Pleasure May 2022
How Monaco Became A Glamour Powerhouse
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The Riviera microstate’s motto translates as “With God’s Help”. But it was a triumvirate of mortals who turned post-war Monaco into a playboy’s playground.
Style August 2020
COUP DE GRACE: Monaco
Strange to think these days, but Monte Carlo was not always the bright, glamorous refuge of the chichi jet set. In the early postwar years, it took a dynamic young royal and his Irish-American bride to remake the principality in their image. Originally published in Issue 41 of The Rake, NICK FOULKES tells the charming story of Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly, and the birth of modern Monaco.
Back Issues February 2020
THE SUNLIT UPLAND
Monaco was once regarded as a seedy bolthole — “a sunny place full of shady people”, according to the writer Somerset Maugham. Enter Prince Rainier III, the stocky, pencil-moustached monarch who, from his palace on the Rock, had a plan to transform the world’s second smallest country… (Spoiler: he kept the climate.)
Code June 2017
A History of the French Riviera
The French Riviera was once saturated with humble fishing ports rather than luxury yachts. Just how did this picturesque stretch of land become an infamous luxury destination?
Pleasure May 2017
What (Else) To Do At The Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is a highlight of the F1 calendar, but what else is there to do in the infamous Principality?
Style August 2016
Racing Line: The Flying Scot and Rolex
The Rake speaks to the legendary virtuoso of speed, flag bearer of safety and brand ambassador for Rolex, Sir Jackie Stewart, about his relationship with the the brand and its relationship with Formula 1.
Pleasure May 2016
Monaco's Other Palace | Hôtel Hermitage
In the heart of the hustle and bustle of Monte-Carlo, Hôtel Hermitage has elegantly imposed itself as a 5 stars Palace Leading Hotel, in true Belle Époque style.
Pleasure May 2016
Power Play | Le Casino de Monte-Carlo
Opened in 1863, Le Casino de Monte-Carlo has remained a model of sophistication and flamboyance. Original inlays, paintings, sculptures and stained glass windows still adorn the rooms, constructing a luxurious Belle Époque décor,…