Having only visited Saint-Tropez off-season during my year-long travels, I was eager to discover this scenic coastal town on the French Riviera before it shut down for the winter. I became further intrigued after writing a story about it for Fodor’s Travel, detailing exactly how Saint-Tropez became the hotspot it is today. This past September, we packed our bags, hopped on the train, and headed south.
After lounging by the pool and indulging in the landscape’s natural beauty, with a stop at Château de La Messardière’s Jardin Tropézina beach club, we headed back down the hill. Next stop, the town of Saint-Tropez.
To dive into the history of Saint-Tropez, we stayed at Hotel Byblos dating back to 1967. Its nightclub Les Caves du Roy was the place to be. Notable figures including Grace Kelly, Prince Charles, Romy Schneider, Lauren Bacall, Paloma Picasso, Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mick Jagger have passed through the doors. Little has changed in recent years at this timeless hotel that even includes a Missoni suite.
Afternoons were spend wandering the historic town of Saint-Tropez, lost in the maze of streets while restaurants and galleries awaited evening patrons.
Our stay in the south coincided with Les Voiles des Saint-Tropez, a very extravagant Mediterranean regatta.
What a show of sailboats! And what a sunset… Thank you for the end-of-season memories, Saint-Tropez!