For me, this is the nicest little hotel in Saint Tropez. An 18th Century house turned boutique hotel, Le Yaca is located in Saint Tropez’s enchanting historic old town, with private shuttles arranged down to the beach every day.
The hotel is beautifully run and very family-oriented – the ultimate hideaway close to the action of one of the most glamorous destinations on the French Riviera. Composed of an idyllic old-stone building, peaceful central courtyard filled with flowers and a large swimming pool surrounded by iron chairs and tables, the hotel just feels really cute and tranquil. 34 beautifully appointed bedrooms (simple but gorgeous), were entirely renovated in 2017, all featuring stunning luxury furnishing to ensure the utmost comfort. Black and white marble bathrooms, Rubelli fabrics, Frette linens, Hermes cushions and classical hanging lanterns all add to the hotel’s elegant ambience. Some of the larger suites feature private terraces and sea views – ask our team which room to book.
Le Yaca’s Italian Restaurant, Le Patio, serves spectacular cuisine either indoors or by the pool in the most picturesque setting. Large parasols provide shade over tables dressed pristinely with white table clothes, dotted around the hotel’s garden amongst palm trees, cactuses and fig trees, with the sunlight shimmering on the outdoor pool. The atmosphere is both relaxed and exclusive. Guests can expect traditional Sicilian dishes with grilled local seafood and fresh seasonal produce.
It’s great being located at the foot of the citadel as you can explore the prettiest parts of town really easily, but you’re still close to the sea. There’s a real village feel here and it’s much more laid-back, with characterful winding alleys to amble along, 15th century houses with colourful facades and enchanting little chapels. During the day, head over using the hotel’s shuttle service, to the beaches at La Ponche or Pampelonne. The best restaurant is still the star-studded Club 55, promising a lively atmosphere, plenty of people watching and superb food and wine. One evening have dinner at La Forge in Ramatuelle, run by charming Paolo and Francesca – the food is fantastic. Saint Tropez is known for its stylish port, which you can wander down, taking in all the incredible yachts moored up and watching the world go by. We arrange boat trips to explore the rocky coastline, crystal-clear waters and natural coves, stopping to relax on white-sand beaches or for a leisurely seafood lunch. Saint Tropez is famed for its fantastic shopping, with all the big names in fashion and some gorgeous high-end boutiques lining the promenade.
Le Yaca has quite an extraordinary history - in the early 1900’s, Philippe Tallien, former dancer at the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, bought Le Yaca and transformed it from a private home into an elegant hotel (the same family still runs it today). Streams of A-listers have summered at Le Yaca since the early days, including Orson Wells, Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo and Prince Ali Khan. Le Yaca is still a sought-after home from home for fashion designers, actors and artists, travelling from all over the world to enjoy its notable charm, discretion and luxury service.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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