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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

restaurants

Colours

This restaurant is set in a tranquil and romantic garden tucked away behind Place des Lices, the main town square. The décor is awash with - you guessed it - strong colours, mostly royal purple and energetic green, and the ambience is alfresco chic. House specialties include grilled meat and fresh fish from the wood fire oven.

 View Map ... 3 rue du Temple, St. Tropez, France
Kai Largo

Kai Largo, part of the Nioulargo beach club complex, is an Indochinese pavilion with sumptuous Asian food. After a morning of indulgent sunbaking, continue the theme of indulgence at lunch by ordering a sushi “boat” followed by chocolate spring rolls. The adjoining Nioulargo restaurant serves Italian dishes, but for a casual, beachside lunch only steps from the water, our favourite is the Asian-style Kai Largo.

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Le Grand Joseph

Set back from the port giving it more of a local dining feel, this high end brasserie has a gracious dining room with gleaming leather furnishings and white tablecloths. Start your evening on the terrace with an aperitif or get friendly with the Maître de to secure one of the prime window tables overlooking the buzzing street. The cuisine is adventurous-French and you may even see diners dancing on the tables after midnight.

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 View Map ... 1 Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, St. Tropez, France
Les Palmiers

Le Palmiers is one of the newest and hottest foodie beach clubs on St Tropez’s Pampelonne Beach, a short walk from the debauchery of Nikki Beach. This classy all-white oasis has all the requisite beach club staples – double sunlounges, a trendy bar, fabulous fashion and a sensational restaurant focussing on fresh seafood and modern Provincial dishes. Les Palmiers is a refreshing scene on a busy beach club strip.

 View Map ... Route de l'Epi, Ramatuelle, St Tropez, France
Spoon

It could be easy to rest on the success of its global-spanning restaurant affiliation, or even the achievements of its great chef Alain Ducasse, but Spoon in St Tropez creates its own flair at the edge of the Byblos Hotel. The cuisine begs you to taste the world’s cuisine by taking a spoonful of this and a spoonful of that. Such fusion draws inspiration from the imaginative food of Catalonia, Andalucia, Italy and Morocco and also offers a sizeable wine list with over 300 wines. The décor is painfully fashionable opening onto a circular bar of blue tinted glass, and with an in-house DJ, it is the ideal pit stop before a night out at Les Caves du Roy.

 View Map ... Hôtel Byblos, Avenue du Maréchal Foch, St. Tropez, France

what we think

It may be a playground for the rich and richer but you don’t have to have a yacht to feel like a V.I.P here. Spend the days soaking up the buzzing atmosphere at one of the many fabulous beach clubs … relaxing in the sunshine on a beach lounge, relishing the perfect taste of a bottle of Provincial rose over a late lunch and dancing to the DJ’s tunes in the afternoon. Wander through the cobble-stone streets in the early evening discovering the designer boutiques and take a front seat at one of the port-side bars for an aperitif and some people-watching. The fun continues into the night with dinner eaten at midnight, followed by a stint at one of the classy nightclubs, or simply a delicious crepe from a street-side stall to accompany you while you walk back to your hotel. Try to get some rest overnight before you start all over again in the morning.