My 72hrs Tropezienne Experience at 429 Magazine

My 72hrs Tropezienne Experience at 429 Magazine  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  My weekly column on Luxury Gay Travel for dot429 and 429 Magazine is OUT and ONLINE. Please check it out. This week on …” My 72hs. Tropezinne Experience…” in St Tropez, French Riviera, France. Hope you enjoy it and till next week in full Luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Varlib Bus from St Tropez to St Raphael

Varlib Bus from St Tropez to St Raphael  |  French Riviera, France  |  The most panoramic way to travel from St Tropez to St Raphael, comfortably, on time and on the right budget. For EUROS 2, you will ride for over and hour and 30 minutes along the coast of the French Riviera, the Golf of Saint Tropez overlooking the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The bus station is next to the Le Bateuax Terminal. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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Les Salins Restaurant

Les Salines Restaurant   |  St Tropez, France  |  Another great options for breakfast or lunch. Locate over Plage des Salines right at the end of Route des Salins, approx. 10 minutes away from the center and port of Saint Tropez. Visit for lunch, or do as I did and come for a drink overlooking Plage des Salins. Their speciality Poison Grille bien sur. (Grilled Fish) – www.lessalins.com Bon Appetit. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Grand Cafe Restaurant

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

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Plage des Salins in Saint Tropez

Plage des Salins in Saint Tropez  |  Saint Tropez, France  |  Another alternative options to Plage Pampelonne. Less crowded or commercial, with a nice restaurant Les Salins which I am planning to try today for lunch. Ten minutes by car from the Port of St Tropez. Ride the Route des Salins which is the prolongation of Rue Gambetta, and you will be there in not time.
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Club 55 at Plage des Pampelone

Club 55 at Plage des Pampelone  |  Ramatuelle, France  |  Only 15 minutes away from Plage des Salins and 20 from the port of St Tropez, you will arrive to Plage Pampelonne and to the exclusive and chic Club 55. Literally the who is who, Be and Be Seen stop in this region. In my mind I had the idea, being low season, that I was going to be there practically on my own, well I couldn’t be any more wrong. The place was SOLD OUT. The ambiance is quite chic, but not pretentious of stiff at all. I would say that following my path of stunning iconic chic restaurants worldwide, Club 55 has join my list to TOP social spot along with the Copacabana Palace (Rio de Janeiro), Polo Lounge (Los Angeles), Frankies (Istanbul), La Huella (Punta del Este) among a few others…
Lunch with one step, sparkling water and a tea was EURO 41. Food, same as the ambiance, is very casual but very good and on very generous portions. Sorry, but I must say, that since I have arrived to France, it has been the first time that I felt they were serving me… and not just dealing with me.
After lunch I walked to the private beach club and spent the afternoon lying over the sun, enjoying the lovely views and jumping into the water in a few occasions, although the water was rather cold.
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Hotel Check IN at Hotel Saint Amour la Tartane

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

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

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La Citadelle XVIeme in St Tropez

 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
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My day exploring St Tropez

 My day exploring St Tropez  |  St Tropez, France  |  I have spent the full morning exploring around St Tropez. From the port area to the pier. Then off to Citadelle XVI, Cimetiere Marin, Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard. See my report on images and video below. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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