The Presqu’île is reinventing itself and the Pampelonne beaches have a natural new look. Trendy shopping, original and picturesque restaurants, top accommodation... the narrow streets around the Place des Lices and the harbour are making Tropezian waves.
HÔTEL BYBLOS SAINT-TROPEZ
This mythical palace has a tailor-made summer in store for you: private sports coaching, attentive concierges to advise on innovative tourist experiences, or an unusual dinner in the middle of the pool on a masterpiece of ceramic art by Capron.
The opportunity to savour Chef Rocco Seminara’s delicate cuisine, garnished with 55 varieties of herbs from the Byblos vegetable garden, for an «extra touch of soul».
Unexpected. The Missoni Home suite captures the Italian brand’s codes. The iconic zig-zags printed on cushions, curtains, carpets and furniture. A cheerful decor devised by Rosita Missoni herself. You can also discover the Missoni pop up at Cuccina and Byblos Beach.
T20 rue Paul Signac. Tél. 04 94 56 68 00
HÔTEL DE PARIS
A bright and lively 60-70s design hotel in the heart of the village. The glass-bottomed swimming pool suspended 15m above the atrium suggests a nautical rooftop that houses the Les Toits restaurant. For lunches at its zenith, flamboyant musical aperitifs at sunset and fabulous dinners. Unexpected. Nurture nature with the «wellness» menu concocted by Dr Courtin-Clarins and chef Damien Cruchet. Combined with a treatment at the Spa Clarins..
1 traverse de la Gendarmerie. Tél. 04 83 09 60 00
PAN DEÏ PALAIS
Built out of love for an Indian princess, this spot has now been reinterpreted by interior designer Christophe Tollemer. Clean design and exotic touches invite you on a motionless journey in an elegant Orient, both inside and around the azure blue pool in its olive garden. A palace that now offers Dolceva, a new concept in Italian cuisine. Unexpected. Some of the 12 rooms can be transformed into family suites on request and become real private apartments.
52 rue Gambetta. Tél. 04 94 17 71 71
LA BASTID DE SAINT-TROPEZ
Here you are guests in a typical Provencal house with premium hotel service. The hotel’s summer BBQ seduces and delights with new chef Allessandro Caria’s menu beneath the site’s fig tree and by the pool. Everything is perfect! Unexpected. The hotel’s private and intimate apartments overlook the Mediterranean garden and have their own outdoor jacuzzi.
25 route des Carles. Tél. 04 94 55 82 55
LE DOMAINE DU RAYOL
A great escape in the le Jardin des Méditerranées. Follow the lush green paths that criss-cross this protected natural 20-hectare area, a vegetal Mediterranean mosaic, subtropical and more arid landscapes from all over the world, recreated by the domain’s gardener-explorers.
TOUR DES TROIS CAPS
The 10 km coastal trail weaves around Caps Camarat, Taillat and Lardier. This narrow path winds its way effortlessly through rocks, scrub, and sandy beaches, offering magnificent views of the Baie de Cavalaire, the Corniche des Maures and the Îles d’Hyères.
1 chemin des Conquettes. Tél. 04 94 96 52 93
Installed since last summer on the old Villa Romana site, like a riad in the middle of Saint-Tropez, this restaurant and its interior garden provide a welcome change of surroundings with Moroccan cuisine mixed with Lebanese, Greek and Mediterranean specialities.
1 chemin des Conquettes. Tél. 04 94 96 52 93
The brand’s summer quarters (already present in Gordes and Megève) are located in the Hôtel Ermitage... with a breath-taking view of the Tropezian savannah! A bar, club and restaurant combined, the Tigrr promises gourmet escapes around Thai cuisine and other Asian dishes, and spicy evenings...
14 avenue Paul Signac. Tél. 04 94 81 08 10
The three lads from Indie Beach (all local) offer a menu of Latin American specialities in a stylish setting: tacos, ceviche, grilled meats, accompanied by Mexican beers, mezcal and other tequilas that fly out of the exotic bar at late apero time.
Place des Lices. Tél. 04 94 97 11 33
LILY OF THE VALLEY*****
Philippe Starck has decorated this chic modern hotel overlooking Gigaro hill, where guests oscillate between relaxing by the pool and enjoying Vincent Maillard’s tasty recipes. Unexpected. Luxury here combines with well-being for a healthy stay with an inventive gastronomic menu, sports activity sessions and personalised treatment programmes.
Colline Saint-Michel, boulevard Abel Faivre, La-Croix-Valmer. - Tél. 04 22 73 22 00
In the image of the globe-trotting writer, this beach restaurant facing the Îles d’Or takes us to faraway places. Very natural Indo-Mauritian decoration, creative Asian-inspired world cuisine, Hemingway’s favourite cocktails... a chic and relaxed part of the world.
Plage de l’Argentière, La Londe-les-Maures. Tél. 06 32 50 02 57
LA PINÈDE PLAGE****
L’annexe balnéaire du Château de Valmer.
The Château de Valmer seaside annex. This family hotel in the shade of hundred-year-old umbrella pines on the Plage de Gigaro offers direct access to the Mediterranean. Originally a modest bungalow on the sand, it has belonged to the same family since the 50s. Four stars later, it has retained its cosy atmosphere, and its «chic Salads & Grill» restaurant is right on the water.
382 boulevard de Gigaro, La Croix-Valmer. Tél. 04 94 55 16 16
UP I ULTIMATE PROVENCE
Switch off from «trendy» in this eco-responsible domain with its medal-winning wines and make time for a tasting or two. This vineyard hotel-restaurant shakes up the codes, with a contemporary interior design created by architects Humbert & Poyet, a bar with lounge terrace livened up by DJ sets, and cuisine fusing southern flavours and international street food.
270 route du Luc, La Garde-Freinet. Tél. 04 94 85 29 10