1,600 trendsetters attend The Unique Show’s Luxury Monte-Carlo event

True to its name, the recent edition of The Unique Show’s Luxury Monte-Carlo event blended the worlds of high-end fashion and jewellery with an exclusive experience that offered its 1,600 visitors the opportunity to enjoy personal consultations with specialists and enjoy the signature Monaco lifestyle at its best.

Held at Le Méridien Beach Plaza earlier this month, the three-day event from 7th to 9th June saw 30 international exhibitors present their latest collections and share their expertise with upwards of 1,600 guests.

The event was organised by Five Stars Events and led by Dalila Daffara, a jewellery expert with more than two decades of experience. Notable personalities in attendance included Italian influencer Elisabetta Gregoraci and model and Monaco resident Victoria Silvstedt.

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The event displayed the latest in high jewellery design and craftsmanship from renowned brands, such as Alessi Domenico Spa, Alexander Laut, Brarda, Cédille Paris and others.

In addition to the jewellery displays, the event featured an exciting poolside party on 8th June, when a haute couture fashion show by Isabell Kristensen Couture, a DJ set and an array of spectacular live performances took place. Monaco Life enjoyed the catwalk show from the front row before exploring the bountiful jewellery exhibitions.

One of the standout pieces was a dazzling three-carat diamond ring by Mia Masterpiece, as well as an elegant gold hummingbird encrusted with gems by Vahe Zart, a Manhattan-based jewellery designer.

Among the events held on 9th June was an insightful colour analysis by Sabrina Cecutto, an image consultant from Milan, who combined her fashion expertise with jewellery recommendations.

Future editions of The Unique Show are planned for Lugano in November and St. Moritz in February. The next Luxury Monte-Carlo event by The Unique Show is scheduled for June 2025.

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International Yoga Day: Free sessions for the public on the Casino’s Terrasses du Soleil

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Co-hosted by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer and the Kate Powers Foundation, the upcoming International Yoga Day event on the Terrasses du Soleil of the Monte-Carlo Casino will offer yogis of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy a series of free classes led by local and international professionals.  

On Friday 21st June, the day after the Summer Solstice but falling on International Yoga Day, the Kate Powers Foundation, in partnership with Monte-Carlo SBM, will host a special wellbeing and mindfulness event in the gardens of the famous casino.

See more: Interview: Rhonda Hudson, President of the Kate Powers Foundation

The day’s schedule is designed to accommodate a wide range of participants, from frequent yoga practitioners to beginners and children.  

Nico Luce will be leading a yoga session for sponsors at 2.30pm, followed by a children’s class at 4pm that will be taught by Sarah Clark. 

At 5pm, people of all ages and abilities will be able to join an open yoga session, again led by Nico Luce. The evening will then transition into an ecstatic dance session from 7.30pm to 9pm. This portion of the event will be directed by Romain Vigna.  

The day will wrap up with a chill time from 9pm to 10pm. 

All sessions are free of charge and anyone can attend. International Yoga Day reminds us of the balance between our body and mind, and promotes a healthier lifestyle. 

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Menton to host ‘Donyale Luna Supermodel’ documentary film

Donyale Luna changed the face of fashion in the 60’s. Now the revolutionary black model is finally getting her due in a documentary to be aired in English in Menton this weekend.

On Saturday 22nd June at 4pm, the Eden Cinema in Menton will be screening ‘Donyale Luna: Supermodel’, the HBO documentary film, in English, on the life and career of the iconic supermodel, Donyale Luna, one of the first black models to be featured on the covers of major European fashion magazines.

This is a unique opportunity to see this film in France, produced by the Academy and Emmy-Award winning Lightbox production in association with Jeff Friday Media and the American Black Film Festival, and in collaboration with Donyale Luna’s daughter Dream Cazzaniga.

The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Dream about the film, with insights into the incredible story of Donyale Luna and her pivotal legacy in the history of fashion and visual arts.

To see the trailer, click here.

Further information can be found on www.donyaleluna.love

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Club La Vigie unveils new gourmet experience with evening dining and boat service 

Club La Vigie has elevated Monaco’s most beautiful peninsula with a new gastronomic offering, the return of dinner, and a convenient shuttle boat, all in keeping with the timeless elegance of Monaco.

Nestled in the heart of a pine forest and within a bird protection refuge, Club La Vigie has long served as a sanctuary from the bustling streets of Monaco during the warm summer months.

Now, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer is maximising the potential of this oasis, expanding restaurant service to include dinner as well as lunch.

A shaded terrace with the peaceful sound of waves lapping in the background serve as the perfect setting for a revamped Mediterranean menu. 

The shaded summer terrace at Club La Vigie features an incredible sea view. Photo by Monaco Life

Chef Marcel Ravin, who’s now taken the reins at Elsa as well as managing his two Michelin starred restaurant Blue Bay, has handed the running of the kitchens at Club La Vigie to Monte-Carlo Beach Executive Chef Pascal Garrigues. The result is two summer-infused versions of his fabulous Mediterranean cuisine. 

