by Eleonora Pedron MONACO. Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, spa of Hôtel Hermitage Montecarlo and Hôtel de Paris Montecarlo, has received the Villegiature Award for “Best spa in Europe”. The Villegiature Awards have announced this year’s 20 prize-winners from among 58 hotels and 5 hotel groups. The prestigious awards ceremony took place on Monday, 17 October 2016, in the new banquet halls of the Hotel Bristol Paris. The Villegiature Awards were created in 2003 and gather together a voting Jury composed of 22 international press correspondents and journalists from around the world. Rewarding the best of the best hotels in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East, the ‘Prix Villegiature’ jury consists of members of the press from magazines such as Conde Nast traveller, Vogue, Marie-Claire Italia, The Observer & the Guardian and Le Figaro, as well as TV press including TV5 Monde, France 2, Al Arabiya TV and RTP Televisao.nternational panel has awarded the Best Hotel Spa in Europe to the fantastic Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa of Hôtel Hermitage Montecarlo and Hôtel de Paris Montecarlo. The Best spa Award recognises an absolutely unique offering in wellness, beauty and preventive health. Having been recently renovated and refurbished the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo offers a holistic approach through completely personalised treatments and packages at the height of luxury. It’s time to book into the best spa in Europe! Always at the forefront of innovation and technology, whether your focus is on anti-ageing, slimming or a deep relaxation treatment, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is both a hub of high-tech and a place of pure serenity. You will discover treatments from the exceptional marine-based skincare brand Phytomer: nature and science at your service.The treatments combine powerful active marine-based ingredients and an incomparable wellness experience.
Like Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, Phytomer is committed to eco-friendly practices to offer you high-quality products made with pure and natural active ingredients that respect both you and the environment. Moreover, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo have been voted “Best Hotel in Monaco” by readers of the celebrated American magazine Condé Nast Traveller, who unveiled their selection of best hotels in France and Monaco. Luxury travel buffs vote in the magazine Condé Nast Traveler for the Readers’ Choice Award, considered to be one of the most distinguished rankings in the hotel and tourism industry. The “Best Hotels in France & Monaco” are a reliable and appropriate selection of hotels in this specific geographical area. The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo made a remarkable first impression, going right to third place, while the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo takes the tenth place. As the only hotels from Monaco to rank among the top 10 “Best Hotels in France”, these two Société des Bains de Mer jewels are clearly being recognised for their standards of excellence, maintained with painstaking care since the last century. In this way, the reputation of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo as two of the world’s finest luxury hotels is confirmed, as is the fact that these two giants of the past have always kept up with the times while highlighting their unique style and timeless elegance. A simple flight of steps leads from Place du Casino to the majestic lobby of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
Low relief sculptures, marble colonnades and crystal chandeliers combine to create a sense of awe-inspiring solemnity, which makes this a memorable destination. The legendary three Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l’ Hôtel de Paris certainly contributes to this legend, as do the group’s other unique establishments such as the Bar Américain and the new preventive health, wellness and performance centre, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.
The excellent level of service, however, is what the legend is truly about, and why it will continue to carry on as nothing short of exceptional. The legend celebrates its 153th anniversary, and in doing so looks resolutely to the future. In 1863, under the auspices of its founder, François Blanc, the «Société des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Etrangers à Monaco» is born, known today as Monte-Carlo SBM. Its founder had accepted an invitation from Prince Charles III of Monaco, following a visionary inspiration from his mother Princess Caroline. Through the development of the establishments included in the Société des Bains de Mer, a new neighbourhood will emerge, on the top of the Spélugues plateau, named Monte-Carlo in 1866. The inauguration of the new Casino in 1863 is the founding act of the Société des Bains de Mer. Adjacent to the Casino, François Blanc then creates a Palace, the Hôtel de Paris, a social gathering place and restaurant, the Café Divan (future Café de Paris) and a spa dedicated to health and well-being, the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. His successors will further develop and sustain his vision by providing for pleasure-seeking clientele new offerings up to par with their expectations. Arts are sublimated on the newly built Casino Square, the Golf Club and Monte-Carlo Country Club celebrate land-based sports, the Monte-Carlo Beach will devote itself to seaside pleasures, while the Sporting d’Eté will celebrate the world of show business. Simultaneously, new palaces are refurbished, the Hotel Hermitage or built, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort t to preserve the spirit of innovation and magic of the stay. Finally, new venues dedicated to festivity, such as the famous Jimmy’z nightclub or the Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo. Today, Monte-Carlo SBM group is one of the leading players in the European gaming sector and leaders in luxury tourism in Monaco, all the while collaborating with the most important sporting and cultural events in the Principality. Since its creation, the group has imposed a persona of extremely high standards, audacious and inimitable, in the universe of luxury tourism that conveys the founding philosophy of the resort complex: « everything, immediately, in one place ». The entire team of employees have implemented their talents to make each moment unique. Every client, guest or visitor in Monaco thus benefit from a few moments or several months to… dream. Visiting Monaco is a unique experience, consecrating the SBM as the precursor of modern tourism, now offering a complete ‘Art de vivre’ package.