What to Wear on the Beach in Saint Tropez

With snow forecast across much of Europe, thinking about what swimwear you will be slipping into on your next holiday in Saint Tropez probably couldn’t be further from your mind.

 

You’re quite possibly thinking more along the lines of thick ski jackets, woolly gloves and thermal underwear, rather than what bikini will look good this summer.

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But we believe you can never be too prepared to hit the beach in style, so we’ve done some research and come up with a list of swimwear labels that you can expect to see this year in Saint Tropez:

 

One of the most popular swimwear labels for women in Saint Tropez is the local brand Pain de Sucre, founded in the town in 1983. The label prides itself on its sophisticated and creative swimwear and lingerie collections which are both exclusive and stylish. The brand now has more than a dozen boutiques scattered across France and in the Caribbean, London and Casablanca. www.paindesucre.com

 

Not far from the Pain du Sucre boutique on the very same road in central Saint Tropez is another hugely successful Saint Tropezienne brand founded in the quintessential French town in the 1980s. The first Kiwi Saint Tropez swimwear was sold in the ultra-exclusive Club 55 on Pampelonne Beach, with three more outlets soon appearing in the town itself. Now with multiple boutiques across the French Riviera including Monaco and Cannes the label does a wonderful collection for women, men and children. www.kiwi.fr

 

  • Vilebrequin, 24 Rue Gambetta, Saint-Tropez, Tel: + 04 94 97 62 04

Originally designed for men, this brand is almost as famous as the resort in which it was initially founded, some 45 years ago.  Vilebrequin was the brain child of a young racing car fan, Fred Prysquel, who allegedly sketched his first designs for swim shorts on a corner of the table cloth in a Saint Tropez café one summer’s day. He decided the shorts should be made out of spinnaker sail material, in vibrant colours, a model which gained instant success. Now, there are shops around the world and the Vilebrequin range of swimwear for men, women and children is as popular today as it was 40 odd years ago. fr.vilebrequin.com

Top 5 Designer Shops in Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez is synonymous with sea, sun and sundowners, but there is a whole lot more to this charming French resort than a strip of sand and some exclusive beach clubs.

The town of Saint Tropez, where a number of our more central luxury villas are located, has a long and rich history, and its charming cobbled streets are full of relics from its fascinating past.

The winding, narrow roads are also home to some of the most luxurious shops anywhere along the French Riviera. In fact, the town boasts its own ‘golden triangle’ formed by Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard – Saint Tropez’s equivalent of New York’s Fifth Avenue or London’s Bond Street so impressive is the list of designer labels found here.

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You’ll be spoiled for choice. Our Top 5 favourite designer shops are:

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg, or DVF to her legions of fans, is famous for her iconic wrap dresses which are perfect for lounging around on holiday in Saint Tropez. Her signature warps will also look great dressed up with the designer’s wedges and heels which can also be found in the boutique on  15 rue Gambetta Tel: +33 (0)4 94 96 68 30

Gas Bijoux

If you are looking for some exquisite jewellery to go with your DVF wrap, we suggest you visit the Gas Bijoux boutique on Place de la Garonne. Designer Andre Gas came to Saint Tropez in the 1960s, straight out of Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he sold his bracelets and earrings on the town’s beaches. He opened his first store in Saint Tropez in 1971 and still oversees artisans whose work is sold in Gas Bijoux boutiques in Marseille, Paris, Milan and New York. www.gasbijoux.com.

Roberto Cavalli
Apart from Cannes, Saint Tropez is the only town in France where you can stroll in to a Roberto Cavalli store and browse his eclectic collection of beachwear, footwear and accessories. The boutique is also located on Place de la Garonne, in central Saint Tropez.

