Salon Vivre Cote Sud St Tropez

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It finally feels as if spring is here; which in many people habitually inspires a spot of spring cleaning in their homes.
And where better to go if you are short of a few ideas on how to spruce up your holiday home in Saint Tropez than the Salon Vivre Cote Sud St Tropez, a home design show which will take place in the famous fishing village next month (April). [Read more…]

Easter in Saint Tropez

Easter in Saint Tropez

After a week of rather disappointing weather it looks like spring has finally spring in the South of France, with temperatures of up to the early 20C in Saint Tropez last weekend. [Read more…]

24 Hours in Saint Tropez

Luxury cars in St Tropez

If you had only 24 hours in Saint Tropez this summer, what would you do? It would seem an enormous shame to leave your luxury villa in the South of France after just arriving, but if that’s all the time you had, where would you head for the best food, wine and fun?

Here are our suggestions for a night and day to remember in this unforgettable town:

6pm

This is a good as time as any to arrive in Saint Tropez. For your first drink of the evening – that all important apéro – we suggest you head to White Bar, White 1921, Place des Lices for a coupe to celebrate the fact that you’ve arrived.

www.white1921.com

8pm

For a blast of something different before heading for supper, why not grab yourself a Red One (Scotch, amaretto, lemon, strawberry and fig syrup) at the Pan dei Palais Hotel, where you can lounge on four-poster beds around the pool.

www.pandei.com

10pm

It’s fashionable to eat late in the South of France, so relax and enjoy the last sips of your cocktail before sauntering off to the Hotel Sezz, on the Route des Salins, for a Mediterranean meal in the restaurant, called Colette after the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. Here you can tuck into roasted scallops under the stars whilst listening to the tunes of the resident DJ. Who could ask for more?

www.hotelsezz.com

Midnight

No night in Saint Tropez would be complete without a trip to Les Caves Du Roy, the legendary nightspot in the equally famous Byblos Hotel. Bring a full wallet, and your dancing shoes and you will be sure to have a brilliant night.

www.lescavesduroy.com

3am

Not ready to retreat back to your luxury St Tropez villa but in need of a change of scene, then we suggest you pop along to the VIP Room for a night cap listening to some live music. This popular venue is open until 6am in the summer season so no need to rush anywhere.

www.viproom.fr

7am

Those with stamina can pop into the Senequier on the Port for a coffee and a pause whilst watching the rest of Saint Tropez slowly come to life, before heading back to their rented villa for a quick 40 winks.

www.senequier.com

11 am

Revived by a quick cat nap, it’s back into the heart of Saint Tropez for a refreshing citron pressé in Le Sporting, a laid back bar on the very animated Place des Lices where the brave hearted can do some shopping in the weekly market.

Midday

There’s only one place for lunch if you only have 24 hours in Saint Tropez, and that is on the beach with the sand in your toes and the breeze of the Mediterranean on your face. There is a plethora of excellent beach clubs to choose from, but if you want to go all out, then we suggest Club 55 for its pure and unadulterated sophistication and charm.

www.club55.fr

4pm

To ensure you leave Saint Tropez on a high, drop into Nikki Beach near our most sought after waterfront properties to rent for a final cocktail and dance. This beach club has become a hot spot for international jet setters and celebrities who come to Saint Tropez each summer, and couldn’t come more highly recommended.

www.nikkibeach.com

The Perfect Easter Menu

Easter in Saint Tropez

Villa Kalliste, available for rent in Easter

Part of any trip to France is all about the food, n’est-ce pas?! And Easter in Provence is no different. Many of you planning your holiday to our villas in Saint Tropez over the next few weeks will be also planning a few evenings out in the host of excellent restaurants in the area, I am sure.

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The Best Boutique Jewelry Brands in St Tropez

Saint Tropez is synonymous with high fashion, luxury and glamour. In fact, it is so well-known for fashion, iconic labels such as Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton all have a notable presence in the picturesque centre ville.

Many of our clients planning a holiday in one of our St Tropez House villas this year might not realize, however, that there are also a large number of bespoke jewelry boutiques amongst the exclusive clothes shops, art galleries and restaurants.

Bespoke Jewelry - Shopping in St Tropez

Bespoke Jewelry – Shopping in St Tropez

Below is our top pick of jewelry shops in the heart of St Tropez, some just a short wander from our more central luxury properties to rent in town.


