Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, Monaco

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‘Someone said that life is a party. You join in after it’s started and leave before it’s finished.’ So wrote the New York society hostess and gossip columnist Elsa Maxwell, who knew more about parties than most, and who more than anyone else was responsible for opening up the idea of Monte Carlo as the destination of choice for wealthy visitors in the 1920s.

It was Elsa who was partly responsible for the design of the then newly-built Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, which was intended to rival Californian-style waterside hotels in its location and its facilities; and from 1929 she presided over any number of tennis and fancy dress parties around the sumptuous Olympic-sized pool.

Since Elsa’s time, the hotel has undergone several transformations, including the enlargement of the rooms by hollowing out the rock (listed status meant that no new floors could be added), and, concluding this year, an entire redesign which, one senses, would have pleased Elsa no end.

Now the prestigious hotel, resplendent in its new crimson facade, colourful mosaics and Matisse-inspired decor, has reopened for the new season.

To benefit from the refurbished pool and new €4m spa centre, visitors can now book in to one of 40 hi-tech suites and rooms newly-designed for this five star jewel in Monaco’s hotel crown by much sought-after Paris-based designer Inidia Mahdavi.

Born in Iran, Mahdavi has become a byword for contemporary chic in the major fashion capitals of the world: London, Milan, and New York, as well as Hong Kong and Mexico City. As well as her hotel projects, she has undertaken numerous commissions for private houses all over the world. A visit to the Monte Carlo Beach should tell you why.

Among its many attractions, the new Monte Carlo Beach boasts an exceptional restaurant overseen by master chef and ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ Jean-Claude Brugel whose cuisine is considered some of the most inventive on the Riviera. And the name of the restaurant? Why, Elsa, of course.