The Monaco Grand Prix is unquestionably one of the most exciting spectacles of the F1 calendar as well as one of Europe’s top social events. Our guide rounds up the most exclusive locations to catch the nail-biting racing as well as where the privileged go to party when the sun goes down.
Across the Grand Prix weekend in May, Monaco comes alive with an estimated 150,000 people, all set to watch the adrenaline-filled F1 action and take to the city streets to soak up the unrivalled social scene. Indeed, whilst the iconic track takes centre stage, there’s so much going on around the circuit to keep visitors occupied both before and after the race.
Here, we take a look at a selection of the best vantage points and VIP hangouts to hit up when attending the most prestigious Grand Prix.
The most exclusive ticket available, the Formula One Paddock Club is the only chance to gain admission into the pit lane and rub shoulders with F1 team members and officials. Located on the harbour’s edge at the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco, the paddock boasts undercover seating that looks out across the start-finish line, tunnel exit and chicane.
Along with unrivalled views and privileged access to the heart of the action, the club also features some of the world’s finest corporate hospitality. Indulge clients, employees and friends with VIP service, gourmet cuisine, an open bar and exclusive entertainment.
CARAVELLES ROOF TOP
For an unparalleled vistas across the whole harbour circuit, head to the VIP Caravelles Rooftop. Those lucky enough to acquire this prime viewing spot, will be able to soak up all the racing action along the start-finish straight, the pit lane, and the straight from the tunnel to the chicane.
What’s more, the iconic casino, giant screen and multitude of spectacular superyachts in attendance are also in full view. Other benefits include refreshing Austrian style catering, beer on tap, high class champagne.
The Amber Lounge Monaco perfectly encapsulates the glitz, glamour and grace of the prestigious F1 meet. Attracting famous names in film, music, fashion and sport, the lounge brings together an exclusive line up of fashion, charity auctions, Michelin star dining and an exclusive nightclub.
Running across the weekend, the star-studded events have attracted the likes of Prince Harry, Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell and Jennifer Lawrence. International DJs and world-famous artists are lined up to provide the entertainment and VIP passes ensure unlimited bottle service and the best tables in the house.
When the sun goes down and the racing stops, an electric party scene transforms the harbour. Lounge bars, trendy night clubs and five-star restaurants come alive with the throng of revellers and DJ beats. Among the top night spots are Jimmy’z Sporting Monte-Carlo, Sea Lounge Monte Carlo and La Rascasse, all located on the doorstep of the Monaco track.
Yacht parties will also be in full swing, for those lucky enough to receive a VIP invite. Equipped with DJ booths, light machines and dance floors, superyachts provide an enviable setting for legendary nights in Monaco.
A trip to Monaco would not be complete without a visit to the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo. Welcoming an international clientele, the casino has been updated since its conception in the mid-19th century to provide its prestigious customers with a range of games to satisfy all levels of player.
On offer in the gaming rooms are European Roulette, Trente et Quarante, Black Jack, English Roulette and Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker tables while a whole host of slot machines are available too.
For information on chartering a yacht at the Monaco Grand Prix, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.