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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The ultimate family home from home: Villa Castel

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With temperatures in Saint Tropez hovering around 35°C with no sign of a let up, it can be tricky to summon up the energy to do anything whilst on holiday, bar lie by the pool.

So when you arrive in Saint Tropez with a hoard of kids, you might wonder how on earth you will find the force to entertain them.

Here at St Tropez House, we have the solution: Villa Castel! This incredible seven bedroom house comes fully equipped with a whole host of activities which promises to keep the kids – and grown-ups – amused for weeks.

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Two New Beach Clubs for Pampelonne

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Saint Tropez is famous for its highly exclusive and luxurious beach clubs, some of which have been around longer than many of its residents – and certainly us.

For example, the legendary Tahiti Beach Club opened on Pampelonne Beach in 1946, with celebrities favourite Club 55 being established a short distance away on the same stretch of sand some nine years later – in 1955.

And as much as we love the old institutions of Saint Tropez, it is always very exciting when new places open up.

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24 hours in Saint Tropez

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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?

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Top 5 Luxury Car Rentals in St Tropez

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Fast cars. Luxury villas. Incredible beach clubs. This is what the French Riviera is all about. Beautiful roads with stunning views are another major draw to the area, ensuring that driving is both enjoyable and relatively stress free. We have selected five of the best car rentals you can enjoy for the duration of your stay in St Tropez. These luxury cars can be delivered to the door of your villa, or you can be met with your car as soon as you have left the airport.