Ever since a young, scantily-clad Brigitte Bardot discovered Saint Tropez in the 1950s, the exclusive resort in the South of France has been a magnet for the rich and famous.
Countless stars, from A-list Hollywood actors to leading politicians, have made Saint Tropez their summer retreat, largely due to the privacy they can find here under the Mediterranean sun.
Many of the luxury waterfront villas have large gardens, so prying lenses are not a problem. They also give easy access to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, where many superstars have luxury yachts at their disposal.
St Tropez also boasts a number of exclusive night spots, such as the legendary VIP Rooms, where celebrities have been letting their hair down for decades.
Who can you expect to see in and around Saint Tropez? We look at the Top 10 Celebrities in Saint Tropez:
1. Kate Moss
British supermodel, Kate Moss, is a frequent visitor to Saint Tropez. A summer barely passes without Kate dropping in to the resort, where she is often seen wining and dining at the famous Club 55 on Pampelonne beach. Regularly joined by other celebrities, such as Lily Allen, the star looks right at home in Saint Tropez.
2. Beyonce & Jay Z
American singer Beyonce and husband Jay Z are firm fans of Saint Tropez, with Jay Z even rapping about the resort in one of his hits. It is quite common to see the power couple strolling about Saint Tropez, and a few years ago they were even spotted out at sea, when they hired a magnificent luxury yacht for $377,000 a week!
3. Lady Gaga
The Mother Monster herself was also recently spotted sampling the good life, onboard a luxury yacht in the waters off Saint Tropez. And who could blame her?
Rihanna is another superstar singer who likes to holiday in the French Riviera. In the past RiRi was seen partying on board the $300 million yacht of friend, Yuri Shefler, with her then on-off boyfriend Chris Brown. She has since visited the beautiful town of St Tropez on a number of occasions.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
Many A-listers pop along to Saint Tropez after the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place for a fortnight every year in May. Perhaps this was where Leonardo DiCaprio had been hanging out prior to a recent visit to Saint Tropez, where he was seen arriving by helicopter before jumping on to a luxury yacht?
6. Joan Collins
It is no secret that Joan Collins loves St Tropez. In fact, she has written a whole book on the place! When asked by The Telegraph why she is drawn to this town in the South of France, she says “It has a unique atmosphere, a joie de vivre, particularly in the summer months, that is infectious.” And we couldn’t agree more!
7. Vanessa Paradis
French singer and movie star, Vanessa Paradis, loves Saint Tropez so much she even bought a villa nearby, in the village of Plan de la Tour. It is here that she likes to spend time with her children, John Christopher and Lily-Rose Depp.
8. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Another (ex) power couple who used to regularly visit the region, is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. As well as spending many summers in the French Riviera, they have a home nearby in the Var. It was also in the South of France, in Nice, where the Hollywood actors welcomed their twins, Knox and Vivienne.
9. Victoria & David Beckham
Although they have managed to escape the paparazzi lenses in recent years, Victoria and David Beckham are also known to be fans of Saint Tropez. Here they are pictured in 2005 without their four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. They also own property in the South of France, and are regular visitors to the region.
10. Neil Patrick Harris
With a house figuratively speaking just down the road in Nice, it’s an easy trip to Saint Tropez for Sir Elton John and his family, who have been spotted hanging out with Neil Patrick Harris, his partner David Burtka and their beautiful brood.
Here you have our Top 10 Celebrities who holiday in Saint Tropez, and this summer we will be keeping an eye out for even more superstars who own or rent villas in this beautiful corner of the world.
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