St Tropez highlights
A few things to note...
Something to be aware of before planning a trip to St Tropez is that it is INSANELY expensive. I’m talking 8 euros for a cup of coffee and 25 + euros for a caprese salad. And that’s pretty much across the board here. We often found ourselves sharing a main dish (which was usually plenty) and filling up on the delicious *complimentary* french bread and olive oil… But hey, at least that meant we had room for dessert!
Also, St Tropez is not an easily accessible location. From Nice airport to St Tropez is 1.5 to 3 hours drive, depending on traffic (and transfers are not cheap). Another option is to fly into Hyères and then there is a bus that takes you from the airport to the port of St Tropez. It takes about 1.5 hours and costs 3 euros per person. The difficulty, however, is that flights into Hyères are not as frequent.
Where to eat
This was our favourite meal of the trip. We had the Japanese style brown rice bowl with marinated organic sashimi salmon, avocado, wakame and a side of wasabi and sesame soy dressing. You can tell they use the finest quality ingredients just from looking at the produce, earning them a michelin star.
Aside from the fantastic food, it is also the most idyllic location on the sand of Les Graniers beach. We recommend booking a beach chair for the afternoon to soak up the sunshine, enjoy the delicious cocktails and take a dip in the crystal clear water.
The Dior restaurant/hotel is absolutely stunning. Definitely worth a visit just to soak up the atmosphere. I must say though, the food here is even more outrageously priced… I’m talking 28 euros (each) for a *single* zucchini filled with olive tapenade (the only vegetarian option on the menu). Nonetheless it was a very enjoyable experience.
Located right on the Port, Amorino ice cream is not to be missed. They have a great selection of organic sorbets and ice creams, and they use all natural ingredients. I can never go past the classic combo of hazelnut and dark chocolate sorbet.
After our 3 days in St Tropez, we continued our travels to Provence which included a delightful stay in the old town of Hyères. The bus takes you directly from St Tropez to Hyères airport (not far from the town), takes about 1 1/2 hours and costs 3 euros per person. It is also a very enjoyable journey, passing through the beautiful French countryside and seaside resorts.
We stayed in a charming guest house called Castel Pierre Lisse which was well located (5 minutes walk to the old town) and had a very homely feel. We highly recommend staying here!
For dinner we went to the number 1 rated (michelin) restaurant in Hyères called Carte Blanche. The rating meant we went in with high expectations and can confidently say that both the food and the service lived up to its reputation. The menu is small with only 3 entrées and 3 mains (the menu changes regularly) but you can guarantee whatever you order will be good. We were craving something fresh and light so had steamed fish with vegetables, finished by a not so light yet ultra delicious chocolate fondant… As we always say, we are all about balance!
We hope these tips will be useful for anyone planning a trip to the South of France. Feel free to leave any additional suggestions in the comments!