St. Tropez’s fairytale find
The biggest and one of the most prestigious hotels in the French Riviera, Château de la Messardière looks straight out of a fairytale, with its turrets, domes and arcades.
Enter this magnificent property, you’ll be welcomed with a breathtaking view of Pampelonne’s famous beaches and Ramatuelle’s widespread vineyards. But you’ll want to explore: walk amid pine, cypress, palm, olive and boxwood trees along the botantical trails in the park surrounding the Château; get a soothing treatment at the Cinq Mondes Spa; or surprise all of your senses in the gastronomic L’Acacia restaurant. Retreat to the heated pool and its lounge bar, whose champagne cocktails are a delight.
The luxury hotel serves as a local icon in St. Tropez. It is the place to discuss business, throw formal parties or host unique exhibitions — in fact, the hotel housed the well-known Brigitte Bardot Exposition in 2015.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• In L’Acacia, masterchef Bilal Amrani guarantees innovative and delicious French cuisine. Request a table near the windows for the best view on the bay.
• Château de la Messardière carries more than 400 different wines and champagnes. Let the sommelier guide you to the right bottle.
• The St. Tropez hotel houses a gallery featuring paintings, photos, sculptures, collages and mosaics in exhibitions from international artists. There’s a permanent collection from Victoire de la Messardière, whose family built the Château.
• Book a facial. It’s one of a few spas around the world to use Swiss brand Valmont’s coveted skin care products.
• To get the most exquisite experience at the Château, have room service breakfast served on your own balcony. Sip your coffee while admiring the vista of the property, its verdant 25-acre pine grove and the coastline.
What to Know
• Free shuttles from the French Riviera hotel will easily get you access to Tropézina, the Château’s private beach, in three minutes. They also will bring you to the center of St. Tropez so that you can go shopping, stroll the port or grab dinner.
• If you want to stay in St. Tropez during high season (July to August), book reservations months in advance.
• The Château is open seasonally, from April to October.
• Château de la Messardière contains different Rooms, Suites and Exceptional Suites. They vary in size but most of all, in the type of view they offer.
• All rooms have their own terrace or balcony. The decor is different in each, but the Provencal theme is always present.
• Every bathroom comes with a whirlpool bath, separate showers and double sinks.
• The Exceptional Suites are known for their splendid luxury. A housekeeper will unpack your luggage on arrival and then repack it when it’s time to return home. Housemade macarons, fruit and champagne await in your room.
• Near the luxury hotel is Pampelonne, the longest and most popular beach in St. Tropez. Pampelonne is home to a number of in-demand private beach clubs where reservations are a must if you want to claim your stake of sand. Go there by shuttle or car to party in style, eat well or just to enjoy the sun.
• If you like shopping, the center of St. Tropez is the place to be. Lots of art galleries and luxury boutiques sit inside the pastel-hued buildings.
• A visit to Ramatuelle’s vineyards to taste some rosé is a must-do.
• The hotel’s convenient central location means you’ll be a quick trip to Cannes, Mo