Luxe Vacation in Monte Carlo

Go all out! Start your whirlwind luxury trip in Nice and then explore some of Monte Carlo's most popular hotels, casinos, sights and more!

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Monte Carlo Harbor

Monte Carlo Harbor

Check out these magnificent yachts docked in Monte Carlo Harbor, the rich-and-famous playground that served as a location for the James Bond movie GoldenEye. Take in the impressive sights of rococo buildings and mountains on the Bateau Bus (water taxi) or hop aboard a yacht cruise. 960 1280

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Oceanographic Museum

Oceanographic Museum

Rising from the cliff-side rocks, the Oceanographic Museum is home to a treasure trove of sea life: seahorses, sharks, cuttlefish, sea cucumbers and more. The building itself is a monumental work of art: It took 11 years to build, using 100,000 tons of stone from southeastern France. The museum marked its 100th anniversary in 2010. 960 1280

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Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Take a tour of the Prince’s Palace. For the past 700 years, these stately grounds have been home to the Grimaldi dynasty -- most notably, the late Prince Rainier III and the glamorous movie star-turned-princess, Grace Kelly. The palace’s state rooms are open to the public during the summer. 960 1280

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Hotel de Paris

Hotel de Paris

Relax in the heart of Monaco at the Hotel de Paris. This luxury resort hotel opened in 1863; today it’s regularly listed on the annual Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. Strike gold with exceptional dining (3 restaurant choices, showcasing Mediterranean gourmet dishes), along with airy, spacious rooms like this. 960 1280

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Opera de Monte Carlo

Opera de Monte Carlo

Take in a performance at the Opera de Monte Carlo. The opera house opened in 1879, commissioned by the Grimaldi family to showcase Monte Carlo as more than a Riviera playground. Today the opera house presents classical musical performances, ballet and philharmonic acts -- all from the small-yet-luxurious comfort of this 524-seat auditorium. 960 1280

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Palace Changing of the Guards

Palace Changing of the Guards

Round the clock, these officers stand guard outside of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. See the stately Changing of the Guard each day at 11:55 a.m. The guards themselves are composed of an infantry division with 119 officers and sentry. Their motto: “Honor, loyalty, devotion.” 960 1280

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Larvotto Beach

Larvotto Beach

Soak up the sun on Larvotto Beach. Set against a backdrop of luxury apartment buildings, this glamorous beach is home to high-end restaurants showcasing seasonal local seafood (grilled sardines, mussels and more), as well as jet-ski and sea-kayak rentals to cool off in the refreshing Mediterranean waters. 960 1280

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Le Metropole Shopping Center

Le Metropole Shopping Center

You can’t leave Monaco without doing some shopping, so head to the Metropole! This shopping gallery spans 3 floors, with 80 boutiques (and names like Kenzo and Swarovski) that define exclusive. Lest all this proves too pricey for your credit card, there’s always plenty of window-shopping to enjoy, accompanied by glittering period chandeliers. 960 1280

Le Metropole Shopping Center  

Monte Carlo Casino

Monte Carlo Casino

"Bond, James Bond." It's here, at the Monte Carlo Casino, that our favorite British spy uttered those words. Step into this world of cool, decadent entertainment, and try your hand at blackjack, stud poker and Trente et Quarante, a 17th-century gambling card game that hails from France … you might just win. 960 1280

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Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand Prix

Take a supercar test-drive at the Monaco Grand Prix. Held each year on the Circuit de Monaco, the race has attracted a bevy of Hollywood A-listers through the years, including film producer George Lucas and actor Leonardo di Caprio. The first run began in 1929; today the annual race makes up the Triple Crown of the racing world. 960 1280

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Helicopter Tour of Monte Carlo

Helicopter Tour of Monte Carlo

Feel like James Bond and see Monaco by helicopter! Take in incredible aerial views of Monte Carlo’s most jaw-dropping attractions -- the Prince’s Palace, the Monte Carlo Casino and the Monaco Grand Prix racetrack -- along with the sheer beauty of this stretch of French Riviera coastline. 960 1280

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Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection

Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection

A prince needs his cars. See nearly 100 classic cars of all makes and models that make up this high-priced collection. How pricey? When the Prince of Monaco auctioned off 38 cars from his massive collection, the asking price for one of the oldest was about $43,000. See the luxury car collection yourself at the Terraces de Fontvieille, a museum and multipurpose hall. 960 1280

