Club 55: Saint Tropez’s Original Beach Club

Saint Tropez’s Pampelonne Beach is one of the most photographed stretches of sand in Europe, if not the world, with one section in particular getting more footage than most: Club 55.

Of the string of exclusive private beach clubs dotted on the three-mile long beach, the understated yet undeniably cool Club 55 is by far the most sought-after address along this stylish stretch of coastline.

Indeed, barely a day goes by in the height of the summer without some Hollywood star, supermodel or world leader being snapped as they arrive at the famous beach club, which inevitably comes with its own jetty allowing guests direct access from their superyachts moored in the bay.

Club 55 Saint Tropez’s Original Beach Club 1

Amongst last summer’s celebrity diners at the number one lunch spot near Boulevard Patch were regulars Sir Elton John and his family, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher and international artist Bono, who lives not a million miles away from Saint Tropez in Eze-sur-Mer.

In fact, tables covered by the restaurant’s signatory blue and white cloths are such a premium that reservations for lunch must be made well in advance over the summer months, as do bookings for the white sunbeds which adorn the club’s private beach under casually hung white sails.

The whole look is one of shabby chic, with a simple piece of drift wood with the words Club 55 painted on serving as the welcome sign to the restaurant.

Simple too is the menu at Club 55, with freshly caught fish, grilled steaks and huge salads made up of vegetables from the owners’ garden being amongst the favourites on the single page menu.

Prices at the restaurant are fairly standard for Saint Tropez but with views, ambiance and service to ensure memories that last a life time, there are rarely any complaints.

One of the first famous guests to fall in love with Club 55 was a young Brigitte Bardot, who came to Saint Tropez to film the classic movie And God Created Woman in the summer of 1954. Legend has it that Bardot and her then husband Roger Vadim, the film’s director, used to come to the restaurant every day for lunch.

Then just a simple wooden shack on the beach, the restaurant was adopted as a canteen for all those on the set of And God Created Woman, and the rest, they say, is history…

For reservations contact +33 (0)4 94 55 55 55 or visit the website club55.fr

10 Things You Must Do in Saint Tropez This Summer

Helicopter Nice Saint Tropez Club 55 in St Tropez Reservations Les Palmiers in St Tropez Reservations Senequier in St Tropez Reservations Lec Caves du Roy in St Tropez La Villa Romana St Tropez Gassin villa to rent Nikki Beach Pampelonne Jazz Festival in Ramatuelle Cap Lardier

Just so you won’t get lost at the wrong places our St Tropez House team in Saint Tropez have put together a great list of places-to-be when you are in Saint Tropez this summer-time. We are also putting together an off season Saint Tropez Guide. Also if you have any suggestions please use the comments below.

  1. Get choppered in to Saint Tropez by helicopter to avoid the traffic – helipad behind Kon Tiki – Route des Plages
  2. Have a luxury lunch at famous Club 55 on Pampelonne Beach Patch Ramatuelle before heading back to your yacht.
  3. Rent a beach bed (mattelas) with the celebs at Les Palmiers on Pampelonne Beach Ramatuelle
  4. Have a glass of french rosé for apéro and some little bites people watching at Senequier au Port
  5. Get dressed up for a club night at Les Caves du Roy in Les Places des Lices
  6. Have a party dinner at La Villa Romana in Saint Tropez
  7. Have a romantic dinner at villa in Gassin (the village perché) looking over the Golphe de Saint Tropez
  8. Have a beach party at Nikki Beach on Pampelonne Epi Beach
  9. Go to the Jazz Festival in Ramatuelle for your favorite music
  10. Walk to Cap Lardier from your villa in Gigaro Beach
Villa Calliope, Ramatuelle

Villa Calliope, Ramatuelle

For your perfect vacations in St Tropez choose one of the villas on www.sttropezhouse.com, and once decided to follow our list, reserve places in restaurants and bars with www.st-tropez-beach.com.

Where to party in Saint Tropez

Visitors enjoying shade at Nikki this summer.

Nikki Beach Saint Tropez 2012

St Tropez enjoys a reputation of being something of a party town, with the likes of Sir Elton John, Kate Moss and Zac Efron having been spotted in bars and restaurants in and around the former fishing village in just the last few weeks.
The picturesque town on the Golf of St Tropez and the magnificent stretch of golden beaches close by are packed with a huge range of beach bars and nightlife, but if you want to bump into Kate and her entourage, for example, then you need to know where to go.

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