Some have compared the Villa Octopussy to being worthy of a Bond villain lair and we cannot help but agree. You can almost imagine Bond broaching the 1.2-acre private escape by jet ski or dropping in from a helicopter before sipping a martini – shaken not stirred – from the top of the spiral stairs.
This impeccable 9 bed and 9 bath home is a vision of modern architecture and was built by Baron Fritz von Opel in the 50’s before being purchased and completely restored and modernized by a wine tycoon in 2015. The residence sits prettily in the famous Les Parcs complex of St Tropez, a prestigious post on the French Riviera hosting 300 elite villas. This nook of the Riviera is far from prying eyes and residents either need a private helicopter or entrance to the private port to access the 24-hour security surrounding Les Parcs.
Like the floating palace in Octopussy, this striking home designed by Herrera seems to float above the bejeweled waters, not to mention the swimming pool that makes way for waterfalls and streams and a charming koi ponds. The 10 thousand square meter villa is spread across two stories and connected by a spiral staircase – all crowned by a beautiful rooftop pavilion for sunset drinks with astounding panoramic views.
Thanks to the excess of windows the interior of Villa Octopussy is drenched in light, a natural wonder elegantly complemented by the pale color palate calling on swirled creams, billowing whites, and dark and blonde woods. Everything about the villa oozes natural luxury – from the slabs of cool marble to the free-flowing feel of rooms seamlessly connecting.
The bathroom captures the spirit of a spa escape – with its extra-large luxury tub perched beside floor to ceiling windows offering dazzling views across the blue sea. Each and every detail of this property has been chosen for its ability to deliver another layer to the luxury lifestyle.
Outside there is 700 sqm of space along with a throng of perfectly shaded patios and terraces for soaking up the spirit of the Cote D’Azur – as the property is protected from winds by a dam, this truly feels like a space where warm summer days linger. The tropical greenery surrounding the property also adds to that hidden away vibe that makes Les Parcs popular with high class clientele seeking sanctuary from the outside world.
For those seeking a rare residence that seems to come straight from a movie set, then Villa Octopussy is sure to ignite a spark. The perfect setting for summer parties of style and excess, this is a home that beautifully reflects the five-star style of the French Riviera.