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Monaco Yacht Show 

I have updated this with dates for 2017:

The Show will be from 27 to 30 September 2017.  I will be there and hope to see you too!  This article is all about the 2016 Show and will give you an idea of what to expect for this years show.

My first ever visit to Monaco Yacht show and what a treat!  Every possible type of yacht is here in the most beautiful harbour in the world.  Monaco is buzzing and everyone is at the show.  I cannot think of a single person I know who isn’t here!

Monaco has style and panache and the Monaco Yacht Show is a perfect reflection of this most glamorous Principality.  Spend a day here, even if you don’t want to buy a boat.  Well, you might end up buying a boat – I met someone who fell in love at first sight with a gorgeous speed boat and bought it!

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Monaco Harbour

Take a look at all the fabulous yachts, strolling around the most beautiful harbour in the world.  You will be busy all day because everything you could possibly imagine for the ultimate yacht enthusiast is available here!

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I particularly enjoyed exploring the Car deck with a relaxing bar lounge furnished by Bo Concept Monaco, the ultimate chill out place.  Outside the car deck was a magnificent display of 20 of the worlds best cars including Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls Royce.

I also loved exploring the stands selling the most beautiful furniture for every yacht.

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Perfect place settings for a yacht

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Lunch time is a a delicious experience here and you will find it difficult to choose where to eat lunch, there is so much choice. I spent a wonderful afternoon exploring Superyachts!

I’m looking forward to Monaco Yacht Show 2017, hope to see you there!

Exploring a Superyacht:

Do you want to buy a Superyacht?  Well, this is the place for you!  I have even chosen one for you after extensively checking out the best, so read on.  Everything from Superyachts to speedboats and all the things you need for your yacht.  The choice is extraordinary.

I was invited to to join the Yachting press glitterati aboard MY Majesty 110 to see and hear about the gorgeous new, bigger, Mega yacht to be manufactured by Gulf Craft. As if the ones they have already aren’t fabulous enough!  Apparently customers today want bigger boats.

After a private tour of MY Majesty 110 and MY Majesty 155 at the Monaco Yacht show I am completely in love with both yachts.  If my meagre bank balance would stretch to $9.5 million for the 155, my name would be on the order book right now!

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Aboard a Superyacht

If you like  understated chic and elegance, Majesty yachts built by Gulf Craft are the best choice.  Personally, I’m not keen on the flashier yachts they just scream ‘nouveau riche’ to the world but these are just perfect!  I wouldn’t change a thing, would you?

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Jacuzzi aboard MY Majesty 110 

Who would I like to share this jacuzzi with?  All my friends and readers, of course!

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Jacuzzi aboard MY Majesty 155
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The dream of waking up wherever in the world you please is enchanting.  Yup! the MY Majesty 155 is the one I have chosen for you.  You all know I have impeccable taste!

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Master bedroom suite, aboard MY Majesty 155

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MY  Majesty 155 salon, just perfect!

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A peek at the toys aboard the MY Majesty 155

The new Mega Yacht Majesty 175

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Gulf Craft, the Emirates based manufacturer of Majesty yachts revealed a new concept design for a 61 metre (yes, that is right 61 metres!) Majesty 200 Mega yacht prices start at $45 million and a 53 metre $30 million Majesty 175 starting at $45 million.  Yes, we have a new era of mega yachts!

They both look sensational and include features such as retractable helipads, opulent interiors, beach clubs, lounging and entertainment areas.

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Gulf craft was founded in 1982 in the Emirates by an inspirational owner who is still at the helm today.  I would definitely choose this company to build me a yacht, consistency, quality, reliability, excellent customer service.  What are you waiting for?  You only live once remember!

Information:

http://gulfcraftinc.com   http://www.monacoyachtshow.com

The Monaco Yacht Show 2017:  27 September 2017 to 30 September 2017

 

 

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I’m spending time at my home on the Cote d’Azur this Springtime.  Luckily I drive down from the Uk so load the car with lots of clothes and essentials!  I will share my what to wear tips with you and hope they may be useful if you plan a trip here too. My What to Wear on the Cote d’Azur in Spring!

Basically, take everything you possibly an fit in your suitcases – it can be cold, warm, sunny or rainy at this time of year.  Luckily we are enjoying glorious sunshine so I can wear my lovely new clothes.  I have packed my Christian Dior raincoat just in case!

 

Monaco Port wearing Burberry Jeans and Pinko Jacket

I have packed my Hotsquash London blue and white striped Nautical style top and pretty floral dress which are just perfect.  Hotsquash clothes are specially designed and have hidden technology in the fabric. There are two collections ne designed to keep you warm and one designed to keep you cool.  How clever is that!  Super chic but practical too.  I can testify that they do not crease in a suitcase either!

