La Reserve Ramatuelle Hotel-Spa / Ramatuelle
23 rooms including 16 suites and villas
Perched on a quiet hill by the Mediterranean Sea, stands a 2,000 square metre temple of well-being called La Réserve Ramatuelle. Just minutes outside the legendary village of St. Tropez, this hilltop hideaway is part spa, part hotel and all serenity. Its seven guest rooms, 16 suites, 1,000 square metre spa and other facilities are seamlessly integrated into La Réserve’s private domain, a gorgeous pine-covered expanse, also home to twelve vacation villas that can be rented on either a short-term or long-term basis.
The luxuriously spacious rooms range from 50 to 100 square metres, and each is equipped with a private terrace or garden offering unrestricted views over the Provencal landscape below. A lounge, bar and restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine provide for gastronomic needs, and a private chef is available to prepare meals and cater parties.
The true heart of La Réserve, however, is its enormous spa, which includes 13 treatment cabins, an indoor pool with jet lane, a fitness studio, steam bath, sauna and solarium. It is here that La Réserve’s innovative health programs are created and executed. Organized around four major objectives – stress reduction, fitness, slimming and beauty – these customized programs help guests detoxify, relax and regenerate in a tranquil environment. Under the direction of a doctor who specializes in longevity, a multi-disciplinary team of beauty, health and fitness experts have created an all-natural strategy for energizing guests’ “youth capital” by combating the effects of time. The program begins with a comprehensive physical assessment performed by a doctor, followed by a one-on-one discussion of the guest’s lifestyle and personal goals. Based on these, the spa team draws up a treatment plan adapted to individual needs and desires and consisting of detoxifying, relaxing, and revitalizing treatments as well as a healthy and controlled diet based on high quality ingredients. A personalised fitness program rounds out the package, giving guests the chance to take advantage of KINESISTM, cutting-edge equipment from Technogym complete with personalised computer memory for more then 250 exercises. For those who would rather get outdoors, the fitness director also offers daily activity outings like trekking, canoeing, kayaking and golf.
In both the bar and restaurant, meticulously selected flavours of the south are subtly combined for pleasure as well as health.
Under the direction of a doctor who specializes in longevity, a multi-disciplined team of specialists and therapists has pooled their expertise in the fields of health, well-being and beauty care to develop a pioneering strategy. Focusing on real results, the 6-day program is based on a synergy of the best scientific techniques available to combat the effects of time. The sole objective: to improve the health and maximise the future life potential of each individual. Built around 4 major goals – reduction of stress, fitness, slimming and beauty - the Spa team draws up a treatment program adapted to the individuals needs. The treatments simultaneously target health, beauty, fitness and relaxation as part of a long-term vision.
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There are currently no conference spaces available. Arrangements can however be made upon request out of season.
The seaside resort town Saint Tropez is still very popular with the tourists, although the jet-set and the in-crowd have long since left it behind. Set on the lovely blue water of the Bay of Saint-Tropez, this modern version of a medieval town is most popular for the line of yachts along the quai, and the facing line of terrace cafés, divided by a parade of strolling tourists and slow cruising expensive cars.
Behind the cafés, the small streets and old buildings are picturesque, but they're more popular for the multitude of shops and restaurants than historical significance. There are endless possibilities for buying gifts or items of proof that "you've been here". St Tropez is in the area of the Côte de Provence wines. There are several vineyards around St Tropez and nearby Gassin that offer wine tasting along with their wares.
Beach Clubs: There are a few beaches on the Baie de St. Tropez, east of town, but most are along the beautiful Baie de Pampelonne, three miles southwest of town (technically in Ramatuelle). While a few are public, you can only access the worthiest stretches by paying admission to one of the beach clubs listed here. They're fancy affairs, with facilities including restaurants, lounge chairs, changing rooms, and showers, and occasionally dance floors and open-air hot tubs. Many have live DJs (forget about peace and quiet), and each has its own personality.
Probably the classiest and most discreet, with the choicest clientele of world politicians, Russian and Middle Eastern businessmen and, of course, Kate Moss. Sir Elton also shows up. Hugh Jackman, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were amoung those spotted here in summer 2011.
The simplest possible cabin in the early 1950s, Club 55 was adopted as their canteen by the people making And God Created Woman - the Bardot movie that put St Tropez on the world stage. It has never lost its appeal among the beautiful, the powerful and the clever. To have any chance of a summer table, book ahead. Be prepared to pay extraordinary amounts of money for some pretty humble catering.
