ROOM WITH A HAIRPIN VIEW
THIS POWER LUNCH may not be about drinking martinis over sole meunière, rubbing elbows and closing the deal (does anyone really do that anymore?), but sometimes actions speak louder than words.
That’s certainly the case if you want to lunch at a private lounge overlooking the Hairpin Turn at the Fairmont. Munch on all-you-can eat Nobu prepared by Head Chef Jerome Lorvellec while watching F1 cars decelerate to 65 km/h as they maneuver the quintessential bend of the Monaco Grand Prix. At this slow speed, it’s the only spot on the course where things momentarily become quieter and you can see the intensity in the eyes of the drivers before they spin round Portier to then accelerate up to 325 km/h westbound of the tunnel behind the hotel. No wonder F1 fan George Lucas watches the race from one of the four 6th-floor Hairpin Suites. The Star Wars filmmaker no doubt also enjoys the very personalized hotel service: there is a staff of 500 to serve 602 rooms.
Additionally, there are 51 rooms, from the 3rd to 6th floors, as part of the Fairmont Hairpin Turn package, which includes breakfast, lunch and an open bar for up to 12 people. If Japanese food isn’t your thing, Executive Chef Didier Aniès will prepare an amazing array of bite-size dishes (Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday €600 to €2,000 per person, or for Nobu, from €800 to €2,200). Or make it a corporate event for up to 12 guests and transform the private suite with your brand logo and colors. Breakfast lunch and full bar, from €20,990.
Another option for race day (for nightlife, see p. 36), grab a grandstand seat at Nikki Beach on the rooftop with its 7th-floor hairpin view (tickets in advance €2,000 include open bar).