Just called Monte Carlo to see when they start reserving pool-side cabanas. Was told by the concierge that they take care of that now, and she would be 'happy to help'. Then she explained the following to me, which is why I am sure she was so 'happy to help': I could reserve a regular cabana (up to 8 people), for the meager price of $200/person, which includes some minimum spend of food/drink. I asked her to repeat herself, as I was sure they weren't expecting up to $400 for one of there cabanas for the 4 of us. I was, of course, wrong.
Stayed at MC 4 years ago and got the same cabana for $250. Period. No food/drink minimum, etc. The cabanas are OK, but they are not terribly close to the pool, the bar, etc. But they are a nice place to hang out for an afternoon. Not $400 nice, however.
Anyone have any recent experience, either directly through the MC concierge or through a Host at the MC? Care to share experience and what you paid?