St Tropez is a destination that epitomises the glamour of old Hollywood in a Mediterranean setting. The area is also full of contrasts with world-famous beaches, vibrant nightlife, quiet fishing villages, secluded anchorages and tantalising cuisine, which make it ideal for a luxury yacht charter. The charming resort town harbours yachts along the quay, opposite a line of terrace cafés, and behind which countless restaurants and bars occupy medieval lanes.
St Tropez’s star attractions shine bright and have an irresistible appeal to yacht charterers in the region. Not least the myriad of picturesque beaches, coves and rocky inlets along the shore, and Plage l’Escalet remains its best-kept secret. Although it’s nearby the prestigious Pampelonne beach, this wild beach remains a peaceful getaway from the crowds. The combination of rocky and sandy shoreline makes it a perfect place for diving and snorkelling.
After a day exploring the coastline, head to a local restaurant and enjoy the seafood – don’t forget St Tropez was originally a fishing village and has the flavours to prove it. The oldest restaurant Auberge de Maures serves up nostalgia with its line-caught fish, daube beef stew and other Provencal favourites. Picasso, Charlie Chaplin and David Niven are just some of the famous faces that have enjoyed the convivial atmosphere of this 80-year-old establishment. The ultimate exclusive dining experience can be found at Résidence de la Pinède on the Plage de la Bouillabaisse, where the 3-Michelin star chef Arnaud Donckele impresses the well-heeled clientele with his culinary skills.
However, those who are more interested in classic glamour and buzz should head to the iconic Pampelonne Beach. The three-mile stretch was first discovered by the international jet set and Hollywood royalty in the fifties after Bridget Bardot frolicked on its shores in the film Et Dieu… Créa la Femme and it has changed little since then. It has become a hotspot for exclusive beach clubs such as Nioulargo Beach Club located at its heart, which is beautifully designed and has two restaurants specialising in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. The waters here are particularly inviting as Pampelonne Bay benefits from a current that ensures the sea is crystal clear.
The ideal yacht to experience the delights of St Tropez with has to be M/Y SKYFALL. The 58m vessel is a masterpiece of engineering and design, containing numerous special features such as a split-level master suite with panoramic vistas, a wheelchair accessible lift and a touch-and-go helipad. Available for sale for USD 36,500,000, or for charter from USD 310,016, M/Y SKYFALL sleeps 12 people in seven staterooms and carries a huge selection of water toys to keep guests of all ages entertained. The huge sundeck contains a wet bar, splash pool and spa tub. The luxurious interior is equally beguiling, having been designed by Patrick Knowles to exude an urban contemporary ambience. M/Y SKYFALL is equally at home on the open ocean or in those shallow secluded bays and marinas that are inaccessible for most superyachts of this size, making it perfect for the inlets and beaches around St Tropez.
Of course, as well as enjoying a leisurely yacht charter, you might want to spend a few nights on land. St Tropez has some of the most exclusive luxury villas you can find along the Riviera. Whether you are interested in relaxing in beautifully manicured grounds such as the modern Villa Patch, or in a huge 9 bedroom Provencal villa with a beautiful view of Pampelonne like the exquisite Villa Grand Lagon, there is something for everyone. Wherever you choose to base yourself, you can be certain that the diverse attractions and delicious cuisine of St Tropez will not disappoint.