Monaco Summer Ball: A Walk on the Wild Side

What: ‘Animal Planet’ Summer Ball (Bal de l’Été)
Where: Sporting Monte Carlo
When: 8pm Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June
Dress: black tie

Flushed with the success of last year’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ theme, the organizers of the Monaco Summer Ball are once again guaranteeing a fantastic party that promises to unleash the wild animal in all its guests. And the event really is going to have guests roaring with delight, as savage drumbeats and wild musical rhythms fill the air with passionate excitement.

Basking in the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and organized by Princess Catherine Colonna de Stigliano, the ball – now a sweet sixteen years old – is always taken as one of the first signs of summer in the Principality. And what better way of preparing for the forthcoming princely wedding between two great ambassadors of the natural world than to celebrate with the call of the wild?


The glittering weekend, tickets for which are available from €400, starts on the Friday evening with a beachside reception before continuing to the famous Jimmy’z nightclub. On Saturday – after an energetic game of tennis or spa treatment at the Thermes Marins – champagne will be served in the gardens of the Sporting Club followed by a gala dinner at the Salle des Etoiles (black or white tie), and dancing till dawn to music provided by top DJ Ariel Wizman.

And on Sunday, not only is there the traditional breakfast and brunch, served from 10.30am till 3.30pm on the terrace of the Hôtel de Paris, but also a final visit to the animals’ watering hole at the Buddha Bar from 11pm


17 June: 8pm Beach Club Cocktails moving on to Jimmy’z Nightclub
18 June: 8pm ‘Animal Planet’ Gala Dinner at the Salle des Etoiles
Drumbeat of the Night, raw rhythms from DJ Ariel Wizman, and dancing till dawn
19 June: Sunday brunch from 10.30 to 3.30 on the terrace of the Hotel de Paris
8.30pm Farewell Roar and last raid on the terraces of the Beach Plaza
11pm: ‘Watering hole’ at the Buddha Bar

As is customary, an auction will be held at the gala dinner to raise money for the Order of the Knights of Malta, a major NGO whose role in managing hospitals and care centres worldwide cannot be underestimated.

© First published in CityOut Monaco