Pan Deï Palais

52 rue Gambetta, St-tropez, France, 83990

Price from: £161

Pan Deï Palais - lounge

By Anthony Peregrine, your St-Tropez expert

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expert-rated hotels in St-Tropez
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
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Bedrooms:
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Eating/drinking:
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Public areas:
4.8
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Leisure facilities:
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Value for money:
4.6
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Recommended for:
Couples, Families with younger children, Foodies, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Sightseeing

Expert review of Pan Deï Palais

Slip into the luxury embrace of an Indian princess ...

Here’s a fragrant little wonderland, and no mistake. Take a fine Provençal town-house in the middle of St Tropez, infuse it with Oriental style and classic Indian taste, throw rose petals across the pool – and you have a spot well worthy of its own story.

This started in the early 19th-century when French general Jean-François Allard left France for India, to enter the service of a Punjabi king. He formed and trained a 10,000-strong local army – essentially, it seems, to fight the British. He also fell for a real Indian princess, Pan Deï. They married, she bore him five children and the family eventually returned to Allard’s home, St Tropez, that the kids might have a French education.

Allard built the family mansion on what was then the poshest street in town. Now romance has returned to the grand old house thanks to a renovation which (forgive the effusiveness) must be an object lesson in how to do things properly.

Kama-sutra

The reception, lounge and library come on like the home of a rich colonial dignitary who (like Allard) actually appreciated Indian culture, its wood-carvings and deities, portraits, sculptures and Kama-Sutra colours. Comfort is both deep and exotic. A light feeling of cultivated well-being enfolds you, and that’s before you’ve got to the unsuspected gardens.

There, one may idle from petal-strewn pool to loungers to thatched gazebos with mattresses, which the hotel terms “honeymoon beds”. (Be advised, though, that any honeymoon activity will be in full view of everyone else in the garden.) Beyond is a clubby bar which really requires a drinks-wallah or two.

Beach breakfast

Back in the main house, rooms would suit the most exacting memsahib. Dark woods, oriental antiques and treasures mix very easily with inlaid furniture, many-coloured cushions and settees, and more sophisticated plumbing than our memsahib might know what to do with. There’s a suspicion of wood-polish and mild herbs in the air. These really are among the loveliest sleeping arrangements in St Tropez.

There’s a sumptuous little restaurant, the inevitable spa and yet a feeling of family informality withal. You may, for instance, lunch whenever you want, and take breakfast on the nearby beach. As you do so, you might think of Princess Pan Deï. Her husband, the general, was recalled to India – where he was killed. She refused to believe he was dead and so, until her own death, daily walked the St Tropez port, awaiting his return. Shed a tear, and pass the croissants.

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Location: 

   The Pan Deï rises discreetly down a side-street just off the main Place des Lices.                                                                   

Bedrooms: 

The Pan Deï's rooms would suit the most exacting memsahib. Dark woods, oriental antiques and treasures mix very easily with inlaid furniture, many-coloured cushions and settees, and more sophsticated bathroom arrangements than our memsahib might know what to do with. There's a suspicion of wood polish and mild herbs in the air. These really are among the loveliest sleeping arrangements in St Tropez.

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Service: 

  Splendid, as befits a five-star.                                                                                

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Who stays there: 

Anyone with sufficient money and taste.

More information on Pan Deï Palais:

Price from:
£161
Type:
Hotel
Address:
52 rue Gambetta, St-tropez, France, 83990
Free tags / Keywords:
Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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