was launched for the first time in 2023.  


Some hope to use their business skills to found new companies and launch new products that will have a positive impact, such as John Boghosian, a Lebanese healthcare entrepreneur and the COO and co-founder of Pangea Bio, a company dedicated to accelerating modern drug discovery with nature-inspired science. Others, like Sheherazade of Indonesia, Denise Nicolau of Mozambique and Ali Alabyadh of Saudi Arabia seek to set new targets for wildlife protections in their home countries.  

Brazil’s Ezequiel Vedana, the founder and CEO of Piipee, is hoping that innovation will provide the answer to regional sanitation issues and challenges, while Prabakaran Arun from India, an architect and city planner by trade, wants to advance environmental sustainability practices and climate resilience within urban areas. 

The full list of people chosen for the Class of 2024 can be found here.  

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation describes each of these individuals as a “changemaker”, a person with a will to make a difference, adding that the interactions between the 13 will hopefully give rise to “new projects to protect the environment”. 

Over the coming months, the cohort will be given access to a range of training courses and programmes, such as the ongoing 10-day immersion campus in Monaco, which began on 10th June.

They will be taught communication and leadership skills, receive masterclasses from experts in their respective fields, learn the art of networking and pitching, and build on their personal connections with their fellow students.  

“At the end of the campus, the Foundation will offer these young talents access to its network in order to give them maximum visibility by providing them with a wide range of opportunities: speaking at international events, taking part in media programmes or interviews, [producing] dedicated articles on the Foundation’s communication channels,” say representatives for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. “This tailor-made communications and public relations support is one of the major differentiating features of the RE.GENERATION initiative.” 

To read more about the programme, click here.  

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Escape to Nikki Beach Monte-Carlo: a summer oasis above Monaco

Rooftop retreat Nikki Beach Monte-Carlo is back for the summer season, with its tempting pool, lush daybeds and cabanas, diverse menu, and vibrant event lineup. 

Nestled atop the Fairmont Hotel overlooking the Principality and the Mediterranean, Nikki Beach Monte-Carlo is a jewel in the Nikki Beach Hospitality Group portfolio. The unique location offers a blend of luxury, relaxation, and celebration, making it a go-to spot for travellers and locals alike.

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Poolside ambiance

Nikki Beach Monte-Carlo merges natural elements with its signature luxury design, creating a serene oasis that guests can escape to, right above the bustling city. A monumental mirror greets visitors on arrival and serves as a popular backdrop for Instagram snaps, while plush white daybeds line the pool for the comfort of sun-seekers.

Luxury cabanas provide private retreats, and the greenery surrounding the pool and additional daybeds add to a tranquil ambience, making it a perfect relaxing spot.

That is, until the DJ kicks into gear and the whole area comes alive with upbeat music.

A fun place to relax poolside in the bustling centre of Monaco

Culinary delights

The menu at Nikki Beach, forged by Corporate Executive Chef Alessandro Pizza, is a fantastic fusion of flavours and spices from all over the world. 

Among the new menu highlights this season are the aubergine bao buns, shrimp and tomato arancini, sea bream tacos and, for those with a sweet tooth, table side baked alaska. 

The rest of the menu includes signature dishes like the avocado smash served table side, Nikki Beach’s famous chicken satay, and a lobster and shrimp “sexy salad”. 

Nikki Beach restaurant is open for lunch and dinner

Upcoming celebrations

Nikki Beach puts on great parties, and this year is no exception. On Saturday 20th July, from 11am to 8pm, the Sunburst Celebration will feature vibrant decor and sun-themed entertainment. Later in the month, on Wednesday 24th July, also from 11am to 8pm, the calendar is marked with the Agave Rays Celebration in honour of International Tequila Day. This event features tequila concoctions and lively festivities, inviting guests to toast to the vibrant spirit of tequila.

Experience the Solar Serenade on Saturday 3rd August, from 11 am to 8 pm, highlighted by the dynamic drumming of the duo Menllizon. This event promises rhythmic energy that will amplify the festive atmosphere.

Then it’s a Ferragosto celebration from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th August, as Nikki Beach honours Italy’s rich culture and lively spirit. Each day, from 11am to 8pm, guests will be immersed in an artistic and festive atmosphere that celebrates the essence of Italian flair and tradition.

For more information about the venue and the events, click here: Nikki Beach at Fairmont Monte Carlo – Fairmont Monte Carlo luxury Hotel.

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API Days: Monaco’s UNESCO Gardens to host educational bee-friendly event

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This coming weekend, the Principality will be honouring the vitally important role bees play in the world with two days of special events and workshops in the UNESCO Gardens in Fontvieille. 

On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June, the UNESCO Gardens on the Terrasses de Fontvieille will be abuzz with activity as the Monaco Urban Planning Department hosts its annual API Days event.  

Bees are the world’s the primary pollinating insects and their health is essential for ours. Yet their very survival as a species is being threatened and populations are in decline across the globe due to environmental degradation, chemical pesticides and disease. 

Raising awareness on these issues is the main focus of Monaco’s API Days event, which began in 2011 and takes its inspiration from a conservation programme initiated by the National Union of French Apiculture (UNAF). 

Visitors to this weekend’s API Days will be able to learn about the local efforts being made in Monaco to better support and protect native species of bees. These include the purpose-built hives that have been erected in locations throughout the Principality, including on the roof of the Museum of Stamps and Coins in Fontvieille, with a whole section of the event programme being dedicated to hive building and maintenance this year.  

There will also be a range of family-friendly activities to enjoy, from games to candle-making courses and honey extraction workshops, as well as exhibitions and stalls.  

Entry is entirely free and all are welcome. API Days will be held between 9am and 4pm on both days.  

For more information, click here.  

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