at the Château de la Messardière in Saint-Tropez Château de la Messardière - 2, Route de Tahiti - 83990 Saint-Tropez www.messardiere.com
Light and delicious - these are the key words that define the cuisine of L’Acacia, a gourmet restaurant high above Saint-Tropez. Pierrick Berthier, the restaurant’s new chef, brings a breath of fresh air to the dishes of the Château de la Messardière. Anxious to prove that he’s capable of producing simple, refined and light dishes, the new chef’s greatest desire is to please the guests of his restaurant with beautiful, fresh ingredients hand-picked from the best producers in the region. But he doesn’t plan on doing this all by himself. Assistant Chef Kevin Altier and Pastry Chef Thomas Civalleri are right by his side. Together, they started a culinary revolution at the chateau. After working in Saint-Malo, Saint-Tropez, Corsica and the mountains of Courchevel for over 20 years as a head chef in countless Relais & Châteaux establishments and luxury hotels, Pierrick Berthier now steps into his new role in the kitchens of a chateau that’s always been close to his heart: La Messardière. Nestled atop a beautiful hill, the chateau offers sweeping views over Saint-Tropez and has long been a meeting point for those who appreciate the serenity that defines these history-charged hills. Turned luxury hotel in 2012, this landmark hotel has 57 suites and 60 guest rooms, each with a private terrace or garden specially designed to allow guests to take full advantage of the sublime views.