Original title : Ramatuelle
Ramatuelle—located next to Saint-Tropez on the Côte d’Azur in France—is an area that I am particularly fond of, and not surprising, given the captivating blue waters of the Riviera. It is a veritable piece of paradise!
Sunbathers are sure to love the legendary Plage de Pampelonne, which extends over nearly five kilometres and has many small creeks. A favourite of the jet set since the 1950s, this famous beach has had a recent facelift; in 2019, it will welcome new beach clubs, including that of Hotel La Réserve, which will compete with the revered Club 55.
The lighthouse on Cap Camarat, Île aux Oiseaux, Château Volterra, Roche Escudelier and Cap Taillat are just some of the area’s secret treasures.
La Réserve Ramatuelle is one of the most beautiful hotels that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting, offering splendid interiors in a simply enchanting setting, with incredible views of the Mediterranean. Whether you stay in one their guest rooms, suites or a villa, the experience is pure luxury.
The hotel also offers irresistible treatments and personalized programs, including a mind and body stay with private coach and low-calorie gourmet menus. The staff know how to accommodate guests’ every need and desire, with the greatest discretion. The restaurant, La Voile, adds to the sensual pleasures with its divine menu, previously featured in Epicurean. It is no surprise that the late Karl Lagerfeld loved his stays at the villas of La Réserve.
Known for its rosé wines, the Ramatuelle region offers wonderful wine tours in and around the area. I suggest a visit to Régine Sumeire at Château Barbeyrolles, which created the first pale rosé in Provence—the celebrated Pétale de Rose—a favourite of Quebecers. The vineyard is located in the village of Gassin, a short drive away. You might also enjoy exploring Château Volterra, which is owned by a group of Canadian investors. Although it produces more modest wines, this vineyard offers breathtaking views.
Over the years, it is always a pleasure to return to the Côte d’Azur and explore the villages along the coast. An annual fall event that is worth a visit is the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, usually held in late September and early October. Yachts of all kinds compete in this long-running sailing regatta—a magical occasion that will most certainly grace our pages in future!