THE ORIGINAL ST TROPEZ BEACH CLUB
Restaurants abound along Pampelonne Beach, but those in the know make a beeline for Le Club 55. Classy, discreet and effortlessly chic, the legendary establishment is one of St Tropez’s oldest beach clubs, with infinite appeal among the rich and famous.
A simple fishing hut in the early 1950s, Le Club 55 was adopted as a canteen by the crew filming And God Created Woman, the Bardot movie that put St Tropez on the world stage in 1956. Today a forest of bamboo surrounds a typically Provencal beach bungalow, with white canopies and a lavish beach club jutting all the way to the Mediterranean.
Le Club 55 even has its own wooden jetty, luring well-heeled travellers away from their superyachts anchored off-shore. Arrive by tender and make the ultimate entrance as other patrons cannot help but take notice, whether they’re sipping Cristal on loungers by the water’s edge or feasting on seafood in the main restaurant.
Tables dressed simply in white create a refined setting in which to dine on simple yet exquisite Mediterranean fare. Appetizers like tuna carpaccio, breaded calamari and Beluga Caviar are some of the best on the beach, while heartier entrees like beef filet and pasta dishes are aptly portioned without sending people back to their loungers with bloated bellies.
An array of lunch salads offering seafood twists to traditional field greens and market-fresh produces are by far the most popular, however. There are two sittings for lunch, the second of which is better for a longer, relaxed experience on Pampelonne Beach during your St Tropez yacht charter.
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Classy, discreet and effortlessly chic, the legendary establishment is one of St Tropez’s oldest beach clubs"