I love Saint Tropez. I will live there one day when I’ve earned enough to escape the London rat race.
Saint Tropez, located on the Cote D’Azur in South East France, just an hour and a half’s flight away on a plane from London, is the epitome of luxury travel and has everything for those wishing to indulge in a luxury lifestyle.
Below is a complete guide of the best hotels in St Tropez, best restaurants in St Tropez and best things to do in St Tropez.
Best hotels St Tropez
If you want to throw the boat out, then I recommend the Pan Dei Palace as the best hotel in St Tropez.
Ideally located just off the Place Des Lices in the centre of town the Pan Dei, a Relais & Chateaux hotel, has an Indian palace inspired decor.
The hotel has a small but well-formed pool, wellness centre and excellent restaurant.
Rooms start at around £350 per night.
For those who want to be seen, Hotel Byblos is the place to stay. Whilst Byblos may well be one of the best hotels in St Tropez, personally, I prefer the more discreet Pan Dei which is also better value for money.
Rooms at Hotel Byblos will set you back north of £650 per night.
If you are looking for something a little more reasonable and nearer to the beach, Hotel La Garbine is an excellent choice. A small, family run hotel within walking distance of Tahiti Beach, Hotel La Garbine has a good sized pool and well-appointed rooms.
Christian, who runs the hotel is always helpful and good fun. The relaxed atmosphere in La Garbine has meant we have returned many times over the years.
Rooms cost around 150-250 Euro per night.
The Hotel Les Palmiers is a good cheaper option located on the Place Des Lices in the centre of town. Rooms are pretty basic, and there isn’t a pool but its location makes for a good base if you want to keep your costs down a little.
Rooms cost around 150-200 Euro per night.
Best restaurants St Tropez
My favourite restaurant on the famous quayside in Saint Tropez town is L’Escale. Formerly called Chez Joseph, L’Escale is a Saint Tropez institution and a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner as you watch the super yachts come and go.
L’Escale is a fine dining restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere where you can indulge yourself with a Plats De Fruits De Mer, Bouquet De Crevettes, Fillet De Saint Pierre and a nice bottle of Dom Perignon.
Au Caprice Des Deux is a great little restaurant located up in the old town of Saint Tropez a few minutes walk from the quay. The ambience is relaxed, and there is no pretention here.
The food is classic Provencal country cooking with dishes such as Escargots in garlic butter and Carre de Agneau.
Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Auberge Des Maures is the oldest restaurant in Saint Tropez and has been serving up traditional Provencal fair since the second world war.
The decor is beautiful with wisteria hanging from the ceilings and the food is just as good with the mouth watering leg of lamb and succulent roast chicken guaranteed to leave you replete.
If all of that rich food has hit your stomach as much as it has your wallet, Pizzeria Bruno is a pizza and pasta restaurant in the old town of Saint Tropez offering a cheaper meal out. The pizzas come fresh from the wood fired oven, and you can feast in the buzzy restaurant with a hearty carafe of red wine.
You can also catch the ferry the short ride over to Saint Maxime and enjoy Oysters and John Dorey in L’Amiral on the harbour.
Best Beach Clubs St Tropez
In my opinion, the best beach restaurant in Saint Tropez is Tabou Beach, located on Tahiti beach. Tabou serves up a selection of French / Asian fusion along with classics such as Aioli and grilled seabream. I highly recommend the Satay king prawns to start!
Once you have filled your bellies, you can chill out on Tabou’s private section of Tahiti Beach.
A visit to Saint Tropez would not be complete without a visit to Club 55 on the Pampelonne Beach. Club 55 has a who’s who guest list and was made famous by Bridgette Bardot no less. Expect to rub shoulders with Rock stars and super models, but make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Nikki Beach has beach clubs across the globe including Saint Tropez, Dubai, Miami, Koh Samui and Ibiza. If you like to party and enjoy your house music, then Nikki Beach Saint Tropez is the place for you.
I recommend hiring a cabana, ordering some sushi, a chilled bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose and watching the party unfold.
Beach Club Aqua is a gay-friendly beach club on the Pampelonne that serves up good food and accompanying music.
To be fair every beach club in Saint Tropez welcomes people of all race, religion and sexual orientation in my experience.
The owners and staff at Aqua are super nice, and we have always enjoyed the laid back atmosphere.
Best Bars / Nightclubs St Tropez
Most of the action can be found down in the Port area of Saint Tropez. There are also some nice bars dotted around the Place Des Lices.
For a pre dinner cocktail, head to White 1921 (formerly Maison Blanche) champagne bar located on the Place Des Lices. The Champagne Mojitos are well worth the visit.
Les Caves Du Roy is located inside Hotel Byblos and is one of the most prestigious nightclubs in Saint Tropez.
I’m not a huge fan to be completely honest.
Entry is somewhat difficult unless you book in advance and the music is hit and miss in my opinion. However, if you like to be seen and are on the lookout for celebrities, this may be the place for you.
Be warned: drinks are expensive, even by Saint Tropez standards.
Cafe De Paris is located on the waterfront, plays some good house music and has a fun, lively atmosphere. Head to the Cafe De Paris for a good old spot of people watching.
The VIP Room plays host to uber DJs of the likes of Snoop Dog and Carl Cox. Partygoers can eat here first, before dancing off the Rose into the early hours.
La Bodega De Papagayo is a little easier to get into but no less glamorous. Papagayo can be found on the water’s edge in Saint Tropez harbour, and I have personally partied hard here with Gemma until 3am…
Things to do St Tropez
During the day most people head to the beach with the Pampelonne being the most popular.
Sit yourself down in the Senequier on the quayside with a Pastis and take in the circus as the super yachts roll into town. You might just catch a glimpse of a silicon valley billionaire, footballer or pop star as you watch the world go by.
Take a drive up to Grimaud, a traditional old Provencal village up in the hills behind Saint Tropez. The Cafe De France is a good spot for lunch.
Give your Amex a serious work out in the multitude of designer shops in town.
What to wear St Tropez
Men: Chinos and a Ralph Laurent Polo top with Italian suede loafers.
Women: Bodycon dress with high heels or wedges. You can always hit Chanel or Roberto Cavalli in town if you are short on options!
How to get there
Cityjet fly direct from London City to Toulon-Hyeres during the high season. It’s then a 40-minute drive to Saint Tropez.
Alternatively, you can fly direct into Marseille or Nice with a car journey of between 1.5-2 hours to Saint Tropez.