Ah, St Tropez… that oh-so-chic pocket of the Côte D’Azur where celebs and playboys gather for opulent yacht parties and Michelin star cuisine. Not to mention Pampelonne beach with its white sands and warm blue waters. This seaside town certainly has a reputation for high living, but in case you didn’t know – the mega yachts in the marina are moored alongside local fishing boats, and the town is full of winding medieval streets, pastel-painted cottages, boutiques and restaurants.
As we see it, a luxury holiday villa in the St Tropez doesn’t need to break the bank. In fact, the region has loads to offer that won’t make your wallet cringe. For inspiration, we’ve rounded up our favourite budget-friendly villas, all within an hour of St Tropez. These properties are in great locations for enjoying the best of both sides in this region of France – both the quaint village life and the glamour of the city. If you’d like even more insight into both action-packed or restful getaways the French Riviera, have a look at our travel guide for ideas.
1. Maison Bleu
Sleeps: 8 guests
Price from: £71 per person per night
Maison Bleu is a peacefully secluded property located thirty minutes away from the buzzing downtown of St Tropez, just outside the medieval mountain village of La Garde-Freinet. This quaint town is an old-fashioned gem with great restaurants and local galleries around the village square. From the villa itself, you’ll be able to take in the breathtaking views over the rolling hills of southern France and watch the sunset over the hilltops. The Maison has a lovely outdoor dining terrace in front of the villa with an open fireplace and charcoal barbecue which is perfect for a late night dinner sipping on a glass of wine. And of course, when you’re back from your day trip to St Tropez, there is a private pool to plunge straight into.
2. Villa Val
Sleeps: 8 guests
Price from: £64 per person per night
Villa Val is a rustic and homely holiday home on the edge of the old town on Grimaud. Grimaud is a traditional French village with great local food, shops, cafes and a famous antique market which takes place every Sunday. It’s the perfect place to spend the morning with a cup of coffee before making the short drive to St Tropez and Pampelonne beach. The villa’s big windows and French sliding doors allow for constant natural light and airiness. Its garden terrace is as perfect for al-fresco dining as it is for an afternoon lazing with a book. Our best tip is that some of the best views on the property are found in the wonderful pool, where you can swim with the Mediterranean sea in the distance.
Sleeps: 8 guests
Price from: £55 per person per night
Gigaro Beach House is known to be an unspoilt little paradise right beside Cap Lardier national park, where you’ll find one of the most beautiful coastal walks in France. There are no main roads leading to the villa, but conveniently it is only twenty minutes by back road to St Tropez (though the intrepid may even walk the scenic route there). The Beach House is named after the nearby Gigaro beach, also known to be one of the most beautiful in the South of France. On the property, you’ll feel welcome to revel in the large Roman-style pool and secluded gardens. The best spot to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening is from one of the long wooden balconies while enjoying some incredible sea views.
Sleeps: 10 guests
Prices from: £31 per person per night
Bastide du Sud is a rustic home away from home which has been tastefully restored to offer modern luxury on a tiny hamlet in the hills close to the village of Plan de La Tour. The village is known for its colourful markets and is well worth spending some time in and around. Maison Ricochet is only a thirty-minute drive from St Tropez, as well as a short way along twisty little forest roads from la Garde-Freinet by car. A tranquil pool is set within the grounds, perfect for children to play in when they’re not running around the vast outdoor space and courtyards. In the evenings, the best gathering spot is the al-fresco dining area quaintly situated under a mulberry tree.
Sleeps: 8 guests
Price from: £51 per person per night
Villa La Garde is an idyllic and rurally located hilltop property just ten minutes walking distance from charming Plan de la Tour. While only thirty minutes from chic Saint Tropez, it is also the perfect spot for hikers with exciting paths that feature stunning panoramic views over the mountains and all the way down to the sea. The villa’s large terrace has a lovely summer kitchen with a built-in barbecue and covered dining area which is perfect for al-fresco meals and lounging in the natural surroundings. There is a fabulous private pool in the gardens where you can take in the views of those famous French rolling hills. That is while you’re not out on cultural adventures!
We hope that’s got you feeling inspired for your St Tropez villa holiday! To up the ante, check out our blogs on the best beaches in South of France, fuel your foodie fantasies at the top restaurants in the South of France, and live like the jet-set with some fabulous luxury experiences. If you want to speak with an expert to plan your villa holiday in St Tropez, give our concierge team a call!