When the world collectively fell head over heels for pouting goddess Brigitte Bardot in the iconic 1956 film Et Dieu… Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman), St-Tropez simultaneously went from unassuming fishing village to extravagant coastal destination. The Côte d’Azur hotspot is the epitome of sun, sea, luxury and fun, and ever since the 1950s, St-Tropez has attracted glamorous crowds, drawn to the dazzling mixture of opulence and Provençal charm. From the famous star-studded beaches to the gaudy seaside food and drink establishments, St-Tropez maintains its status as the crown jewel of the French Riviera and the pinnacle of all things luxury. There is no question about it – St-Tropez is the hottest place to be seen in the Mediterranean.
Where to Stay
Perched on the lush hills just outside of the village of St-Tropez, La Reserve Ramatuelle is a tranquil sanctuary immersed in the heavenly natural beauty of the French Riviera. The resort comprises just nine rooms, 19 suites and 12 villas – designed by internationally renowned architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte – and masterfully curates a calm atmosphere that brings out the very best in its breathtaking location. Each of the guestrooms comes with its own private terrace or sun-filled garden full of unique scents, whereas the classic Provençal-style villas with pools offer magnificent views of the Mediterranean.
The architecture and interior design across the property are subtle, simple and uncluttered, catering perfectly for those in search of a private and exclusive hotel stay. The cherry on top is the outstanding spa that offers a long list of treatments dedicated to maximizing each guest’s sense of well-being. Set to the sights and soft breezes of the sea, it’s here you can slip into deep relaxation and an organic form of happiness with 11 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, steam room and fitness center.
Where to Dine
L’Acacia is undoubtedly one of the most romantic restaurants in the French Riviera. The exceptional space is framed by the vast blues of the Mediterranean and offers sweeping views over the beaches of Pampelonne. Paying tribute to traditional French culinary techniques and passionate regional producers, the exquisite menu put forth by Chef Alain LaMaison is refined, light and modern. The dishes combine major French classics with Mediterranean creations overflowing with flavors and colors, while the Head Wine Waiter brings out the very best in each meal with a 400-bottle wine and champagne list.
What to Do
St-Tropez is a destination where high-profile visitors – from Russian billionaires to Hollywood A-listers – show up by the yachtful, hoping to soak in the enchanting seaside melodies. Whether you’re docked in St-Tropez for a few weeks or you’re simply passing through for a couple of days, the Vieux Port is a must-see for any visit. Explore the historic Citadel of Saint-Tropez and Le Musée de l’Annonciade (France’s first modern art museum), while excellent seafood restaurants such as L’Opéra can be found in abundance. It’s certainly a long day on the Riviera and one can easily spend an entire day getting lost in the charming alleyways of the old port.
St. Tropez has something for everyone and the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. You’ll find one of the celeb-favorite nightclubs, Les Caves du Roy, right in the heart of town. Not only that but it’s potentially the most celebrated nightspot in France altogether. For over 50 years it has attracted notable guests from Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly back in the day to George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Beyoncé more recently. Another option is the VIP Room, which Karl Lagerfeld has called the best club in the world.
While most small French towns are characterized for their local bakeries and cozy cafés, St-Tropez provides the glitz and glamour that’s become synonymous with the French Riviera. Despite the meager population of just 5,000 permanent residents, St-Tropez unsurprisingly has everything you could possibly need when it comes to shopping. Along Rue François Sibilli, you have your classic designer stores with Louis Vuitton, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Fendi having flagships along the iconic promenade, but find everything from charming open-air markets, lesser-known brands and chic boutiques scattered throughout Places des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard.
What to Pack
St-Tropez is a world-renowned socialite’s playground, all but synonymous with glamour, sophistication and luxury – the good life – where you’ll want to come fashionably prepared. This is a place that’s seemingly stuck in the late 60s and early 70s when the town first became a premier jet-setting destination, and as such, St-Tropez is a place where classic always prevails. Just think of the clientele that St-Tropez attracts with mega-yachts showing up on the daily.
This Palm Maya Smocked Belted Swimsuit lends a smoked design style that blends well with minimalist accessories. The cream-colored one-piece is cut with a slim fit, open back and comes with a fully-lined self-belt. Striking the perfect balance between chic and utilitarian, this OSOI Dutch Brot Leather Shoulder Bag is constructed from buttery cream leather and has a softly structured silhouette with the signature wide hinge opening. When it comes to topping off your outfit, this Cartier Vintage Vendome is a timeless and exquisite touch that’s welcome in just about any occasion you’ll find yourself in.