St Tropez became internationally famous in the 1960s, after the success of Roger Vadim’s cult film And God Created Woman with stunning Brigitte Bardot. Even though St Tropez attracted painters, writers and actors like Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn and Greta Garbo, the coming of Brigitte Bardott was the magical touch that rapidly transformed little fishing village into an exclusive destination for the jet setters and famous artists around the globe. Seduced by the sunshine and scenery of palms and maritime pine trees and shades of emerald green to dark blue sea, we chose Villa Belrose as our haven in this famed destination.
Villa Belrose is set in the sun kissed hills of Gassin, a few minutes drive from the center of St Tropez and 8 km from iconic Pampelonne Beach. There are many villas in Gassin, all built in a Mediterranean style with swimming pools and surrounded by palms, but Villa Belrose is one of the most elegant and definitely the most beautiful. It is ideal place for the romantic weekend or the escape from the hectic realities of everyday life.
Exterior view of the Althoff Hotel Villa Belrose
We were charmed by its exterior, inspired by a Florence villa, as much as the interior. Welcomed by very pleasant and professional staff with the glass of champagne, we decided to sit by the pool for awhile and enjoy the magnificent view of the Bay of St Tropez. We were simply blown away by the surroundings. At that same moment we understood why St Tropez is the most fashionable place in the French Riviera and why Brigitte Bardot still owns two houses in it.
Villa Belrose has luxurious design, with warm touches of beige walls and wooden panels in corridors. The 40 rooms and suites are newly decorated in a soft contemporary style. All rooms are the epitome of luxury, spacious and furnished with stylish furniture and all amenities, including fine marble bathrooms and private terraces from which guests can enjoy a spectacular view of the bay or the garden of the hotel. We stayed at the deluxe room with a sea view.
Prestige Deluxe room with a sea view
During the day we enjoyed the 200sqm heated swimming pool, the largest on the peninsula. Its turquoise blue water and the indigo sunshades are in perfect harmony with the colors of the Bay. There is also a chic spa and a well-equipped gym that has the same spectacular view of the sea. Around the pool is set restaurant Le Petit Belrose. Every morning we had breakfast at the restaurant’s terrace that overlooks the bay of St Tropez. It is an oasis of tranquility, but because of its beauty often serves as a perfect setting for parties and society events.
Restaurant Le Petit Belrose
As it happens, many of the top places to stay are also the best places to dine. We suggest making it to the hotel’s restaurant Le Belrose at least once or twice, to experience Chef Pietro Volontè’s impressive Mediterranean cuisine, shaped by Italian influences. He received a Michelin star earlier this year and his specialties include Risotto Pietro Volontè, served in a parmesan wheel. We couldn’t resist trying our favorite pastas Carbonara and alla Genovese that were equally delicious. The restaurant is proud to offer the largest wine list in the region featuring over 500 exclusively French wines. Le Belrose also complements the sea views from its terrace.
Restaurant Le Belrose
During the second day of our stay we went to explore the city. We decided to take a walk from the hotel and enjoy the wonderful nature of Gassin and magical villas. St Tropez has nature and modernity. As fashionable destination as it is, St Tropez is also the home of the most prestigious fashion brands starting from Armani, Chanel, Dior, Roberto Cavalli, to Louis Vuitton and Hermès. A real Mecca for all fashionistas!
Bay view at the Althoff Hotel Villa Belrose
Since the opening in 1997, many guests have been attracted by the discreet luxury of the Villa Belrose as well as by the extreme devotion of its General Manager, Mr. Robert-Jan van Straaten, who personally welcomed us. In this fairytale hotel, a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, whether you are taken by the majestic view or the luxurious service answering all your wishes, your visit will be a unique experience. Hotel Villa Belrose was an excellent choice and we dream everyday of returning!
Address: Boulevard des Crêtes, 83580 Gassin, France
Phone:+33 4 94 55 97 97
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