Hotel Le Beauvallon, St Tropez
Where: Hotel Le Beauvallon
, Baie Ste Maxime, St Tropez
This summer, you'll be able to travel back in time to the golden age of
Riviera tourism when the Hotel Le Beauvallon
near St Tropez re-opens its
doors following an extensive refit. Its 57 rooms and suites, each with
private butler service, have been entirely redecorated, while the
stunning new 'sky floor' offers luxury suites and the added attraction
of a breathtaking view over the bay of Saint-Tropez.
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is a distinctly 21st century experience, but the refurbishment has been
done with such care and attention to historical detail that guests will
find themselves effortlessly drawn into the world of glamour that so
appealed to the Churchills, the Kennedys, and film stars such as Audrey
Hepburn and Albert Finney, who came here to film 'Two for the Road'.
Spa Garden has no fewer then seven suites, all ecologically constructed
and each with a private pool, while the 15 acres of grounds include
exotic Mediterranean gardens rolling down to the shore, and views across
the bay to Saint-Tropez and Pampelonne Beach, accessible by the
provided private shuttle boat.
In the original oak yard behind
the hotel, the new Eco Luxe Spa will open in 2011 with organic
treatments. Add to these facilities the new restaurant and Beach Club,
as well as exclusive access to Beauvallon Golf Club and Beauvallon
Tennis Club - and you can see that a stay at the Hotel Le Beauvallon is
really an immersion in the art of wellbeing.
Emile Bernheim could not have chosen a worse time to complete his pet
project, a splendid palace-style hotel at Beauvallon.
At the end of 1913, Europe was a heartbeat away from what would be the
most devastating war ever fought, but this patriotic Parisian
businessman did not let that a global conflict dissuade him. In a
spontaneous act of generosity, he handed the completed villa over to the
French Red Cross to use as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers.
The hotel would later reprise that role during the Second World War,
when it was occupied by Italian and German troops until the arrival of
the US army in August 1944.
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It was the thirties, the time of
'entre deux guerres', that made the hotel's name, when, as the Golf
Hotel, it played host to the then 'jet-set' which included, among
others, F Scott Fizgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and the novel that
was inspired by the Riviera, Tender is the Night
. Even though the
Beauvallon was not itself the model for Fitzgerald's 'Hotel des
Etrangers', it's still easy to conjure up some of the atmosphere of the
period while wandering in the shade of the mimosa and pine in the the
beautiful valley which gives its name to the hotel.
In 1997 the hotel was privately bought and is now a member of the luxury hotel group Preferred Hotels and Resorts
, a collection of more than 185 leading hotels and resorts in the world's most desirable locations.