With its countless mega yachts, Michelin-starred restaurants, and model and bottle-filled beach clubs, Saint-Tropez is the summertime playground of the rich and famous – and those who play the part. The French Riviera town was made famous by Hollywood bombshell Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s and has been synonymous with sun-soaked glamour ever since.
If you’re in the market to make up for lost travel time (and the travel restrictions have lifted), here are some of the best spots to stay, play, and dine in the forever fabulous Saint-Tropez this summer – or next. (You may want to start planning your outfits now).
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Where to Stay
Tucked into the Provencal garrigue with stunning views of the endless sea, you’ll find La Reserve Ramatuelle. The five-star hotel is located just outside of the town and features a sea-facing terrace, indoor and outdoor pools, and a sprawling spa with a hammam.
The iconic Hotel Byblosis located in the heart of town and known for its luxurious accommodations, sophisticated spa, celebrated Mediterranean dining, and its breezy see-and-be-seen beach club on the legendary Pampelonne Beach.
Set in an enchanting 19th century chateau, the five-star Château de la Messardière is located just two kilometres from the beach and downtown St. Tropez. Guests at this sophisticated spot can expect an upscale Mediterranean restaurant, a full-service spa, art gallery, gym, and indoor and outdoor pools.
Following its success in Paris, the Hotel Sezz expanded to Saint-Tropez with a pristine 37-suite spot. Each luxurious suite is designed to maximize light exposure, with five-metre-high ceilings and outdoor spa showers. None are too far from a 25-metre outdoor pool or a sprawling dining terrace.
The fourth outpost of Cheval Blanc Maison – which is also found in Courchevel, the Maldives, and St Barths – is located on the edge of town and features interiors designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a private beach, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
A St. Tropez classic since 1931, the storied Hotel de Paris in the village centre has housed everyone from Clark Gable to Jean-Paul Sartre. The five-star hotel features draws like a celebrated glass-walled restaurant and luxurious rooftop pool with ocean views.
Where to Play
One of St. Tropez’s latest additions on the adult beach playground front is Verde Beach by Yeeels. The beachfront hotspot offers world-class dining, sophisticated beach loungers, and a party vibe come 5pm with live DJs.
Another newer addition to Saint-Tropez’s beach club scene is the pretty people-packed Loulou. Located on Pampelonne Beach, the club welcomes yachters and walk-ins for breezy outdoor dining and full-service beach lounging with a side of elevated cocktail sipping.
Another longtime Saint.-Tropez staple is the world-renown Nikki Beach restaurant and beach club on Pampelonne Beach. At this daytime party spot, you’ll find plush oversized day beds, flowing top-of-the-line champagne, and famous DJs.
The most legendary spot for celeb sighting – and day drinking – along the French Riviera is Club 55, a decades-old institution made famous by Bardot herself. Whether you spend your time on enjoying lunch on the terrace or a full-service spot on the beach, you won’t forget this stylish spot.
Located in the middle of town, the aptly named VIP Room is a go-to for the club-going set of famous faces. The swanky supper and dance club has been a namesake in St. Tropez nightlife for years and is known for its glamorous décor and perpetually popping bottles.
The multi-faceted L’Opera is another high-energy place to party. The massive art-filled space is a bustling restaurant, nightclub, and entertainment venue, featuring dancers and artists who perform on podium tables.
Where to Dine
The Michelin star seekers should add a meal at La Vague D’Or Restaurant to their must-do list. With three Michelin stars, the restaurant features sweeping views across the Gulf of St. Tropez and serves beautifully plated local French and global cuisine.
Located in the heart of town, Le Pationata in the chic Hotel de Paris is on the list of many visiting foodies and features a massive terrace. Here, Michelin stat chef Michel Guerin serves up a memorable three-course meal, complete with a wine list with over 350 selections.
Located on prime real estate on Pampelonne Beach, La Plage des Jumeaux serves up fresh seafood like grilled whole fish and tartare and hearty summer salads with a side of soothing views of the turquoise sea.
For a more affordable oceanside option with reliably amazing food, hit La Pesquiere. The unpretentious, family-run spot has served up comforting and traditional French fare since 1962.
Housed in the Hotel de la Bastide, the setting at L’Olivier is as memorable as the food. The Michelin-starred spot features a lush, vine-filled terrace and serves refined local far