2 ideas for a getaway on the Var coast: Bormes-les-Mimosas or Saint-Tropez?


Just a one-hour drive from Cotignac, the Var coast is rich with possibility. Whether you seek seaside resorts or authentic Provençal villages, sandy beaches or wild coves, for a secluded getaway or a busier spot for partying – it’s all there for you on this captivating coastline. Whether you choose to lose yourself in Bormes-les-Mimosas of unspoiled nature or be seduced by the glamour of Saint-Tropez’s star-studded addresses, an unforgettable day out awaits.

Option 1 : from Bormes-les-Mimosas to Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

In the mood for nature? Nestled between land and sea, the authentic village of Bormes-les-Mimosas is truly a place to discover, with its shimmering landscapes and intoxicating scents. Start your day off by wandering along the coastal path, strolling past rugged coastlines and stunning seaside landscapes. Be sure to stop at the local village market along the way, indulging in the local fresh produce and other regional delights. In the village, take a walk through the narrow Provençal streets dotted about with bright flowers and arched passageways. Dating back to the 12th century, Bormes-les-Mimosas seems to celebrate its rich medieval heritage on every street corner. Take the time to lose yourself in the winding streets, the charming squares marked with fountains, and the views of the ‘Golden Islands’ sparkling on the horizon.

Meet at the Café de Léoube for lunch in the shade of the majestic pine trees on Pellegrin beach. Chef Marion Pouget cooks organic produce grown in the orchards and vegetable garden of Château Léoube, just a stone’s throw away. In the afternoon, take a relaxing break on the protected beaches of Estagnol and Cabasson, where the fine sand and crystal clear waters invite you to swim, frolic and relax. End the day in style by sipping your aperitif at Villa Douce in the town of Le Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer. The lounge bar of this 4-star hotel is an top-class spot that offers a panoramic view of the sea. Why not enjoy your favourite cocktail while admiring the stunning sunset over the infinite Mediterranea horizon.

If you are considering visiting any of these establishments, we strongly recommend that you book in advance.

Option 2 : from La Croix Valmer to Saint-Tropez

If you prefer a day of relaxation with a touch of glamour, head to La Croix Valmer and spend a few hours at the Lily Of the Valley Beach Club, a superb establishment created by Philippe Stark. Located on the edge of the pine forest at the foot of the hill, this private beach promises a fantastic time with a cocktail and a cosy sun lounger. For lunch with your feet in the sand, choose Pépé,, a chic bistro offering tasty Mediterranean dishes. Craving Italian cuisine? Meet at La Brigantine, a gourmet restaurant renowned for its traditional cuisine, from the lakes of northern Italy to Sicily.

© Beach Club de Lily Of the Valley

The second part of the day should of course take you to Saint-Tropez. Frequented by the jet set, this small Provençal fishing village has become one of the most famous summer spots the world. Take a stroll around the port, admire the enormous yachts, window shop at the luxury boutiques, and take in the traditional Provençal houses with their ochre façades. After the village excursion, why not get involved in the festive atmosphere of Bagatelle Beach on Pampelonne, where dance and music stretches all the way into the night. Or why not end the day in style with a breathtaking sunset at the TIGrr, St Tropez’s Thai and Asian restaurant at the Hôtel Ermitage. Far from the bling establishments along the harbour, the TIGrr is one of the most sought after addresses on the Côte d’Azur.

If you are considering visiting any of these establishments, we strongly recommend that you book in advance.