ZEN Restaurant at Pan Dei Palace | St Tropez, France | Located at the ground level of the Pan Dei Palais by Relais & Chateaux, is this lovely Restaurant, fusion of Thai / Indian with reminiscences of French Cuisine. ZEN is their concept, and you can see in the photo above, very very simple but classy and very tasteful. And come on… once you use French Graine Moutarde, what can go wrong right. !!!! It brings up all the right flavors. Precision, skill, sophistication… the dishes created by Sato, chef at the Pan Deï Palais, reflect a Japanese garden, the mark of serenity belonging to the country of the rising sun. In one word, “Zen”. Bon Appetit !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Grand Cafe Restaurant | St Tropez, France | Located at the Hotel Saint Lamour la Tartane, this Asian Restaurant with dishes inspired in Thailand and Japan has a nice atmosphere and the final product is very good. I love my Tom Yong, and I must say they made it very well with fresh prawns from the Golf of St Tropez. The ambiance is very nice, low lights and a center chandelier take over the room. To enter you will go through the bar area. I felt that the service was rather informal, and my waiter in particular was a bit patronizing, trying to explain me or make a point why they only offer one choice of White Wine by the Glass. Excuse me…. Asian Restaurant with huge Thai influence and you only offer Chardonnay? Quick note for you, how about a good Chenin, the best appariement Monsieur. Great Tom Yong above, as I said with enormous fresh tasteful prawns aux French Riviera. (photo above) As my main course I went for the Tuna Tataki with steam vegetables over coriander and ginger. Nothing better in my own personal gastronomy choices than to have the combined flavors of this two. Food wise I give then and 8 out of 10. Presentation wise, well I think they’ve got a bit lazy, and take advantage of the low lights concept. Another point was that I ordered my classic Filthy Vodka Martini, as you know I always do, but it was not possible, since they had ran out of olives and olive juice. Anyhow, Bon Appettt. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Plage Pampelonne in Ramataelle France | Ramatuelle, France | Neighbor district to Saint Tropez, only 15 minutes away, holding beautiful beaches and the exclusive Club 55. Six kilometers of beach, and traslucid green waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You will drive along vineyards and classic Tropezienne Provence style house.
If I would have to compare this beach to anywhere in the beach, and maybe in general St Tropez, would be to Punta del Este, Uruguay in South America. Same vibe, although here the travelers are a notch more upscale.
There are areas for only PRIVE Access like Club 55, and also public beaches. But not to worry all, regardless their status are stunning. Enjoy the video and photos. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Hotel Check IN at Hotel Saint Amour la Tartane | St Tropez, France | Approximately 10 minutes from Saint Tropes Port, is Hotel Saint Amour la Tartane, on the Route to Plages de Salins. A lovely villa based concept hotel, on a classic Provence style. 28 Suites and Villas settled around a clear blue swimming pool (which I wish would be heated to jump in right now). Definitely a complete Saint Tropez experience compared to my previous stay at Rue Gambetta close to the port. Tonight dinner at their Asian restaurant. Now off to Plage Pampelonne and Le Club 55 for Lunch. More to come upon check out. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Pétanque at the Place des Lices St Tropez | St Tropez, France | Pétanque derives from the French – pès tancats – feet anchored. Place des Lices, is known to be the most chic square in the world where to play Pétanque. So off I went to se this, and learn a bit more about this traditional game of France, played by approximately 17 million people. The goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet, which you see on the photo above as the small red ball.
I have also seen people, mostly young adults and tourists playing this game at the Jardins de Tuileries in Paris. The game is played in villages all over Provence, usually on squares of land in the shade of plane trees. TIP: Every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm, players make way for an open-air market (“marché“) that is set up on the Place. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
La Citadelle XVIeme in St Tropez | St Tropez, France | The Citadelle of Saint Tropez, has crowned the town for the last 400 years. In 1602 the King engineer Raymond de Bonnefons, was in charge of the fortifications of the Provence, undertook the building of a huge tower of defence. This tower now called Donjon, characteristic from the 16th century, huge building visible from the distance with an inner patio. Their main purpose, play a dissuasive role.
Open daily. Cost EUR 5.50. Listed as a historical monument, has been in restauration since 1993 (long time right). Unfortunately during my visit the Donjon was close to the public, but I got to see the outsides and the surrounding areas. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends (*) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, linking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.