St Tropez is known around the world as a center for high luxury. The glamorous city on the French Côte d’Azur seems to have it all when you’re after something truly exceptional, from gastronomy and shopping to yachting and sandy white beaches. Of course, many of its accommodations are also establishments of prestige and history. These are 6 of the best St-Tropez luxury hotels, selected for their opulent suites and rooms, dream private beaches, spas, gastronomic restaurants and stunning design. Three of the six have “Palace” status, while two are iconic hotels rooted in the history of the region or symbols of French glamour around the world. Keep reading to find out how we can incorporate a stay at one of these prestigious hotels into a bespoke, private getaway to the Riviera.
Top 6 St-Tropez Luxury Hotels
..Private Beaches, Opulent Suites & More
Hotel La Reserve Ramatuelle: For Contemporary Luxury Purists
If you’re a “luxury purist” who prefers clean, contemporary settings and a prestigious yet “zen” atmosphere, this 5-star Palace likely fits the bill. The sprawling premises include a main hotel, spa, gastronomic restaurants and private villas, offering the ultimate in peace and quiet. The enormous sea-view terrace with all-glass enclosures offers sweeping and dramatic perspectives over the Mediterranean, and a stylish and relaxed place to enjoy the property.
Part of the coveted Michel Reybier Hospitality group, La Reserve Ramatuelle is located in close reach of the famed beach of the same name. It boasts 19 suites and 8 rooms, each with their own luxurious terraces and sea views, as well as 14 opulent private villas decorated by interior designer Rémi Tessier, nestled amid wild landscapes. Guests can benefit from bespoke and tailor-made stays, requesting the amenities and features that they most desire.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s onsite spa with 11 treatment rooms features luxurious treatments from Nescens and Creme de la Mer, as well as hydrotherapy and massages. An indoor and outdoor pool, steam room and fitness center add to the relaxing experience. La reserve also has a private beach at Ramatuelle, for those who prefer to stay closer to the waterside during the day.
The hotel’s gastronomic offering includes the superb La Voile restaurant, helmed by chef Eric Canino and featuring creative new twists on traditional Provencal cuisine.
Le Byblos: For a Sophisticated Beach Holiday
This is an ideal Palace hotel for luxury travellers who are still after a bit of warmth and whimsy-– and of course, for anyone who loves being right on the beach. Opened in 1967, Le Byblos features a sunny yet elegant decor with prominent use of yellows, terra cottas and oranges. Its 90 rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed and designed with Mediterreanean and Grecian themes. Suites feature large terraces and poolside or sea views.
The large hotel spa offers guests treatments from Sisley, an LPG endermology center and numerous treatment rooms. The outdoor heated pool is a relaxing place to spend a morning or afternoon. For gourmets, this hotel offers several experiences and opportunities for indulgence: an Italian-style epicerie selling a variety of delicious products; an Italian-style gastronomic restaurant with seasonal produce and creative, healthy dishes from Chef Rocco Seminara; and a pool-side restaurant, “B”, ideal for long and balmy summer evenings.
The hotel also has a dedicated gastronomic restaurant on the Ramatuelle Beach, and a legendary nightclub where you can sip imaginative, elegant cocktails and indulge in a little late-night dancing.
Château de la Messardière: For Pure St-Tropez Glamour & Natural Wonders
Claiming to be Saint-Tropez’s largest hotels with an impressive 117 rooms, the Château de la Messardière is a 5-star palace located on a protected ornithological (wild bird) reserve. It makes an ideal choice for discerning travellers seeking both high-luxury surroundings and the peace of wild nature. The surrounding landscapes are worthy of a painting by Cézanne or Gauguin, offering breathtaking perspectives.
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Perched on a hillside and in close reach of the St-Tropez town center and Pampelonne beaches, this opulent Palace offers sweeping panoranic views over sea, sand and vineyard-lined countryside from all 60 rooms and 57 suites. The Chateau itself dates to the 19th century. After falling into ruin, it was restored in the late 20th and transformed into a hotel with Mediterranean and Moorish architectural elements.
