This past weekend we were invited by some friends to say at their home in St Tropez, France. I’ve been a few times and always have had the most amazing time so when we were asked to join for the bank holiday weekend, I jumped at the chance. The family who we went with has children the same age as Mini-AG and Mini-AB, so it meant that they could play, and the parents could relax.
Keeping in mind that we spent a large part of time lounging by our friend’s pool, here are a few of my favourite things that we did, and that I would recommend to any AG visiting the chicest part of the Côte d’Azur.
The first thing I would say is, consider going in May! A month with two bank holidays and a half-term, May is a great time to visit St Tropez. The weather was amazing and while the restaurants and beaches were buzzing, it wasn’t super crowded like in the July/August months. That being said, it’s good to book your plane tickets early. Our flight to Nice was packed due to the Grand Prix being held the same time in Monaco.
Where We Lunched While Tanning
One of my best friends got married at this St Tropez Beach Club, so I have some very fun memories here. Perfect for families, the food is delicious (try the seafood linguini) and make sure you reserve your loungers on the beach right when you arrive. After a long lunch, the kids spent the afternoon building sandcastles while us parents were able to enjoy our afternoon rosé. There’s also a DJ playing great music, so it’s great for just a grown-ups day out as well as for families.
Probably one of the most, if not the most famous spots to lunch in St Tropez, if you haven’t been to 55, you have to go. If you’ve lived in London for a while you’ll probably bump into someone you know, especially if it’s the school holidays, as this is THE place to see and be seen. (Princess Beatrice was lunching at a table just behind us.) Although posh, Club 55 is super child-friendly as well, and our littles spent the afternoon running back and forth from the table to the beach. Order the credit to start and then the sea bass, and a house bottle of rosé. Before leaving, make sure you pick up a kaftkan from the boutique. Again, May is a great time to go because unless you are royalty, you probably won’t get a table or a lounger.
Where We Partied
I had one of the most fun nights on record at this new (only three years old) nightclub/restaurant/live show. Think girls dancing burlesque while eating the most delicious tuna sashimi. You can’t help but dance while you’re eating. Located directly on the harbour, the people watching is absolutely out of this world incredible. Book your table early as there are only two seatings, the later one starting at 10:30PM.
Where To Boat Watch
For a super family friendly brasserie overlooking the mega yachts, Senequier is a perfect spot. After walking along the harbour, doing a little shopping and checking out the boats, markets and old fisherman village we stopped here for a spot of lunch. The adults all had club sandwiches and the kids had fresh pasta. After lunching we strolled across the street for ice cream which we ate in the sunshine while the kids discussed what they would name their boats if they had one.
Where We Shopped
Place des Lices ‘Provencal’ Market
Every Saturday morning there’s a market in the main square in the town. Yes, this is mainly put on for tourists, but we used this opportunity to grab fresh burrata, olives, French bread and other snacks to have at the house. There are fair rides of the kids, and if you need a sun hat or a kafkan, you’ll find plenty here.
This was literally one of the most lovely weekends I’ve had in France, and we are already talking about making a May visit an Osborne Family Tradition.
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