When choosing where to eat on holiday, many people often look for the restaurants filled with locals as a good indicator of where to head. Along this vein, we decided to tap into insider knowledge and to find out how to spend the best 12 hours in Saint Tropez.
This way, if you are only jetting in and out of Saint Tropez for the day, you won’t waste a minute of your limited time in this heavenly corner of the French Riviera. Even if you have more time to spend in this picturesque destination, “going native” for the day might be the best way to get the most of this place.
Whether you are staying in a luxury villa for a prolonged stay or have just jetted in by helicopter from Nice to Saint Tropez that very morning, here are ideas for the perfect day:
IN THE MORNING
There is nothing better than starting the day on the port of Saint Tropez, sipping a piping hot café crème in Le Senequier, arguably St Tropez’s most famous café. Le Senequier has enjoyed its coveted position within a stone’s throw from some of the world’s most beautiful yachts since 1887, and has long been a favourite with the throngs of celebrities, who visit St Tropez every year. For example, former president Jacques Chirac is known to enjoy a daily coffee here when he is in town, and it is the perfect place to hang out, chat, read the paper and people watch.
After a gentle swim off Pampelonne Beach, a short car journey from the village centre of Saint Tropez with a luxury car rental, is one of the best places to eat a freshly-prepared salad or locally-sourced grilled fish is Club 55. Pampelonne Beach is home to a string of exclusive beach clubs, but, perhaps, none quite as exclusive and discrete as Club 55. After a delicious lunch, why not enjoy a relaxing siesta on the club’s luxurious sun beds before another gentle swim?
A great way to head back to Saint Tropez is by boat, straight from Club 55’s private jetty. There are a large number of luxury yacht charters, which operate in the South of France, who will be more than happy to arrange a boat for the day, weekend or fortnight. You can also hire a water taxi to take you back to Saint Tropez in time for a chilled glass of local rose wine. Alternatively, if you would rather enjoy an apero in another resort along the French Riviera or if you have a concert to attend at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte-Carlo, for example, why not fly from Saint Tropez to Monaco directly from Club 55?
Saint Tropez is full of incredible restaurants offering first class food, but if you would like to enjoy a truly memorable meal to round off the best 12 hours spent in Saint Tropez then we suggest that you head to La Vague d’Or in the Residence de la Pinede. Here three Michelin star chef Arnaud Donckele will wow you with Mediterranean flavours in an exceptional setting by Plage de Bouillabaisse.