Wednesday, July 25

Monaco Grand Prix VIP Travel

There are many ways to experience the Monaco Grand Prix, but a VIP trip to Monaco is the ultimate Grand Prix experience by far.

Many of the world’s jet-set plan their summer itinerary around the Monaco Grand Prix, as it is the jewel in the crown of the summer schedule for the rich and famous.

VIP Glitterati tend to spend their summers in southern Europe anyway, so Monaco is ideally located to attract the great and the good from all four corners of Europe.

The UK’s elite fly out from Biggin Hill airport on a Private Lear Jet which carries them over to Nice International Airport in no time at all. From there, it is a short Helicopter transfer to the Heli-Port in Monaco Harbour, with stunning views as the whirly bird drops in over the cliffs and down into the labyrinthine luxury of Monte Carlo.

A sparkling clean limousine awaits the weary traveller, ready to whisk them away to their five star hotel of preference. The whole of the Principality of Monaco is only 2 km square so there are more five star hotels in Monaco per square metre than probably anywhere else in the world.

The rich young things tend to congregate at the Columbus Hotel, owned by David Coulthard. This Riviera chic ultra-modern hotel is where most F1 drivers stay when they are in town and it is a lively and fresh five star residence.

Those with billions in the bank will retire to the Hotel de Paris, an architecturally stunning building in the Belle Époque style. This iconic hotel hosts Alain Ducasse’s three-star Louis XV restaurant, where a meal for two with a fine vintage wine will cost around £1000.

At the majority of the world’s Grand Prix, the F1 Paddock Club is the only VIP area to enjoy the race from. With its air-conditioned lounges sat right atop the Pit lane, unparalleled views, free flowing champagne and gourmet food. Monaco is different. The real VIP choice here for race viewing is aboard a luxury yacht in one of the prime berths just yards from the track action. Here is where you will find all the stars of film, music, sport and fashion, sipping Perrier-Jouet champagne (at £40,000 for twelve bottles) in the sunshine.

The most prized berths are in Zone A as they give the best views of the straight, chicane and tunnel exit. Plus, they are right below the massive screen that shows all the action from around the whole track as the cars weave their way around the narrow streets. Billions of pounds worth of gleaming white boats jostles for position to provide their VIP guests with the perfect view.

Even when the race is finished, the party continues aboard the yachts ‘til the early hours of the morning as the DJs keep the revelry going until the sun comes up. The Amber Lounge is the official after party and this A-list event attracts more than its fair share of famous faces. The Amber Lounge has its own yacht and they hold great parties every night after the track action has subsided.

When the race ends on Sunday, there is one last night of VIP partying before the elite continue on in their endless summer to St Tropez or Capri? For a VIP, the holiday lasts as long as they want it to and they could well be on a permanent vacation, coming back to Monaco to ensure they don’t miss the glamour and excitement of the following years’ Monaco Grand Prix.

Barnaby Kirsen is an expert in Monaco Grand Prix VIP Travel. Find out more at

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