Villa Marie Saint Tropez review

France Hotels
  • 45 rooms
  • From 354 Euros

 

We stayed at Villa Marie Saint Tropez a few years back. I do want to record our trips on this blog and I thought our experience could be of use to you, even if it’s not the most recent.

Villa Marie Saint Tropez is actually between Ramatuelle and Saint Tropez

Location: 4.5/5

Villa Marie is set a short distance from St Tropez, making it a relaxing escape from the centre but also close enough from the village and beaches to enjoy all that they offer.

We stayed before in the lovely Pastis hotel, which was just a 15′ walk from the center of the village but really appreciated the high position of Villa Marie.

They offer a free shuttle to the village and the beach which, given the traffic in summer and the difficulty for parking, is really a good benefit.

Set within a pine forest packed with evergreens, palms and ponds, the hotel overlooks the Route des Plages, with the rooms and suites on offer giving you either a view of the bay or the forest, adding to the calming stay that Villa Marie promotes. 

Villa Marie Saint Tropez review

Classic French Riviera style

Style: 4/5

The hotel really does epitomise the classic Riviera style, with bohemian touches at every turn.  The communal areas are a mixture of wood and natural materials, with plush cushions and drapes so you feel you can relax here.

The rooms and suites follow the bohemian theme, with muted colours and lush fabrics.  Some of the rooms feature a ‘boudoir-style’ bathroom, while others are separate, with all of them styled with the hotel’s signature claw-foot bathtub.  

Our room was quite beige and brown so none of the vibrant colours you could find elsewhere. I quite liked it at the time but wonder if I would find it too bland now.

Pool, or beach side? A video tour of the swimming pool at Villa Marie

Activities: 3/5

Villa Marie has a fabulous outdoor heated celadon pool, surrounded by natural rocks (great for the kids).  This is set within the gardens, which is a feature within itself and lets you enjoy the sea views from your sun lounger. For the fitness lovers, you could enjoy an early morning swim, or maybe do a workout in the hotel’s fitness room.

If you like a bit of indulgence, there is an on-site spa where you can treat yourself to one of the treatments on offer, with products provided by Pure Altitude Spa.

The hotel provides a shuttle service to St Tropez and the famous beaches of Pampelonne, so you can still enjoy the unique experience of the village and all it has to offer.  There is a concierge service at Villa Marie, that can organise anything for you, such as a round of golf, boat trip or bike ride. We certainly took advantage of it and they booked us some front row loungers at the famous Club 55 (see our itinerary)!

Villa Marie Saint Tropez offers sophisticated food, maybe too sophisticated actually.

Food: 3/5

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Villa Marie, all of which are set within the picturesque grounds but can also be enjoyed as room service if you prefer.  

Breakfast is served in the inner courtyard and offers a great variety of fresh food, catering for all tastes whether you prefer a healthy or gourmet start to the day, such as fresh fruit, as well as pancakes, waffles and eggs cooked to your preference.

It was really peaceful to sit there and to hear the murmur of the fountain.

At lunch you can eat overlooking the pool with the sea view in the distance.  The food on offer is light and fresh and very colourful, with a good selection of entrees and mains and their popular Villa Marie-style fruit melba for dessert. 

Villa Marie Saint Tropez review

Dinner is served in the restaurant where the menu uses fresh Mediterranean ingredients, and features fresh catches of the day and seasonal vegetables.  The plates are certainly colourful and there is plenty to choose from.  The children are looked after too with their own menu if needed.

Throughout the day and evening you can also visit the hotel bar, which overlooks the pool and has a distinct beach vibe where you can enjoy a cocktail or coffee whatever your tipple of choice.

However, there was not enough of a more relaxed option for food in the evening:: either room service or the same menu we had at lunch time would have been great. I guess people on the Riviera go out to all the restaurants in the region but if you’re here with a little one, it’s not something you can do every night so it would be good to have an easy option for those who stay.

Families are very welcome at Villa Marie

For Families: 4.5/5

The hotel is very child friendly and popular with families.  The rooms and suites can easily accommodate children, and the balcony’s feel very safe.

The restaurant caters for all the family, and children will be looked after.  The pool is a great attraction for the kids, and they can play in the surrounding gardens and discover the hidden springs and terraces that are dotted about.

Villa Marie Saint Tropez review- overall verdict

What we liked

  • We found Villa Marie Hotel to be a great little haven, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of St Tropez and set amongst a pine forest, but which could also be reached easily with the hotel’s dedicated shuttle to the centre.
  • The hotel was very child friendly – they had a kids menu and the heated outdoor pool was surrounded by rocks which the children loved jumping from into the water, or exploring the pine forest.  Our daughter’s needs were always accommodated, which is a big plus for families.
  • Our room had a lovely small balcony (again child friendly), with fantastic views of the bay, and with a lovely soft bed this led to a very peaceful night’s sleep.
  • Our mornings were greeted with a wonderful breakfast, which offered a big selection depending on what you fancy and seemed to cater for different dietary requirements.

What we didn’t like

  • Our initial experience was slightly faulted due to the fact the hotel is so hard to find!  My advice would be to not trust Google or Google Maps as you may have the same experience.
  • Within the room, the window was quite small which made the lighting in the room not as good as it could have been.  Our room also had an open bathroom – which although this was no issue for us, could possibly be a turn off for some visitors.
  • If you wanted room service, then this came from the restaurant, so did not have the casual feel that we prefer.  Another point to note with the restaurant, is that we did feel it was expensive for what was on offer, although they did serve up in beautiful coloured plates.

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