The cool collection with Coolfresh is designed to keep you cool and regulate your temperature.  The fabric is so soft and comfortable, a pleasure to wear.  Easy care too so perfect for my travel lifestyle.   The Warm collection is designed to keep you warm so you need fewer layers when the weather is chilly.

Hotsquash London was created in the UK and is a growing company with many loyal customers.

My gorgeous Hotsquash Top below, looks great doesn’t it!

Cafe de Paris, Monaco wearing Hotsquash Top, Louis Vuitton Sunglasses

Hot squash Top, Max Mara Trousers, Hermes Bag, Louis Vuitton Sunglasses

I love wearing my pretty Hotsquash dress.  Perfect for lunch out with friends.  Take a look at their website, such a great choice of wearable, gorgeous clothes!

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Lovely Springtime dress, which will take me to so many different places during my  trip to France.

Cashmere Rebel http://www.cashmererebel.co.uk

I already have a lovely Pashmina from Cashmere Rebel and now I have a beautiful Summer Beach Scarf too!

Cashmere Rebel Summer Beach Scarf, Wolf and Whistle Swimsuit

Made from fine eco cotton, it is so versatile and I am wearing it as a Sarong, scarf, bandana and beach wrap! It costs £79 and you can buy online from Cashmere Rebel.

Cashmere Rebel Summer Beach Scarf, Max Mara Shirt, Burberry Jeans, Jimmy Choo Boots

Not just a beach scarf as you can see in my photo above! So versatile.  Remember, it can be very warm in the daytime but chilly in the evening.  Prepare for colder days too.  I always pack a blazer, so useful for dressing up or down and a classic.

 

 

Disclaimer: Some of the products and clothes are gifted to me. I only accept gifts from companies that I love and use all the time. If I write about something and say I like it, I really do like it and use it. Also, some of my trips are invitations or subsidised. I only go to places that I really like so my recommendations are always impartial.

 

 

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Thirty Nine Monte Carlo is the first Private Members Lifestyle Club in Monaco.  It is a new, exclusive lifestyle club in the most glamorous Principality in the world…. and I received an invitation to spend the day exploring all that the club has to offer!

I know some of you want to get to the important bit straight away, so here goes:  Yes, join today.  It is worth every penny of the 4,900 euro annual membership and most definitely has the Luxury Diva stamp of approval.  In my opinion it is the best lifestyle and fitness club in Monaco and the South of France.  Infact, no other club comes close and  Thirty Nine has set a new standard in excellence.

Thirty Nine has is one of the worlds most exclusive gym facilities.  You will find an International team of experienced professionals waiting to prepare a tailor-made training program.  But wait .. there is more! The best Pilates machines you will find anywhere in the world, aerial yoga the list goes on and on.  I particularly enjoyed the members Dining Room which boasts a delightful  Chef and delicious, healthy food.  In the afternoon, the best facial I have ever enjoyed and an excellent hairdressing team handpicked from Holland.

My Day at THIRTY NINE Monte Carlo:

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Reception at Thirty Nine Monte Carlo

The Club is situated right opposite the beach on Avenue Princess Grace, just a perfect location and underground parking is right across the street.  The reception, pictured above, is chic and understated.  I received a lovely warm welcome from the staff.

Morning:

The Club opened in October 2016 so everything is brand new.  Comprising of 1800 sqm over 3 floors and designed by exquisitely by Morpheus, London.  It is the brainchild of Ex Professional Rugby player Ross Beattie.  Thirty Nine focuses on the following elements to create a whole new you.  Wellness,Fitness, Mental Strength, Leraning, Nutrition, Work and Play.  Yes, I need some of that please!

My day started in the Ladies changing area, which is a calm and relaxing oasis.

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Ladies Changing area

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Whisked upstairs to get ready for my first session of the day.  A delicious coffee was brought for me to enjoy while I changed in this perfect changing area.  So much thought has gone into every little detail and the quality is second to none.

Pilates:

A Pilates Postural Assessment with Nevena:A postural assessment is essential before embarking on a Pilates program.  This is a contemporary method of Pilates designed for the 21st Century lifestyle and posture.  Nevena, explained that posture realignment is essential and even Pro athletes use Pilates for posture. The club also use Pilates for rehab after illness or part of a treatment program.

Well, it was a revelation, and Pilates will definitely be part of my exercise program from now on!  Nevena concluded that realignment will help will some joint strain following a broken leg injury.

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Nevena demonstrating some posture realignment exercises 

The staff at Thirty Nine are all, without exception, friendly, kind and knowledgeable.  For me, the staff are just as important as the facilities in a club, we all want to feel special and welcome don’t you think?