Julian Joailliers – Family-Run Jewelry Store


This highly reputable jewelry shop was founded in Avignon in 1820. Fast forward 150 years and the Louis Julian family opened a store in Saint Tropez on the Passage du Port and more recently on Plage Tahiti for clients holidaying near Plage Pampelonne in the height of the summer.  The jewelry shop, now run by the sixth generation of the Julian family, has an impressive range of prestigious brands such as Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Chopard, to name but a few.

www.bijouterie-julian.com


Schaming Joaillier – St Tropez Jewelry


This jewelry boutique is also now an institution in Saint Tropez, having opened in the heart of Saint Tropez in 1980. The shop has a large number of collections of boutique jewelry and watches, from classic to ultra-modern to suit all ages and styles. Just off the Places des Lices in boulevard Vasserot, Schaming Joaillier is open all year round.

www.schaming-jewelry.com


Fred – French Jewelry Inspired by The Côte d’Azur


Fred Samuel was a legendary French jeweler who started in the business as a young designer in 1936. Inspired by the French Riviera’s light and scenery, Fred’s signature work is highly bespoke and can be seen in the label’s impressive two story shop in the centre of Saint Tropez. Here visitors to Saint Tropez will find many of Fred’s famous collections such as Force 10, Baie des Anges and Pain de Sucre.

www.fred.com


Titamàlà – Handmade in Their Jewelry Workshop


Finally, if you are staying in Saint Tropez this summer, try not to miss out on a trip to Titamala, a boutique and a workshop at the very heart of Saint Tropez, in rue Portail Neuf. Here you will find Titamala herself creating her unique pieces of jewelry in front of your very eyes. Even if you walk out empty handed, watching her work her magic is quite an experience and wholly recommended during a visit to Saint Tropez.

www.titamala.com


Discover more of what St Tropez has to offer on our blog, or explore our luxury villas to rent in the region.

The Difference Between a Bastide and a Mas

Villa Bastide de Parc

Villa Bastide de Parc

Choosing the perfect summer holiday can be difficult. With so many beautiful properties in so many stunning locations you may sometimes feel like you don’t know where to start. At St Tropez House alone we have more than 130 luxury villas in St Tropez to choose from. Your search for the holiday villa of your dreams can be made yet more challenging when there is a language barrier to hurdle.

From our selection of different styles of house to rent in Saint Tropez, some follow a more contemporary design, while others have retained the traditional Provençal structure of the region, and therefore the traditional Provençal names. Join us as we investigate deeper into the origins, meanings and differences between a bastide and a mas.

A bastide is generally agreed to describe a manor house in Provence. Originally, thirteenth century historical documents evoke a fortification, but by the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a bastide came to infer a primarily residential estate which often became the luxury ‘summer house’ for the fortunate aristocratic or middle class minority who populated southern cities such as Marseille. As these cities expanded, the bastides began to form a protective ring around the medieval centre and each one came to be named after a saint. Today, bastides have been transformed into luxury villas on the French Riviera.

Throughout the ages however, bastides have always been characterised by their square or rectangular structure, their tile roof and stonewalls. More often than not the bastide resides atop a hill with commanding views over the countryside which can typically be enjoyed from a large second floor balcony. The entrance to the bastide is commonly preceded by a long esplanade which leads to the central reception lit by large symmetrical windows.

The other traditional kind of house in Provence is a mas. Although there is some similarity between a mas and a bastide, there are nonetheless some quite clear distinctions that clearly define the two. A mas is best described as a traditional stone-built Provençal farmhouse which often covered a large territory. Mas were originally built near a spring on a plateau in order to support the estate’s resident animals, and surrounding orchards and vineyards.

Despite being generally more humble residences, mas homeowners have also been known to lead quite prosperous lives and develop these lavish properties in Provence territory. Mas are distinguished by their rough-hewn stone exteriors as opposed to the cement and lime wash walls of the bastides. A mas also often has a broad trellis covered in vines or wisteria to provide shade in the summer.

Yet for all their differences, bastides and mas both contribute a beauty and charm to the southern French countryside. Architectural historian Victor Papernak attributes this to their innate ability to blend into Provence’s stunning landscape before summarising bastides and mas as vernacular buildings that embody a “sensuous frugality that results in true elegance”.

Whatever you are looking for this summer, whether it be a beautiful bastide like our Villa Bastide de Parc, or a charming mas such as Villa Mas des Oliviers, you can be sure to find the perfect luxury holiday villa in St Tropez with St Tropez House. Contact Emilia on +33 428 31 18 46 or via email on emilia@sttropezhouse.com to begin planning your dream vacation on the French Riviera.

Nice Carnival 2015

Crazy as it seems it’s Nice Carnival time again, when for three weeks the seaside city just 90 minutes drive from our St Tropez House properties will be a mass of colour, music and partying people.

The massive street parade, which begins tomorrow and will run until March 1st, is renowned the world over and is now considered one of the oldest and biggest carnivals on the planet.

The atmosphere throughout the town is electric, and we thoroughly recommend a trip from St Tropez if you are staying in one of our luxury villas for half term or a late winter break.

By car the journet from St Tropez to the heart of Nice takes approximately 90 minutes with plenty of options for parking signposted clearly before you hit the city centre.

But if you fancy spalshing out and making a real day of it, why not reserve a luxury helicopter that will fly you there in 20 minutes. The nearest heliport is located at Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport, a five minute taxi ride from the thick of the action.

