Destination of the month – St Tropez (more than just a tanning experience)

Having just returned from 3 days in St Tropez, I have to say I’m hooked.  I’m this close to selling up my house, putting a deposit on a yacht and mooring up in the marina for the summer!  I can dream….

Made famous by the gorgeous Bridgette Bardot, we can see why she loved it there.  It has everything you could need for a holiday of pure indulgence.  We stayed at the overtly hip Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez; with a chauffeur driven BMW at your disposal, Aqua di Parma toiletries, a Dom Perignon bar and a Michelin star restaurant on site you could say it’s sufficient.  Each room has its own garden entrance, an outdoor rainfall shower and private garden.  The pool is the perfect place for people watching and the ever attendant pool boys are at your beck and call.  Pure bliss….

If you get bored of the poolside frolics you can always head to one of the 20 beach clubs along the renowned Pampelonne beach.  Each club has its own vibe and clientele whether you fancy the hedonistic party beat of Nikki beach or the more refined Les Palmiers where the yacht dwellers tend to pop by for lunch!  Small dogs and missoni kaftans seem to be a pre requisite here…

In the evening drop by the marina for dinner and mix and mingle with the earth’s elite.  Avoid the busy and inflated prices of the famous cafe de Paris and head to nearby Restaurant Le Girelier for reasonably priced amazing seafood.

Shopping – did someone mention shopping?  Every girl’s paradise, Hermes, Gucci, YSL and Dior right by the waterside and interspersed with champagne bars – nice!  If you’ve blown the budget on the afore mentioned hotel and beachclub then there’s the twice weekly St Tropez market every Tuesday & Saturday on the Place des Lices which sells everything from linen and stylish beachwear to olive oil and cheese.  Even the yacht dwellers shop here!

All in all, if your budget allows then it’s an amazing place to live like a rock star for a few days – the trouble is you’ll want to stay…..