Tel: +33 4 94 56 02 70

Christian Dior
We are not sure what we prefer most about shopping in Dior in Saint Tropez: the beautiful collections of summer dress and sunglasses or the location. The boutique is housed in a stunning three-story building at 13, rue Francois Sibilli which closely resembles a Belle Epoque villa. Here you will find all the Dior collections displayed beautifully over the three floors, and an enclosed garden where customers can stop and refuel in the Dior des Lices, a restaurant run by Michelin chef Yannick Alleno. Tel: +33 (0)4 98 12 67 65

Louis Vuitton
Last but not least on our list of designer boutiques in Saint Tropez is Louis Vuitton, found in walking distance from Dior at 48, rue Francois Sibilli. Recently renovated, Villa Louis Vuitton is a serene and befitting venue for this leading luxury brand with a beautiful paved garden leading up to the two-storey building. Tel: +33 (0)4 94 55 40 36

Top 10 Must-Try Restaurants in Saint-Tropez

Saint Tropez is heaven for foodies, with a huge array of restaurants covering almost every taste and budget within its midst.

But sometimes, even those who are regular visitors to this unique corner of the South of France need some inspiration into which restaurant to choose for a special evening out.

There are numerous recommendations available online, but one which caught the eye of the team here at St Tropez House was a ‘must-try’ list by culturetrip.com, a global platform showcasing the best art, culture, food and travel for every country in the world.

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Its’ top 10 restaurants for the best views, greatest company and finest dining experience is as follows:

  1. Table du Marché, 11 Rue des Commerçants +33 494 97 91 91

Described by the site as a ‘contemporary bistro’, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Christophe Leroy is said to be hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Menus start at €19.50 for two courses.

  1. Hôtel de la Ponche, 5 Rue des Remparts +33 494 97 09 29

The place to come for “fish soup, red mullet, lobster, cod … all honored in true Provençal fashion”. Not only is the food legendary, the restaurant is also seeped in history having welcomed many famous faces over the years such as Brigitte Bardot, Francois Sagan and Pablo Picasso.

  1. La Vague d’Or, La Résidence de la Pinède, Plage de Bouillabaisse +33 494 55 91 00

Arguably the finest restaurant in Saint Tropez which features in everyone’s top 10. The chef is three Michelin-star wizard Arnaud Doncele and the food, service and scenery is quite literally out of this world.

  1. Club 55, 43 Boulevard Patch, 83350 Ramatuelle, + 33 494 55 55 55

Another very famous restaurant which is located on the golden sands of Pampelonne Beach, approximately a ten minute drive from the centre of Saint Tropez.  It’s a favourite haunt for the jet set, and a wonderful place to while away the hours over a bottle of Rosé and plate of grilled fish on a summer’s day.

  1. L’Auberge des Maures, 4, Rue du Docteur Boutin, +33 494 97 01 50

This restaurant is one of the few that is open all year round, and is a wonderful place is retreat to on a winter’s evening for a delicious meal in front of an open fire. Only open for dinner, there is a set menu of three courses for €49.

  1. Sénéquier, Place aux Herbes, +33 494 97 00 90

An institution in Saint Tropez, this cafe with red branding has been a major part of port life since it opened in 1887. Patisseries are served all day, although the website does warn that visitors should not ‘expect too much change from a 50 note for coffee and cake for two’.

  1. Le Sporting, 42 Place des Lices, +33 494 970 065

Set in Place des Lices, the heart and soul of Saint Tropez, this authentic brasserie serves some great classics for reasonable prices, and is the perfect place from where to watch the world go round.

  1. Brasserie des Arts, 5 Place des Lices, +33 494 40 27 37

Situated in the same central square is this equally informal brasserie, which, according to the website, attracts a ‘hip and arty crowd’. A great place for brunch when you have been up all night.

  1. Rivea, Byblos Saint-Tropez, 27 avenue Foch, +33 4 94 56 68 20

Located within one of Saint Tropez’s most luxurious hotels, Byblos, Rivea offers an “extravagant fine dining” experience under the instruction of internationally renowned chef, Alain Ducasse.

  1. Le Kikouiou, Route de Bonne Terrasse, Ramatuelle, +33 494 79 83 94

Last but by no means least on the list is this hidden gem with views over the vineyards near Pampelonne Beach. The website describes it as “a welcome step back from the beach club bling” where you can find great salads, pizzas and grilled fish.

