Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Hugh Jackman, Beyonce
Reason to Stay
Alain Ducasse eatery, Sisley Spa, Nightclub, Private Care
A summer stay in St. Tropez isn't just a tradition but a right of passage. Since 1967 the Byblos Hotel has been luring pop stars, everyday billionaires and travel elite in search of that quintessential St. Tropezienne experience of Louis Vuitton shopping-sprees, champagne showers and 5am departures from the Les Caves du Roy. The hotel is located within the inner village, walking distance to the port and shops even for those in mile-high stilettos. There is a buzz about the Byblos that begins at the valet. Stylish French travelers arrive in fluffy white linen, sparkly sandals and chunky Rolexes making their entrance down the stone staircase leading to the main lobby. Cobbled-tile floors and pastel stucco walls surround a relaxed reception of oriental rugs, plasma-screen TVs and local antiques collected by the Chevanne-family over the hotel's 50-year history. While summer in St. Tropez means a daytime exodus to the area beach clubs, many guests prefer to stay at the recently renovated poolside in the main courtyard of the hotel. Substantial rattan loungers and sunbeds are arranged around a free-form pool with tanning platform encrusted with a mosaic of the Byblos logo. Byblos is also home to two great eateries including Rivea, an Alain Ducasse restaurant designed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel who also designed the Bulgari Hotel London. The restaurant is an indoor-outdoor space with architectural winter garden and retro charm of striped fabrics and local wares. Additionally B. Restaurant offers a locally sourced menu of seasonal French specialties in a lively setting adjacent to the pool and outdoor lounge. Les Caves du Roy is the in-house nightclub of the Byblos, a modern-day interpretation of Studio 54 with a coveted VIP area and neon-lit dance floor fueled by magnums of Cristal and mixes by DJ JackE.
If arriving in July or August you’ll be thankful for any room you can get, 95 in all arranged around the signature inner courtyard modeled after a Mediterranean village. The Byblos is a sexy meeting of old and new and nowhere is that meeting more evident than in the guest rooms. Accessed by heavy limed doors, dramatic rafted ceilings contain hand-sewn carpeting with small settee sofas and Chippendale chairs cast in Tiffany blue and pale yellow. Closets are built for long summer stays with wooden drawers and plenty of space for trunk-size packers. Bathrooms are lined in royal blue tiles with double basin sinks adorned with collection of toiletries wrapped in his and her mini-beach bags. Speedy Wifi is free of charge and humbles the service of most American carriers. No detail is left to chance, mini-bars are a collection of one-off gourmet goodies, bottles of premium champagne and high-end Sisley cosmetics including an after-sun skin serum. Rich people are not patient. On-demand room service equates to a morning espresso or evening bottle of Rose in less than five minutes - evidence of a tight operation that is rigorously tested by one of the most demanding clientele in the hospitality business.
Hip Clientele Celebrity Scene Michelin-rated Eatery,
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