The beautiful town of Saint-Tropez, located in the center of the French Riviera, has been famed for its line of private yachts along the quay and a variety of movie stars. Of course, the main attraction in the area is the natural beauty. It is a spectacular wooded, rocky peninsula, and arguably the most popular resort in Europe. Visitors are awed by the breathtaking views across the waters to the Maures mountains. Summers are usually crowded as a result, attracting up to a hundred thousand visitors a day. Of course, the most traditional destinations include monuments and museums, but the most exciting feeling is wandering from the port where the rows of yachts gather.
However, before you make your leave from home, remember to bring your personal ID as required by French law. You are also expected to have a fluorescent yellow bib in your car when driving, which may be used in case you break down. Fortunately, accommodation is plenty and in great quality. Take a look at the top five hotels in Saint Tropez.
1. Résidence de la Pinède – $644 – $1283
La Résidence de la Pinède is nestled within a beautiful natural park, overlooking the sea. It is the only hotel in the region with a private beach, making it a perfect destination for those who are looking to enjoy seaside pleasures and adventures at the center of the mythical village. It is set in a charming palace with contemporary rooms and suites and provides tranquility from the buzz in the village. The spacious rooms are decorated in pale tones, leading to a light and relaxing atmosphere. Every room is equipped with an LCD TV and a separate bathroom with slippers and contemporary bathroom products.
There’s a heated outdoor swimming pool with tables and chairs set up beside it. A sun terrace is also available on the waterfront with umbrellas and sun loungers. Guests can enjoy sumptuous meals at any of the two restaurants, including a Michelin 3-star restaurant – La Vague d’Or – which serves continental breakfasts, Mediterranean lunches and culinary feasts in the evening. You can even have the meals delivered to your room, at a surcharge.
2. Le Mas De Chastelas – $298 – $706
Le Mas de Chastelas is one of the best family-friendly getaways in Saint Tropez. This mansion is protected by wrought-iron gates and offers great access to Pampelonne Beach. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout, as well as two tennis courts and a library. Every room features a flat screen TV, L’Occitane bath products, fridge, a minibar, and a box of Calins de Saint Tropez biscuits. Guests can choose between modern, elegant rooms and the more rustic ones, distributed across three buildings. The rooms in the villas have a balcony or loggia, or even both, as well as a separate living room complete with sofa beds and enough space for a cot.
The extensive, heated swimming pool is surrounded by lush cypress trees. Guests also have access to secluded sunbathing spots with convenient privacy. However, the pool does not come with a lifeguard, so visitors traveling with their young ones should be extra cautious. Small, house trained dogs are allowed to stay for 50 Euros a night, which also caters for their bowls.
3. Hôtel Villa Cosy – $172 – $727
Located just 500 meters from Place des Lices, Hotel Villa Cosy is set in a stucco villa engulfed with lush gardens. It is also 2.1km from Port de Saint-Tropez and 1.7km from Plage des Graniers beach. It is equipped with elegant rooms with private terraces, flat screen TVs, designer toiletries, minibars, and Wi-Fi. There are upgraded rooms and suites as well, offering separate living areas and outdoor hot tubs. Each room is adorned in cream and chocolate tones, with some offering a private patio connecting to the poolside terrace.
Guests have access to room service 24/7. Some of the other amenities include a sundeck with loungers, an outdoor pool, and a hip bar that serves a wide range of cocktails and aperitifs. The hotel is also business friendly, with features such as a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and dry cleaning/laundry services.
4. Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez – $338 – $1,000
Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez can be found about three kilometers from the village of Saint-Tropze, along Salins road. It is a design boutique hotel nestled in a luxuriant park, built by Shahe Kalaidjian and his team. Jean- Jacques Ory was responsible for the exterior architecture, Christophe Ponceau was in charge of the gardens, while Christopher Pillet took care of the interiors. The result was thirty five chic rooms that are brightly lit, surrounding a posh swimming pool and providing guests with total Provencal luxury. The largest room measures 90 square meters while the smallest is 40 square meters and 5 meters high. Both the 40 square meters Cocoon and the 30 square meters Bungalow boast a queen size bed, a private garden and terrace, as well as an outdoor shower. Virtually every room is bright and spacious; boasting Emeco chaises longues, elegant Christophe Pillet furniture, noble materials, stone tiles, and waxed concrete walls. Guests can relax at the spa, which is made with traditional Provencal materials, or unwind at the Dom Pérignon Bar – a chic and ultra-contemporary relaxation space that comes to life at night. Meals in the form of the Mediterranean cuisine are served at the Colette restaurant, which was created by the famous chef – Pierre Gagnaire.
5. Chateau De La Messardiere – $324 – $950
Chateau De La Messardiere is a delightful hotel located just fifteen minutes from the beach. It is a nineteenth-century chateau set on the hillside with panoramic views of the Saint Tropez Bay, Pampelonne beaches, and Ramatuelle vineyards. It boasts a 465 square meter spa, as well as a fitness center complete with steam baths, hot tub, and pool. All the rooms and suites are equipped with a garden and private balcony, inspired by Provencal or Italian decoration. Guests are treated to breakfast every morning, and can enjoy meals at the ‘L’Acacia’ restaurant.
There is an “Open Sky” restaurant as well, which provides light cuisine and a variety of sunny dishes. In addition, the hotel features free private parking and free Wi-Fi. It can be accessed via Saint Raphael Train Station or the A8 motorway, which is just a short distance away.