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 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


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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.