I have been dreaming of visiting the rose fields for many years and my dream finally came true thanks to Le Labo and Fairmont hotels & Resorts who invited me to Monaco to explore the core of their partnership, the famous Rose 31 perfume. I find rose the most fascinating flower of all as it has so many beautiful forms, colors as well as scents. This is why I got super excited when I found out that we are going to learn more about the magical process of turning a precious rose flower into a bottle of perfume.
But lets start from the beginning! We flew from Amsterdam to Nice and after only a 20 minute drive we were already in Monaco, checking into one the most famous hotels Fairmont Monte Carlo. The hotel is famous for a few reasons, it is the only one on the French Riviera that has direct sea views, it is 1 minute away from the Monte Carlo Casino and finally it has the most perfect location for watching the Gran Prix (you can see the Hairpin from the rooftop of the hotel).
After checking into our beautiful rooms we had the chance to try the Essential Rose Hydrator Facial at the Fairmont spa that was one of the nicest treatments I have ever had that left my skin as soft as baby skin thanks to the luxurious damask rose oils. In the evening we had sunset drinks on the rooftop of the hotel that was followed by an amazing dinner at the Nobu restaurant. It was my first ever visit to one of the Nobu restaurants and I definitely know I will be back in one of the other locations! Our absolute favorite was the Miso Cappucino dessert that was so good we had to ask for more even though we were so full after all the dishes.
On day two we had to wake up very early as a long and exciting adventure was awaiting. We got in the cars and were taken to the airport to find out that we were going to get to the rose fields by helicopter! The views of the French Riviera on the way to the fields left me speechless, especially when the Alps showed up on the horizon.
After landing in Grasse, we drove to the rose fields where we had a quick breakfast the French way, coffee and croissants 🙂 Finally we could walk to the fields and even pick some roses ourselves! I am sure you can imagine the scent that was surrounding the area, trust me it was incredible. The Grasse rose is a special type of rose that can only grow in this area «terroir» as they call it in French due to the combination of the climate, soil and of course the love and treatment the farmers give to their precious flowers. The roses are in bloom for only 2 weeks in the whole year before they are picked to be turned into perfume. The famous Rose 31 perfume by Le Labo was created in partnership with the Fairmont hotels back in 2011 and amenities with its scent can be found in the Fairmont hotels around the world. However, the perfume started right here in Grasse and its fields and this is what made this trip so special.
Next we drove to the factory where the scent of the roses is being extracted by the special machine. We also got to smell different rose scents to see if we can tell the notes of each scent and I totally loved it! The visit to the factory was followed by an amazing lunch near the fields where we got to try the local specialities paired with some great French wine. What I loved the most about this experience was meeting the local people who are so passionate about their roses and make sure they are treated in the best possible way. It is so inspiring to meet people who love what they do so much.
One more surprise was prepared for us on that incredible day. We didn’t know where we were going to have dinner up until the minute we drove to the Oceanography museum in Monaco, one of the most stunning buildings in Monte Carlo. We got to visit the museum after it was closed to the public which made it so much more special.
On our last day we had another exciting activity that was planned for us by Le Labo and Fairmont hotels. After breakfast at the Nikki beach, the pool bar and restaurant located on the top floor of the hotel we were taken to one of the few Gran Prix suites, the best possible rooms to watch the famous Monte Carlo race from! Every year these rooms are occupied by celebrities during the Gran Prix weekend and the price for 4 nights is 65,000 euros. What was planned for us was the flower crown making workshop that turned out to be not as easy as you might imagine, but we all managed to create some beautiful crowns. I love how every one of us created the crown in her own style and they all turned out so different.
I am feeling incredibly blessed and grateful to be a part of experiences like this and can’t thank the Le Labo and Fairmont hotels enough for organizing this wonderful trip and inviting me along. Hope you enjoyed reading about our little adventure!