We LOVED St Tropez. I had absolutely no preconceptions before we went. I really didn’t know much about the coastal town except that it’s a hub for the rich and famous to escape to. A stay at Hotel De Paris, St Tropez fitted perfectly into our France Roadtrip, so we decided to spend a couple of days in the town. Immediately on arriving at the hotel we fell in love with the place. The staff were so friendly, the decor was gorgeous and the best part is that they are totally dog friendly.
The hotel staff were unbelievably helpful in suggesting and recommending restaurants during our stay, and along with a little Instagram research of my own, our days filled up pretty quickly!
What to See
As always, with any new place, the very first thing you should do is get out of your hotel and explore. The best way to see a place is generally by foot to discover anything and everything you might want to do. In St Tropez, you really can’t be bored with so many beautiful streets, shops and restaurants to explore.
The Harbour is a great place to start. One of our favourite games to play is which one would we like to holiday on and which is our favourite. Trying to guess who the people on the boats are and what they do.
Watching the sunset from the Hotel de Paris rooftop bar is a must. The sun plunges behind the coastline into the sea, bathing everything in its golden light and turning the bay into an inky black with the golden boats gliding across the surface. You can enjoy the whole spectacle from the rooftop, with a cocktail in hand. Perfect.
The most beautiful Chanel store I have ever seen sits within a stones throw from Hotel De Paris and is quite possibly one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. Let alone shops! We didn’t actually go in, but from the outside the building is spectacular and at the back hides an outdoor boutique complete with a full sized pool to sit beside.
What to Eat
Thanks to being something of a celebrity hot spot, you can imagine that brilliant chefs have raced to St Tropez to open restaurants and popups in the town. It’s no surprise then, that it’s very hard to find a bad meal.
A fabulously welcome recommendation from our hotel was Le Club 55. They arranged for the hotel shuttle to transport us to the famous Plage de Pampelonne in time for a late lunch on one of the days we were staying with them. We had pictured it in our minds to be a beach club sort of place with views of the sea, but it’s actually a very private restaurant with bamboo surrounding it and a canopy covering it. All to keep out the heat of the day and any prying paparazzi trying to get snaps of anyone famous.
The Club has been a favourite haunt of the rich and famous for many years, due to the fact that they can literally drive right up to the beach in their boats. They can pop in for lunch and an afternoon of drinking, then be back on their boats within minutes. Of course, it’s a favourite for many other reasons, one being that the food is just delicious. I went simply for a light lunch of parma ham and melon, while Ben went for a chicken dish. All washed down with a beautiful crisp bottle of rose and a band serenading us with live versions of everyone’s favourite classic songs. It’s also worth noting that Le Club 55 is dog friendly, but we decided against taking Pepi as it was a particularly hot day.
I actually hadn’t realised Dior Des Lices was in St Tropez and had always assumed it was in Paris, so when we happened to pass it one day, I made Ben promise we would go and we made a reservation for a lunch there. Of course, Pepi came with us and we chose a lovely table in the grounds of the Dior Mansion with cold mist spraying down on us from the shade of the umbrella above. I hadn’t set my expectations for the food very high as ‘How good can a fashion labels food be?’ but we were both pleasantly surprised.
I chose a strawberry and basil cocktail to start, followed by Octopus which truly was up there with some of the best octopus I’ve ever eaten. Ben simply had a club sandwich (very hard to get wrong) but he also said it was really good. The puddings looked amazing, but we really couldn’t manage one so decided against it.
We actually ended up eating at our hotel; Hotel de Paris a few times. With such incredible views from the rooftop, who could blame us! On our last evening, we decided to have cocktails and nibbles on the rooftop before heading out to find somewhere for dinner. We ended up eating so much, that we didn’t need a restaurant reservation! The cocktails, food and view from the rooftop is unrivalled and comes highly recommended. It’s also completely dog friendly and fairly easy to get a table without booking in advance. I should say that we did pop into the town after, to walk Pepi and to grab an icecream each. The ice cream is incredible and there are numerous spots in the harbour to grab one from.
What to Do
From the harbour, there is a gorgeous coastal walk around the bay, past the Tour Du Portalet and onto La Ponche Beach, that became our favourite evening stroll with Pepi. Timing it perfectly with sunset, it’s such a gorgeous place to wander and watch the last of the golden light dissipating into the turquoise waters.
The shopping in St Tropez should probably have a mention in its own right. Walking along the Places de Lices, it’s very easy to see why St Tropez is the top spot for shopping in the Cote d’Azur.
There are numerous beaches in the area and you can actually walk all the way from the town to Plage de Pampelonne, although it will take you close to 3 1/2 hours. It’s worth it to take a dip in the gorgeous cool waters.
Finally, just getting a bottle of wine from a local restaurant and sitting outside to watch people going about their business is one of my fvourite things to do anywhere in the world. Here you have some of the best people watching anywhere though. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and McLarens all zoom past with their passengers perfectly manicured waiting to see and be seen. It truly is unrivalled.
Have you ever been to St Tropez or is it somewhere on your bucket list?