Design is the Destination: Pastis Hotel, St Tropez

Pastis Hotel, St Tropez

Let me make this review super-quick for you: Pastis Hotel is one of the most beautiful boutique hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Its highlights are many, but the gorgeous art, stunning interior design and fabulous courtyard pool top the list, and in a town where luxury is in plentiful supply, I really wouldn’t stay anywhere else.


A five-minute hop, skip and a jump outside St Tropez’s town square


Interior design and art collection: John and Pauline Larkin



I Heart Art

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Stylish photography, iconic prints and fabulous African art pieces don’t so much dot the walls at Pastis as cover every inch. I found myself making the extra trek from the pool to the bathroom inside rather than the more convenient one, two paces away, just so I could take another look at the black and white photography displayed on its walls more than once. The lobby and bar are more gallery than check-in space, and if you leave without a few tips on where to expand your own collection at home, then you’ve clearly been speaking to the wrong people.

Modern Provence

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Everyone knows the typical, traditional Provençal look: white linen, piles of lavender, wood slatted shutters and more than likely a stripped pale wood floor. Pastis has all this (bar the lavender; at least when we visited), but has brought it bang up to date with sleek modern four-poster beds, modern loungers and desk chairs, cool leather daybeds and a chic, zinc-topped bar and stools. In St Tropez, where so often it’s all about the glitz and glamour, Pastis veers instead in the direction of chic and luxurious to gorgeous effect.

Detailed Detail

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Flowers arranged just so, books left resting just so, cushions positioned just so. Interior design is so often about the little details, and Pastis Hotel gets it, well, just so. We loved the little touches as much as the big ones. There are quirky accents too: a large copper bath tub in one bedroom, the stripy changing tent next to the pool, and retro fans in every room – so much chicer than a/c (don’t panic: they have that, too).


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