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Calivigny Island Estate

Calivigny Island Estate

Relax in a chaise lounge or take a dip in this Jacuzzi, right in the middle of a room on an estate on Calivigny Island, a completely private Caribbean island off the coast of Grenada. 960 1280

  

Calivigny Island

Calivigny Island

The opulent property features 25 suites and multiple swimming pools, and guests can rent the entire private island for $140,000 per night. 960 1280

  

Villa Lilly

Villa Lilly

Even the bathroom in the pristine Villa Lilly has an unparalleled view of the Mediterranean Sea and the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. The property, located in Praiano, Italy, features a pool, a garden and a clifftop Jacuzzi that had to be brought in by helicopter. This property can be rented for $35,000 per week. 960 1280

  

Chateau St. Tropez

Chateau St. Tropez

Entertain by the pool at Chateau St. Tropez in Cap Ferrat, France. The glamorous chateau and guesthouse, which have a combined total of 8 bedroom suites, can be rented for $172,000 per week. 960 1280

  

Chateau St. Tropez

Chateau St. Tropez

For a more informal dining experience, pull up a chair on one of the chateau’s many terraces. 960 1280

  

SoHo Townhouse

SoHo Townhouse

It may look like your average townhouse from the street, but this SoHo townhouse is anything but. For 50,000 a week, you can go for a swim in the full-size indoor heated pool, cook a meal in the industrial chef’s kitchen, soak up the sun on the outdoor terrace, or get lost on one of the home’s 5 floors. 960 1280

  

The Istana

The Istana

Lounge by one of the 2 infinity pools overlooking the ocean at The Istana, a clifftop estate in Bali, Indonesia. 960 1280

  

The Istana

The Istana

Unwind in the bathtub -- filled with scented frangipani flowers -- at The Istana in Bali. 960 1280

  

Siani Estate in Kenya

Siani Estate in Kenya

Eat at the wooden dining table at Siani Estate in Kenya, a 13-acre plantation retreat that’s also a working farm, hotel and art gallery. The entire property can be rented for only $300 per night. 960 1280

  

Sasakwa Lodge

Sasakwa Lodge

Take a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the Seregeti desert at the Sasakwa Lodge in Tanzania. 960 1280

Singita Game Reserves  

Sasakwa Lodge

Sasakwa Lodge

Watch the sun set and the animals roam over the lodge’s 350,000 acres of untouched private land. 960 1280

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Sasakwa Lodge

Sasakwa Lodge

Relax in the living room and look out at the Serengeti desert after a private safari tour with the lodge’s personal guide. 960 1280

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Aldourie Castle and Estate

Aldourie Castle and Estate

Stay at the majestic Aldourie Castle, the only inhabited castle on Loch Ness in Scotland. After a $15 million, 3-year renovation, the castle won the 2011 Sotheby’s Restoration of the Year award. 960 1280

Aldourie Castle and Estate  

Aldourie Castle and Estate

Aldourie Castle and Estate

The castle has 15 regal bedrooms, beautifully appointed with rich fabrics and historic paintings. For $39,000, you could be the king or queen of this castle for a week. 960 1280

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Dar Liqama

Dar Liqama

Wander around the 4 acres of lush lawns and walled gardens at Dar Liqama, an 11-bedroom villa just outside Marrakesh in Morocco. 960 1280

  

Dar Liqama

Dar Liqama

Relax in the traditional sunlit courtyard in the center of the house and listen to the gentle sound of the water flowing from the marble fountain. For $19,500, the whole house can be yours for a week. 960 1280

  

Villa O

Villa O

Lounge by the pool at Villa O in Monaco. With 15,600 square feet of terraced gardens, the house is available for rent at $160,000 per week. 960 1280

  

Villa O

Villa O

Unwind in the sun-drenched living room at Villa O before relaxing in the infinity hot tub on the top deck. 960 1280

  

Villa O

Villa O

Walk up the 4 flights of spiral stairs with custom-made hand rails that connect Villa O’s 5 different levels, or just hop on the glass elevator for a spectacular view of the Mediterranean. 960 1280

  

Le Mas Des Olivier

Le Mas Des Olivier

Le Mas Des Olivier, a Provencal-style chateau on the Cote d’Azur in France, sits on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean and is available for rent at $12,000 a week. 960 1280

  

Le Mas Des Olivier

Le Mas Des Olivier

Each of the 4 different levels of Las Mas Des Olivier opens to a large terrace. Take in the view and dine on the food prepared by the villa’s personal French chef. 960 1280

