The sun is shining, the sky is a deep turquoise blue and you’re heading for arguably the coolest resort in the south of France: Saint Tropez!
This beautiful seaside has over the years become one of the most fashionable places on earth in which to spend the summer months, but if you only have 24 hours there, what should you do?
If you only have limited time in the South of France why not arrive in Saint Tropez in style – on a private helicopter charter? There are a number of companies who will deliver you directly from Nice Cote d’Azur Airport to Saint Tropez in less than half an hour, meaning that you can be sipping your first café in Le Senequier by 10am. Le Senequier is a favourite café spot for many of the rich and famous who flock to Saint Tropez each summer, such as former president Jacques Chirac, and is the perfect place to hang out, read the paper and people watch.
Once you have done a spot of people watching and taken some caffeine on board, it is time to take your first dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Pampelonne Beach is a stunning 5km stretch of white sand which lays a short car journey from the village centre of Saint Tropez. Here you will find more than two dozen private beaches, of which one of our favourite is Club 55. Swim in the emerald blue sea and retreat under the striped parasols for a light lunch of fresh fish washed down with a glass of chilled rosé.
After an afternoon of lounging on the beach, we suggest you head back to the centre of Saint Tropez in true style – by boat. Ask staff at Club 55 to order you a motorboat to come and pick you up straight from the jetty and take you into town for an afternoon apero in any one of the bars which surrounds Saint Tropez’s Place des Lices. One of our favourites is Le Café des Arts from where you can watch the locals playing boules with a chilled demi pression in hand.
Time for a quick freshen up at your chosen abode for the night. You will be spoilt for choice in Saint Tropez for luxury accommodation, from five star hotels such as La Reserve in Ramatuelle or Hotel Byblos closer to the centre of town, to incredible villas for rent such as Villa Diana, 500m from Pampelonne Beach.
If choosing your accommodation was tricky, try selecting where to head to eat! Saint Tropez is full of incredible restaurants offering first class food, but if you really want perfection then we suggest you reserve a table at La Vague d’Or in the Residence de la Pinede where three Michelin star chef Arnaud Donckele is in charge.
Time to head back into town for a cheeky glass of champagne in the White Bar of the recently refurbished White 1921. This is one of our favourite Saint Tropez hangouts and is the perfect place to take check before heading into one of the more hectic St Tropezienne nightspots.
Les Caves du Roy – the nightclub which adjoins Hotel Byblos – is almost as famous as the resort itself and no trip to this legendary resort would be complete without a dance in this star-packed venue.
If you chose to catch 40 winks or not – now is the time to enjoy a coffee and a croissant on the Port at Le Senequier where your stay in Saint Tropez started almost 24 hours ago before heading off by helicopter or yacht to your next port of call.