A once fashionable meeting place for the international jetset in St. Tropez has been given a new lease on life, thanks to a dramatic makeover by acclaimed designer Sybille de Margerie (responsible for the lovely look of the guest rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Paris). From its glam heyday in the 1960s and 70s when it welcomed movie stars and musicians, Hôtel de Paris was shuttered in 1992. After two years of non-stop renovations, the legendary hideaway is back on the French Riviera scene. Hôtel de Paris is gearing up for a March 23, 2013 opening.
Outfitted with all the latest technology and designer furnishings, the 52 rooms and 38 suites are a feast of color- with a rainbow of hues accenting the walls, curtains, and fabrics. Top digs: The Presidential Suite with its private terrace offering views over the Saint Tropez harbor.
One of the absolute highlights (and there are many!) is the pool with a transparent glass bottom- suspended over the lobby so that bathers are visible from below. There’s also a “My Blend by Clarins” Spa and a fitness center with all the latest Kinesis and Technogym equipment. Michelin-starred chef Georges Blanc is at the helm of the gastronomic restaurant, Le Suffren Café by Georges, while cocktail aficionados will find their bliss at the Atrium Bar and happening rooftop lounge. For more information, visit www.hoteldeparis-sainttropez.com.