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Introducing St Tropez
This former sleepy fishing village became increasingly popular with honeymoon couples after the 1950s success of Roger Vadim’s film Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman), starring Brigitte Bardot.
What to do and see in St Tropez
Today, you can relax in a choice of chic al fresco waterfront cafés and fine dining restaurants that also allow you to watch the rich and famous dining out on the decks of huge yachts tied up along the quay.
Sip an espresso al fresco and watch old men playing pétanque in the shade of old pine trees at picturesque Place des Lices. Later browse for designer labels in the square’s upmarket fashion boutiques or at the colourful market held on Saturday and Tuesday mornings.
Admire paintings by artists such as Bonnard, Matisse, Utrillo and Braque among others at the Musee de l'Annonciade on Place Grammont – one of the Riviera's finest collections of Impressionist paintings.
Climb up to the 17th century Citadel for great sea views, then join the locals on one of St Tropez’ great beaches, easily reached by taxi, bicycle and scooter or on foot along the Sentier Littoral, a pathway that snakes around the southern coast.
Where to stay in St-Tropez
St Tropez offers an array of hotel accommodation to suit all honeymoon budgets. Splurge on either the legendary Hotel Byblos, which boasts a feast of creature comforts such as a luxury spa and a premiere nightclub, or the opulent Le Bastide de St Tropez, noted for its fine dining restaurant, L’Olivier.
Location: Av. Paul Signac, Saint Tropez
Prices: from AUD553 per room
Description: This luxurious retreat is located on a hill above Saint Tropez Harbour. The hotel is filled with antiques and rare objects, marquetry floors and a Persian-rug ceiling. All guestrooms are unique, often with high ceilings and might include a fireplace on a raised hearth or a bed recessed on a dais. A stylish annex contains 10 duplex suites built around a small courtyard with an outdoor spa. Some rooms have balconies overlooking an inner courtyard, while others open onto a flower-strewn terrace.
Facilities incl.: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, concierge, outdoor pool, health club and spa, nightclub and room service.
La Bastide de Saint Tropez
Location: Route Des Carles, Saint Tropez
Prices: from AUD337 per room
Description: Located close to La Maison des Papillons, Musee de l'Annonciade and Saint Tropez Citadel, this hotel is styled after a Provençal manor house. An opulent interior contains a monumental staircase leading from a sun-filled living room to the upper floors. The guest rooms are named according to their individual decor. Each has a terrace or private garden, and some have Jacuzzis. Bedding with matching draperies are among the most luxurious in St-Tropez.
Facilities incl.: restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and room service.
Chateau De La Messardiere
Location: Route De Tahiti Saint-Tropez
Prices: from AUD409 per room
Description: Situated in Saint-Tropez, this hotel is close to Pampelonne Beach, La Maison des Papillons and Saint Tropez Citadel. All guestrooms and suites have balconies or private terraces offering stunning views over the Bay of Saint-Tropez, Pampelonne beaches and Ramatuelle vineyards. Amenities include flat-panel televisions with satellite channels, air conditioning and safes. Bathrooms include phones and hair dryers.
Facilities incl.: restaurants, 2 bars, 2 pools, full-service spa and steam room, complimentary hish-speed internet.
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St Tropez lies on the western edge of the French Riviera, around 133km east of Marseille and about 78km west of Cannes.
Latest update St Tropez honeymoon destination:
7 February, 2017
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