On the French coast between the famous "Jet Set" harbour of Saint Tropez and the seaside Sainte-Maxime, Port Grimaud and his lakeside city (nicknamed the Venice of Provence) stand proudly facing the Mediterranean Sea.
At 300m from the beach of Prairies de la Mer, the hotel du Soleil de Saint Tropez hotel is situated in a wooded 14-hectare green.
Brigitte Bardot came to St-Tropez in the '50s to star in Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman; 1956) and overnight transformed the peaceful fishing village into a sizzling jet-set favourite. Tropeziens have thrived on their sexy image ever since: at the Vieux Port, yachts like spaceships jostle for millionaire moorings, and infinitely more tourists jostle to admire them.
Yet there is a serene side to this village. Out of season the St-Tropez of mesmerising quaint beauty and ‘sardine scales glistening like pearls on the cobblestones’ that charmed Guy de Maupassant (1850–93) comes to life. Meander cobbled lanes in the old fishing quarter of La Ponche, sip pastis at a place des Lices cafe, watch old men play pétanque beneath plane trees, or walk in solitary splendour from beach to beach along the coastal path. We recommend adding car hire at the next stage of the booking process to best explore your surroundings!