Pan Deï Palais, St. Tropez
Tel: 33 4 94 17 71 71
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
With only 12 rooms in an apricot-painted villa in the heart of town, the Pan Deï Palais feels like an intimate guesthouse that channels the gently bohemian, carefree St-Tropez of the early sixties. In a break from the decorative idioms of the south of France—Souleiado prints and painted furniture—rooms are done up in refreshing white cottons with imported Indian furniture, including four-poster beds with bright silk shawls. Stone Buddhas and Hindu carvings, and wooden screens in the lobby, lounge, and garden amplify the Subcontinental theme and suggest a sense of serenity. The scene by the pool in the banana tree–accented garden out back is similarly dreamy, which suits the clientele of stylish couples and singles—this isn't a family hotel. After breakfast, served alfresco (weather permitting), most guests spend the day reading on the poolside wicker loungers, maybe drifting out for lunch and returning later for a swim.2007 Hot List
When to go: St-Tropez connoisseurs love May and September.
Which room to book: A suite or a Chambre Prestige with a pool view.