The Sports Floor and a Fitness Assessment

The Sports Floor, frequented by World Class Athletes as well as Club members.  Every new Club member receives a fitness assessment and a program tailor made to their individual fitness  goals.  Mathias was in charge of my assessment and if I join the club I can work with a personal trainer to help me achieve my fitness target.  Prices start at 80 euros, which is very reasonable.

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Fitness assessment with Matthias

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Pro Club Machine

I really wanted to take this boxing machine home with me.  How to make exercise fun!

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This is just one shot of the gym, which doesn’t really show the mind boggling array of state of the art equipment available to members.  The handpicked trainers will help you achieve your potential fitness levels with the best equipment you will find anywhere.

Matthias used an In Body Machine for an In body test, this works outs your Body Composition and Body Fat, this will help monitor your progress as fitness levels improve.  Good to know !

Aerial Yoga

Yoga bunnies out there, you must try Aerial Yoga, it is the best fun ever!  Noora taught me the basics and I can’t wait to have another go, you will feel like a trapeze artist and have a great yoga session at the same time!

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Members can choose from a large selection of exercise classes available.

LUNCH:

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The Dining Room is super chic, as one would expect, with a first class chef, Tiziano Rossetti, who was a delight and created a delicious lunch.  You will be instantly captivated by him and his food. I loved the outdoor garden dining area, perfect for hanging out with friends on sunny days in Monaco.

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I enjoyed a delicious healthy soup to start:

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Followed by a delicious Cod dish, Cod, Green beans, Potato, Olives and a Parsley sauce.

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You will love the modern menu with clean, healthy dishes. Cold pressed juices and shakes, including Vegan options, which is good to see on a menu 7 euros and Smoothies 5 and 7 euros.

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Dining Room Menu

The breakfast menu is just as healthy and delicious.  I would eat here all the time if I join the Club!

Members Lounge:

Club members can recharge their batteries in this relaxing space.

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AFTERNOON:

I needed a little lie down by this time, so it was just as well my first appointment was with Emilie at the beauty Spa.

BEAUTY SPA:

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Just look a Emilie’s radiant skin in this photo! She conducted a skin analysis on my face with state of the art machines and created a special treatment tailor made for me using Biologique Recherché products.

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Enjoying a Treatment at the Beauty Spa

Emilie was  knowledgeable and explained the treatment program so well. Once she had finished the treatment the difference in my skin was, without exaggeration, astonishing!  Infact, every friend I have met since that facial has commented on my luminous, healthy skin. Emilie, I will be back!

Enjoy Biologique Recherche facials and body treatments. ILA treatments, massages and a full list of beauty treatments.

Enjoy the Beauty Spa treatments and the Hairdresser without being a member of the Club.

VELVET MONKEY HAIRDRESSING SALON:

Last but by no means least was a visit to the Velvet Monkey Hairdressing Salon in the Club.  As you would expect, the team at Thirty Nine have spared no effort to find the very best!  Iconic Dutch hairdressing team Velvet Monkey have now come to Thirty Nine Monte Carlo!

Enjoy customised hair experiences from an award winning team of Professional Stylists at Velvet Monkey.

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The Team at Velvet Monkey

If you visit Monaco and want a recommendation of where to get your hair done, well here you go!  Doesn’t my hair look great?  Super professional, friendly and fabulous results.  The Salon is open 7 days a week, unique in Monaco.  Again, this is my new hairdresser when I stay at my home here!

Thank you so much to everyone at Thirty Nine for making my day so special.

Information:

Studio 39 Hair and Beauty http://www.39montecarlo.com studio39@39montecarlo.com

Thirty Nine, 39 Avenue Princess Grace, 98000 Monaco  Telephone: +377 93 25 39 39

 

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My guest blogger this week is the fabulous Victor de Monaco and he is contributing a lifestyle blog, interviewing the stunningly beautiful Star of Monaco, Victoria Silvstedt.

I can’t wait to read all about Victoria and hope you enjoy it too!  Let me know what you think.  First of all here is a little introduction to my fellow blogger Victor.  The blogging world is full of interesting, dynamic and talented people and I love getting to know them.

Victor de Monaco:

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Victor De Monaco
Victor is a Paris/Monaco-based project manager specialising in international communication and marketing. After having worked at the headquarters of global firms in the luxury industry, he is currently launching his own fashion brand and works as a part-time consultant. His mission is to find the right balance between a brand’s digital and offline presence. In his spare time Victor enjoys writing feature stories for lifestyle publications. You can reach him via victor@victordemonaco.com.  http://www.victordemonaco.com

A sit-down with supermodel Victoria Silvstedt:

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When I go through Victoria Silvstedt’s Instagram page, the first phrase that pops up in my mind is “oh la dolce vita.”
A jetsetter who is always flying from the South of France, to New York and other fabulous destinations, Victoria is not your typical beauty. After gracing more than 500 magazine covers, Victoria ventured into acting, TV hosting and fashion design. She has also released a music album and starred in her very own reality show on E! Entertainment Television.
From Monaco, her new home, I had a quick chat with the Principality’s fashionista Victoria Silvstedt.

