Food and drink
Young chef Arnaud Donckele comes from Normandy – though you would never guess this by the way he creates inventive magic with the best of Mediterranean ingredients.
Influences from both the Far and Middle East are woven into the mix, so that Vietnamese-style ravioli, and lamb with savory, both find their ways onto the menus. But Provence, re-thought and re-worked, remains the starting point.
Lunch is served underneath the pines at the outdoor terrace restaurant called, with startling imagination, La Terrasse. It can be a simpler and slightly less expensive affair than dinner – though, here, economy is relative. The Vietnamese-style chicken ravioli costs €39 a serving, a hamburger €38 and grilled lamb chops a mildly alarming €63.
You will, though, consider that a snip when you show up for dinner to discover that the same sum buys you only the cheapest main course at the hotel’s Vague-d’Or restaurant. Then again, if you’re coming here for an evening meal and you’re worried about money, you’re in the wrong place.
Settle back in the splendid indoor dining room or, better still, on the terrace and marvel as Donckele does audacious things with chicken, lamb and lobster.
Elegant and, especially out on the terrace at evening-time, almost impossibly romantic. This is absolutely the spot to pop the question (as long as the question popped is not: “Would you mind paying your half of the bill?”)
You don’t gain two Michelin stars by being sloppy. Staff here are smart, expertly attentive and friendly.
Right on the beach, just off the main road into St Tropez.
Lunchtime main courses start at €48 – though snackier items, like those €38 hamburgers, may be a touch cheaper. At dinner, there’s a three-course menu at €95 (available Sunday-Thursday) and four courses at €135. A la carte mains start at €62.
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions