Pan Deï Palais, St. Tropez
Built in 1835, the Relais & Châteaux hotel Pan Deï Palais has a restaurant that represents an idyllic spot for a luxurious lunch while soaking up the sunshine around the pool. The hotel reflects an interesting story: it was built by a French general who fell in love with a Punjab princess named Bannu Pan Deï, and built this house for her. The hotel has distinctly Asian touches in the interiors and the garden, and the restaurant serves Indian, Asian and French specialities.
Sénéquier, St. Tropez
Surprisingly star-studded for a brasserie and patisserie, Sénéquier is the only place to go to try the region’s heavenly Tarte Tropézienne in their newly renovated port-side spot. Sénéquier has a long history, founded in 1887 and originally specializing in white nougat. It became a trendy venue in the 1930s when the outdoor tables were installed, with the vermilion red director’s chairs that have become iconic. A 2007 renovation retained the house style and added a touch of modernity to the interiors. Nougat is still the house speciality.
Le Baoli, Cannes
Just beyond Cannes’ Carré d’Or, is Le Baoli restaurant, bar and club, and here, money talks. One of the Riviera’s more prestigious bars, it’s a good spot for sampling smooth cocktails in the South of France. The venue is in an exotic Balinese style, with temple-like doors, and inside, an array of sofas, with a veranda looking onto a garden of palms. The menu includes most of the classical cocktails, with a focus on fresh fruit ingredients; the restaurant serves traditional French and Asian cuisine.
La Petite Maison de Nicole, Cannes
One of three outposts, the laid-back Mediterranean restaurant concept and top of the range cuisine at this Canois hotspot is conceived specially for sharing against a crisp white contemporary backdrop. The menu privileges fish and seafood, with starters such as marinaded fish, mains including tuna prepared as a tournedos au poivre, and desserts such as white chocolate mousse and strawberries.
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Club 55, St. Tropez
There are endless numbers of beaches to explore along the Riviera, some sweeping, others pocket-sized, but Pampelonne tops our list of luxury beach clubs for its lively atmosphere and because it’s simply beautiful. It’s a sandy beach, setting it apart from many of the other pebble or rocky beaches in the area; lots of options for clubs and social ambience, ranging from the decadent champagne showers to down-to-earth simplicity. While on Pampelonne beach, Club 55 is the place to spend the afternoon – and well into the night – for those who feel at home with the ‘St Trop’ in-crowd.