St Tropez, for one reason or another, had never really crossed my mind as a holiday destination. In all honesty, I hadn’t really taken much interest in it as a place and assumed it was just a super glitzy, super expensive, over priced resort-style town, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Arriving into St Tropez, the first thing we noticed was that there are no high rises. Just beautiful cobbled streets filled with flowers growing up the side of buildings and beautiful colourful shutters on sand coloured buildings. All surrounding a large harbour filled with the most incredible yachts I’ve seen.
The town is beautiful and Ben and I immediately fell in love. We stayed at the Hotel De Paris, St Tropez, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection. A beautiful building with so much character, heart and style at the centre with the message only amplified by the wonderfully friendly staff. At just five years old, the hotel is still a baby, but the staff will truly have you believing otherwise. They are each so incredibly knowledgable and helpful and even better is seeing how much they genuinely loved Pepi.
Our room was a Prestige Suite with views of the gorgeous cobbled streets. A full living room and stocked mini bar lead into a bedroom complete with ginormous bed and en suite bathroom – they even had a special dog bed in the room, bowls and a toy for Pepita.
We went for a stroll along the waterfront in the evening, before coming back to the hotel and favouring room service over going out. I have to say the room service (we both agreed) was the best I have ever had. Those chips were on another level!
The next day, we awoke to the most incredible spectacle just outside our bedroom window. An entire parade marched underneath whistling and banging on drums. The rest of the town just waking up, it was a great start to the day. Champagne for breakfast had to be done and Pepi stayed in the room so she wouldn’t get too hot in the courtyard. The breakfast was everything we could have wanted without being too excessive and of course I had to get a selection of pastries, cakes and fruit. Heaven.
After breakfast, we spent our morning relaxing around the pool ordering some elevenses (not that we really needed it after such a big breakfast, but could YOU resist?)
We ordered a sharing platter as well as a non-alcoholic cocktail for me and an Aperol Spritz for Ben. The perfect mid-morning pick me ups!
Being the only rooftop pool in St Tropez, and I think also taking the title of the only rooftop bar in St Tropez, it was surprisingly quiet and the perfect relaxing spot to while away the morning. Again, Pepi was more than happy to stay in the room due to the heat of the mid day sun. She far preferred evening walks with the cool breeze instead.
The pool itself is the perfect spot to relax around with a huge mural on one wall reminding you that your just metres from the sea. It’s also so easy to imagine the epic pool parties that must happen during high season on that amazing rooftop. We returned to the rooftop just before sunset for some cocktails in that gorgeous orange glow of Topezian evening light along with a couple of charcuterie boards. The sun slowly descended behind the hills, leaving the sea as a glimmering fiery mass as we sipped on the last of our drinks before making our own descent the short way to our gorgeous bedroom.
It was such a shame we didn’t plan a longer stay in St Tropez as it really is the jewell of the French Riviera and stole a piece of our hearts. At least we have a reason to head back – we never got to try out the spa!
Rates at Hotel De Paris start from £200 per room per night. For further information or to book, visit www.preferredhotels.com