This exquisite five star hotel is all about elegance and luxury and is dedicated to Jacques Cordier’s work.
In a display of discreet luxury and elegance, all of the guest rooms are unique and many of have a private terrace that offers sea and village views. There is a restaurant, a bar and a small but elegant lounge filled with wonderful paintings and artwork.
Hotel de La Ponche is the ideal place for following the season’s finest regattas such as the Giraglia Rolex, the coupe du Bailli de Suffren and the Voiles de Saint-Tropez.
The hotel is open from the April until early November.
Who should go...
Unpractical for disabled guests because of the fine streets and many stairs. Pets are allowed in the hotel but an extra fee may be applicable.
The hotel is entangled in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the village, five minutes from the port and the central square Place des Lices.
Guests have access to a small private beach.
The hotel's bar offers a convivial place for sharing goood moments and homemade cocktails. The bar offers a relaxing atmosphere set aside from Saint-Tropez’s hussle and bustle.
The genuine gastronomic dishes of the restaurant are served in an air-conditioned dining room or on the terrace providing stunning sea views. The faithful staff gives a personal and warm welcome which is much appreciated by the guests.
This hotel offers a private garage and valet service should you wish to bring your car.
- "What a beautiful hotel. Perfect position right in the centre of Saint Tropez but in a very peaceful location. From the moment we arrived, the staff were very friendly and efficient. We stayed in the top room with terrace which provided amazing views and provided a tranquil spot for sunbathing. Everything about this hotel is elegant." - Trip Advisor
- "Hotel La Ponche is an incredibly beautiful and out of the way property in St. Tropez. Unlike many of the hotels with more flash and noise, La Ponche remains a historical treasure in the area for those who are looking for the St. Trop of old. Romantic, artistic, authentic and simple. There are beautiful rooms for those looking for a quiet and beautiful outpost to explore the area, enjoy the town and the beaches." - Trip Advisor
Saint Tropez has been synonymous with glamour since sex siren Brigitte Bardot cavorted on its beach in a skimpy bikini, although this pretty fishing village had been luring artists with its pastel coloured buildings and mythical light long before that. For those wishing to go to Saint Tropez by public transport, it requires a bit of effort as it doesn't have a train station- take the train to Saint Raphael and transfer to a bus or ferry across the Gulf. For those driving (or sitting in a bus), be aware that the traffic going into Saint Tropez in high summer can be painful- the water taxi is possibly a better (and far prettier) way to arrive.
The food on offer in Saint Tropez ranges from the truly spectacular, to the spectacularly over-priced. But there are some wonderful restaurants to be found for all budgets, from the stratospheric but magnificent 3-Michelin starred Vague d'Or, to the local's seafood haunt in a shack by the beach, La Pesquiere. We've gone into detail about our favourite restaurants in our Saint Tropez restaurant guide.
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Head up the steep hill to the 16th century citadel, where there's a museum and beautiful views over the sea. (This is a lovely place for a picnic and enjoying the afternoon breeze.)There's also the House of Butterflies with thousands of butterflies on display, and the Annonciade museum, one of the longest established modern art galleries in France- you can see works here by Matisse, Bonnard and Signac among others.
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Things to Do Nearby
If you fancy some designer shopping, Saint Tropez has some seriously exclusive boutiques- or you can visit the lovely central square of Place des Lices and its charming market for a more low-key spend. Walk up to the church for some of the best sunset views or go for a coastal walk and enjoy the amazing natural heritage of the region. Or just pass the time in a cafe watching the locals play petanque in the square under the plane trees. For a day dripping in Riviera glamour you should really dress up and head to the Saint Tropez Polo Club- or head out on the water with the superyachts by chartering a boat for the day. Kids will adore the Azur Park at nearby Gassin, with a rollercoaster, ferris wheel and waterslides. Finally, water-sports enthusiast will find a second home on Pampelonne Beach- as well as those who like to make themselves comfortable on a deckchair with a magnum of champagne...
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Pampelonne Beach is one of the most famous stretches of sand on earth: 5kms of glamorous beach clubs and public beach, watersports and shallow clear water perfect for the kids to play in. See our beach guide for more details.
Also see: Beaches in Saint-Tropez, France
The Golf Club Saint Tropez is actually located in Gassin, and offers an 18 hole, par 71 course set in countryside of hills, forest, vineyards and sea. It is relatively exclusive and therefore avoids the crowds you often find at other Riviera golf clubs. There is a golfing academy, an executive 9 hole course with driving range, and a spa and restaurant in a spacious, elegant clubhouse reminiscent of a fine Provencal farmhouse. There's also the highly regarded Golfe de Beauvallon further along the coast.
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There are some of the finest clubs on earth in Saint Tropez (or at least their price tags will tell you so). When it’s time to get your dancing shoes on, there are three main options, all fairly guaranteed to provide a glimpse of celebrities, if you like that kind of thing. Caves du Roy has been considered the most prestigious club on the Cote d’Azur (and therefore the world) for over 40 years, while the VIP room is another notorious favourite with the jet set. La Bodega de Papagayo is the most lively and the easiest to gain entry to- although its clientele is still the young, the rich and the beautiful. There are also some great bars for people watching, as well as a low-key Irish pub- for full details see our St Tropez nightlife guide.
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Departure time is at midday.
Families are welcome in the hotel. All children under 2 years stay free of charge, all older children or adults are charged 100 Euros per person per night for extra beds.
Star Rating: 5 Star
Property Style: City Hotel | Hotel
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional
Bedrooms: 10+ bedroom
Bookings For: Concierge
Catering: Breakfast | Dinner | Lunch
Cleaning: Laundry Service
Access: Children welcome | Family rooms | Lift / Elevator | Pets welcome
Room: Air-conditioning | Balcony | Hair dryer | Safe / Secure box
Car-parking: Paid Parking | Valet Parking
Entertainment: Free WiFi | TV
Outdoor: Beach - On doorstep
View: Sea view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer
Address: 5 rue des remparts | Saint-Tropez | 83990