  

Villa Del Lago

Villa Del Lago

Welcome to the Villa Del Lago estate, a privately-owned property on Lake Como in Italy. 960 1280

  

Villa Del Lago

Villa Del Lago

The high-end rental is made up of 2 romantic villas. Together they have 13 bedrooms, spread across 7 acres of land -- with stunning lake views like this. 960 1280

  

Villa Del Lago

Villa Del Lago

Spacious windows provide a panoramic view of Lake Como. 960 1280

  

Hamptons

Hamptons

Welcome to the Hamptons, NY. This 6-bedroom, 8-bathroom Hamptons estate can be rented to anyone with deep pockets. It also comes with neighbors like Kelly Ripa, Christie Brinkley and Matt Lauer. 960 1280

  

Hamptons

Hamptons

The kitchen of this Hamptons estate includes French limestone floors and Italian limestone on the counter tops and kitchen islands. 960 1280

  

Hamptons

Hamptons

With serene views, the Hamptons is a chic uptown retreat from NYC's concrete jungle. 960 1280

  

Castlewood

Castlewood

Get comfy at Castlewood, a luxury ski resort in Telluride, CO. The resort has accommodated Kid Rock, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and hockey and NFL players. 960 1280

  

Castlewood

Castlewood

In low season, Castlewood rents for $4,000 a night; in high season, $10,500 a night. Here, a view of the Colorado mountains from the comfort of a hot tub. 960 1280

  

Roughland

Roughland

The Roughland Estate in Norfolk, CT, is a 250-year-old barn converted into a home. It includes 10 rooms, a brand new kitchen, an outdoor chapel and indoor pool -- all yours for $13,000 a week. 960 1280

  

Ty Warner NYC

Ty Warner NYC

Owned by Ty Warner of the Beanie Baby empire, this penthouse suite in NYC includes this grand Bosendorfer piano. Suite's rental price tag: $35,000 a night. Non-negotiable. Oh, well. 960 1280

  

Ty Warner NYC

Ty Warner NYC

To offer a sweeping 360-degree view of NYC, the suite comes with 4 bronze bay windows at the corners of the penthouse. 960 1280

  

Ty Warner NYC

Ty Warner NYC

Enjoy a game of chess at Ty Warner's NYC penthouse suite. 960 1280

  

Villa Lucia

Villa Lucia

Villa Lucia in Tuscany is a 19th-century estate with 9 bedrooms covering 18,000 square feet. 960 1280

  

Villa Lucia

Villa Lucia

The Tuscany estate sits on 4 acres of gardens and vineyards. 960 1280

  

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sp_ss_jaw-dropping-rentals_015 Villa Lucia

After soaking up the Tuscan sun, here's your crash pad for the night. 960 1280

  

Hacienda Santa Ines

Hacienda Santa Ines

Hacienda Santa Ines, in Costa Rica, includes riding stables. In all, 16 stalls, 12 horses, a full-time trainer and an assistant. 960 1280

  

Hacienda Santa Ines

Hacienda Santa Ines

With 10 beds and 12.5 baths, Hacienda Santa Ines attracts high-end guests like the president of Costa Rica. Price tag: $12,000 to $27,000 a night, depending on the season. 960 1280

  

Hacienda Santa Ines

Hacienda Santa Ines

Just 20 minutes east of San Jose, Costa Rica, Hacienda Santa Ines is tucked high in the Tres Rios Mountains. 960 1280

  

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The 24 sanctuaries at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia each have an infinity pool, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor. 960 1280

Jade Mountain  

The Auberge du Soleil in Napa is widely known for its "responsible" luxury. 960 1280

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The view from the pool at the Auberge du Soleil. 960 1280

Hotel Auberge du Soleil  

At the Twelve Apostles, guests can take in the views of the Cape Town coast. 960 1280

The Twelve Apostles  

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia offers luxury camping. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

The Clayoquot overlooks the Bedwell River in British Columbia. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

The One Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is aptly named: It has only one luxurious suite. 960 1280

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The single suite at The One Hotel can be customized to meet specific needs. 960 1280

The One Hotel Angkor  

The Old Course hotel in Scotland is located on one of the most famous holes in golf, the 17th at St. Andrews. 960 1280

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Guests at the Ritz in Paris have 3 personal staff members assigned to them at all times. 960 1280

Ritz Paris  


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