Saint Tropez Beaches: What to look out for in 2016

Days lounging around on a white sandy beach may seem a long way away right now, but we find the months pass with alarming speed these days.

So we thought we would offer you a flicker of light at the end of this recurring ‘tunnel’, otherwise known as winter, and look ahead at some of the best beach clubs due to open in Saint Tropez this year.

Saint Tropez is famous for its highly exclusive and luxurious beach clubs, with dozens lining the three mile long white sandy Pampelonne Beach. The first, the legendary Tahiti Beach Club, opened in 1946, with arguably the most sought–after establishment, Club 55, setting up a short distance away on the same stretch of sand some nine years later – in 1955.

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It is virtually impossible to pick out our favourites, as they all offer an excellent service and share the same incredibly beautiful backdrop, but if we had to choose five, they would probably be:

  • Relative newcomer Riva Plage opened its doors to customers at the beginning of the last year. Situated along the Patch stretch of Pampelonne Beach close to some of our premier properties for sale and rent, it is a welcome addition to the more established clubs along this stretch of coast. For reservations call +33 (0) 4 94 79 96 95.
  • Another new restaurant which we expect to be making waves again this summer is Bagatelle, which opened in 2014 close to Route d’Epi. Bagatelle is owned by Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba, a dynamic duo who also have successful restaurants in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, St Barths and Sao Paolo. bistrotbagatelle.com
  • We love the cool vibe and great tunes you can enjoy at Moorea, which boasts one of the most famous bars on the beach, Claudy’s Bar. The cocktails here are particularly good, as are the massages which you can enjoy in cabins on the beach. mooreaplage.fr
  • For a really fun afternoon on the beach, we recommend you head to Nikki Beach which belongs to the same family as Nikki Beach in Miami and St Barths. Here you can party to your heart’s content around the pool at this popular club set back from the beach by a few hundred metres. Nikki Beach will open this year for Easter, on March 27th. nikkibeach.com/sttropez

We mentioned Club 55 earlier, but we think this world-famous club deserves a few more lines. Hidden behind a discrete garden in the middle of Pampelonne beach, Club 55 is the favoured Saint Tropez restaurant of world politicians, Hollywood stars and supermodels. Here you will find delicious grilled fish, simple salads and bags of charm and ambience.  www.club55.fr

Christmas 2015 Countdown

With exactly 12 days until Christmas, there is plenty to keep families in Saint Tropez busy and feeling festive in the run up to possibly our favourite time of year in the South of France.
If you are staying in a luxury villa in Saint Tropez this December or indeed are lucky enough to live here all year long, why not check the St Tropez House countdown to Christmas below:

Day 12: Check out the Christmas Theatre show at the Cinema La Renaissance where a performance of Les Deux Timides (the Two Shy People) will start at 5pm with music from ABBA.
Day 11: Make sure you are padded up well and try your hand at ice skating on the ‘Pop-up’ ice rink in the Place des Lices. Perhaps pick a day when the kids are still at school for ultimate safety.
Day 10: Visit the Marche de Noel in Place des Lices, where you will find piping hot mulled wine, Christmas present ideas and general merriment.
Day 9: For the last Wednesday of term time, a classic Disney film will be showing at the Cinema La Renaissance; Mulan – as part of the Disney Festival in Saint Tropez.
Day 8: A spot of Christmas shopping in the town centre. There are some fantastic boutiques all within walking distance and a wide range of choice so you are sure to find something for all the family.
Day 7: Time for another theatre production, this time a play called ‘Sous Les Sapins des Emmerdes’ at 9pm, again in the Cinema La Renaissance.
Day 6: The first day of the Christmas holidays for most children in Saint Tropez, so things could get a little busy in town. It’s also the first day of the Salon du Chocolat et des Gourmandises at the Salle Jean Despas. The exhibition is on until December 21st, from 10am to 7pm.
Day 5: Really get into the Christmas spirit with festive music in La Pastorale at the Cinema la Renaissance at 3pm.
Day 4: More Disney fun at the Cinema La Renaissance at 4pm, this time Beauty and the Beast.
Day 3: Today yet another festival begins in Saint Tropez. The Festival Declarations d’Humours will run from 22 to 23 December in Cinema La Renaissance.
Day 2: Take the family on a tour of Saint Tropez on the mini Christmas train.
Day 1: Father Christmas arrives by boat at the Quai Suffren — and Christmas begins!

