Respecting the belief that a meal should have character, respect for its ingredients, and good looks, Joel Garault has been cooking since the age of 15. In 1985, while working with Christian Willer at La Palme d’Or Restaurant, he won his first Michelin star. Chef Joel Garault, who has been managing the kitchen of Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo since 1988, has written his recommendations for the world’s richest country, Monaco, exclusively for OGGUSTO.
“Stay in the Hermitage, chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as the best hotel in Monaco. Completed in the early 1900s and facing the Mediterranean’s eternity; dazzles with its elegance and excellent service. “
Combining luxury and romance, staying at the Hermitage Hotel Monte Carlo is almost equivalent to stepping into a magical world. The hotel creates a perfect ambiance with its stylish Pagnol suite, terrace overlooking Monaco Harbor and lobby in the winter garden. In addition, dogs under 20 kilos are accepted in this hotel, which was built in the early 1900s and is the heart of Monte Carlo.
“Never return without seeing the Casino, where it all started for Monaco since 1863. Spending time next to a roulette table is a must to feel the glory of the old world and to observe people, even for non-gamers.
Monte Carlo Casino; With over 150 years of history, legendary décor, sequential board games and machines, it attracts guests from all regions. The grandeur of the building, which coincides with the richness of Monaco, amazes those who see it. It is possible to play outdoors in the magnificent building in the winter and in the summer with the panoramic view of the Riviera.
In the Ocean Museum, which has been one of the most important ocean museums in the world since 1910 and located on the rocks of Monaco, 4000 kinds of fish from 200 different invertebrate families can be seen. The Ocean Museum, managed by Captain Cousteau for a very long time, has a beauty that can impress even people who are not related to the sea. There are aquariums in two halls on the ground floor of the museum. Here, it is possible to see various tropical fish, sharks, seahorses and moray eels. On the upper floor, there are seafood and collections collected by its founder, Prince Albert. One section of the museum where works of art made from sea shells, coming from Turkey has also finished a miniature seashells. You can also watch the magnificent view of Monaco from the terrace floor of the museum.
In the museum where Prince Rainer’s old cars are exhibited, it is possible to see 100 classic cars, from the Bugatti Type 35 to the Citroen DS3 WRC, witnessing the history of automobiles. In the late 1950s, the car enthusiast Prince Rainier III began to pile up old cars. Over the years his collection has grown enormously, and his palace’s garage remained small to accommodate hundreds of models of cars. Later, the museum, which consists of Prince Rainer’s personal car collection and known as the “Monaco Top Cars Collection”, opens to the public in 1993. From 1903 model De Dion Bouton to 2013 model Lotus F1, Rolls Royce, Lincoln, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Lexus make up the most beautiful cars of the collection.