Spring doesn’t really get more fragrant than in Monaco, where an abundance of gardens create opportunity for elaborate, color-swept green meetings. The Princess Grace Rose Garden, recently revitalized by Prince Albert II, is one of the most acclaimed, with over 8,000 roses divided into six royal themes. There are plenty of meandering paths to explore and spaces for cocktail receptions and events. The fountain from the Place d’Armes is now running again, a nearby gazebo marking the spot for sweeping views of the grounds.
In Monaco’s Old Town, the St Martin Gardens face the Rock of Monaco, with medieval fortifications as backdrop—some archaeological relics found here date back over 10,000 years. The Exotic Gardens, made popular by an observatory cave that rises over 300 feet above sea level at the foot of a cliff, have been open to the public since 1933 to showcase succulents from every corner of the world. Events are earmarked by stunning installations and panoramic lookouts with views of the Port of Monaco and Italian Riviera, and an underground cavity known as the Observatory Cave, whose stalactites and stalagmite jut dramatically back to the sea floor, offers a glimpse of prehistoric times.
Just 15 minutes from Monaco in the Eze Village, the Fragonard perfume factory teaches the art of perfume making through free, 25-minute tours. Afterwards, groups are often taken to nearby flower fields and gardens for inspiration in crafting their own fragrances. Lafayette DMC has expounded on this excitement in the past by arranging Ferrari and perfume making combos.