The hotel boasts a Valmont Cinq Mondes spa featuring a luxurious assortment of treatments and relaxing areas, magnificent heated outdoor pool and lounge area, several onsite restaurants including the gourmet l’Acacia (serving light Provencal fare from Chef Jean-Michel Le Béon) and an art gallery.
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This is an exceptionally romantic St-Tropez hotel and would make an ideal site for a honeymoon, wedding, engagement or anniversary party. See our weddings and occasions page for more ideas on how we can curate the luxury destination French wedding of your dreams.
Cheval Blanc St-Tropez: For an Ultra-Prestigious Yet Relaxed Stay
This new arrival to Saint-Tropez has upped the high-luxury ante quite a bit in the already-glamorous seaside city. Owned by French luxury group LVMH, this is the fourth Hotel Cheval Blanc to open in France, on the site of the former Résidence la Pinède. Designed in an elegant, minimalist yet warm style featuring predominant tones of white and marine blue, the hotel’s opulent yet relaxed rooms and suites offer sublime sea views, total privacy and quiet. The duplex sea suite is particularly coveted by discerning guests for its two floors, enormous balconies overlooking the Mediterranean, lush trees and sailboats, and direct access to the pool.
The luxurious onsite spa and wellness center has everything one needs to unwind from life’s stresses and pressures: the “Maison” Beach and Pool where a magnificent outdoor pool seemingly melds seamlessly into the sea and beach-side cocktails on chaises-longues; a high-end spa with treatments from iconic beauty brand Guerlain, steamroom and sauna, and Boudoir Coiffure area to refresh your look.
Gastronomy at this prestigious hotel is also first-in-class. Chef Chef Arnaud Donckele presides over two onsite restaurants, including the three-Michelin-starred La Vague d’Or. Here, the freshest produce, fish and meats are used to create some truly spectacular culinary creations with strong foundations in Provencal traditions.
Mas de Chastelas: For Classic French Country Elegance
This mythical St-Tropez hotel opened in 1967 will be familiar for certain French cinema lovers: it notably appeared in Claude Berri’s film “Je Vous Aime” (I Love You) starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, who were shot by the poolside. It has attracted celebrities, artists and intellectuals such as Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, and is generally considered to embody a quiet but ultra-prestigious St-Tropez way of life.
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While the 5-star hotel is not situated by the beach– a downside that will send many enthusiasts to other hotels closer to the water– it affords magnificent views and historic charms. It is built on the premises of a 17th-century Provencal bastide (country estate), offering both authenticity and genuine luxury. The 14 rooms and 9 suites are incredibly spacious, and all feature deep tubs, minibars, toiletries from Occitane en Provence and lavish decorative elements. Many have private terraces. Architectural elements reminiscent of Italian-style villas are prominent in several of them.
Onsite services and amenities include a heated outdoor pool and marble patio, golf course and tennis courts, free shuttle to St Tropez and nearby beaches and a gastronomic restaurant, La Table du Mas, offering innovative French and Provencal cuisine from chef Mathieu Héricotte.
La Ponche: For Timeless Tropezian Glamour & Provencal Charm
One of Saint-Tropez’s oldest and most prestigious 5-star hotels, La Ponche has a fascinating history. A humble tavern overlooking a fisherman’s harbour once stood here, before it was purchased in 1938 and transformed into a luxury hotel favored by French artists, intellectuals and celebrities.
Over the years, writers such as Simone de Beauvoir, and Francoise Sagan, actors including Jeanne Moreau and Jack Nicholson and painters such as Pablo Picasso have favored this intimate, old-world hotel. Today, it continues to be a favorite place to stay among discerning visitors with a taste for understated elegance. And the opulent but comfortable rooms are named after its famous guests of old.
Decorated in a classic Provencal style with flourishes of glamour, La Ponche is situated on a quiet private beach of the same name, in the heart of St-Tropez. The 22 rooms and suites offer a refined yet warm, almost rustic charm, and offer views over the azure bay, church steeple and town remparts. There’s genuine historic charm in this old-world hotel. It’s also situated in close range of a number of high-end shops, making it ideal if shopping is on your radar.
The onsite restaurant offers superb sea views and fantastic seasonal cuisine from Chef Christian Geay. And while there is no spa at this slightly more understated hotel, the Mediterranean and its warm waters are right outside your door.
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