Victoria, you are definitely the queen of multitasking (acting, singing, TV hosting, etc.) But out of all, what job is the closest to your heart?

Well, let me just say that is singing is quite fun, but I am definitely not a singer. It was an offer from EMI Records and an opportunity I couldn’t say no to. Shooting movies both in the United Sates and Italy was an adventure as I spent weeks and months on movie sets.
My E! reality show was fun because the camera was following me as I lived my daily life. But for me, the action is all in television, and I live for action. Hosting shows on Swedish, French and Italian TV is something I enjoy and is very fulfilling.

Going back to your style, tell me more about your fashion rules and guidelines?

I don’t really apply a general rule. I love to mix and match. For instance, you could see me wearing a Zara skinny jeans with a Balmain jacket and an Hermès bag. Of course, because I live in Monaco, I have to be always dressed up. Also, I do follow a lot of instagram bloggers to catch up on the latest trends.

So how is your diet and beauty regimen like?

First of all I love to eat. I am not your green juices 24/7 kind of girl. I must have a desert everyday and especially chocolate. And what is a night like without a glass of wine? However, I try to avoid eating carbs and especially before a photo-shoot. I also try to limit my amount of red meat intake. I guess you can describe my diet as a Mediterranean wholesome and vegetable-based diet.
As for my physique, I try to take a lot of vitamins for my hair and skin. And I love working out outdoors like doing some yoga and pilates every now and then. I prefer to go running outside rather than to workout at the gym.

Finally, what are some must have-items that every woman NEEDS to have in her closet?

High heels! They always add some oomph and make a woman’s outfit look sexier no matter what she’s wearing. Also, a good pair of jeans and of course a cocktail dress. I mean you never know when you get a last minute invitation. And a Birkin or a Kelly bag, I mean why not?

Thank you Victoria and see you around in Monaco.

http://www.victoriasilvstedt.com

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Where to eat in Monte Carlo?  I’m going to share some of my favourite restaurants in Monte Carlo with you.  There are so many wonderful places to choose and I will write a series of reviews of Monaco restaurants.  Here is the first:

Maya Bay

Address: 24 Av Princess Grace, 98000 Monaco http://www.mayabay.mc

I have dined here for a few years now and then.  Every time I visit it gets better and better, more and more popular and buzzes with life.  Make sure to book!  Choose between the Japanese food section and the Thai. Both are excellent.  The vegetarian options are just brilliant.  Healthy, vegetarian options are at last catching on in this part of the world which is brilliant.

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Maya Bay Restaurant Menu

The menu is so extensive, it is actually a book!  Be prepared to take a long time choosing.  I promise everyone will be happy from Vegetarians, vegans to the staunchest meat eater.

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Tempura Prawns and Sushi

Apologies for the photos but it was dark in there!

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Wine  Rose Bellet

I chose a local rose wine to accompany the meal, Bellet which is a light and delicate wine which compliments the strong flavours of the Tempura.  You can even buy bags and clothes at Maya Bay, you will almost think you are in Thailand!

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They even have a TukTuk to take you home.

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Just a hop, skip and a jump from Maya Bay along Avenue Princess Grace you will find Le Sporting Club.  Home of many a fabulous eveniing out during the summer time.  If you are lucky enough to stay in Monte Carlo during July or August take a look at the website and see who is performing at the Club.  Many a famous face has performed here over the years.  It is a magical evening out, put on your best dress and enjoy a Michelin star meal and then see a fabulous show. Check out http://www.montecarlolive.com and also http://www.montecarlosbm.com  The Sporting Club is also home to an Italian Trattoria and Le Pit Stop.

La Trattoria

26 Av Princess Grace Monaco  http://www.alain-ducasse.com

The Trattoria has a beautiful setting in the Sporting club.  Dine on the terrace overlooking the sea and enjoy some Italian Trattoria style food.  The food is good, and so is the view!  The large chap in charge of seating you is the only disappointment.  If I were Alain Ducasse, I would get rid of him but everything else is up to Diva standards!

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La Trattoria Le Sporting Club

We enjoyed antipasto which is shared amongst everyone but the portions are tiny so order plenty.  Delicious!  This was followed by

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Antipasta

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We drank a rather nice Chablis which was perfect with our choice of fish.  Vegetarians will find things to eat but not the wondrous array of dishes available at Maya Bay.

Pop next door, still inside the Sporting Club and have an after dinner digestif at:

Pit Stop  Le Sporting Club Monte Carlo

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