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The inviting waters of Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort have been voted the best in the world, outshining the finest hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The 17th edition of the distinguished Prix Villégiature Awards was held on 14th October at Château de Ferrières, with a jury composed of 22 influential journalists and press correspondents from 15 nationalities and five continents.
Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort received the ‘Best Hotel Pool in Europe’ award for its large indoor-outdoor pool and sandy lagoon. Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by more than 1,500 species of flora, the pool is a haven of peace and tranquility.
“We receive this distinction as a reward for all the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort teams, who have worked tirelessly and passionately for 14 years to the satisfaction of a demanding international leisure and business clientele,” said Frédéric Darnet, General Manager of the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.
The hotel is the latest addition to the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) group. Opened in October 2005 on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel has 334 rooms, 75% of which have a sea view. Its four hectares of gardens feature waterfalls, solariums and the swimming pool with turquoise sandy-bottom lagoon. It also offers Michelin-starred cuisine and is Green Globe certified for its commitment to sustainable development.
The government has revealed that Monegasque schools are conducting regular medical screenings of students with the aim of detecting certain disorders early enough to help make a difference.
Despite a massive expansion project in the works, the current Princess Grace Hospital continues to stay on the cutting edge with the introduction of new equipment and technologies.
General crime rates in the Principality dropped by a significant 16% between the years 2016 and 2019, and street crime by an impressive 52%.
Monaco Life speaks to Artcurial Monaco Director Louise Gréther about this week’s winter auctions at the Hermitage Hotel.
“Exploration yachts are a trend we have seen for the last two years,” says Johan Pizzardini, Communications and Media Manager for the Monaco Yacht Show. “People don’t want to charter the most expensive yacht - they want a yacht with unique experiences.”“This is particularly true for younger customers,” he continues. “If they’re cruising in the Antarctic, they’ll often invite scientists for a research project. It’s not just about sunning yourself in the Bahamas.” Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli has donated his 96-metre explorer superyacht, Vava II, to be used for several scientific expeditions. It has been loaned to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and other research universities from around the world. Mark Duncan, Fraser Yachts Business Development Director, says: “I can think of four or five yachts currently under construction which are being built to an owner’s spec that include research facilities.” One example is the 183-metre Rev Ocean, due to launch in 2020, accommodating a permanent team of up to 60 scientists. It’s being designed to research CO2 emissions’ impact on the oceans, plastic pollution, and unsustainable fishing.
Bannenburg says: “There was a period before the financial crisis when there was an element of market speculation - people were buying shipyard building slots in order to sell them on quickly for profit,” says superyacht designer Dickie Bannenberg. “It only affirmed that a financial crisis was due. No one needs a yacht. It’s by and large the passion that drives them to do it."