How Brigitte Bardot has inspired a town

Brigitte Bardot on Pampelonne beach in St Tropez

Brigitte Bardot on the beach in St Tropez

 

Mention Saint Tropez to anyone, and one of the first images they will no doubt conjure up is that of curvaceous Brigitte Bardot, posing sexily on the beach in And God Created Woman.

The blonde bombshell shot scenes of the film, directed by her then-husband Roger Vadim, on Pampelonne Beach close to some of our most exclusive villas in Saint Tropez more than 60 years ago – but is still arguably the most famous person associated with the seaside town.

brigitte bardot and roger vadim in st tropez

Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim in St Tropez

 

In fact, time has done little to dent the impression the scantily-clad actress left on the former fishing village, which itself has grown beyond recognition and is now home to some of our most luxurious houses in Saint Tropez.

To pay homage to its most famous resident, who incidentally still lives in an isolated property in Saint Tropez, there are a number of shops, hotels and galleries linked to the actress, who is still one of the most beautiful women to have ever graced the silver screen.

  • Brigitte B is a quintessentially Tropezienne boutique where glamorous women’s fashion items hang from every rail. All the mannequins in the shop have long blonde hair – and look frighteningly like the actress in her prime. Tel:  +33 (0)4 94 97 43 43
brigitte b shop st tropez

Brigitte B shop in St Tropez

  • Club 55 is arguably the coolest beach club on Pampelonne Beach and has been an institution in Saint Tropez ever since it provided on-set catering for Bardot and the rest of the cast in And God Created Woman. www.Club55.fr
  • Hotel La Ponche is now a luxurious four star hotel a stone’s throw from the water’s edge and near to some of our rental property Saint Tropez. But its origins were a traditional fisherman’s bar on the square La Ponche, where Bardot was a regular client. www.laponche.com
la ponche hotel st tropez

La Ponche hotel in St Tropez