Arriving at the apartment having driven from England we were delighted to find it in great condition, as if brand new, and with a stunning view of Port Hercule below. There is a designated parking space in the labyrinthine car park. We quickly saw why most locals favour small cars - space is extremely limited and everything is built into the mountainside, including this apartment building. It's quite difficult to spot as all you see from the road is a gate so could benefit from a clear sign.
The apartment itself is small but the balcony is big and beautiful. It's actually a small garden, with grass and a tree so great for kids. It's by far the best 'balcony' I've ever experienced. There is a large gas BBQ which we put to good use, a couple of sun loungers and outside chairs.
The kitchen area, while small, has a fantastic induction hob and a microwave. The hob is so fast and efficient that rustling up a quick meal is absolutely no bother. There is also a full sized dishwasher and a washer/dryer. The fridge is small but we managed to store quite a lot of food in there.
The only criticism is that there is only one toilet in this apartment. While there are indeed two en-suites, they contain showers and basins only. The 'guest toilet' is in fact the only one. With five of us sharing the apartment - and the inevitable bouts of 'holiday tummy' - it proved very impractical to only have one loo. There is plenty of space in the master bedroom en-suite for another so we wondered why a second hadn't been included. The apartment is marketed towards a maximum of six people as there is a double bed in the master bedroom, bunk beds in the second and a double sofa bed in the lounge. But the single toilet really doesn't stand up to this idea. A second loo would have made a huge difference to us so I would suggest a couple with two kids as the maximum number comfortably as it stands.
This apartment is very new and when we arrived it was poorly equipped with glasses, blankets etc. However the manager, Sarah, was great. I emailed her and she provided us with all the extra things we needed very quickly. She was courteous, helpful and very easy to communicate with.
There is an outdoor, unheated pool which, while very pleasant to sit around, was too cold for swimming in May. I'm sure by June/July the water would be fine. You might want to ask where they keep the extra sun loungers down on the pool deck as we found only two!
From the listing, we believed there was also an indoor, heated pool. This is not the case. There is another pool in the adjacent building that can be used by guests at Villa D'Azur but it is neither indoor nor heated. On one listing on another site, it also says that there are spa facilities such as a jacuzzi and sauna. I didn't find any.
Beausoleil is directly above Monaco and when I say 'directly above' I mean it! For those new to the geography of this part of the world, be prepared for a climb. Ours was a fit party happy to feel the burn in our hamstrings and chests on the way back up the hill. But the public defibrillators on each, narrow street bisecting the endless flights of steps told a different story. There are local buses and there is a bus stop almost right outside the apartment gate. There are also taxi phones dotted around the city where you can literally call a taxi for free. But as we were there for the Grand Prix taxis and buses were busy and disrupted, so we walked everywhere therefore I can't comment on the service of either.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Beausoleil. Sarah's quick response to our needs for more glasses etc really made a difference. The garden balcony was a huge bonus and the views are stunning. I do think for a couple this apartment is ideal, particularly if they have kids and represents good value for money. Adding a second toilet in the master en-suite would make a huge difference to groups of friends wishing to stay here.
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