Our Favourite Saint Tropez Restaurants Open All Year Round

The picturesque town of Saint Tropez is a hive of activity over the summer months with people literally spilling out of their favourite restaurants and bars, such is the demand for a table.

But as the weather cools down, and the crowds disappear, you will suddenly find that it’s not such an uphill battle to make a reservation at your favourite restaurant in Saint Tropez.

For while a number are only open during the summer months to cater to the tourists, a large number of restaurants are open all year round to service the local population and off—season visitors.

Here are some St Tropez House‘s favourites which will be more than ready to welcome you this half term:

  • Chez Maggy; Chez Maggy’s is a Tropiezenne institution in St Tropez, serving excellent Asian dishes in a convivial ambiance even in the depths of winter. There is often live music and never a dull moment in this central restaurant which is firm favourite with locals. Tel: +33 (0)4 94 97 16 12
  • Auberge des Maures; another institution in Saint Tropez is this old restaurant set in a rambling Provencal house. In fact it is the oldest restaurant in the town and one which was favoured by the first generation of international jet setters such as David Niven, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Brigitte Bardot, and poet Paul Eluard, who celebrated his wedding here in 1950 with Pablo Picasso as a witness. The restaurant is only open in the evenings during the off-season. Tel: +33 (0)4 94 97 01 50
  • Brasserie des Arts; this typically French brasserie is situated in the heart of St Tropez in the famous Place des Lices and it is just as welcome in the depths of winter as it is on a beautiful sunny spring day. The food is simple yet delicious and the ambiance perfect for those long dark evenings. Tel: +33 (0)4 94 40 27 37

  • La Table du Marche; what’s not to love about this restaurant, tea-room, patisserie and deli all in one, which is open all day long, all year round? Tel: +33 (0)4 94 97 02 58
  • La Plage des Jumeaux; sometimes there is nothing better than sitting in a covered restaurant on the beach, the elements crashing around you as you sip a glass of excellent red wine. Fortunately not all of the beach restaurants on Pampelonne are shut in the winter months such as La Plage des Jumeaux, open every lunch time all year round.  Tel: +33 (0)4 94 55 21 80

La Grande Braderie de Saint Tropez

We can’t believe that it is that time of year again! Boutiques in Saint Tropez – and of course keen bargain-hunters from across the region – are currently in full throes of preparing for the Grande Braderie which will take place at the end of the month.

The giant luxury ‘jumble sale’ which sets up shop in the streets of Saint Tropez every autumn will take place from the 24th to 27th October 2015. For four days the town of Saint Tropez will come to a standstill as visitors flood into the town for a spot of bargain hunting à la Tropézienne.

The massively popular event, which always takes place the middle weekend of the school half term, sees shops throughout the town spill onto the pavements to display their discounted goods and catch the bargain hunter’s eye.

It goes without saying that, in true Saint Tropez style, many of the bargains to be had aren’t just any old items which shop keepers hope to get rid of before new stock comes in. Many high-end labels such as Louis Vuitton and Dior take part in the Grande Braderie meaning that there are some true gems to be found over the weekend.

It is for this reason that here at St Tropez House we follow the old adage that the early bird catches the worm. We always try to get to the Grande Braderie as early as possible, before the crowds arrive en masse, so that we have more luck finding a real bargain.

We also find that locating a park place in Saint Tropez over this weekend is traditionally nigh impossible unless you are one of the first bargain-hunters to arrive in town.

If you are looking for alternative modes of transport to arrive in Saint Tropez for the weekend, why not consider taking any one of the boat shuttles that run to Saint Tropez from Sainte Maxime, St Raphael, Cannes and Nice.

