Fairytale Castle in Saint-Tropez: Chateau Hotel de la Messardiere

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One of the most incredible hotels in the South of France is Chateau Hotel de la Messardiere. The Chateau sits amid the pinewoods on a hillside overlooking the Bay of Saint-Tropez, the Ramatuelle vineyards, and the beaches of Pampelonne.

Chateau de la Messardiere St. Tropez France

Chateau de la Messardiere in St. Tropez, France. Photo courtesy Chateau de la Messardiere

About the Chateau

The Hotel Chateau de la Messardiere boasts 70 newly-remodeled bedrooms and 45 suites, along with an intriguing history. Originally built in the 19th century as a wedding gift for a French cavalry officer, the family home fell into disrepair and there are rumors of a few ghosts who visit the property.

The Chateau was renovated in 1989 and reopened as an Anglo-Moorish 19th century Chateau. Gerald Hardy became general manager in 1993 and added the final touches to the restoration.

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Aerial View Chateau de la Messardiere

Aerial View of Chateau de la Messardiere. Photo courtesy Chateau de la Messardiere

The warm sunny colors of gold, yellow, and orange, the terra cotta walls, lively paintings by Victoire de la Messardiere, and the natural lighting makes this one of the most welcoming luxury hotels anywhere.


The Chateau offers a 24-hour shuttle to Saint-Tropez's town center and to the private Tropezina Beach. Just a 3-minute ride from the hotel, the private beach is ideal for swimming, sun bathing, and water sports.

Messardiere Guestroom

Guestroom at Chateau de la Messardiere. Photo courtesy Chateau de la Messardiere

Rooms offer every amenity, including LCD televisions and satellite TV, wireless internet, l'Occitane en Provence products, bath robes, and more.

The hotel staff makes you feel as if you are visiting the comfortable, though luxurious, home of a dear friend and is available at your disposal 24 hours a day.

Chateau Spa

The new 4,850 square foot spa is a sensual world dedicated to pampering and well-being. Amid mosaics, carved stone vaults and columns, parquet flooring, stained glass windows, precious fabrics, and an expansive terrace, guests feel truly pampered.

Culinary Delights at the Hotel Chateau de la Messardiere

The Chateau's restaurant offers an unforgettable epicurean experience. The elegant Les Trois Saison serves up unique Provencal dishes on fine Limoges china. An expansive selection of wines from Provence and the French Riviera compliment the dishes on the seasonal menus. Your meal won't be complete without a glass of the Cuvee du Chateau Rose.

Staying at the Hotel Chateau de la Messardiere

The Hotel Chateau de la Messardiere, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is open mid-March through the first week of November. In the low season, room rates start at 240 Euros and suites start at 600 Euros. Visit the hotel online at http://www.messardiere.com.

For more info:
Hotel Chateau de la Messardiere
Route de Tahiti
83990 Saint Tropez
Phone: 33 (0)4 94 56 76 00

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders, Alamo.com, Hotels.com, Fairmont.com, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury, Marriott.com, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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