Villa Francine / Gassin
This luxurious and stylish property is situated in a peaceful location just below the pretty hilltop village of Gassin, just 10 minutes drive through vineyards to both the beaches and to the centre of St Tropez.
The villa is set in a very attractive large, landscaped, terraced garden with manicured lawns, olive and cork trees, lavender and a profusion of flowers. A number of large terraces surround the villa, which are accessible from all of the ground floor rooms.
There is a large covered dining and seating area on one of the terraces from which one can enjoy dining outdoors or simply relaxing, whilst enjoying the spectacular views over the countryside or towards the sea. The attractive ifinity pool area is positioned just a few steps below the dining terrace and house.
The house has been decorated throughout in a sophisticated Venetian style using marble to great effect and with an eye to detail. This is a villa that is ideal for a group wanting to be within easy reach of St Tropez, whilst holidaying in perfect style who require a secluded and private location.
Large entrance hall leading to a spacious living and dining room with large windows opening to the terraces. Between the indoor and outside dining areas there is a large fully equipped modern kitchen, that includes; breakfast bar, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, microwave and espresso machine. There is also one double bedroom with queen size bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and windows opening onto one of the terraces. Between floors there is a large and very impressive staircase.
Large master bedroom with king-size bed, en-suite bathroom, private balcony and satellite TV. Twin bedded bedroom, with en-suite bathroom, which can be accessed from the Master bedroom. Double bedroom with queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom.
The summer booking price includes:
Luxury accommodation on your chosen dates.
Exclusive use of the villa and its facilities.
Perrier Jouët Champagne reception.
Dedicated service from the villa manager and chef.
Breakfast daily *
Either lunch or dinner 6nights a week *
Jo Malone luxury bathroom products.
Linen, towels and daily maid service.
* to maximise your flexibility, the chef will purchase and prepare fabulous food from the local markets for those times when you want to eat at the villa, paid for locally at cost.
We can also arrange:
Wines, spirits, cocktails and champagnes (paid for locally at cost).
Private or scheduled flights.
Use of airport lounges worldwide.
Resort transfers by taxi or helicopter.
Private vehicle and chauffeur - daily or weekly.
Comprehensive travel insurance.
Family and corporate events.
All local activities.
Personal laundry service (in-house and dry cleaning).
In-villa massage and beauty therapy.
Pilates and yoga private instructors.
All prices are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of the booking.
Gassin is located right next to Saint-Tropez. Perched high up on a rock, it is less than 4 km (2.5 mi) from the sea. 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.
Gassin, just 10 minutes drive through vineyards to both the beaches and to the centre of St Tropez.
St Tropez 6 kms
Pampelonne Beach 6 kms