No need to go to the Cote d’Azur if you prefer to pamper yourselves to the full. You can do this by knowing where to stay, what to do, and where to dine right here in the Var. Whether it’s bathing in a bath full of dark red rose petals “a-la-American Beauty” or just sip Cristal champagne alongside the bling-bling crowd in St Tropez, Provence Living recommends the following for those of you seeking the 5-star treatment:
Places to stay:
Chateau de Berne: https://www.facebook.com/Chateau.de.Berne?fref=ts
In Lorgues. This is the Var’s first 5 star hotel, has a terrific spa and a Michelin starred restaurant, L’Orangerie.
You can also read some articles about it, by Susana, here: http://www.fr2day.com/search/node/chateau%20de%20berne
Les Gorges de Pennafort
Fancy bed and breakfast, a Michelin starred restaurant (Philip da Silva, chef), and beautiful surroundings.
At Chez Bruno, in Lorgues, truffels are the theme. They also have a lovely bastide for guests to stay in and stunning swimming pool, recently renovated
Bastide de Moustiers
Another Alain Ducasse managed restaurant and Auberge in the beautiful Moustiers-St-Marie. Touristy but gobsmackingly beautiful place. And if you want to see photos of Moustiers St Marie, go to Provence Living’s recent album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.279848058817137.1073741893.181350728666871&type=3
Terre Blanche Spa and Resort
In Fayence, this used to be the Four Seasons and still has a Michelin starred restaurant to boast. There is also a golf course (the Terre Blanche golf course) and one of the biggest spas in the region. See also: http://www.terre-blanche.com/golf/index.html
About their chef, Franck Ferrigutti, trained under Paul Bocuse: http://www.terre-blanche.com/restaurants/chef-et-son-equipe.html
Hostellerie Abbaye de la Celle
Alain-Ducasse managed mini-hotel has gorgeous rooms and pool and an amazing gastronomic restaurant not far from Brignoles in the village of La Celle.
Restaurants (without inns)
Restaurant, in Lorgues, listed in the Michelin guide with excellent food and good service. The pastry chef here won an award a few years back as one of the top in all of France!
In Draguignan, this restaurant recently scored its first Michelin star. The excellent service here is just the icing on the cake to the savory delights created by chef Benjamin Collombat.
The beach restaurants in St Tropez (Pamplonne) – there are many to choose from but most are pretty bling-bling. Tahiti Plage likes their skinny models to pose in their boutique’s latest offerings of beautiful clothing and shiny jewelry, you’ll likely see a celebrity or two at Club 55, enjoy a more quite but classy experience at Key West Beach, and the list goes on… Check out French Dream Vacations for a great list of restaurants and things to do in St Tropez: http://www.frenchdreamvacations.com/st-tropez/what-to-do/st-tropez-beaches/
See also Provence Living’s photos of Key West Beach on Pamplonne: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.268082833326993.1073741857.181350728666871&type=3
RENT A BOAT, CRUISER OR YACHT:
There are plenty of choices if you go to Boat Bookings! See: www.boatbookings.com
A great idea is to take a boat trip from Cannes Bay to St Tropez or from La Napoule to the Isles des Lerins.
Planning a wedding in FULL STYLE? Why not choose one of the hotels or beach restaurants above, or if you really want to do something full-on-fairy-tale like, ask the Swiss couple who own Chateau Robernier to give you a quote for up to 20 guests to rent their stunning chateau, just next to Cotignac (the last I heard it was 9,000 euros to rent the place for a party evening and one night’s stay included for your guests). See Susana’s article about this chateau on: http://www.fr2day.com/style/chateau-de-robernier-%E2%80%93-the-fairytale-castle-of-provence Or go to their website: http://www.chateauderobernier.com/