The Resort gardens: an invitation to explore and travel
Making the most of the Principality’s generous climate, landscape-architect Jean Mus has created a wonderful world of multiple exotic plants and scents around the lagoon of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort.
The influences are four-fold:
- Tropical, with palm trees,
- Mediterranean, with olive and cypress trees,
- Italian, with terracotta, terraces and orange trees,
- Mexican, with a rock garden, cacti and succulents.
Careful selections of plants, flowers and shrubs were made, guided by the desire to harmonise colours, foliage, textures.
By creating these gardens, the Société des Bains de Mer is merely perpetuating a 150-year-old tradition: the Principality specifications accepted by the Society in 1863 included “gardens, groves, pavilions and promenades that shall provide foreigners with a sumptuous, comfortable stay”.
At the heart of this dream setting, everything is a pretext to awake and exalt the senses, to be delighted. The fragrance of jasmine invites us to the terrace at breakfast time. And lunch and dinner time, too. Around the swimming pool, the music of cascading water makes peaceful, soothing relaxing music.
Designing the layout of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort gardens required some very sophisticated know-how. Contrary to appearances, the whole garden was built on the sea. This is why the Société des Bains de Mer meticulously maintains the entire wooded park that, twixt sky and sea, swiftly helps us forget the nearby towers.