For those of you who really want to arrive in style, there are also luxury helicopter transfers direct from Nice Cote d’Azur Airport to Saint Tropez, and back again, with plenty of room on board for all the bargains you might have snagged.

The Grande Braderie will take place from 10am to 7pm from 24th to 27th October 2015.

Half Term in Saint Tropez’s Villa Modernity

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The weather may be turning slightly autumnal, but that doesn’t mean that you have to strike Saint Tropez off your ‘To Visit’ list.

In fact, if you like long walks in beautiful sunshine along empty beaches then a half term holiday in this magical corner of France is probably just up your street.

Schools break up in two weeks, and where better to get some well needed R&R than in some of the most luxurious villas Saint Tropez still available to rent in October.

Take Villa Modernity, for example. This stunning villa available to rent and buy really does live up to its name in every sense and would make the perfect home from home in which to enjoy the first throes of winter 2015.

With floor to ceiling windows in every room and views on to the perfectly manicured terraced garden, this six bedroom villa is the ideal rental property for a large group of friends or family who want to get away this month.

Villa Modernity has recently been renovated to combine ultra-contemporary interior design with family-friendly finishing making it one of our favourite Saint Tropez rentals, now also for sale.

The house itself centres on a huge and spacious sitting room with doors which open on to the terrace and a fireplace for when the evenings get a little cooler. It also boasts a stylish kitchen, dining area and six large bedrooms, all of which are ensuite apart from one.

Meanwhile, outside in the large and totally private garden which is screened by tall pine trees you will find a Jacuzzi, swimming pool and several shaded seating areas for when the sun gets too strong.  And it does, even at this late stage in the year.

But perhaps Villa Modernity’s greatest feature is its enviable location near Boulevard Patch, one of Saint Tropez’s most prestigious waterfront sectors just a short walk from the white sand of  Pampelonne beach.  This incredible property is just 900 metres from beach clubs such as Bora Bora and Moorea yet also just a short drive from the centre of Saint Tropez.

For more information on this stunning property, contact St Tropez House.

Superyachts Spotted in Saint Tropez This Summer

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The former fishing village of Saint Tropez is so popular with the rich and famous that heads barely turn when a celebrity is spotted wandering along its white sandy beaches.

This summer has seen the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Bono and Elton John and many more sauntering along the famous Saint Tropez beach at Pampelonne before stopping at the stars’ favourite lunch spot, Club 55, without so much as a second glance.

Well-known faces are two a penny in the south of France’s most glamorous resort, so to get really noticed these days stars have to arrive on a seriously mega yacht – which we’ve also seen in abundance this year.

The season kicked off this year with photos of a bare-chested Cristiano Ronaldo doing some kind of work-out on the foredeck of a ridiculously large superyacht in waters off Saint Tropez. Once he’d been put through his paces the Manchester midfielder was joined on board by Sir Philip Green and his family who are known to be fans of Saint Tropez – and superyachts.

Also making waves in Saint Tropez this summer was supermodel Elle Macpherson who was pictured jumping from the upper deck of the superyacht she and her family hired for one week this July. The yacht, named Mad Summer, is a 56 metre motor yacht which has previously won the Boat International World Superyacht Award in the Custom Motor Yacht 51 metres to 65 metres category.

The award-winning yacht comfortably sleeps up to 10 guests with a crew 14, and a week on board can cost up to 325,000 Euros.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was also photographed on a yacht in Saint Tropez this summer but failed miserably to look anything as nimble as The Body, Elle Macpherson.

The 78-year-old man was snapped stumbling into a tender, where he gashed his head on the canopy. The unfortunate accident left him with an unsightly cut on his forehead which he soothed with ice as he made his way to his awaiting superyacht. The former Italian Prime Minister was on holiday in the south of France with his daughter Marina and her children.

Hermes comes to St Tropez House

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Saint Tropez is synonymous with sophistication and style, so it makes perfect sense that the charming resort in the South of France is home to a number of leading fashion brands.
Within its beautiful paved streets are dozens of luxury boutiques selling designer labels and one off pieces, making the former French fishing town a must-visit destination for travelling fashionistas.

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