France’s glamorous Mediterranean coastline has long been regarded as the ultimate European summer hotspot. With glorious sunshine, delicious food, and beautiful beaches in abundance, it is easy to see why. What’s more, the fashionable destination has an array of stylish hotels, impressive restaurants and not-to-be missed bars that are now open for the summer. Here’s a guide on the most exclusive places to stay, drink and dine:
WHERE TO STAY
La Reserve Ramatuelle
Just outside St. Tropez, away from the crowds, is La Réserve Ramatuelle. The hotel overlooks the beautiful bays of the Côte d’Azur and epitomises South of France chic. A collection of beautifully designed rooms, suites and 14 Provençal style villas, the hotel is also home to a stellar Nescens spa and Michelin-starred restaurant La Voile. It is also one of just a handful of hotels in France to have been awarded ‘Palace Status’ by the French Minister of Tourism. With a stunning setting on the famous peninsula, La Réserve Ramatuelle has become synonymous with peaceful seclusion and total escapism.
Stay at La Reserve Ramatuelle from €500 (approx. £423) per night, based on double occupancy. To book please visit http://www.lareserve-ramatuelle.com
WHERE TO DRINK
White 1921 Saint-Tropez
The contemporary and chic Champagne Bar at White 1921 Saint Tropez is right in the heart of the iconic village on the Place des Lices. It is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner glass of fizz. The eight-room historic villa – numbered 1921 after the most sought-after vintage Champagne, is the coveted destination’s local hotspot for moments of relaxation and balmy summer nights. Created by esteemed architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, under the wing of LVMH Hotel Management, the exclusive bar is the place for sun-filled daytime escapades and vibrant evenings. Visit www.white1921.com/st-tropez
WHERE TO DINE
La Vague D’or
The impeccable La Vague D’or at La Résidence de la Pinede is the only restaurant on the Côte d’Azur to hold three Michelin stars. Head chef Arnaud Donkele celebrates local ingredients with creative mastery as each dish tells an extraordinary story. With unparalleled views of the stunning bays and the hotel’s private beach, La Vague D’or offers a gastronomic journey through the Mediterranean in a unique setting. Throughout the season, guests may dine in the elegant restaurant or on the beachside terrace, both of which enjoy panoramic views of the sea.