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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Incredible sea views

    First-class service

    Designer decor

  • Kids will love

    Kids club

    Big swimming pool

    Beach club

  • Don’t expect

    A budget break

    A sandy beach

    An airport nearby


Along with all the glamour you’d expect just over the border from majestic Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel has kept its 1929 elegance, Olympic-sized swimming pool, heavenly sea views and first-class service designed to delight even the highest society guests. But, it’s added colourful India Mahdavi interiors, a room key that gives you access to Monte Carlo’s top hotspots (there’s a free shuttle to help you get around) and a kids club with a packed calendar of children’s activities.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Monte-Carlo Beach with us:

20 per cent off at the SpaBeach Spa


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Monte-Carlo Beach – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Monte-Carlo Beach hotel – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin – France

Need To Know


40, including 14 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £178.30 (€199), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include access to the Casino de Monte-Carlo, admission to the beach club and country club, and access to the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo fitness complex and spa. A buffet breakfast (for over-12s) is extra (€40); under-12s pick from the charged à la carte. Children Extra beds (free for 3–11 year olds, €125 a night for children aged 12 and over) and cots (free) can be added to parents’ rooms; babysitting is available for €20 an hour.


Guests have access to the neighbouring hotels (and their restaurants and swimming pools) – your room card serves as your key to the entire resort, and there’s a free shuttle to ferry you around.

Hotel closed

25 October 2015 to 3 March 2016.

At the hotel

Spas, tennis courts, squash courts, golf course, beach club, gym, fitness classes, WiFi (charged).

In your room

La Prairie toiletries, flatscreen TVs.

Our favourite rooms

Exclusive Junior Suites are particularly good for families: they have plenty of India Mahdavi magic in their playful, nautically inspired décor but also have separate living rooms and bedrooms so tired children can snooze in peace while parents stay up late. If you need even more space, Two-Bedroom Suites are big and have plenty of room for families or groups: each has two separate bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms and a living room (if you’ve older children, consider the interconnecting rooms 51 and 52, so they can have their own space). Duplex and Sunshine suites have stairs, so aren’t ideal for toddlers, and the Two-Bedroom Suite: Sunshine with Jacuzzi is the only space without Mahdavi design.


The hotel’s original 1929 salt-water swimming pool is as glamorous as ever, flanked by white-parasol-shaded loungers, and is open every day from 9am–7pm. The giant pool is a dream for young swimmers, but the littlest water babies might prefer the small children’s pool at the beach. Monte-Carlo Beach guests can also visit the pools at three neighbouring hotels.


The hotel has its own small spa with three treatment rooms, and guests also have access to the resort’s four-storey Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa.

Book ahead

If you fancy a date-night dinner on the terrace, book both your babysitter and your table at Elsa in advance.

Food and drink

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Elsa, the main restaurant, is named for American socialite Elsa Maxwell, who oversaw the hotel’s glamorous launch in 1929 and was famous for her flamboyant fancy-dress parties. Today, executive chef Paolo Sari serves up creative and detailed dishes influenced by both his current home of France and his native Italy. Le Deck is an informal poolside café, open for lunch each day.

Family fare

There’s no children’s menu or kit here in the restaurants here, but the wait staff will bend over backwards to please in any way they can. Children are allowed anywhere, anytime but the main Elsa restaurant is quite grown-up.

Hotel Bar

With plush white sofas, a dark wood floor and the Med as its backdrop, Sea Lounge Beach Bar brings Ibiza to Monte Carlo. Children are welcome, but after dark it’s more of an adult party spot.

Last orders

Elsa opens for breakfast 7.30am–10.30am, lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm and dinner 7.30pm–10pm. Drinks are poured at the Sea Lounge Beach Bar 4pm–1am.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    At Elsa, indoors, Mahdavi’s nautical blue-and-white décor is almost as lovely as the view from the picture windows; outdoors, the terrace has white parasols and jaw-droppingly beautiful vistas. Either way, every seat’s a winner.

  • Room service

    Anything you want, any time you want it.


    At Le Deck, check out the B&G menu – the B stands for “bar”, and has all the tempting grown-up drinks, while the G is for “glacier”, a nod to the icy-cold treats that’ll cool down kids in the Mediterranean summer heat: try a fruit smoothie or a mint granita.


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Monte-Carlo Beach hotel – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin – France

Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Monte-Carlo Beach – has been selected and approved by parents.

Kids Club

The Marmorata Kids Club is right next to the spa, so you can easily drop off the little ‘uns while you get your massage. The shaded outdoor space is staffed by a charming team 10am–6pm in July and August, and activities (music workshops, treasure hunts, pool games and the like) start at 3pm every summer afternoon. There’s also table football and table tennis. The Marmorata club is free for children aged 3–8 and children’s meals are available from €25; birthday parties can be arranged on request from €35.


Babysitters are available from €20 an hour.

Other Services

Children’s parties can be arranged on request.

What's there already?