Whether you choose to come by car or luxury helicopter, we promise you will not be disappointed by this magical fiesta, which dates back to the 13th century when the first Corso Carnavalesque took place in the centre of Nice.

The event quickly became an institution, with a street parade taking place yearly until 1873, when organisers made changes which saw the fiesta starting to take the shape of the carnival as we know it today. Decorative floats were introduced and stands were set up for spectators, of which there are more than one million each year.

This year’s carnival, which celebrates the King of Music, will comprise of 18 floats which will take part in a continual moving procession day and night, involving more than 1000 musicians and dancers from across the globe.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the carnival is when the floats pass along the famous Promenade des Anglais, on the seafront, as spectators are showered with mimosas, gerberas and lilies.

For more information on the carnival go to www.nicecarnaval.com.

Charter MARY JEAN II in Saint Tropez Area

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A luxury yacht charter remains the most glamorous way in which to experience the azure waters of the Western Mediterranean and the stretch of the French Riviera around the beautiful port town of St Tropez home to St Tropez House’s villas.

Italian custom yacht builders ISA Yachts finished the award-winning superyacht M/Y MARY JEAN II in 2010, which has since been made available to charter in the Mediterranean. At 61.73 metres, she has room for 12 guests in her seven, ensuite staterooms, including the generous owner’s stateroom which offers a king sized bed.

In terms of entertainment she is second to none, offering an array of yacht toys and tender to enjoy out on the water. Water sports lovers will enjoy the Water Skis, Waveriders, kayaking and diving equipment on offer when chartering M/Y MARY JEAN II.

The interior of the yacht also offers entertainment ranging from a gym in the stern to the large dining area, ideal for entertaining guests in the evening. Following the meal, a large cinema screen is available in the Sky Lounge to truly relax.

M/Y MARY JEAN II is available for charter in St Tropez area in 2015.

Photo credit: ISA Yachts.

Top 5 St Tropez Places to Eat – Elle’s Choice

Last week Elle published its top five most exciting places to eat in St Tropez, so we thought we’d share the magazine’s recommendations with you.

As the list, complied by journalist Rachel Fielder, literally only came out yesterday the team at St Tropez House has not had time to check all the restaurants. But you can be assured that we intend to do so as soon as the restaurants open for the season, and we recommend you do too!

According to Elle, the most exciting place to eat in St Tropez in 2015 is La Pesquiere, 1 rue Remparts, where you will find a “cozy” and “chilled out” atmosphere and garlic calamari to die for!

The next restaurant to warrant a mention in Elle’s article is the Pizzeria Bruno, situated a short walk from some of our more central villas to rent in St Tropez, at 2 rue de l’Eglise. Pizza restaurants are two a penny in France, but not Chez Bruno’s, where locals flock to eat. The pizza topped with local seafood is said to be a menu standout.

For something slightly more exotic Elle recommends that you head to The Pearl Beach, just outside the centre of St Tropez, for a menu with a South East Asian twist. The beach-side restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner in the high season, enjoys a wonderful spot on Bouillabaisse beach and some of the best Thai Tiger prawns outside Thailand.
Back into the heart of St Tropez and the next restaurant on Elle’s list is Le Sporting, in Places des Lices. This popular yet “unpretentious” brasserie is always packed with locals and for one good reason: the food is delicious.

Finally last but certainly not least is the Brasserie des Arts, which is also situated in the central Place des Lices. Pop in here for a delicious yet simple lunch after a browse in the Place des Lices market every Saturday morning and you can’t go wrong.

The 60th Anniversary of the Annonciade Museum

Paul Signac, 1895

Paul Signac, 1895; photo source

This year is a big year for art in St Tropez; the town’s principal art museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a couple of exceptional and exhilarating exhibitions.

The Annonciade Museum, situated a stone’s throw from the old port, opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1955 just months after a bikini-clad Brigitte Bardot arrived in the sleepy fishing village and changed its course in history.

Few people outside of France had heard of this quaint town on the south-west coast, apart from perhaps a succession of painters who flocked to St Tropez for its incredible light and creative inspiration. The first of these artists to make his home in St Tropez was Paul Signac in 1892, with the likes of Matisse and Marquet following suit shortly afterwards.

With such a rich artistic heritage, it came as no surprise that in 1955 an art museum was open in St Tropez to showcase valuable works of art inspired by the town and its surrounding landscapes.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Annonciade Museum, two exhibitions have been planned for this year and are highly recommended to those of you staying in one of our St Tropez House villas in 2015.

The first, being held from 14th March until 1st June, is entitled ‘Tribute to the Donors’, whilst the second, focusing on art created between 1890 and 1950, will be held from 12th June to 18th October.

Artists at the forefront of this exhibition will include Henri  Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Signac and Albert Marquet, who famously painted the port of St Tropez in 1905.

Any stay in St Tropez would not be complete without a visit to the museum, which is open every day except for Tuesday most of the year apart from public holidays. Opening hours are from 10am to 1pm and 2pm until 6pm.