Contact: 00 33 494 55 55 55
If folk in the Club 55 are talking business and maybe even signing contracts (it does happen), at the Voile Rouge they're more likely to be watching lightly-clad babes saunter the on-site catwalk - or eating shellfish from their taut, flat stomachs.
The establishment has been pretty unbridled since 1967, and shows few signs of slowing up. By day, there's a certain licence in the air. By night, it can grow distinctly frisky.
Contact: 00 33 494 79 84 34
Tahiti Beach: The oldest beach club (est 1946) fronts a hotel of the same name and appeals to more mature types, in an exclusive sort of way. You can't miss it. It's right at the northern end of Pampelonne and distinguished by bright orange parasols laid out on the sands in military formation.
Contact: 00 33 494 97 18 02
A good choice for kids, not least because they have a playground with games available, and a decent children's lunch menu (from €11).
Otherwise, there's a swish of Parisian chic about the place - plus a taste for installation art right on the beach. Les Jumeaux is also one of the rare beach restaurants open for lunch all year round. Think €26 or more for dishes like chicken supreme with coriander.
Tel: 33 4 94 97 54 00
Not far from the center of town, this quiet, sandy beach club is ideal for families with children, since it overlooks the calmer, shallower waters of the bay. The stylish restaurant is a fashionable place to dawdle over grilled fish and a chilled bottle of rosé. Open daily 10 am to 7 pm.
Plage de Pampelonne
Tel: 33 4 94 79 82 04
Hangout of the same supertanned, blonde-streaked, designer-clad Euro crowd who spend winter roosting at the original Nikki Beach in Miami or the St. Barths branch. Disco music thumps away all day long, and the young rich get their kicks by spraying one another with bottles of icy bubbly. Expect men in leopard-print posing cups (think Speedos, but much, much smaller) and topless women in white cowboy hats. Open daily noon to 8 pm.
Plage des Graniers
A public beach located just below the citadel that overlooks the harbor, Graniers is the best bet for those without wheels or who don't want to get stuck in the traffic jams that begin and end any day at Pampelonne. It is free, and there is a restaurant on-site.
Cycling: France provides wide, empty roads and flat or rolling countryside suitable for biking
Boules: this typical French game can be played nearly everywhere; many towns provide dirt, gravel, hard-packed sand squares as playing surface for boules. The famous squares in St Paul de Vence and St Tropez are particularly enjoyable places to enjoy a game of boules
Hiking: plenty of hiking paths are found throughout southern France, notably the Var region, including the Chemin des Douaniers around the St Tropez peninsula
Windsurfing: five excellent windsurfing schools with rental facilities for equipment can be found (St Tropez/Pampelonne or Theoule-sur-Mer)
Waterskiing: try waterskiing at a water sports school in St Tropez (Pampelonne Beach) or Theoule-sur-Mer
Swimming: take a swim in the sea and discover one of many beaches around St Tropez, Nice or Cannes
Golf: approximately 20 golf courses can be found in this region. The temperate climate means golf can be played all year round, perfect for an off-season break. Beauvallon, an 18 hole course, has stunning sea views
Scuba Diving: there are diving centres at St Tropez, Ramatuelle and Theoule-sur-Mer
Tennis: Tennis courts are reasonably numerous throughout the region, including those at St Tropez, l'Escalet and Theoule-sur-Mer
Sailing & Kayaking: boats may be rented from various points along the Cote d'Azur, including l'Escalet, Ramatuelle
Dining: Some of the best restaurants in St.Tropez and Ramatuelle
Auberge des Maures
Chez Joseph/Le Petit Joseph
Le Dit Vin
Les Moulins de Ramatuelle
The nearest airports to Saint Tropez are
Toulon-Hyeres - Tel: (33) 494 22 81 60
Marseille-Provence - Tel: (33) 442 14 14 14
Nice-Côte d'Azur - Tel: (33) 493 21 30 30
La Mole - Tel: (33) 494 49 57 29. The La Mole airfield, 20 km west of St Tropez, has regular flights to Geneva, Bale-Mulhouse, Munich and Nice.
Located in Ramatuelle just a short drive away from St.Tropez. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean sea on a private hill. The nearest airport to the hotel is Nice Airport 150 km away.