Art, Authenticity, and Luxury at the Côte d’Azur: Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez
At the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez, we honor our spirit through the authenticity of the high quality services we provide, according to the standards of a 5-star Saint-Tropez hotel. Our motto: luxury in all its simplicity.
The little Provençal village of Saint Tropez is worldly renowned for its beauty and glamour. With its port, radiant light, luxury boutiques, and festivals; Saint-Tropez has remained a legendary destination for over a century. As matter of fact, it has been named ‘the most romantic port of the world’ in 2015 by USA Today. Saint-Tropez is a dream destination. The mythic Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez has been a key contributor to the town’s sense of enchantment since 1931, hosting painters, writers, members of the European elite, stars of the silver screen and jet-setters from around the world.
The presidential suite at the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez is called “Dolce Vita”. Danielle Lagrange, the phenomenal Managing Director (pictured below), gave us the backstory: Mrs. Dray, the owner of the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez, is a fan of the 1960 Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita. Today, this Italian phrase means ‘the sweet life, full of pleasure and indulgence’; exactly what we want to offer our guests practically all year round* in our exceptional sunny weather.
The Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez was a favorite meeting place in the sixties. Today, after being beautifully renovated, it still encapsulates the Saint-Tropez art of living. Inspired by the sixties and seventies – known as the ‘Yéyés years’ -, interior designer Sybille de Margerie created a chic, modern and spectacular decor, associating bright colors, geometric decorative style, pure and sumptuous materials. Daring, design-forward, and spectacular, the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez offers its guests a unique ambience where everything has been conceived for an exceptional stay, a delightful escapade jaunt to the very heart of Saint-Tropez. Right up to its facades, the Hotel de Paris Saint-Tropez demonstrates its visceral attachment to art, the windows of the hotel having been transformed into theatrical light and shade elements by the architect Thierry Guilhot.
The hotel has always been a meeting point of celebrities and writers since its opening in 1931, says Danielle. We remain ardent supporters of contemporary art: long ebony black resin statues by Laurence Bonnel, numbered canvases from François Fries, solarized portraits of Brigitte Bardot, a video from the creators of Moving Design featuring a colorful ballet of floating jellyfish, etc…
The Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez is a beehive of artistic expression and glamorous scenes. We asked Danielle about their plans, art-wise, for the coming months. This season, in the hotel courtyard, the monumental sculpture Gift of Love by David Kracov sets the tone for artistic excellence. David graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and he was one of the youngest artists in the world to be exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts before working for the famous LA animation studios. He conserves the vibrant energy of childhood represented in striking colors and a fantastic joie de vivre. This same energy can be found in the sculptures by Dorit Levinstein, an internationally renowned Israeli artist whose work can be admired until the end of August. Hers is a very joyful, colorful universe; influenced by Gaudi, Klimt or Nikki de Saint Phalle. In September/October, the well-known international independent artist Claudia Meyer will be staging her exhibition Aquarius, a selection of sculptures and sublime works of great purity in tribute to the elements of nature, specially created for the event.
We were curious about Danielle’s personal favorite spaces within the hotel. I should say, in the Summer, the Toits Lounge. It overlooks the sunbathed rooftops of Saint-Tropez and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, and seems to invite the observer for a sun splashed lunch break…When the sun goes down, I love to enjoy a poolside drink and our chic snacking service. It all makes for a memorable experience in a festive, musical atmosphere.
The combination of art, glamour, relaxation/wellness and tranquility is extremely attractive for cosmopolitan tourists. The Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez encapsulates the Saint-Tropez art of living, offering a truly unique experience for the ones who love nature, shopping, gastronomy, the French way of life, i.e. relaxation, authenticity, luxury in all its simplicity and tradition. What would be a perfect itinerary for a guest who stays at the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez? We encourage our guests to experience true Provence by visiting olive estates, discovering wineries and tasting local wines, enjoying an afternoon boat sail and the beautiful views of the coast or walking on the wild seaside path and white sand beaches, suggests Danielle. We want to book our plane tickets now, that plan sounds ideal…
*The Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez is closed annually from early January until mid February. In 2016 the hotel will be closed from January 4th until February 13th.