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Rooftop of the Hotel Metropole, known for its timeless glamour and now flourishing a sleek revamp. (photo: Marcel Jolibois)

Paved with GOLD IN BETWEEN THE GLEAMING BOULEVARDS AND FERRARI-JAMMED COASTAL ROADS, ELLA LOMBARDI DISCOVERS THAT MONACO’S MONTE CARLO DISTRICT IS ADDING SOME SERIOUS MODERN STYLING TO ITS IMPRESSIVE HERITAGE.

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beautiful pocket of exclusivity and extravagance nestled into a magnificent cobalt blue bay, there’s nothing quite like Monaco. Ever since the enchanting Grace Kelly put the country on the map when she married the debonair Prince Rainier III in 1956, the country’s star-pulling power has been second to none. Monaco – and its most famous district, Monte Carlo – plays host to a global style set, from the superstars and squillionaires who line up in lavish yachts in summer, to the Formula One fans whose passion for fast cars is fuelled every May. But glitz and glamour aside, the pretty principality is having a resurgence of another kind.

YACHT CLUB SAILS AGAIN As sleek as a luxury liner, Monaco’s newlook Yacht Club’s reopening is the country’s most hotly anticipated event since Prince Albert II’s

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wedding to Charlene Wittstock in 2011. Positioned on the waterfront of Port Hercule, the iconic club’s façade was revealed last June. In complete star style, the final unveiling will be just in time for the arrival of the billionaire superyachts that sail in from around the world for their ritzy summers on the Med. The new-look club is designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster, in collaboration with the Monegasque architect Alexandre Giraldi. The Yacht Club (www.yacht-club-monaco. mc) sports a series of deck-styled viewing balconies curving along the harbour, providing views of yacht races and the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit.

HOTEL HERMITAGE REFURBISHED Tucked behind the Casino de Monte-Carlo in an exclusive enclave awash with designer boutiques, The Hotel Hermitage remains an elegant Madame of the highest order.

Asparagus dish at the celebrated Louis XV restaurant (photo: Pierre Monetta).

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