The lunch menu focusses on sharable plates, seasonal vegetables, salads and locally caught fish, grilled to perfection.

Monte-Carlo Executive Chef photo by Monaco Life

In the evening, the enchantment of Club La Vigie truly comes alive. Guests can indulge in a romantic dinner under the stars, with endless sea views and a refined menu featuring exceptional dishes like Catalan lobster, a trilogy of raw fish, and Black Angus beef Tomahawk with Salmoriglio sauce.

The desserts are not to be missed, particularly the exceptionally smooth and theatrical tiramisu, Club La Vigie’s version of pavlova, and the chef’s signature refreshing red fruits with pink lychee.

Lounge areas offer relaxing moments on the peninsula. Photo by Monaco Life

Also new this year, and in keeping with the luxury lifestyle of Monaco, SBM is offering a complimentary boat shuttle from Port Hercule to Club La Vigie. This service is also available for a fee from Cap d’Ail, Eze-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Guests can also enjoy cabanas nestled in the pine trees for secluded privacy, perfect for relaxing with family or friends, while a live music trio and a resident DJ ensure a lively atmosphere throughout the night.

Club La Vigie is open from midday to midnight during the summer months. 

Monaco Life’s resident foodie Cassandra Tanti was there, take a look in our Instagram post below…

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Princely couple shine on Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s blue carpet

The 2024 Monte-Carlo Television Festival ended with a bang, featuring four world premieres, over 200 VIP guests and a glamourous blue carpet appearance by Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II, who presented an Honorary Golden Nymph to legendary actor and director Olivier Marchal.  

Celebrities and stars of the small screen walked the blue carpet for the final evening of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival at the Grimaldi Forum on Tuesday 18th June. The night was a celebration of all the great work done in the industry over the past year and gave recognition to those whose projects stood out from the crowd. 

Hosted by French actress Laury Thilleman and TV and radio star Vincent Niclo, the closing ceremony was also the scene of the presentation of the truly international Golden Nymph Awards, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s most prestigious prizes. 


Prince Albert II personally handed the Honorary Golden Nymph to director and actor Olivier Marchal, whose 35-year career all started when he was working as a policeman and taking acting lessons on the side.  

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II awarded the Honorary Golden Nymph to legendary actor and director Olivier Marchal (third from right). Photo credit: Stéphane Danna

“I was thrilled to present special distinctions, recognising their talent and outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry, to both Olivier Marchal and Morgan Freeman,” said the Prince. “I send my sincere congratulations to the laureates and all the nominees of the Golden Nymphs competition, which celebrates the very best international scripted and factual programming.” 

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Winners in the fiction category included Swedish offering Little Did I Know for Best Film, The UK’s The Gathering for Best Series and Madam from New Zealand for Best Creation. 

The Best Actress award went to Eva Morgan for The Gathering, while her co-star, Warren Brown, won Best Actor. The Jury Special Prize went to the Israeli drama Night Therapy.  

Helgoland from Germany nabbed the BetaSeries Public Prize, and the AMADE Prize was taken home by Sweden’s chilling Mines of Death. The Monaco Red Cross Prize went to The Law of the Sea, a dramatic film from Spain about the selflessness of a group of people who risked their lives to save refugees stranded in the Mediterranean. The Prince Rainier III Special Prize was awarded to Germany’s How Extreme Will The Weather Be, Sven Plöger?, a documentary on the El Niño phenomenon and its effects on the planet.  

The News and Documentary category saw the Best News Programme award go to France’s La Guerre de l’Info: Israel/Hamas, while The UK’s Ukraine’s War: The Other Side won Best Documentary. The Special Jury Prize went to Italy’s Broken Dream.  

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Association Sportive de Monaco to celebrate 100th anniversary with Fête du Sport

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Association Sportive de Monaco, the parent body that has given its name to the AS Monaco football team, the league-topping AS Monaco Basket and a whole host of other talented teams, is celebrating its centennial in 2024. The commemorations will get underway this weekend with a full day of events and activities in Port Hercule. 

On Saturday 22nd June, the Association Sportive de Monaco, better known as ASM, will offer the public the opportunity to try out no fewer than 25 different sports at the organisation’s special Fête du Sport in and around Port Hercule.  

Beginning at 11am and running until 5pm, visitors to the event will be able to either watch or participate in a huge range of sports and activities at the Stade Nautique Louis II and in the Sport Village, from football, rugby and triathlon events to swimming, diving, dance and yoga. Other attractions will include volleyball, table tennis, futsal, taekwondo, footgolf and even medieval combat.  

Some big names from Monaco’s field of sporting talent will be making appearances at the festival-style event, such as the Roca Team’s Yakuba Ouattara from 12pm to 12.30pm and Olympic hopeful table tennis player Xiao Xin Yang at 3pm.  

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There will also be numerous performances and displays by local athletes from the realms of water polo, boxing, wrestling and more.  

For a full rundown of the programme, click here.

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