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A great NEW FIND a few paces from the beach near St. Tropez!

This lovely hotel with 12 rooms & 2 suites is cutting edge interior design and high end in style even though it is small and intimate. It is located between the sea and pine trees, on the infamous French Riviera.

Owned by a husband and wife team of architects and interior designers, it gets a make over on a regular basis. Spring 2019, they took on a talented new chef who serves a simple but delightful menu perfect for the hot days of summer.

A lovely pool, if you don't want to walk to the beach, exercise gym plus spa & steam room round out the upmarket experience. (We will be doing a full story next year so stay tuned!)

Hotel Le Pré de la Mer
Plage des Salins, Saint Tropez, France
+33(0)4 94 97 12 23

our team

Editorial and Owners:

PeterPeter D’Aprix.
Executve Editor,
Photo, Video &
web production.

LindaLinda D’Aprix.
Magaging Editor,
Culinary Editor and Research.

Contributing Editor Team:

LindaDavid Lawrence.
ExProducter on the run roving Europe for those special hotels and restaurants.

LindaJackie Joseph-Lawrence.
Actress and now travel writing with her husband David for Gourmet Voyageurs and "The Toulican".

summer/autumn 2019

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A marvelous, upscale "auberge" Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse set in the highlands of Provence, away from the coast.

Aerail PhotoLa Bastide de Moustiers has been our favorite restaurant in Haute Provence since it opened in 1995. Ducasse has different chefs in his fabulous small but designeerly kitchen that come and go here and what they all have in common is their superb training and the ever present oversight of this remarkable man - M. Ducasse.

PeaSoupIt has maintained a very steady level of quality cuisine for many years now and meals are served in a lovely environment, both inside and out, that is hard to match anywhere. We go as often as we are able both for the food and the unique collections of rooms and suites (not to mention the pet donkeys in the back paddock!)

And its open all winter!

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The luxury five star Le Mas de Chastelas is located in a quiet backwater of Gassin, right on the route to St. Tropez.

ExteriorFrontHotel le Mas de Chastelas is a celebrated and historic old mansion positioned on a low rise overlooking the neighboring vineyards just on the outskirts of St. Tropez in the Cote d'Azur. Over the last 50 years, it has played host to the intelligentsia of the literary world and stars of the cinema of both Europe and America. It was one of the first luxury hotels in the newly emerging mystic of St. Tropez.

lemon dessertToday, with new management, investment and a total remodeling, it has once again entering the club of luxury hotels on the peninsula with wonderful ambiance, peace and tranquility. It has also made its mark with its constantly changing and improving cuisine that rivals most other fine restaurants we have enjoyed.

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Michelin Starred Restaurant "L'Olivier”, La Bastide de Saint Tropez*****, St. Tropez - Open most of the year:

Restaurant L'OlivierA delightful small, intimate restaurant with modern cuisine that drips with the products Provence served either in the Victorian "conservatory" glass and girder dining room or in the shade of the ancient olive trees on the terrace outside. One of our favorite eateries in France.

With the arrival of Chef Philippe Colinet in 2014, the cuisine has reached new highs of skill and professionalism that drew the attention of the Michelin investigators and resulted in a Michen star just a couple of years ago. The dishes are at once simple and complex. This experienced chef brings to thedessert kitchens of l'Olivier a deft touch and creates both a visual appeal and feast for the senses. And recently, a new "cook by the pool" BBQ/Pizza open air kitchen has been opened for food during the day. (See video top right or visit the story page below)
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The hotel La Bastide de Saint-Tropez***** has been one of our favorite relaxing and private places to let down and relax for many years now under the capable and delightful hand of Director M. Fabien Delaffon.
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Recipe: This is a 14 minute step by step video showing how to prepare the recipe for a fabulous dish, great for summer, of “La Tomate Coeur de boeuf” by Chef Mathieu Hericotte of Restaurant Le Mas de Chastelas, Gassin, St. Tropez, France (see left). It is filled with the with the tastes of the south of France, simple ingredients and simple to look at but complex in its preparation. It is in French but there are English subtitles where necessary. For the recipe and more on this restaurant in this great five star hotel click here >>

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Michelin Starred chef Philippe Colinet and his team at La Bastide de St. Tropez (see left) prepare fabulous pizzas, salades, grilled vegetable dishes, fish and meat on the new pool side "open to the sun" kitchen using a wood fired pizza oven, "Plancha" and grill. Then you eat by the pool either as you lounge in your chaise or under shady umbrellas in comfy arm chairs and small sofas and watch the other guests at play in the extensive pool. You can also watch the chefs prepare you food if you like. For more on La Bastide de St. Tropez, the hotel and it's 3 restaurants, click here >>

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Honorable Mentioned:

"Restaurant La Calypso", Port Grimaud Sud.
We discovered this hidden gem out in a corner of "Port Grimaud" at the bottom of the "bag" of the Bay of St. Tropez, Var. It was just across the road and the small boat yard from our rental apartment in this private gated end of Port Grimaud. It is worth the walk if you want to park in the public parking and take the 10 minute appetitie creating walk through the little meandering streets and over the hump back canal bridges of this charming French "Venice".

The food is excellent, the view over the moored yachts lovely with the salt water ladened fresh air coming in through the plate glas windows, the sound of the gulls hovering over the port. It is far better than any other restaurant in this location that tend to the tourist trade. Like any restaurant where people have to both know about it and put in a little work to get there, it cannot rest on its laurels.

A husband and wife team run it; he in the kitchen and she racing around serving tables and managing the bar where local boat yard workers both enjoy a lunchtime beverage as well as a well deserved lunch rubbing shoulders with residents of the houses and visitors alike. A real local eatery and a great pleasure. We ate many meals here during out 2 week stay. The cuisine is very well prepared, very fresh ingredients, a little more 1990's that 2019's, which was very welcome. Both husband and wife were relaxed and friendly considering how rushed they had to be. Give it a try. But check for opening and closing when you call to book.
"La Calypso", 1 rue des Vailiers, 83310 Port Grimaud Sud (the first entrance past the bridge on the main road heading in the direction of St. Maximim), email. Site

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