For babies

• Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Baby bath

For toddlers

• Cot beds • Cot bedlinen

For older children

• Ping-pong table • Table tennis


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Monte-Carlo Beach hotel – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin – France

Things to do

Grown-ups (and perhaps style-conscious teens) can spend many glamorous hours people watching from their loungers, but there’s plenty more to do, too, from watersports or sandcastle building at the Beach Club, splashing in the sea and swimming lengths in the Olympic-size pool to games and workshops in the kids club. And while the little ones are at play, the adults can sneak off to one of the spas…

Hotel activities

The star attraction here is the man-made “beach” – the coast here is rocky, so the Beach Club is stationed on a platform that stretches out over the rocks below, packed with loungers and cabanas (some long-time visitors and local families have been renting the same cabanas each summer for years). The Beach Club organises water sports (water-skiing is available for kids aged 6+), and there’s an extra safe section of the Med that’s been surrounded by jellyfish nets for fear-free paddling. If you’d rather stay dry, there’s plenty of room to run around outside, too, either by the pool or at the beach, and if it’s a rare rainy day, there are films on demand on TV in your room.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

The man-made Plage du Larvotto beach is a rare sandy spot along Monaco’s rocky coast; it’s also public and free to use. The water’s clean and there are myriad beach cafés and ice cream shops. There are lifeguards during summer days.

Don't miss…

Explore the thousands of species of flora at the Jardin Exotique, and stop in at the garden’s Anthropology Museum and Observatory Cave to learn about local history. Children aged 6–18 pay a reduced entrance fee, and kids under-6 are free.

The Côte d’Azur and neighbouring Monte Carlo have the full complement of outdoor fun, from parachute rides above the millionaires’ villas in Cap Martin to jetskiiing in the Med or sailing along the Riviera (all of which can be arranged by the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel’s beach club). If you’re after something a bit more sedate, from golfing to gambling, you’ll find it nearby…

Amateur automobile historians, rejoice: Monaco’s ruling family has amassed a fantastic Private Collection of Antique Cars from Prince Rainier III’s private collection, from horse-drawn carriages to Maseratis. If you’ve got a car-mad youngster in tow, this should be your first stop. Children aged 8–14 get in for half price; under-8s go free ( And when you're hungry, head to Las Brisas: the outdoor restaurant has a south-facing terrace by the sea with spectacular views and delicious fresh fish dishes. Sunday brunch is a local favourite. There’s a decidedly family-friendly atmosphere here, especially at lunch time (


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Monte-Carlo Beach
Avenue Princesse Grace, 06190, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Hotel setting

1930s Riviera resort

Getting There

The hotel's name is slightly misleading: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is on the French side of the Monaco border, and it’s easily accessible from throughout Europe.


Touch down at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, a 45-minute drive from the hotel ( Regular flights go from London’s Gatwick and Heathrow as well as destinations worldwide.


The closest train station is Monaco-Monte Carlo, 10 minutes from the hotel, which has services from Nice with SNCF.


If you arrive by car, there’s free parking on site.

Parent travel tip

If you’re in a hurry to arrive, there’s a helipad near the hotel that has frequent flights from Nice’s airport.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Monte-Carlo Beach – has been selected and approved by parents.

Smith & Family

When you take five children to any restaurant – even one with an all-you-can-eat buffet – you are always slightly aware of an increased tension among staff when you approach. So, ushering five over-excited under-eights along the elegant 1930s seawater pool at the Monte Carlo Beach towards the Deck poolside restaurant, I had been expecting a full-scale terror alert to register on the faces of the immaculate waiting staff. Not least when one of the children was still attached to a rubber ring he wanted to bring with him. No amount of kaftan-wearing and wafting about can make you forget you have children in tow.

It’s testament to the level of service you get at the Monte-Carlo Beach that despite the raucousness, despite the clear understanding on the continent that British children just cannot behave themselves at the table, instead of glares we were met with warm, glowing smiles and a waiter who began immediately chatting with a five-year-old about his broken arm and when he, too, had broken his. Us four parents made a collective sigh of relief, shoulders dropped a little and a bottle of fine Côte d’Azur rose was immediately brought to our table as well as prioritized children’s food. There’s nothing like a dissipating feeling of being judged for poor parenting to make you really sit back and enjoy the view.

The general manager says he has spent years drilling the ethos ‘take the job seriously but not yourselves’ into his staff, and it shows. You want to bring a crappy hire car up right next to an oligarch’s Bentley and unload enough children’s tat to keep Oxfam afloat for a decade? No problem, we’ll even do it for you. Your children want to ‘explore’ the beautiful, organic and local deli-style breakfast options by opening up every hatch and asking the staff to explain the unusual cereals again? Happy to do so, tiny sir.

The level of style, sophistication and luxury given off when you walk into the airy, art deco lobby of the Monte-Carlo Beach club exudes exclusivity, and for sure the prices suggest the same. But the word ‘exclusive’ suggests exclusion, particularly exclusion from two young boys charging excitedly down the corridors to figure out if there are any windows in our two adjoining sea suites from which they could jump directly into the sea (spoiler alert: very nearly, but you’d want to be sure you had your insurance sorted…). Excluded they were not; they were positively welcomed by beaming, natural, friendly staff, who each night carefully brought portions of spag bol to our room on temporarily crisp white linen (sorry guys).

At no point were we made to feel we needed to follow along behind them in a sort of enforced casual ‘walk run’, crouching down and audibly whisper-shouting ‘be quieeeetttt!!!’ at our offspring. Every interaction with staff at the Monte-Carlo felt, well, human. And nothing puts you at your ease quite like that, kaftan or no. If you want grown-up luxury without judgment, this might just be the place for you. 

Anonymously reviewed by Jules McKeen

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