Last year, for 4th of July, I was lucky enough to get to go to Saint-Tropez with my boyfriend, and a group of our friends. It was my first time in the south of France, and I instantly fell in love with this ultra luxurious, crazy party, beach town. We drank enough Domaines Ott Rose to fill up a swimming pool, and had so much fun that we all vowed to try to return every summer.
This year we made it back to St Tropez, but we booked our accommodations very last-minute, so we were a little worried that the 3 star hotel we found might not be very nice. But I knew we were lucky to find any hotel last-minute, especially going into high season in the French Riviera (July, August, Sept). When we arrived at La Bastide Des Salins I was pleasantly surprised to find that we had actually stumbled upon a super cute, boutique hotel. Their tag line is “Hotel de Charm,” and I have to agree that this place is absolutely charming. The grounds are beautiful, with lush vegetation and flowers, and the rooms are clean, and spacious by European standards. You can lie by the pool (topless if you wish!), and they will bring you espresso, wine, snacks, or whatever you fancy. The only downside is that La Bastide Des Salins is not walking distance to anything, so you have to take a cab everywhere. See below for the best of St. Tropez…
There is so much to do and see in St Tropez! We usually have several long, extravagant lunches followed by lounging at the beach. And there are always crazy dinners, where everyone is up dancing by the end of the meal. My favorite lunch place is Les Palmiers Beach Club. I also love Club 55, and Nikki Beach is always fun. Villa Romana is a must for dinner, and Le Grand Joseph is good too. For clubbing, try VIP Room, or La Cave Du Roy, one of the world’s most famous nightclubs, located in the heart of St Tropez, next to the Byblos Hotel. For a more affordable hotel in the same location, try Hotel B. Lodge, next to Byblos.
If you rent a car, it will take about two hours to drive to St Tropez from Nice. I recommend taking the scenic route along the beach. Just take the A8, and ignore your GPS, which will probably send you the other way through the mountains. It really is not much shorter, so just hug the coast and follow the signs for St Tropez.You’ll get to enjoy the amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea, and all the beautiful beach towns along the way. Alternatively, you can hire a driver to pick you up at the Nice Airport. Or, if you’re a total baller, you can just charter a yacht and arrive by boat.