Yesterday we spent the day at another one of the beach clubs in St Tropez. Technically the beaches of St Tropez are all in Pampelonne, a stretch of beautiful white sand that runs between Ramatuelle and St Tropez.
Visitors to the area know to call in advance and reserve their mats and lunch reservations in advance. Lunch reservations typically begin at 1 and run through 3:30 or at Cabane Bambou. Tables are set up in the sand and the whole beach is dotted with white umbrellas set against the azure sea.
We arrived at ten am, quite early by French standards. We parked the car and followed the tiki style signs to “la plage,” via the boardwalk that winds through the trees and buddha statues.
Upon arrival we checked in at the sunbrella stand and were shown to our seats. The gentleman was set upon putting us in the second row even though the beach was empty as he had daily visitors who come every day. I was totally fine with this but my husband, knowing I woke early to secure a front row seat, was clearly a little upset. He did what American’s sometimes do, I suspect and we landed in the front row. I suspect he may have had a slightly smaller wad of Euros but as I know he could care less what row we were in, I knew he was trying to put a smile on my face.
Settled in our waiter arrived and placed a small beeper on our umbrella. Press for service he explained, in French. I am relieved to say that my French is improving by the day. A bonus as the first day we arrived I was pointing at chickens and asking for fish.
The kids ran into the beautiful water and we relaxed on the beach playing checkers and cards. I was thrilled with my little investment from Clare V, a leather checker roll, with chess and checkers enclosed in the bottom of the sac.
We sat on the beach until 1:30 then headed up to the tables nestled in the sand for lunch. I must say the spring rolls and lobster risotto were to die for. The fries were also excellent, but when are fries anything less?
I headed to the boutique after lunch for a look around. They have a smaller selection than the boutique at Club 55 (cinquante-cinq) but the beach wraps, small clutches and kids items are adorable. There are lots of wrap bracelets and hats. I grabbed some tattoos and an art kit for the kids.
After lunch we went for a paddle boat ride, which involved a walk past the nude beach of Pampelonne, but that story is a post in itself.
I think the kids are getting worn out from all this beach hopping, as my seven year old daughter looked at me last night and asked, “can I relax tomorrow?” Because apparently the beach is a little too much. So today we rest but tomorrow we visit more beaches.
telephone- 33 (0)4 94 798913
Route de Bonne Terrassee
Phone in advance to arrange beach mats and lunch reservations