This famous Saint-Tropez Palace has maintained this way of life to this very day, one which it shares with all of the countries that border the Mediterranean. Then there’s the tradition of golden summer holidays for off-duty celebs…
In what was a novelty at the time, Le Byblos was designed as if a Provençal hamlet, with colourful houses arranged in tiers around a main esplanade. It forms a real village square, presided over by a hundred-year-old olive tree from Lebanon. In the middle, the heated pool is always 28°C, and along with the solarium begs guests to laze at leisure. And for a sunny lunch, the terrace at Le B is highly recommended. “B” for Bardot, of course. The queen of Saint-Trop’ in the 1970s, and the hotel’s godmother.
Each of the 91 rooms, which include 50 suites, features a unique interior that combines antique and bespoke furnishings while also showcasing the lively colours of the Mediterranean. The cosiest? The Missoni suite, which the eponymous brand has infused with its inimitable Italian chic, with its citrus shades and zig-zag stitching. A cosy rainbow!
A Lebanese lounge imported brick by brick from a 16th century Beirut palace: just what you need to turn a beauty treatment into an episode from Arabian Nights! And the spa’s originality doesn’t end there. Guests who value their privacy can enjoy the private suite with its Jerusalem stone and wooden lattices. And to complete this immersion in the ancient beauty rituals of the Mediterranean shores, schedule a visit to the midnight blue and azure granite steam room. It’s an authentic Roman bath house!
In the Rivea at Byblos by Alain Ducasse, the interior conjures up images of the sun-kissed seaside in Provence, with an expansive terrace shaded by those iconic plane trees. And the menus draw inspiration from the French and Italian Rivieras, for fragrant cuisine that brings some sun to your taste buds!
An exact replica of the original L’Excelsior club in Beirut, Les Caves du Roy occupies a special place for the nightclubbing elite. Grace Jones and Elton John, Mick Jagger (he got married at Le Byblos in 1971) and Naomi Campbell, (almost) anyone who’s anyone has made it through a Saint-Tropez all-nighter. The interior was given a makeover in summer but the magic is still the same. It’s a night spot that you just can’t afford to miss.