Celebrities can’t seem to keep away from Saint-Tropez. Yacht after Yacht pulls into the harbour in the summer season flooding the town with beautiful people seeking peerless nightlife, magnificent hotels and leading restaurants.
Although Saint-Tropez is now known mostly for its nightlife and elegant hotels, there is an abundance of culture and history to be found in this town that dates back to 600 years BCE.
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History of Glamour and Passion & The Unofficial Superyacht Capital of the World
Although Saint-Tropez is now known mostly for its nightlife and elegant hotels, there is an abundance of culture and history to be found in this town that dates back to 600 years BCE. Saint-Tropez is a second home to the world’s jet set community, including celebrities and high society individuals. Saint-Tropez occupies 5 kilometres of resplendent Azurian coastline, standing out from the rest with its world famous beaches and beach clubs and bars. La Plage de Pampelonne and Saint-Tropez are synonymous and represent the glitz and glamour that has become so associated with the town.
This area of the Côte d’Azur has been home to some of the world’s most opulent villas for two millennia. The Roman aristocracy had the foresight to recognize this area’s unique beauty and as a result built luxurious villas here as holiday homes. La Citadelle constructed between 1590 and 1607 is a beautiful representation of that era’s architecture and an imposing reminder of the history of the town. Although the Citadel is currently under renovation the ramparts and the original cannons remain available for visit.
Just off the coast are the Îles d’Hyères a collection of three stunning islands a short day trip away. These islands are rich in history and scenery. Porquerolles was given to the wife of Francois Joseph Fournier as a gift and had 200 hectares of vineyards subsequently planted there becoming one of the first wines to be billed as Vin des Côtes de Provence.
If Monte-Carlo is the official superyacht capital of the world, then Saint-Tropez is the unofficial superyacht capital of the World. Although luxury yachts and superyachts are a constant fixture in the harbour and off the coast of Saint-Tropez, yachtsmen and yacht lovers alike will be stunned by Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.
A regatta held annually between September 29th and October 6th, this event combines elegant traditional yachts and seductive contemporary yachts in a race, and more generally an exhibition of some of the finest yachts and superyachts in the world. Whether strolling along the promenades, relaxing in a lakeside park or cruising on the lake itself, the city’s most famous landmark and the world’s tallest fountain ‘Jet d”Eau’ cannot be missed. An impressive power of one hundred and thirty two gallons of water projected four hundred and sixty feet into the air at a speed of one hundred and twenty four miles per hour, the fountain has become an iconic symbol of the city and is particularly breathtaking when lit up at night.
Ultra Chic, Ultra Exclusive
Although there is a diverse range of activities available in Saint-Tropez none is better known or more exalted than the ultra chic, ultra exclusive nightlife. Whether you want an elegant cocktail in a refined atmosphere or to party the night away accompanied by the world’s most famous faces, Saint-Tropez has it all.
The epicentre of the scene remains the exclusive Les Caves Du Roy, where pop stars, artists and an assortment of other A-listers regularly hit the champagne. If you frequent Les Caves Du Roy you should not be surprised if you find yourself partying next to P Diddy, George Clooney or Victoria and David Beckham. Upon entering you will be transported to an oriental paradise surrounded by mythical palm trees whilst listening to electro classics, Les Caves du Roy is a staple of the Saint-Tropez scene.
Nikki Beach is the ultimate beach club concept combining elements of dining, music, fashion, art and entertainment into one. Called the “Sexiest Place on Earth," by the London Observer and recently declared one of the world's sexiest beach bars, Nikki Beach continues to make its mark on the Saint-Tropez clubbing scene.
VIP Room Saint-Tropez has a global reputation as a haven for people only with the finest taste. In this members only club you will find that you have to be more than rich and famous to be welcome, you have to be in a class of your own. You are able to choose from delicious Italian or Mediterranean fare or you can skip the food and go straight into the partying in its legendary club, with members like Jay Z and Beyonce you are guaranteed to be accompanied by the biggest names in Saint-Tropez.
Only the Best Will Do
With such discerning clientele it is no wonder that the cuisine in Saint-Tropez is such a delight. Where only the best will do, the restaurants in this beautiful town never disappoint. La Vague D'or is Saint-Tropez’s home of fine dining, and offers you inventive and subtle gastronomic flavours, under the direction of its Chef, Arnaud Donckele. Trained by Alain Ducasse, and formerly assistant to Jean-Louis Nomicos at the Lasserre restaurant in Paris, Arnaud delights the palates of guests of La Pinède with his multifaceted cuisine. A great believer in cuisine inspired by the classic recipes, the Chef composes savory culinary moments punctuated with notes from the sea redolent of the Mediterranean.
A brilliant beachside restaurant and bar, Le Club 55 in Ramatuelle has somehow managed to raise the bar when it comes to glamour. At this superb venue the world’s most famous faces clamour to get a lounger near the sea at any time of the day and night. A favourite of Brigitte Bardot, Le Club 55 has served the upper echelons of society for decades, and their experience at providing the best in service and entertainment is clear to all.
This is certainly the case at world-renowned chef Alain Ducaisse’s new restaurant Rivea at Byblos in the Byblos Hotel. Like most of the restaurants in his stellar repertoire Rivea’s cuisine is delicious in its simplicity, serving Mediterranean food comprised of locally sourced produce in an elegant yet relaxing atmosphere.
Beau Monde’s Preferred Address
A luxury hotel in Saint-Tropez is a place of ultra exclusivity, sophistication and panoramic beauty. Steps from the town’s hub, the Byblos Saint-Tropez has been the international beau monde’s preferred address since it opened its doors in 1967. A longtime favorite of Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger, who proposed to first wife Bianca here, this celebrated hotel is always packed with high-profile globetrotters and fashionistas. A cluster of terra-cotta- and gold-hued houses, Byblos is reminiscent of a Provençal seaside village, but don’t let that fool you — the resort boasts the region’s most famous nightclub, Les Caves du Roy, Rivea Alain Ducasse’s concept restaurant, Sisley Spa, and that unique Tropezian spirit.
With its top-rated restaurant and first-class location the La Résidence De La Pinède is the pinnacle of elegance and luxury. Here you can relax in style on your own private beach or on one of their terraces whilst looking out on the exalted Provençal countryside and villages. You will be waited on hand and foot by the attentive staff whilst being able to fulfill your every desire.