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One of the jewels of the French Riviera and Côte d'Azur region. Once a fishing village that attracted the international "jet set" in the 1960s it still remains known for its glamour, nearby exclusive beaches and the chic nightlife. It is the ‘La Ponche’ quarter that perhaps holds secrets of its past in the cobblestones. Superyachts now outnumber fishing boats in the Vieux Port (Old Port), especially when participants muster for the annual 'Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez' regatta. Find out where to stay, dine, where to be seen, below.
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La Ponche Hotel
If you're attending Les Voiles de Saint Tropez then you must book ahead for a long French lunch in this quintessential hotel and restaurant, although you can on occasion sit and drink Rosé after racing. Once a fisherman's tavern acquired by the current owners parents in the 1950s, La Ponche is now a 5 star hotel, spiritually important to the town Saint-Tropez. Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, French President Georges Pompidou among others, once flocked here to spend their time soaking up the Tropezienne light and, to be captivated by its colours – notably the Cote D'Azur's deep blue. It is a must visit!
La Villa d'Andrea
Owned by a couple closely associated with the sailing scene in Saint-Tropez, they offer this VERY chic villa.
Yes, it's a drive out of town, but nestled in the pine wood grove of Ramatuell. Who wants to spend all their time in Saint Tropez for 10 days? Stay stylish and well rested in this oasis. Book here.
Le Club 55
Every year on the 'lay-day' during Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez owners of yachts, grand and petit challenge each other to race from the usual regatta start line, in front of Saint Tropez's famous citadelle and round to Pampelonne beach. The winner buys lunch in one of the most exclusive restaurants in the world, Club 55. You can't miss it – it's a spectacle.