Ho­tel By­b­los.

Ever since 1950s screen god­dess Brigitte Bar­dot wrig­gled on its shores, Saint-Tropez has been the sum­mer spot for the glam­our set. And nowhere evokes its French Riviera savoir-vivre like the Ho­tel By­b­los.

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Built to re­sem­ble a se­ries of quin­tes­sen­tial Proven­cal vil­lage houses, Ho­tel By­b­los was in­te­gral in putting Saint-Tropez on the jet-set map. Its open­ing party in 1967 saw Pink Floyd per­form mo­ments af­ter Mick Jag­ger pro­posed to Bianca Perez and Ho­tel By­b­los, with its dis­tinc­tive ter­ra­cotta perched against the azure Mediter­ranean, im­me­di­ately be­came a by­word for glam­our, ex­cess and sun-kissed he­do­nism.


Alain Du­casse is France’s most fa­mous chef, the man who f lam­bés the skills of any other “cook’’. Du­casse is, of course, the foody be­hind Rivea, Ho­tel By­b­los sig­na­ture restau­rant. Think clas­sic Mediter­ranean dishes from Provence, com­bined with the more up­scale f la­vors of Paris and North­ern Italy.


Pale pink rose, crisp and dry, is con­sumed like wa­ter in the south of France. It also has an al­co­hol vol­ume of 14 per­cent and be­fore you know it, you’re crawl­ing on the f loor like Patsy from Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous. Sip on this one at B, the ho­tel’s pool­side bar, be­fore don­ning your gladrags and hit­ting Les Caves du Roy, that in­fa­mous dis­cotheque (and home to Euro­trash) which has seen the likes of P-Diddy, Naomi Camp­bell, Bono, Bey­oncé and the Beck­hams. Ter­ri­ble mu­sic, over-priced drinks but this tem­ple of Tropezian nights re­mains a must for any vis­i­tor to St Tropez.


Com­bin­ing an­tique French fur­ni­ture with evoca­tive lo­cal fabrics in blues and or­anges, the rooms are scented with laven­der and trans­port you to one of the famed Proven­cal vil­lage mar­kets. While not cut­ting-edge in de­sign terms, the over­all aes­thetic is cosy, pretty and, most im­por­tantly, ar­che­typal to the re­gion.


The French do spa treat­ments like no other na­tion on Earth. El­e­gant and with an in­dis­putable fi­nesse, Spa By­b­los By Sis­ley will leave you feel­ing re­freshed, re­ju­ve­nated and able to take on the sex­i­est of screen sirens.

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