It's very common to include a visit to Monaco and its grand casino as part of any South of France yachting holiday.
Here's a few notes and some history about the Casino - we hope you enjoy reading!
Monaco, the tiny principality on the south coast of France, is a well-manicured, yacht-friendly spot that has a host of hotels, restaurants, and clubs (night clubs and sport clubs) for visitors to come and enjoy. Monaco's government and the Grimaldi family have a controlling interest in the Monte Carlo Casino complex, which will prove to be the highlight of your trip here. The complex houses 21 gaming rooms as well as the Grand Theater and the office for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. There is grandeur everywhere you look in Monaco, and the Monte Carlo Casino is no exception.
Surprisingly, the original casino was not the success that Princess Caroline and Prince Florestan had envisioned. Initially, a casino was built in Monaco to be like Germany's Bad Homburg casino, and it featured a health spa as well as gaming tables. Though the royals wanted the casino to save the House of Grimaldi from going bankrupt, its existence was not well publicized so the customers did not pour in. A whole new effort was started to build the casino we know today, and the project came to fruition with the help of investments from Bishop Theuret of Monaco and the man who would become Pope Leo XIII. The new casino was complete in 1863 and named 'Monte Carlo' after Prince Charles.
People now come to Monte Carlo Casino to play baccarat, blackjack, craps, poker, roulette, slot machines, and trente et quarante. The casino complex hosts live poker tournaments and mystery jackpots. People can see the Monte Carlo Grand Prix car race go by the casino and hang around to enjoy the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters or Summer Festival. If you plan to stay, the casino's parent company also has several accommodations on offer: Hotel de Paris, Hotel Hermitage, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, and Monte Carlo Beach. People are encouraged to come for a variety of reasons, though, considering there is also the Monte-Carlo Golf Club and Monte-Carlo Country Club where seminars and receptions are welcome.
The phrase Monte Carlo Casino is a loaded one because there are distinct casinos in Monaco that come together to make up this complex. Casino de Monte-Carlo, Casino Cafe de Paris, Sun Casino, Monte-Carlo Bay Casino, La Rascasse, And if you intend to spend a fair bit of time at the tables, then you'll want to know what your dining choices away from your charter yacht are. There are several restaurants at Monte Carlo Casino. Le Train Bleu serves Italian food in a Belle Epoque style train car setting! Le Mozaik has an Asian buffet and a pasta/salad station. Then there's Les Prives, which is a private dining option for those wanting to separate themselves from the rest of the glitterati. Also on site are Brasserie du cafe de Paris, Le Circus, Le Restaurant des Palmiers, and Le Bleu Bay.
Clearly no trip to Monaco is complete without a grand tour of Monte Carlo Casino once your Charter yacht is docked in the harbour. Charles Garnier, who is also responsible for the Paris Opera, designed the casino's fabulous facade in the Beaux Arts style. Monaco itself, coupled with the entrance to the casino, complement each other to set the scene for the stylish, elegant evening you'll have if you decide to spend time at this world renown establishment. There's a reason James bond has been here! Forget the Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas- this is where you want to be - you can't take a charter yacht to Las Vegas!