Capitalising on Monaco’s unique venues

For event organisers and planners keen to stage an unforgettable affair, the world’s second smallest country offers magnificent locations that will blow the minds of your guests

Guests can marvel at the private car collection of Prince Albert II and Prince Rainier at the eye-catching unique venue (Credit: Michael Alesi)
The underground wine cellar contains the rarest wines in the world (Credit: Monte-Carlo SBM)

Unique venue: Underground wine cellar of Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Highlights: Lovingly watched over by the head cellarman and his team, the captivating vault beneath the luxurious Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo is the largest hotel wine cellar in the world housing hundreds of thousands of bottles of exquisite tipple.

Dazzle your guests with the extensive offerings from the legendary Lafite, Rothschild, Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Yquem, Romanee-Conti, Dom Perignon and Cristal Roederer.

Sprawled over 1,500m², the rare venue provides the ideal setting for exclusive events such as cocktail receptions, business dinners, as well private dining outings.

For example, the cellar’s dining room has a capacity for up to 50 guests, suitable for smaller private gatherings and celebrations.

Score a wine tasting session with the hotel’s head sommelier, Patrice Frank, who is also the president of the Monaco Sommeliers Association and often consulted by the Palace, to make your event truly one-of-a-kind.

Interesting fact: The impressive collection contains the rarest wines in the world, including vintages dating from the 19th century.

Sit-down dinners can be arranged in the exhibition areas, including those showcasing skeletal structures of marine creatures suspended from the ceiling (Credit: Kiev.Victor /

Unique venue: Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Highlights: Welcome to one of the largest museums dedicated to marine science, sitting majestically on the cliffside.

A mind-blowing learning experience for any visitor, the historic attraction spotlights more than 60,000 scientific, naturalist, artistic and ethnological objects.

Presenting a splendid setting for private functions of varying sizes, event organisers can look to the Oceanographic Museum for anything from a cocktail party with up to 1,200 guests, gala dinner, conference, to a film screening.

For example, events can be organised around the aquarium, one of the largest in the French Riviera. On the first floor of the establishment, an incredible voyage to discover the oceans awaits guests in the rooms, surrounded by historical collections and temporary exhibitions.

Another fascinating spot is the rooftop terrace perfect for al fresco cocktails and dining. Perched at a height of 85m between the sea and the mountains, the intimate space offers exceptional panoramic views over the Mediterranean and the Principality.

Besides, sit-down dinners can also be arranged in the exhibition areas, including one which holds the skeleton of the whale shark suspended from the ceiling, for an incredibly immersive and impressive experience.

Interesting fact: The living collection showcased in the Museum’s aquarium contains several thousand specimens, including over 300 species of fish, 300 species of invertebrate and a hundred or so species of coral.

Guests can marvel at the private car collection of Prince Albert II and Prince Rainier at the eye-catching unique venue (Credit: Michael Alesi)

Unique venue: The Cars Collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco
Highlights: Beyond impressing petrolheads and automotive fanatics, organising an event at a spectacular car exhibition venue in Monaco can offer an equally eye-opening experience for other guests.

The stunning assortment – a rare collection of vintage automobiles of the late ruler, Prince Rainier III, who had a lifetime obsession with cars – used to be housed close to the palace complex in the Fontvieille district. Recently, Rainier’s son, Prince Albert II of Monaco, has reopened his family’s collection in a brand-new site, right at the heart of the principality.

The new 3,500m² custom-built home, resembling a futuristic underground compound, also caters to event planners seeking a unique eye-catching venue.

Allow your guests to go on a time-travelling journey enjoying the curated interactive showcase, sipping their cocktails or savouring their dinner against the backdrop of 1950s to 1960s classics including Cadillacs, and cars from the Millenia age such as F1 Ferraris from the Grand Prix.

Private cocktail events at the spacious location can accommodate a maximum (standing) capacity of 600 attendees.

Interesting fact: Visitors can marvel at the one-of-a-kind wonders designed by Rolls Royce, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Maserati, and many more.

The Salle des Etoiles’ retractable rooftop allows for guests to dine under the stars (Credit: Monte-Carlo SBM)

Unique venue: Salle des Etoiles
Highlights: The perfect embodiment of luxury and fantasy, event planners can look to Salle des Etoiles to stage a dreamy extravaganza.

The venue of choice for remarkable events such as the legendary Rose Ball Charity Gala, the Monte-Carlo Summer Festival and Monaco Red Cross Ball, the magical space is a awe-inspiring sight to behold.

Spread across 1,000m², the Salle des Etoiles is one of Europe’s most fascinating venues. Through its large bay windows, this venue dedicated to the most breathtaking of performances offers incredible views. The retractable rooftop also allows for guests to dine under the stars. Fireworks displays can be arranged to up the ante on the spectacular stakes.

For an enchanting night out featuring dinner, along with a show or concert, the Salle des Etoiles is ideally located in the heart of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

Interesting fact: This iconic location can also be hired as a private gala venue, accompanied by a catering service for an elegant finishing touch to your dinner and show events.

The transformed ground floor of Fairmont Monte-Carlo is now a glitzy events venue that can accommodate 1,500 guests (Credit: Cedou)

Unique venue: Le Grand Salon of Fairmont Monte-Carlo
Highlights: Newly-opened on November this year, the elegant and modern space on the ground level of the Fairmont Monte-Carlo comes complete with a private entrance which makes it perfect for product and car launches, exhibitions, catwalks and weddings.

The reopening of the space that was once the Sun Casino came after a massive make-over and the transformed space is now a glitzy events facility that can accommodate a capacity of 1,500.

The new Le Grand Salon makes the Fairmont the hotel with the largest lounge space in the region.

Interesting fact: For those looking for remnants of the old casino, the stunning chandelier in the room’s centre remains, as are a few ornate mirrors. Otherwise the venue is a beige-hued blank canvas, enabling event organisers to furnish according to their own needs.

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