Setting the scene
High above the sea in the rolling hills of the French Riviera, La Reserve Ramatuelle is a glossy design hotel bathed in the scent of the lavender and pine which surrounds it. It's a haven of calm just outside St Tropez, with a clean, simple aesthetic and views stretching far into the distance. The interiors feature a calming neutral palette - and that, combined with the central spa, creates a lovely mellow vibe.
There are 9 rooms and 19 suites. The suites have more living space, and some have separate sleeping and living areas and additional bedrooms. La Reserve also has a selection of classic Provencal style four, five or six bedroom villas with living, kitchen and dining spaces as well as private heated pools set within pretty gardens; the interiors are the work of renowned interior designer Remi Tessier.
Chef Eric Canino whips up a storm at La Voile restaurant in the form of classic Provencal and Mediterranean dishes using the authentic flavours of the south. His creations are light as a feather, designed both to satisfy and to leave you feeling guilt-free.
The spa is one of the main reasons to stay at La Reserve. The latest advances in health, fitness and beauty are brought to you by expert therapists and trainers; you can select from a list as long as your arm featuring everything from anti-ageing therapies and massage to osteopathy and all-encompassing fitness programmes covering exercise, treatments and balanced cuisine. The light and breezy design is instantly refreshing, and you'll discover pools and a sauna in addition to calming treatment rooms and a fitness suite. There are lovely beaches just 2km from Ramatuelle, as well as plenty of excitement to be found in nearby St Tropez. The region is well known for art galleries, restaurants, historic sights and opportunities for sailing and walking. Just say the word, and the hotel staff will be glad to help.
La Reserve Ramatuelle has no children's club, and its spa resort feel gives it more of an adult atmosphere. Having said that, the private pool villas offer lovely spacious accommodation for families with older children or anyone happy to be left to their own devices.
The hotel is 10km from St Tropez. The closest airports are Toulon (one hour) and Nice (90 minutes).
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